Times are busy around here. So busy that I'm terribly behind on personal life posts. (In fact, I realized I never wrote B's two-year update. He turned two in November, so, yeah ... .) But that doesn't mean I haven't been taking pictures, and I couldn't resist posting a few of the things we've been up to the past few months. Now, at least, I can start fresh.
Both were gifts, and it's always a relief when I finish something for someone else and get to mark it off my list. I love how they turned out, and so did their recipients. You can visit the links above for lots more info on both projects.
In progress: I've been making excellent progress on the Cat baby quilt. Over the last week, I wrapped up 13 little kitties (you can read more about each set here, here, and here). These little guys go together so quickly, which is a nice change of pace.
And last night, I added five more to the bunch! Meet Bernadette:
It's so fun to see all of the colors start to come together, and I'm really excited to get these finished up soon (another gift done!). I've got the fabric cut for four more, and then I'm going to assess what's missing and fill in the last few.
On the "to do" list: Mystery HST quilt
Charger pouch for the hubs Car travel pouch for B T-shirt quilt Kitchen Window quilt New tie for B (with a tutorial, finally!) Superhero cape for B Re-covering the downstairs chair
I am so over winter. Maybe that's why I've had coconut on the brain lately. We were snowed (and iced) in on Sunday, and I had a ripe banana on the counter that needed to be used, so I went searching for a recipe for banana-coconut muffins. I found this one on Baker Street that looked promising and got to work.
Generally, when I bake, I do not hold back. I consider baked goods to be treats that should be eaten less often but fully enjoyed when I do indulge, so bring on the butter, cream, etc. However, I often make muffins for us to have in the mornings, and since B is the biggest consumer of said muffins, I usually try to make them a bit healthier, so they can be enjoyed a bit more often.
So I decided to adapt the recipe, subbing coconut oil (which had the added bonus of upping the delicious coconut flavor) for the butter, honey for the sugar, and white whole-wheat flour for the all-purpose. I also tweaked the process a bit because I didn't want to top the muffins with coconut (I folded all of it in with the batter instead, and it worked great.). These muffins were delicious and made me believe there just might be reason to hope spring isn't too far off now. Enjoy!
Banana-Coconut Muffins Adapted from Baker Street Yield: 12 muffins
Ingredients: 1¼ c. (156 g) white whole-wheat flour 1 tsp. baking powder ¼ tsp. table salt (or ½ tsp. kosher salt) 2 very ripe bananas, mashed (about ¾ c.) ½ c. coconut oil, melted ½ c. honey 1 large egg ½ tsp. vanilla ¾ c. sweetened flaked coconut
Instructions: 1. Put oven rack in the middle position and preheat oven to 375°F. Spray muffin pan with cooking spray or line with muffin cup liners.
2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk together the bananas, coconut oil, honey, egg, and vanilla until well combined. Fold the flour mixture and coconut flakes into the liquid mixture until just combined.
3. Divide the batter among the lined muffin cups (about ¼ c. of batter each) and bake until the muffins are puffed and golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, 22-25 minutes. Transfer muffins to a rack and cool slightly.
P.S. The granola in the picture above is from this recipe, a simple favorite around here.
Last weekend, we had a fun, whirlwind trip from Matt's mom. After travel, she was only here about two days, but we did the most we could with our time together.
had to work for part of Friday, so we spent most of the day hanging
around the house, but we sneaked in a trip to the children's museum in
the afternoon before heading out to dinner at a great new restaurant.
On Saturday, we headed out to breakfast and then went straight to the zoo. The weather was beautiful (a sneak preview of spring that was oh-so-welcome but sadly short-lived, as we're back in the single digits with snow today, ugh), so it felt wonderful to get outdoors.
We rode the train (B's favorite) and saw tons of animals, including several I'd never seen before (like the puma and snow leopard, who are often hidden away).
After a quiet afternoon together, Matt's mom treated us to a night out. For Christmas, she bought us tickets to see Jersey Boys, so we paired that up with dinner before and drinks after. Crazy, I know.
After a quick breakfast on Sunday morning, we dropped her off at the airport, and like that, she was gone. It was a super quick trip, but it was lovely to have her here, as always. Oh, and I got to give her a gift, too — the Glam Garlands quilt. She was surprised and so excited, and I suspect it will get plenty of use back in California.