Monday, March 06, 2006
...and what a good day it is :) Noah woke up in a WONDERFUL mood, coffee was ready and smelled so good when I got out of bed, and David had NO allergy problems this morning. Thank you, Lord, for these small blessings. :)
Some really exciting news to share! I have been asked to be the April guest designer for A2Z Essentials! I am SO thrilled. I love the products but haven't been able to find them locally, so I can't WAIT to play with them! There are so many talented designers on the regular DT at A2Z , so this is a huge honor for me. Thank you to my friend Heather for this opportunity! Be sure and check out their gallery and all of the fantastic products. :)
I spent a good part of the weekend planning Noah's 6th birthday party. Since he's our only child and I LOVE birthdays, I really like to go all out. He wants a DINOSAUR theme this year, so we're having a big dinosaur moonwalk (jumper) in the backyard, and I'm going to attempt to make a cake we found online. It's basically a big dinosaur "island" with a volcano with red and orange lava and a big waterfall rushing down the other side. It's pretty amazing, but I'll do the Mommy version of it, haha. His little plastic dinosaurs and some trees will come in handy on the cake. Oh...and all boys this year. Last year for preschool we invited the entire class but he said this year he only wants boys. (except for 2 girl cousins) That's ok. He'll want the girls there soon enough, so I'm fine with this! :)
Our new Taylor Hicks CD arrived in the mail this weekend. It's great! (but only has 7 songs...and cost almost $19 with shipping. Ouch!)
Oh, and these aren't THE flowers, but David brought me some pink and white tulips just like the photo above on Friday night when he got home from work. Aren't they beautiful? I love tulips!
I have some bananas that are ready to be included in a recipe :) so I'm going to attempt to make these today or tomorrow, depending on our schedule. They are from one of my favorite websites - Steph's Country Kitchen. I'll use the lowfat substitutions.
Banana Cream Muffins
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar (1/2 c. Splenda can be substituted)
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup half and half (lowfat use 1% milk)
1/2 cup lowfat banana cream yogurt
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil (or use half oil, and half applesauce)
3 medium ripe, mashed bananas
1. Preheat oven to 400º. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl; make a well in the center.
3. Mix half and half, yogurt, egg, vegetable oil, and bananas in small bowl. Pour mixture into well. Mix batter until just moistened; do not overmix.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Bake 15 to 17 minutes or until muffins test done. Yield: 1 dozen.
God bless you today as you begin your week! Be sure to check out some of the new blogs I've added to my blog list to the right. :)
"Life is the journey. It isn't always the destination. As we walk this path of life, we will make mistakes, stumble many times, fall once in a while. But a hand will reach down and pull us back up, perhaps a friends hand, perhaps the hand of God. But always there is hope, and as long as there is a single breath left in you, there is the chance for success, not defeat." - Anonymous