more resolutions for 2010 : baking, giggling, fun

Yesterday, the girls and I baked chocolate banana muffins made with whole wheat flour.

With lots of fiber, these muffins are healthy as well as rich, moist, and delicious; you'll have to try them!

I've included the recipe for you below :)

And this morning, there was enough snow on the ground for us to take a sled ride to preschool - which made my cuties giggle and squeal!

Sophia and Lucy instinctively know how to get dressed up

and have some fun. I need to remember to do this more often too :)

Behind the scenes, I have been working and planning and brainstorming lots of new ideas for this year - but at the same time, I am also trying to relax more, let things flow, and to be sure to get enough sleep.

I want to make every day precious, do memorable, creative things with the children, take better care of my body, feel well-rested and energized. I want to be organized, artistically productive, kind and thoughtful to others, never forget birthdays, stop drinking caffeine, have shiny hair and perfect skin, and lose at least 10 pounds. Should be easy, right!? Ha ha...

Obviously, I won't be able to accomplish everything, but it is important to have positive goals, and now you know a few of mine for 2010 :)

In the meantime, I wish you a happy, warm, giggly weekend yourself, and yes, here is the recipe for those muffins, yum!

Chocolate Banana Muffins

1 cup pureed banana (2-3 medium bananas)
1/2 cup oil
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 Tbsp. cocoa
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup finely chopped chocolate

Preheat oven to 400ºF / 200ºC and grease or line 12 muffin cups. In a large bowl, mix together pureed bananas, oil, milk, egg, and vanilla until well blended. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture to banana mixure all at once, and stir until moistened. Fold in chopped chocolate. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake for 18-20 minutes or until muffins test done with a toothpick.