Wheee!

Jack Train Whee 2 Yrs Old

Girl Power

Girl Power

Even princesses can be tough!

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Muffins

Strawberry Banana Yogurt Muffins

It doesn’t any fancy preparation to enjoy yogurt, just a container and a spoon will suffice.  Yet when you venture beyond eating it by the spoonful, there are a world of possibilities.  From breakfast smoothies to dinner entrees, this versatile ingredient will earn its place in your refrigerator.  One of my favorite ways to use yogurt is as a substitute for high-fat ingredients found in baked goods.  I recently found myself with some strawberries and bananas to use up and a quick Pinterest search yielded this great low-fat, light on sugar muffin recipe.  The original recipe called for several ingredients I didn’t have on hand, so I adapted it to work with the contents of my pantry.  The result?  A tasty breakfast treat!

Strawberry Banana MuffinsStrawberry Banana Yogurt Muffins
Yield: 12 Muffins

Ingredients:
2 cups Flour
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 Cup Mountain High Vanilla Yoghurt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Large Bananas, Mashed
1 Cup Chopped Strawberries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease muffin tin or spray with nonstick spray. (I couldn’t resist using these super cute liners for this batch of muffins, but these particular muffins do tend to stick to the paper. To avoid this problem, I’d recommend not using paper liners for this recipe.)

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

Mix the brown sugar, egg, yoghurt, vanilla and bananas until well combined. Gradually add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold strawberries into the batter.

Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin tins, filling approximately 2/3 full.

Bake for 20-22 minutes or until toothpick or cake tester inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

You can find lots of other tasty recipes at the Mountain High Yoghurt website.

Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Mountain High Yoghurt. I received a gift card to purchase yogurt, a product kit, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

In The Driver’s Seat

One day I took my son to our local park where he climbed, swung, slid and ran for a grand total of 30 minutes. He had that “I’m kinda over this, mommy” look on his face so we went to the car where I proceeded to change his diaper before making the trek back home. Well, after the change, he got up and spent the next hour exploring the back of my SUV. Jack crawled over the seats, played with all the buttons (the hazard lights being his favorite) and fiddled with all the loose change I had in my console.

Ever since that day his favorite jungle gym is my SUV and he looks forward to spending time flipping blinker switches, turning radio knobs and sticking peanuts in the charger outlets. While we still go to the park we always make time for him to play in our car. Do you have a kid that has a unique place to play?

Holiday Photo Fails Are Wonderful

This year Jack met the Easter Bunny for the first time and he was none too thrilled to do so. He didn’t cry, but he certainly wanted to bolt off the giant orange rabbit’s lap. This photo is the only one the photographer took because Jack would not sit still for another. I love it. It’s perfect.

We had a similar reaction this past Christmas with Santa as well. Being held by a stranger with a bushy beard and a fuzzy red suit was not Jack’s cup of tea. Honestly, though, I enjoy the photos where he isn’t sitting on the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s lap with a huge grin on his face, posed. I prefer a natural reaction – whether positive or negative. I know in the years to come when we look through our family photo album (will we have albums in the future?) we’ll be talking about the story behind these photos and laughing our tails off.

Do you like to take holiday photos? Do your kids like to sit with the Easter Bunny and Santa? Share your stories with us!