Banana Muffins

Happy Friday everyone! Do y’all have big plans for the weekend? We will still be working on the guest bathroom makeover. The walls have been painted (looks 100 times better and brighter) and the floors have been primed. I’m going to put the first coat of paint on the floors tonight after Mr. gets home from work. I’m a little apprehensive to start by myself, as I’ve never used floor paint before. And it’s always nice to have someone else with the same questionable look on their face when you start something new! 🙂

We’re also leaving on Sunday for a conference in Dallas, so everything should be good and cured by the time we get back. And since we’ll be on the road for over a week, I’m going to make Banana Muffins for us to snack on. Hopefully, it’ll keep me from visiting the vending machine at the hotel too many times! These muffins are really moist and at only 107 calories a piece, they are much easier on the waistline (and thighs) than a candy bar. And they are also a great way to use very ripe bananas. On most occasions, I cut the recipe in half and only use the 2-3 bananas that I have and make nine muffins.

Banana Muffins

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1 3/4 cups (about 4) mashed bananas

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

4 T margarine, melted (I use butter)

2 cups self-rising flour (VERY important to use self-rising 🙂)

1 tsp. baking powder

pinch of salt

3/4 cup (5 oz.) roughly chopped walnuts – optional

Banana Honey Muffins

Preheat oven to 350. Place 18 paper baking cups in muffin pans.

In a large bowl, combine the bananas, sugar, honey, and margarine. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Slowly add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and mix well. If using, fold in the chopped walnuts after everything is well mixed. (a potato masher works great to mash the bananas)

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Spoon the batter into the paper cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for five minutes. Remove the muffins from pans and continue cooling on a rack.

Store in an airtight container for up to two days, or freeze for up to three months.

Y’all have a great weekend and next week! Later gators!! 🙂

Is it Spring yet?

Holy cold weather, Batman! Am I the only one that went into hibernation after the first of the year? What a winter, but I think Spring is just around the corner. At least here in Houston it is! Our poor tropical plants really had a hard time this winter with the three rounds of freezing temperatures we had. Almost as much as I had!!! 🙂

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via Pinterest

I finally pulled myself out from under the covers this past week and decided to get my butt back in gear! And to do that, I have given myself a deadline to get the To-Do List done by May 1st. Or at least most of it…or maybe just some of it. We had started working on the upstairs bathroom last month…AND I’m still working on it! Let me refresh your memory on this lavender beauty!

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It took me the entire month of February to paint the cabinet, inside of the linen closet, and the walls! And it’s not a big bathroom. 🙂 It took Mr. no time at all to roll the ceiling for me. He’s a beast when it comes to painting!!

The linen closet sits behind the door of the bathroom, therefore the bathroom door was constantly hitting the linen closet door, making a dent in it. Soooo, I took the linen closet door off and I think it looks so much better with the door gone. Sorry I forgot to take a before picture!

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I painted the walls Sleek Gray and the cabinet, shelves, and all the baseboards/trim an enamel white. I’m hoping to have the wall tile and floor finished by the end of the week. I’m doing what they (the guys at our local Sherwin Williams) say shouldn’t be done. I’m painting my ceramic tile! In the shower/bathtub area! 🙂 My mom did it before in a shower and it held up against the water, so I’m going to give it a whirl. It’s our upstairs guest bathroom, so it gets very little use. I didn’t want to spend big bucks right now on this renovation, but it needed updating terribly! I’ll be sure and let you know how the tile pans out in the long run.

Has anyone else ever painted ceramic tile in a shower/bathtub area? Do you have any tips, products, or words of wisdom that worked for you?

Later gators!