Sunday, June 20, 2010

Multi-Tasking Muffins

I just made a batch of Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffins that will serve as breakfasts this week.  These muffins will serve many purposes for me this week:
  1. Save money - I had the ingredients on hand already (only one substitution), plus, we won't need to spend any additional money for breakfasts this week.
  2. Reduce waste - I had a ripe banana that needed to be used up. 
  3. Save TIME - a very valuable morning commodity in my commuting household.
The combination of peanut butter and banana is one of my absolute favorites.  The only substitution I made was for the buttermilk.  I didn't have any, nor did I have any white vinegar on hand to put in the milk to make an alternative.  So I took my chances and just used plain ol' milk.  Yep, I sampled one and I must say, my risk paid off - DELISH!  I urge you to give these a try. If you are a fan of peanut butter, bananas, or the fantastic combination they provide, you WON'T be disappointed.


Sunday, June 13, 2010

Lightnin' Bug or Firefly?

One of my favorite things about this time of year are those little glowing critters.  In preparing for the week ahead, Little A and I went to fill the car up with gas.  On the way home, I swear it looked like Tinker Bell and every single one of her friends were hanging out in our neck of the woods.  It was beautiful.  I slowed down to a crawl, just transfixed on the blinkety blinks.  So much so that I got a little honk of the horn behind me.  Guess they didn't understand I was making a memory with my girl...oops! As soon as we got home, I knew I had a job to do.  A few weeks ago I had set aside an empty salsa jar so I could use it to make vinaigrette.  Well, let's just say I won't be making any for a while.  For the first time, Little A got a jar of lightnin' bugs.  At least that's what I call 'em.  How about you?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

If You Can't Stand the Heat

It's hot.  And humid.  Really hot and really humid.  So today, Little A and I went pool shopping.  We went everywhere, looking for the just the right one.  Freds?  Nope.  Walgreens?  Nope.  Dollar General?  Nope.  So we ended up at my "love-hate relationship" place...WalMart.  She really wanted one with a slide, but I wasn't willing to pay $350 for an inflatable pool.  Yes, you read that correctly - THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS.  Of course the picture on the side of the box did look pretty darn awesome.  But alas, we spent $18 on a "snap" pool that is big enough for Little A to float in, and for me and Big B to cool off in also. 

We got it home, unrolled it, and turned on the hose for what felt like an eternity.  "What's THAT gonna do to the water bill?" I thought to myself.  But it's hot, so we went for it.  And the water...the water was cold...really cold!  And oh so refreshing.  Little A was a splishin' and a splashin' and loving every minute of it.  Which made mama very happy.

Hope you are enjoying YOUR Saturday...and staying cool!