What a fun holiday weekend! I took a few days to get organized, clean the house, and plan my holiday cooking. Naturally, I got about 5% done of what I wanted to do, but what else is new? However, I did manage to get down to business and make one of my favorite muffins to share with you- Cranberry Banana muffins.
These tasty muffins are made with whole fresh cranberries, sweet ripe bananas, and (my favorite for baking) brown sugar. I love the competing sweetness from the bananas to the very light tart flavor of the cranberries. The brown sugar gives them an even richer flavor, and I love the beautiful reds and pinks from the cranberries. These muffins are made in one mixing bowl to allow for easy and quick prep, and only take about 20 minutes to bake! I love the seasonal cranberry, and I like to use fresh over dried because I love the moisture and texture it adds to the muffins. I am not a big lover of dried fruit in muffins and love the bites of whole berries. These are perfect for a morning breakfast or brunch, or maybe a quick snack during the day or after school.
I am gearing up for a fun event in the next few week exclusively featuring Christmas and Holiday sweets! I am so excited to share some of the yummy things I have been brewing behind the scenes, and learn more about your holiday favorites and traditions. I am a tradition lover and really like to hear what other families do for their holiday season. One of our traditions is to go ride the Polar Express at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is a fun event featuring singing, dancing, hot chocolate (never ever let is cool!), reading of the story, and a ride on the train with a visit from Santa! The boys go in their pajamas, and it is so fun to see them enjoy the event with wide amazed eyes.
Today, we put up our lights and it was fun to plan something silly for our front yard. Ron and I love a little whimsical humor and we bought an inflatable Grinch for our yard this year. We (by we I mean Ron), strung up the lights and the Grinch is holding them as if he is pulling them from the house. The kids were impressed with our (Ron's) efforts and that is a win for us. They both have developed a love for Grinch since we saw the new movie, and I think they may currently love him more than Santa....which is fine in my book because I love the Grinch too.
Do you decorate the outside of your house? Are you team colored lights or white lights (we are team color)? Do you do inflatables (apparently we do)? Do you have those projector lights (check that off the list for us as well...we have snowflakes)? I never think of us as outdoor decorators, but as I type this I think we have officially converted.
Also, all I hear when we (Ron) are hanging lights is the man yelling, "rigging up these lights" from the song 12 Pains of Christmas.
Cranberry Banana Muffins
- 3 rips bananas
- ⅓ cup vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ⅔ cup fresh cranberries
- Pre-heat oven to 350°. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners and set aside.
- Using a hand or stand mixer, mash bananas in a large bowl.
- Add oil, salt, sugar, egg, and vanilla and mix until evenly incorporated.
- Add baking powder, baking soda, and flour. Mix until all ingredients are evenly mixed.
- Gently mix in the cranberries and evenly distribute batter into the baking cups. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from tin and allow the muffins to cool.