Posts tagged ‘muffin’

March 30, 2011

Honored

A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation to join my friend Michelle for brunch this past Sunday. I gladly accepted… Hellllo breakfast buffet (side note: best french toast casserole EVER and i plan to recreate this weekend) and all you can drink mimosas. I sort of had an idea what it was for but I didn’t want to pry!

On Friday, Michelle asked me to come over ahead of time on Sunday so I could help her carry some bags she had for the girls. When I arrived she asked me to open mine… I wanted to wait so she asked me to open the card for now. As i read one of the SWEETEST cards anyone has ever given me I got goose bumps! At the bottom it read “I would be more than honored for you to stand by me and be my maid of honor on the day I become Mrs. Mitchell!”

I was so honored and of course said yes 🙂 I’ve known Michelle for 10 years now and couldn’t be any more excited to spend this special day with her. I’ve even started thinking of bridal shower AND bachelorette ideas. Um, MOHzilla much!? Just kidding. But, really… I’m already planning – That’s what happens when you ask a planner to be your Maid of Honor!

Here are some pictures of Michelle and I over the past 10 years… I left out the ones when we were younger because nobody wants to see pink sweaters, with pink chain belts, pink pointy shoes and jeans with a pink outline. I’m sure the visual is enough.

Even though I knew Michelle would be engaged ahead of time – She had no idea. Robby & I had been on the hunt for the perfect ring! Michelle & Robby flew out to Vegas for a friend’s wedding and she came back with a big rock of her own.

Bling Bling

I’m so excited to see you two say your vows and spend every waking second for the next year helping you plan!!

Now that you know how excited I am about their wedding let me tell you what else I’m excited about… Bananas + Pudding + Muffins.

When I went to work today the mom said “Sorry it looks like I’ve been running a concentration camp – I’m headed to the grocery store now” It was kind of true… The only thing there was to eat was bananas, banana pudding mix and cereal. But we made do with what we had and invented the best banana pudding muffins EVER. The 5-year-old said “It’s so much fun cooking with you”. Those words make my heart melt… Therefore I let her have a no nap day! Good idea or Bad? I guess the parents will find out later, whoops!

Banana Pudding Muffins

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 box of banana pudding mix
  • 4 medium bananas
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Mash bananas

  • Mix in sugar and lightly beaten egg
  • Pour in melted butter and stir
  • Make a well in the center and add the remaining ingredients

  • Mix well

  • Pour into lined muffin tin

  • Sprinkle Brown Sugar on top if you’d like

  • Bake for 20 minutes

(The 5-year-old said the elephant couldn’t wait any longer!)

  • Let cool for 10 minutes

  • Enjoy one when it’s still warm!

I usually spread Peanut Butter all over my muffins/breads because well, i guess just because I’m addicted.. But this was perfect without it! These were fluffy with a pudding like taste. I love banana pudding, shakes and candy so these are definitely my new favorite muffins 🙂

So next time you see some of these…

and some of these…

(we clearly couldn’t use these…luckily i keep some extras with me at all times – that is not a joke)

Definitely make these!!

Now the children won’t have to starve 😉 Kidddding

I also wanted to share the cutest cards the girls made today for an 11-year-old they know who just found out she has an inoperable brain tumor. We went to Target while they picked out “pretty paper” with “bright colors”. I hope these make her (and you) smile!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

P.S. I added my blogroll to a tab at the top of my page. If I missed you – let me know here or shoot me an email alyssakuminski(at)gmail(dot)com

QUESTIONS: What is your favorite muffin? Have you ever been a Maid of Honor in a Wedding?

December 24, 2010

SANTA! OH MY GOD! SANTA’S COMING! I KNOW HIM! I KNOW HIM!

Can you guess the quote? It’s my absolute favorite Christmas movie. I’d watch it everyday if I had time…

I’ve gotta make this a quick one because we have our family Christmas today. We start off with brunch at my grandma’s…Where we will stuff our faces with everything and anything you can imagine. Next is gifts… That usually takes hours – so it’s clear that we are all going to be starving again. Here’s where my appetizers come in. Then we all head to church. Picture time (the boys hate this)! Finally our last event of the day…dinner at a nice restaurant. It’s not easy to find a restaurant with availability for 18 on Christmas Eve. But, Yellowfin was able to accommodate us. I’m realllly hoping that they have Chilean Sea Bass as a special tonight!

Yesterday I ended up completing everything on my (very short) to do list. So I decided to give myself a manicure. BAD idea. If there was an award for worst manicurist in the world – I would no doubt receive it. When I showed up to my mom’s house she thought the girls I nanny for painted them. Awesome. Go ahead and laugh.

I mean…they aren’t THAT bad where I would think a 2 year old did it? Oh well, it’s gone now.

On my way home from my (mean 😉 ) mom’s house I blasted some Christmas music…shocking i know…and drove at a normal speed slow to check out the Christmas lights. I love the way Homestead Gardens looks @ this time of year!

Ooooo. Ahhhh.

When i got home I prepped my appetizer dishes. I’ll leave you with one recipe today since I’m in a rush. I’ll post the other two sometime soon!

Mac and Cheese Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups crushed butter crackers (about 35 crackers) (recommended: Ritz)
  • 2 cups grated Cheddar, divided
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 4 cups cooked rotini noodles (about 8 ounces uncooked), drained and kept hot
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Bacon, cooked and crumbled into pieces *optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 8 cups of a 12-cup muffin pan

In a bowl, combine the crackers, 1 cup of the Cheddar and the melted butter. Divide the mixture among the prepared muffin cups and press firmly into the bottom and up the sides.

In a large bowl, mix the macaroni with 1/2 cup of the Cheddar. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sour cream, cold butter pieces, and salt. Stir the milk mixture into the macaroni. Mix in bacon pieces if you chose this option.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of the macaroni mixture into each cracker crust and top with the remaining Cheddar.

Bake until the cheese is browned and slightly crispy, about 25 minutes. Allow the pies to cool slightly before unmolding and serving warm.

I gained 10 pounds just looking at this.. Better get them in before we all make our New Years Resolutions to eat healthier 🙂

Now I need to get to my grandmas… Still haven’t picked out my outfit!! It’s hard being me I tell ya…

Whatever you all are doing today I hope you get to spend it with the ones you love! Merry Christmas Eve 🙂