Easter in Colorado & a new recipe

Maddie and daddy Easter plagiocephalyMadison has officially celebrated her first Easter. This past weekend we drove out to Colorado to visit my in-laws. She lucked out and gets to have two Easters this year because I work on actual Easter we wanted to celebrate early with family. The Easter bunny (grandparents and uncle) spoiled her rotten, but she’s still too young to even know how lucky she is to have such a wonderful family. Easter with the Kumms is always quite fun. They have a family tradition of dyeing hard boiled eggs. This year we colored two whole cartons of them. They’ll definitely be eating egg salad for the next week, but it was a blast. I forgot to take photos of them, but they all turned out really well. James even made one for me saying ‘I love Carol.’ I hit the jackpot when it comes to husbands. He really is the best man I could ask for and a great dad to Maddie.

We celebrated Easter on Saturday morning. James’s mom put together baskets and had us open Madison’s first. We all have the philosophy to do the baby’s things while she’s still in a good mood. She has officially started a stuffed animal collection with a cute bunny and an unpictured pink sparkly dragon. The bunny is nearly bigger than her and the dragon is definitely taller than her. She also got some funny onesiesΒ from her uncle. I can’t wait for her to be big enough for two of them. She’s still a little too small. Grandma and Grandpa Kumm have an English Sheepdog named Phantom. He pretended to be the Easter bunny for Maddie. Side note – plagiocephaly helmets keep headbands on really well. I was impressed. The basket James received had the new 3D Phone Goggles for your phone. James really enjoyed playing with it.

After presents we had some down time before dinner. James and his dad decided to have him try out his dad’s inversion therapy table. The goal is to slowly raise your hands and then the table slowly brings you off the ground until it stretches your back out. Apparently, it’s very helpful if you have back problems. James didn’t reset the device for his height so when he tried it he shot backwards incredibly fast. It was HILARIOUS! You can see the shock on hid dad’s face I don’t think any of us were expecting that.

Before dinner we went to see the new Beauty and the Beast in the theater. I was so glad we got a chance to see it without the baby and without having to pay for a babysitter. Aren’t grandparents great? They got quality time with Maddie; we got date day followed by Easter dinner. It’s a win-win in my book. After dinner we watched the latest episode of Agents of SHIELD and went to bed.

Once we got home I was hit with the baking bug. I really wanted to bake something and I really wanted that something to have chocolate. Can you blame me? We had a couple of bananas that were about to go bad so I whipped up a small batch of chocolate banana muffins. I adapted the recipe to use less sugar, no oil, and substituted unsweetened applesauce for both. I prefer slightly less sweet muffins, and these were spot on. Out of the oven they were warm, melty and swoon-worthy. They’ve been my breakfast for the past two days and they’ve kept really well. I did forget to put the in a sealed container the first night, so they dried out a bit, but they’ve still been very moist event with that mistake.

Chocolate Banana Muffins healthy

INGREDIENTS:
1/3 c. sugar
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 bananas – mashed
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. whole wheat flour
2/3 c. white flour
1/2 c. chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix the sugar, applesauce, and eggs until creamy.
  2. Add in the vanilla and mashed bananas. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Add in baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and both flours. Stir until well combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Divide into muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. For reference – it took 17 minutes in my oven.

Nutritional Information (makes 9 muffins): 200 calorie, 36g carbs, 4g protein, 4g fiber, 5g fat, 19g sugar