Favorite Banana Muffins
1 1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup oil ( I usually use Canola in this recipe)
6 eggs, well beaten
4 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour (can use a mix of wheat and unbleached white)
This recipe makes 24 muffins plus a one inch or so banana “bread.”
Set oven at 400 degrees. Line Muffin cups. Grease a bread pan. Mash bananas in bottom of extra-large mixing bowl. Add sugar and oil and mix well. Whip eggs thoroughly in small bowl. Add to Mix. Mix thoroughly. Add 4 tsp. baking powder and three tsp. vanilla. Mix. Mix in flour, one cup at a time. Mix batter until smooth. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Add remaining batter into banana bread pan. Bake for 20 minutes or until done at 400 degrees. Optional yumminess for a special occasion: add 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips before adding flour.
We made these (without chocolate chips and using only unbleached white flour (this time) ) on Friday morning. Everyone loved them.
Note: for those who might be interested- yes- you could use applesauce to replace half the oil. No, I have not done it!
Strong 6 turned 7 one late November day.
Sweet 5 grew in confidence and courage.
Mountain drive bike riding has begun again.
Trike and big wheel have been traded for “Rocket”(child’s bike-no training wheels; flame red) and “Bikey”(purple and white little girl bike;training wheels).
Mountain rides have begun again. Begun in perfect order. No intense racing now. Polite taking of turns as bikes swish down the rocky gravel drive.
Sometimes, even making way, for Little Boy as he braves the gravel on his trike.
7 has learned to balance and maneuver. Sweet 5 feels more confident and brave.
Helmets on, handlebars gripped tight.
He, hopeful to continue on Rocket. (He has lost the privilege a few times due to reckless driving…)
She, testing out those brakes. Still- she’s fast.
She is riding again.
“Mercy’s robe, a ring of grace, such favor undeserved…”
I stand- caught in that moment. Caught; Held in a supernatural moment of Grace.
of my heart.
We have been on this path, homeschooling our children, for at least 5 years now… and each year-
it becomes more real. Real that we have left old things behind and embraced a new and different way. And I have found cupfuls, nay- oceans of His Grace- but I have to stop and listen, pray, and watch to be there to receive it. I am learning to embrace the imperfection each day brings to me and I am learning to find Him in it.
Each day brings cherished little ones to seek and bigger ones to guide…and each day with its imperfection- shows me more my need of Him. Stepping down this path, at times, feels unfamiliar and uncertain. Other times, we find ourselves in moments of pure joy.
I have found peace in an embracing of this life. And in an embracing of each very own day with its very own challenges, stresses, and strifes.
Heart stretched out, with steps of faith, held up by Grace… Embrace the Day!
After writing my blog post about my passion for books and developing a heritage library, maintaining reading lists, etc. I found myself in the Word. I have been spending slow time in 1 John.
This succinct verse stopped me short and caused me to ponder.
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” 1 John 5:21 ESV. O- the tenderness of those words… little children…
And… keep yourselves… I must take my part of the responsibilty to guard and watch my heart.
And the note:Keep yourselves from idols means keep yourselves from trusting, obeying, revering, following- that is-in effect, worshiping-anyone or anything other than God Himself, and His Son Jesus Christ. (ESV note on 1 John 5:21)
I consider myself warned. My passion for books (or anything else for that matter) must never override my passion for the Lord. In this I see my need for grace- for my heart is prone to wander…
“O to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
seal it for thy courts above.”
third stanza of one of my favorite hymns… Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing