OK, now I am ready for fall. I opened up my first can of pumpkin puree today and made these Maple Pumpkin Banana Muffins. They are filled with all sorts of goodness and they are healthy. I used pure maple syrup instead of sugar, replaced some of the flour with whole wheat flour and used coconut oil. I am trying to be a good mom and send healthy treats to school, so I have been baking muffins and freezing them to have on hand. These ones may not last until I freeze them though. Even my picky eating son loved them. Of course he does love maple syrup and bananas, so that helps. Healthy treats don't have to lack flavor.
OK, so I am on an Oreo and truffle binge lately. So sue me, but before you do, you might want to check these out. If you've got a package of Limeade Oreos in the pantry, bust them out. These Tequila Lime Oreo Truffles are worth the effort. I am still holding on hard to summer. I am not ready for pumpkins yet. I just pop one of these in my mouth, sit back, close my eyes and I can feel the warm sun and hear the ocean calling.
Well, we did it! We got our stubborn little four year old into a pre-school program. It has been a challenge with him refusing to potty train, but his teacher really wanted him in school and she made it happen. He wakes up every morning eager to go and doesn't even care about leaving me. He is a smart little kid, but his stubbornness keeps him from getting things done and being on track with other kids his age. He is making progress though. I just have to accept the fact that I look like an incompetent mom that doesn't know how to potty train her child. Each child is different. He is nothing like his older sister. Oh well, on a happier note I made these lovely kid friendly Krispie Fruit Punch Truffles to continue celebrating summer and keep fall at bay.
Well, summer is over and school has started for my oldest. I am hoping to get the little one in pre-school this year also. The house is so quiet and peaceful now. I have more free time to get back into my hobbies. Baking, of course, being one of them. I had a package of Root Beer Float Oreos in the pantry screaming to be used. I am surprised that I had not eaten them all. I love root beer and so does my daughter. I know it's a bit on the sweet side, but once in a while I like to have a few sips. That's why I love these Root Beer Float Mini Donuts I made with the Oreos, because they taste like root beer, but they aren't super sweet.
I put together my son's 4th birthday party last week. He's into a lot of things, but nothing in particular stood out as a theme. That is until someone posted a photo of an M&M wedding cake on Facebook. I had my inspiration. My son loves M&M's in all different varieties. He devours whatever flavored M&M's I buy to make recipes with. He's not picky when it comes to his favorite candy. So I researched Pinterest for DIY party decor and kept my eyes open when I was out shopping. I tried to keep it simple because it wasn't going to be a terribly big party, but I wanted it to be special for him.