Usually Joel does an entire birthday week where he celebrates me. It is wonderful and I honestly look forward to it all year. I think it has something to do with having been a twin and always sharing my birthday while growing up (which I never minded but it makes it all the more special now... I love you Tahnee!). There is just something wonderful about being celebrated by my husband and it makes me feel like a million bucks!
This year Joel was traveling for work over my birthday and the months of March and April were insanely busy for him. He just got around to giving me my birthday gift and I think it might be the best one ever! I have always wanted a KitchenAid Mixer but would never buy one for myself because they are so expensive and are a complete luxury item! In fact I did buy myself one once (on sale of course) but I felt so bad about spending that much that I left it in the box for a week and then returned it.
This morning I unashamedly opened and used my beautiful mixer. It was a blissful experience! I think one of my favorite things about it is that I can use it to bless others. I love to bake treats and share them. This morning my house smells delicious! I baked banana muffins and after church we are going to go share them with loved ones.
The banana muffin recipe is one of my favorites. I found it online on a blog called Cat Can Cook. Here it is for your baking pleasure:
3 0r 4 bananas mashed
1 egg slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 and 1/2 cups flour
There are mixing directions but I always just mix together the wet ingredients and then add the dry ingredients and stir. I do it all in one bowl. (now in my mixer!!!) It is the easiest recipe and I have yet to have a batch turn out poorly. Then you pour it into greased muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.