What a way to start the day. When my children were little, I set the table for breakfast the night before so our mornings weren't so stressed. But, I paid extra attention to the table setting during the weekend so I would feel pampered too. That little extra effort certainly paid off - all I had to do was start the coffee and pour the juice. And blue and white china just makes me deliriously happy anyway.
Treat yourself to this bed and breakfast style treat: set the table and make a batch of muffin mix the night before, then simply scoop and bake the muffin mix while you enjoy your first cup of coffee the next morning.
My Grandma's Banana Bread (Muffins)
2 Large or 3 small ripe bananas (the riper the better - black is good)
2 Cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 Tsp. baking powder
3/4 Tsp. baking soda
1/2 Cup shortening (crisco)
1 1/2 Cups sugar
1 Tsp. real vanilla extract
Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add liquid ingredients (eggs, vanilla, and shortening) one at a time incorporating the ingredients together as you go. Add the bananas and mix until combined, but don't overmix. Fill muffin tins three quarters full and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes, or bake into bread and cook for 1 hour. Optional: Add fresh blueberries. I had banana-blueberry muffins on my honeymoon and they're yummy. Homemade blueberry jam works too. Or raspberry, or...
I love this mix and I plan to treat myself to a batch this weekend. Enjoy!
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