Saturday, 17 March 2012

Chocolate Banana Breakfast Bars

Sigh.  March Break is coming to an end.  I was just starting to get back into the stay-at-home-mom groove.  I even squeezed in a play date yesterday morning.  I miss play dates.

I accomplished a lot this week without accomplishing anything at all.  Like road tripping to a baptism and spending time with family.  Like spending the entire day outside with the kids today.  Like reading the second and third books of the Hunger Games trilogy.  Oh ya.

On the flip side, I did nothing on my To Do list.  So, as of Monday I'll be back to my frantic, forgetful self.  Today, though, I'm just going to enjoy the sunshine, my kids and maybe a green beer.

Here's the recipe I promised the play group moms on Friday.  It's a cross between muffins and granola bars.  A real hit with the pre-school crowd.

Chocolate Banana Breakfast Bars
Adapted from Bake It Up, by the Ontario Government
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup soft margarine
1 medium-sized, mashed banana
1 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 13x9 pan with margarine or cooking spray.
2. Beat the margarine and sugars together.  Mix in the banana, yogurt, eggs and vanilla.
3. Combine the flour, flax, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl.  Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture.  Mix well.  Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
4.  Spread dough onto the baking pan.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  Once cooled, cut into 24 bars.

Chocolate Banana Breakfast Bars

St. Patricks Day Feet by SashaWarner
St. Patricks Day Feet, a photo by SashaWarner on Flickr.
Sigh. March Break is coming to an end. I was just starting to get back into the stay-at-home-mom groove. I even squeezed in a play date yesterday morning. I miss play dates.

I accomplished a lot this week without accomplishing anything at all. Like road tripping to a baptism and spending time with family. Like spending the entire day outside with the kids today. Like reading the second and third books of the Hunger Games trilogy. Oh ya.

On the flip side, I did nothing on my To Do list. So, as of Monday I'll be back to my frantic, forgetful self. Today, though, I'm just going to enjoy the sunshine, my kids and maybe a green beer.

Here's the recipe I promised the play group moms on Friday. It's a cross between muffins and granola bars. A real hit with the pre-school crowd.


Chocolate Banana Breakfast Bars
(Adapted from Bake It Up, by the Ontario Government)
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup soft margarine
1 medium-sized, mashed banana
1 cup plain yogurt
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 13x9 pan with margarine or cooking spray.
2. Beat the margarine and sugars together. Mix in the banana, yogurt, eggs and vanilla.
3. Combine the flour, flax, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Mix well. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.
4. Spread dough onto the baking pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Once cooled, cut into 24 bars.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Spring is here!

AstroGirl in the park by SashaWarner
AstroGirl in the park, a photo by SashaWarner on Flickr.

Today we spent most of the morning outside (hooray for March Break!).  Almost overnight, the snow has virtually disappeared.
Nevin stood on the driveway, pointed at a patch of grass and said: "Look Mom!  Springtime is right over there!"
He ran over to the patch, stood on it for a moment, and then jumped on it with two feet, the way only a jubilant, clumsy three-year-old can. 

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Be weary of your time

Little Cast by SashaWarner
Little Cast, a photo by SashaWarner on Flickr.
Scarlett broke her leg yesterday.

Here’s the story. The kids and I were coming downstairs. I lifted the baby gate, and the latching mechanism fell apart in my hands. It happens all the time and takes two seconds to fix. Nevin ran ahead. Scarlett, who has gotten pretty good at stairs, turned around to follow him. We have two steps, then a large landing, and then six steps, so the two steps are kind of like a buffer zone to get down in front of her before she tries for the larger set of steps. Even though the voice in my head said, mind your baby, I paused on the landing to fix the baby gate. The baby gate that takes two seconds to fix. I rushed, I multi-tasked. She caught her foot on the landing. She started to fall. My hands were full, fixing the baby gate that takes two seconds to fix. I couldn’t drop it fast enough. She rolled the whole way down and I couldn’t catch her.

It gets worse. Yesterday, I thought that she was fussing every time I put her down because she’d been at day care all week and wanted to be on my hip. I thought she was just being clingy and I wasn’t particularly sympathetic. No. She was crying because mommy was trying to make her stand on a broken leg. Mother-of-the-year, right here. I didn’t take her to the doctor until this morning - after I told Shawn about the stairs and he connected all the dots for me. Thank God one of us is on the ball.

Here’s the lesson in all of this: be weary of your time. How often in a day do you think you can squeeze just one more thing in, even when there is a little voice in you head saying stop? Most of the time, you can, you did, and the world marches on. But sometimes you can’t and it doesn’t. And you remember, too late, that all those other times, you were just lucky. I’ll just wash this one last dish. I’ll just run in and out, it’ll take me three seconds. I’ll just check that one last email. I’ll just fix this baby gate; it takes two seconds. Stop. Do what you set out to do, stop trying to squeeze it all in, and listen to that voice. I didn’t yesterday, and all I keep thinking is: it could’ve been her head.
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