Sunday, May 17, 2015

At This Moment 2.0



Making: family memories. Family movie night - check.
Drinking: in the smell of the rain.
Reading: Children of the Promise.
Wanting: to go snuggle with my babies.
Looking: through family photos.
Wasting: time daydreaming about a future home.
Wishing: that sweet baby will sleep through the night.
Enjoying: this stage in life.
Waiting: for answers.
Wondering: what will graduation bring; where will it take us?
Loving: XO via John Mayer ♥
Hoping: I am enough.
Marveling: at how much my baby has grown.
Needing: to finish the laundry.
Wearing: cozy sweats, no makeup, and messy hair.
Following: the chocolate chip trail left behind by my favorite three year old. Bribery at its finest.
Noticing: that my girls have been playing and giggling all day. Sisters are the best.
Knowing: I need to be more patient.
Thinking: about mothering.
Bookmarking: recipes. Always.
Feeling: ready for sleep.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hawaiian Caramel Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

While we were in Maui we had some ah-mazing food! Our last morning on the island we decided to pick up breakfast at a little restaurant just down the street from where we were staying.


Enter the toasted coconut, macadamia nut, caramel, chocolate chip banana bread muffin. It was heavenly and after that first delicious bite I knew we were going to have to recreate them once we got home.




Guys I don't even like coconut or macadamia nuts, but I sure loved these -- and what better way to bring home a taste of paradise! Missing Maui already....


Hawaiian Caramel Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Recipe adapted from: Whole Wheat Banana Bread Muffins
Inspired by: Kihei Caffe
Makes 12-15 muffins

Batter
3 extra-ripe medium bananas, about 1 pound
1/2 c. coconut oil, melted
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 c. white whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips, plus extra for topping

Caramel
4 Tbsp. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
2-3 Tbsp. milk

Toppings
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut, shredded
1/2 c. roasted salted macadamia nuts, chopped

Directions: Begin by heating a small pan over medium-high heat. In the pan toast the coconut until light golden brown. Set aside. In the same pan toast the macadamia nuts until golden brown in color. Set aside.

In a small saucepan melt the butter for the caramel over medium heat. Add brown sugar. Cook for about 1-2 minutes until slightly thickened, whisking constantly. While still whisking add the milk and cook for another 1-2 minutes until caramel is smooth. Immediately remove from heat and set aside.

Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12 cup muffin tin and set aside. In a large bowl add bananas and mash them with a fork until pureed. Add coconut oil, brown sugar, honey, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk until all ingredients are incorporated. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just combined. Finally fold in the mini chocolate chips.

Add 1/4 cup of batter for each muffin to prepared pan. Top with 3/4-1 teaspoon of toasted coconut and 1 teaspoon of macadamia nuts. Next, in the center of each muffin, add 1 teaspoon of prepared caramel. (The closer the caramel gets to the sides the more that will overflow when baking.) Finally divide remaining nuts and coconut evenly between each muffin and sprinkle on top of the caramel.

Bake for 20 minutes. Some caramel will most likely spread through the baking process. Once cooled, remove from the pan and enjoy!



Shared HERE.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Maui

Last week Ty and I went on a little getaway to Maui. It was our first time leaving the girls and boy was I a mess, but luckily I was the only one...the girls had the time of their lives with their Gigi.


Tyson was dead set on watching the sunrise from the Haleakala Crater, a dormant volcano 10,000 feet above sea level. I was a little more skeptical since that meant waking up at 3am. But I have to say it was amazing--one of my favorite things we did from the entire trip.




After the sunrise we headed to the Kula Lodge for breakfast. It was delicious, but the best part was definitely the view. Once we finished breakfast we headed off to Hana. The road to Hana is a main attraction for a lot of tourists and it made for a very long day in the car, but we also got to see some amazing things. A black sand beach, tons of waterfalls, the seven sacred pools, and a hike through the bamboo forest.





The next morning we headed out on a catamaran for a snorkel trip out to Molokini Crater. I talked Tyson into trying snuba (a hybrid between snorkeling and scuba diving) and we got to see tons of fish, coral and sea turtles. That night we drove over to Paia for dinner at Mama's Fish House and let me tell you, it definitely lived up to its reputation, but my favorite that night was watching the sunset behind the ocean.






The remainder of our trip we spent eating amazing food, exploring, and relaxing on the beach.








Thanks Maui for an amazing week in Paradise.