Thursday, May 3, 2012

Tell the Truth Thursday! Registration for School!

In the next few weeks I have to register Delaney for School!

They call it kinder-start as they only go once a month to help the child adjust to going to school the following year but to Delaney it is SCHOOL!

She has been packing up her bags and suitcase and walking to the door to go to school for I don't know how long. Delaney has been ready for school for as long as she has known what school is!

She is so excited and I am too! Sure part of me wants to wrap her up in her blankalie and rock her to sleep like I did when she was a baby, protect her from the world she wants to explore and keep her all to myself. Sure part of me wants to cry and morn the loss of her toddler-hood not to mention her baby-hood... BUT a very large part of me is so happy that she is growing up. She is a happy, polite, smart and beautiful child and I am so glad that she is going to school!

Maybe I am adjusting well now because I know I have another baby still here in my arms wanting to cuddle and snuggle and who is just learning about the world around him, maybe its because I am deluding myself and the day will come when it hits me HARD that my first baby is going to school, but maybe just maybe I am doing ok because I am confident that she is ready for school and that learning is something that I feel she will excel at. I honestly feel like she is at a point now where there isn't much more I can teach her without getting into the kindergarden curriculum so school is really the best place for her because lets face it I am NO teacher.

We have decided that we are going to try (and yes I say try) to get her into french immersion because we feel she can handle the challenge and that she will excel with the program. However the demand for French means I have to line up at least an hour and a half before the doors open for registration, that I am not looking forward to!

Now don't get me wrong I'm fearful, I am scared that she wont fit in, I'm scared that she will have trouble with the work, and most of all I'm scared that we wont be able to keep up with her once she starts learning french and using it regularly. I'm fearful but I know that my very resilient little girl is ready for this next step and I am so ready for her to experience learning the way you do in school!

Are your little ones in school yet? Am I kidding myself? Should I bring tissues for myself on the first day of school? Did you feel fine about your kiddos going to school? Please leave a comment and let me know how your experience with kindergarden was!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins!

This should have been yesterdays Make it Monday recipe but to be honest with you I kept putting off posting and eventually I forgot... Oops.

Either way this is one super easy recipe that you can mix up and have on the snack tray in no time! And they are certainly a crowd pleaser... as long as you don't spill the beans on the secret ingredient because for some reason when you tell people that a recipe has this ingredient they tend to turn up their nose and walk away because this ingredient has a bad rep...

People think that prunes are an old persons food, and that their only purpose is as a laxative but prunes are soooo good for you! Not only are they are low in salt and fat and taste sweet, mostly because they are just dried plumes but they are the second most cultivated fruit in the world!

No matter how you feel about them here is the recipe for my Double Chocolate Banana Muffins!

3/4 cup dried pitted prunes
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup white sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 mashed banana
1 cup ground quick cooking oats
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup chocolate chunks

Chop prunes and place them in a small sauce pan with the water, bring to a boil and allow to simmer until most of the liquid has been absorbed and the prunes are plumped up, allow to cool. Meanwhile cream your butter and sugar in a large bowl, add the egg and mix well. Once your prunes are cooled puree in a food processor or blender until completely smooth, then mix with your mashed banana. In a medium bowl mix your dry ingredients until combined then add the dry mix into the butter and sugar alternately with the mashed banana and prunes. Once all three are mixed well add your chocolate chips or chocolate chunks.
Bake at 350 in mini muffin pans.
Yields 48 mini muffins that are 56 calories each!

They are super yummy and go over  well with just about everyone... little girls and grown men included!

PS: Calorie information for the muffins came from here! And the prune information is from here!

Do you always tell your family what your "secret" ingredients are? Will you give your kids a food and tell them that it was made with something else just to get them to eat it? i'd love to know if i am the only one keeping a few ingredients "secret"!