Cranberry Banana Muffins

Anyone who’s even been in a hospital for more than a day can attest to the fact that the hospital is the last place you’ll get any rest.  It always boggled my mind how loud everyone could be in the hallway, nurses coming in to check on your bed mate – doctors streaming in and out and hourly vital signs.

So it’s no wonder that Tony has been catching up on his rest this weekend.  He was so cute and wanted to know what I wanted for breakfast.  I told him his only job is to rest, but I appreciated the offer.  This was brunch on Saturday – two pieces of bacon, pan roasted potatoes from half a leftover baked potato and scrambled egg whites.

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I try to keep busy while Tony is resting because I am the queen of “can I get you anything, you want water, you want some fruit, you want some ginger ale?!”  So I decided to make muffins.  I had a couple bananas that needed to be used up and I had frozen cranberries in the freezer.  These are so good – a lot of sweet/tart flavors going on – and I discovered a tip on how to get a rounded top on muffins!

Cranberry Banana Muffins

Ingredients

  • Cranberry Banana Muffins
  • makes 12 – each one: 280 calories, 9.8 fat, 45 carbs, 1.8 fiber and 4.6 protein
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries, chopped
  • 2 large bananas
  • 2 tablespoons coarse sugar

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 425.**  In a large bowl whisk the eggs, sugars until combined.  I rough chopped the bananas and added that to the egg/sugar mixture.  Add the milk and olive oil stir just until combined.  In another bowl put the flour, baking powder salt and cinnamon and mix to combine.  Toss in the chopped cranberries to the flour mixture – this will prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the muffin.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix just until combined and no more flour is on the bottom – you want to avoid over mixing because that can dry out your muffin.  **Bake the muffins for 5 minutes at 425.  This high heat will get the batter to rise quickly in the muffin tin, then put it down to 375 and bake for 20-25 minutes.  I baked mine about 22 more minutes.
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I ended up making two batches – one for home and one for the restaurant.  They were all gone within 15 minutes of me getting to work!

Work was good.  My first table was a young couple.  The woman needed to use the bathroom right away, so when I came to the table the gentleman was like “everything looks so great – tell me about this seafood tower!”  Well, the small seafood tower has 1/2 a pound of king crab legs, clams, oysters, smoked salmon, jumbo shrimp and lobster meat – the small is $65 and the large is $95.  It’s quite a presentation too.  I told the gentleman that I’ve seen couples order the small as their entrée – and then he said but I want to try the gnocchi too – so I suggested they get the gnocchi as an appetizer and then the seafood tower for dessert.  He then ordered two drinks for him and his wife, and said he’d talk to her when she got back from the bathroom.  Well, she shot him down on the seafood tower, saying she wasn’t that hungry.  So she ordered a $10 appetizer as her entrée and he ordered a $15 bowl of pasta with meatballs.  Oh well, maybe next time!

But my last table was great – a 9 top that was super fun, got my sense of humor right away and it was a pleasure to wait on them.  Their tab ended up being $444 and they tipped me $100 – nice!  I was starving by the time I got home though, and picked up pizza bread on the way home – funny that you can be around food all night and be hungry leaving!

I ended up making an egg white spinach pita for breakfast.  Just 1/2 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup chopped spinach and cooked that in a skillet until set.  Then I put that on top of one of my homemade pitas and topped it with a bit of feta and American cheese and popped it under the broiler to melt the cheese.  This was good, but next time I think I’ll finish it off in the skillet – put the pita on bottom, put the cooked egg on top, top it with the cheese and put a lid on it, so that the pita gets crispy.  Still tasty though!

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My meal plan is all about me this week!  Tony still doesn’t have much of an appetite, and wants just simple food – rice, cooked pasta, mashed potatoes, apple sauce yogurt, etc.  Me?  I’ve got bay scallop risotto, pumpkin ravioli with vodka sauce, grilled bbq chicken with grilled zucchini, beef tostadas with a poblano pepper creama, Thai noodle soup, breakfast biscuits – Biz Food!

Before I knew it, it was time to get ready for my firm’s anniversary dinner party.  My boss and I planned it and I am always nervous going in because my boss sets the bar really high.  I got there 30 minutes early, spoke to the GM and our server and I felt confident it would be a great event.  We had it at a place called The Saddle Room.  Obviously horse themed, and they even had a separate super luxurious OTB part of the restaurant.

When Tony feels better I think we should go there – the place is huge and they have a very extensive wine/beer selection.

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I curled my hair, wore it down, put makeup AND jewelry on – I am pretty sure the people in my office didn’t recognize me – in fact everyone said to me, I had no idea your hair was so long!  And my eyes look blue in that picture, but they are green – weird!

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These pictures don’t do the food justice, but I got the Caesar salad to start and then got the flat iron steak with carrots and mashed potatoes – the steak was perfect and I loved the big shreds of Parmesan cheese on the salad.  In the end, my boss was thrilled with how it went, and that’s all that matters.  We also got word that the new girl starts today instead of tomorrow, so my work life won’t be as hectic as of late – whew!

Saturday since I worked the restaurant, I had no problem getting my 10,000 steps.  Yesterday?  Um, not so much – oh well!  Sunday is my rest day.  Well, I just realized I didn’t work out at all last week since Tony was in the hospital – definitely hitting up the gym today at lunch.

Hope you had a great weekend – what was the highlight of your weekend?  For me?  TONY COMING HOME!  Make it a great day!

35 thoughts on “Cranberry Banana Muffins

  1. So glad to hear he is home – yippeee! Rest up Tony!!

    Highlight of my weekend was for sure watching L pitch at his baseball game – I can’t believe he is old enough to do that! They played a great game, it was so fun.

    • I saw the picture of him pitching on Facebook – he has a nice throw! I had no idea they pitched that young! (and I will ignore the fact that its a Cubs jersey!) :P

  2. Yay, so glad Tony’s home! There’s no place like home!

  3. Like the food in hospitals, the ambience is not exactly therapeutic either. Some of the “noise” is necessary, but I agree that, particularly, on the night shift there is an awful lot of unnecessary noise. When I worked the medical floors I always tried to dim the lights in my nurse’s station and I was the nurse always saying shhh! Other staff would complain that they couldn’t see and turn the lights back on bright. On the psych unit we all prefer it to be dim and quiet!

    I’m glad Tony is home and catching up on rest. I love that necklace you are wearing. Very pretty picture!!

    • Thanks Aimee! Yep, I knew of all people you would understand! I am assuming you bring your own food to work, right? The cafeteria sucks ass!

  4. I’m glad Tony is home and resting!
    And you look BEAUTIFUL in that picture – way to work it, girl!!

  5. You look fantastic sweety, you really should wear make-up more often, you are pretty without it but even more when you use a little bit of makeup.

    Looks like you had a great weekend now that Tony’s home. If I’m correct he gets the results today? If so, good luck, keep my fingers crossed for good news.

    • Thanks Fran – and the funny thing is, it probably takes all of about 5-10 minutes for me to “put myself together.” I usually don’t bother because I normally work out at lunch, so why bother?! :P

      We don’t go until next week – I am assuming no news is good news at this point!

  6. Glad to hear Tony came home and your work party was a success! Here’s hoping for good news today on Tony’s tests. I know it’s difficult when he doesn’t have an appetite, but he needs to get some protein in- that always helps us to heal and feel better faster – scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese? I know you know lots about nutrition, but I’m just being a nurse nellie ;) Have a good day!

    • Eggs is a great idea – maybe I’ll make him up some egg salad and he can put it on some crackers? I did buy him cottage cheese with pineapple which he loves. He also thought of skinny frozen burgers too. Keep the protein ideas coming!

  7. Highlight of my weekend was having my in-laws in town.

    Isn’t it funny how it’s so much easier to get our steps in when we have things already planned (like working at the restaurant or running)? But sitting at a desk all day and then going home makes it so much harder for me on the other days!

    • Yep, today I had a work luncheon – by now I would have had nearly 8,000 steps and I am not even to 5,000 yet! Hope you had fun with the in-laws!

  8. Such a good attentive nurse :) Those muffins look ridiculous good- baked perfectly!! You make me want to bake some muffins ;) You looked gorgeous for the party. Hope you have a nice week and that all of the news on Tony is good stuff!!

  9. SOOOOOOOO happy that Tony is home!!!! You looked gorgeous in the photo! And yay for the party being a success! Have a good week Vat! Big hug

  10. You look so nice all dressed up! I think it’s funny that your work people didn’t know you have long hair – you never wear it down at work?? Glad the event was a success!

    Hope Tony gets to feeling better. You get the test results today, right? Fingers crossed they’re good.

  11. Gorgeous picture of you!!
    I always feel stressed when I’m the one planning a party for a group – you want everyone to like it and have a good time – that venue looks/sounds amazing.
    I hope Tony starts to feel more rested this week.

    • Ha – nope I never wear it down at work. With filing around it just gets in my way – I’ll embed a picture of how I normally wear it every day!

  12. My highlight of the weekend…..found out I shall be a great grandmother in October. So to celebrate we went to the Milwaukee Burger Co. Bar and Grill. I think you and Tony would like that place…..they had something like 40 different kinds of beers and the burgers were all so different, I could only finish half of it and took the rest home. I shall finish the rest today for dinner. TV’s on every wall, we finally found the one showing the NASCAR races, so JP was happy.

    Food looks good, I think I will look for your post where you made the pita’s, and try making those. That pita with spinach and egg and cheese looks really good.

    Good tips on Saturday, that sure helps. I need to get a card in the mail for Tony….heads up, this week sometime. :)

    • Congratulations Louise! The pitas were so easy – look up a video on youtube and watch it though. The dough comes together in minutes, and it literally takes a minute and a half per side to cook.

  13. Very nice pic of you! I’m glad to hear you’ll be getting help at work now. That’s always a good stress reliever.

  14. Hi HOT stuff!! You are so beautiful!! And welcome home Tony!!!

  15. You look great!

    Hope you had a good lunch workout! And hope you’ll get good news this week!

  16. Oh Biz. You are just so pretty! And those muffins are pretty damn pretty too. But the prettiest news is that Tony is home!

  17. The food looks delicious and so tempting, now I have the urge to bake muffins. Glad to see that Tony returned home and the party sounds like a lot of fun.

  18. Hey James – I love when I get a first time commenter! :D

  19. I’m going to try these muffins with half the sugar and see how we like them. We try to limit sugar in our house and make lots of changes to recipes we find.
    I also would like to try them with bluberries!

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