Monday, May 16, 2011

The MEGA Muffin

Do you ever make muffins, and the recipe says it yields twelve, but it actually yields about 18? 

And do you only have a muffin pan of 12? 

I always seem to have extra batter, so rather than waiting for the first batch and then baking 6 more, I made a MEGA MUFFIN. 

Isn't it great?!?! 

We had some bananas that were on their way out, so I made banana bread muffins. 

Follow the recipe, but shorten the baking time to 25 minutes for muffins. 

I think muffins are so photogenic! 

Add lots of dark chocolate chips. 

They are so gooey when they come fresh out of the oven!

Moist, not too sweet, chocolate and banana goodness! 

This weekend I got a haircut - it doesn't look too drastically different, but she added short layers which makes my very thick hair feel so light! It will be perfect for the summer... if it ever comes. 

And we had the wonderful opportunity to listen to Richard Louv speak about his books Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle. I have read Last Child in the Woods, but I have not had the chance to get my hands on The Nature Principle, which just came out last month. 


"Last Child in the Woods is the first book to bring together a new and growing body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions and simple ways to heal the broken bond—and many are right in our own backyard."

The Nature Principle is "about the power of living in nature—not with it, but in it. We are entering the most creative period in history. The twenty-first century will be the century of human restoration in the natural world."

Many of the things Rich spoke to really resonated with us, and when he mentioned tree houses I can't tell you how many people turned to their neighbors and told them how much they wanted a tree house when they were growing up. I definitely wanted a tree house!!! We began dreaming of living in a small house with woods in the backyard for our children to explore, family staycations and camping in local state and national parks, and how to balance what will be inevitable societal pressures of video games and technology in our family's life. Rich offers a rich body of research and questions for Ross and me to ponder as we decide what our future family life might be like. 

His talk was inspiring and hopeful. He talked about working towards sustainability is perhaps to wrong path or terminology because it suggests stasis, unchanging and unmoving, which certainly isn't very exciting nor suitable for a changing and dynamic world. How about a sustainable creative future with real applications of sustainability creativity? The world is dynamic and so are people, and constant change is perhaps the only practical model.