Recipe | Banana Muffins

Those who know me, know I tend to shy away from baking anything which doesn’t start out with a mix in a box. Baking from scratch scares me – once it’s in the oven, that’s it… it’s all too final for me. Cooking is different, you can always open the pot, test, and add ingredients if need be.

Recipe - bananas

This time though, I decided to be brave and try a recipe I came across on fellow mommy blogger Mom Of Two Little Girls twitter account.

She had posted a link to a quick and simple recipe on My Mommy Style, and seeing as I had over ripe bananas to spare, Zee and I gave it a try… and… success! They’re oh so yummy, and Zee has declared me “best chef ever!” Although, my child is all about positive reinforcement, and crowns me “best chef ever” after just about every meal I make. 😀

Recipe - banana muffins

The muffins were also the perfect addition to our tea party. 🙂

Recipe - banana muffins

And now, the recipe (which even a novice baker like myself cannot get wrong):

Prep: 10 min | Bake: 20 min | Total: 30 min

Ingredients:

• 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour

• 1 teaspoon baking powder

• 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 3 large bananas, mashed (I used 4 small bananas)

• 3/4 cup sugar

• 1 egg

• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

• 1/3 cup butter, melted

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.

2. Coat muffin pan with nonstick spray, or use paper liners.

3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and salt; set aside.

4. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla essence, and melted butter in a bowl. Fold in flour mixture and mix until dry ingredients are just combined. Do not over mix. Scoop batter into the muffin tin.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes (I left them in the full 20 minutes).

And enjoy! 😋

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Tammymum

Something fun to do this school holiday – Harties Aerial Cableway

Harties Aerial Cableway - new cars

On a recent visit to Hartbeespoort, Shawn suggested we take Zee to the Harties Aerial Cableway. His suggestion was shot down quickly by the horrified look on my face, followed by the tale of how I’d been traumatized by said cableway many years ago – I was eighteen, and during a weekend in Hartbeespoort with family, we bought tickets for a ride. The cars were really old, semi open, and I was scared the entire ride up, and then down again.

Of course by now Zee had heard us, and all she caught of the conversation was that there was a fun ride to be had. Oh boy. My rather feeble attempt to get these two to put off the deathly scary cable car ride was unsuccessful (“Look at those clouds, guys, it’s going to rain! We can do this another time.”), and off we headed to the place I really didn’t want to be.

Fortunately for me, there was a very pleasant surprise awaiting us. The old cableway (which was built in 1973!!) had closed in 2005. It had since been completely revamped, under new ownership. Yes, fancy new cable cars too. 🙂

Harties Aerial Cableway - new cars

The ride to the top felt so smooth and secure compared to when I’d last been there, meaning I was actually able to take in the pretty great view on the way up.

At the top, there’s a bar, and a curio shop – Little Shop at the Top. After a quick stop in there, we strolled along the Dassie Loop walkway, and were treated to gorgeous views of Hartbeespoort Dam, Magaliesburg, and some of Johannesburg. Shawn even pointed out where you could see Pretoria in the distance.

Harties Aerial Cableway - little shop

Harties Aerial Cableway - view

Harties Aerial Cableway - family

Zee was delighted to find the KidZone play area right at the top! We were just glad there was plenty of place to sit, because she was having so much fun, we were not getting her out of that jungle gym anytime soon. You can get light meals while you’re up there too, but with Zee not wanting anything other than to play, we decided we’d wait to grab a bite together at the base.

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Harties Aerial Cableway - KidZone

Once we’d eventually pried Zee away from KidZone, we headed back to the cable car, and straight to Hero’s Cableway Grillhouse and Pizzeria at the base to feed our bellies! We were really impressed with the food – the pizza Shawn and I shared was generously topped and delicious. Zee’s chicken strips and fries were also yummy, and daddy and I couldn’t resist stealing a few! 😉

Harties Aerial Cableway - Zee

Harties Aerial Cableway - old cable cars

Our trip to Harties Cableway turned out to be so much fun, and now I’m the first to say it’s a must do if you’re in Hartbeespoort.

A tip for when you do visit: Carry a jacket, as it can get a little cold at the top, and of course a camera so you can capture it all.

Some information to help you plan:

• Harties Cableway is open seven days a week
• Ticket office opens at 8:30am
• The first car goes up at 9:00am
• The last car comes down at 4:45pm
• Adult ticket: R195
• Kids (4-14 years) ticket: R115
• Kids under 4 years of age ride free

Contact Harties Cableway on 012 253 9910, or visit the website here.

This post was originally published on jozikids.

Tammymum

Super early parenting… how did they do it?

It was 1981. He rocked an afro, à la The Jackson 5. She had cut her long hair for the first time (real hardcore too – all the way from bum-length to a short pixie cut). They were young, starry-eyed, beautiful, and had just gotten married.

Parenting - mom and dad wedding

And just one short year later, they would be parents. To me. 😯

Parenting - 1 year old

The other day I found myself thinking, man this parenting thing is no joke. And truly, it isn’t. Parenting is hard work. Here you are, this person who’s far from perfect, and you’re entrusted with raising a real life human being! Whaaat?

Plus, you’re still pretty young yourself. Except, you’re not. Well, not in comparison to when your parents had you that is. I mean, when my mom was my age, she had a sixteen year old kid. SIXTEEN!! I mean, I can’t even imagine myself with a teenager at my age… and my mom had both a teen and a tween. And she did it all, with grace. HOW?

Granted, not all our parents had us at nineteen and twenty three (that’s how old my mom and dad were when I was born), and not everyone today waits until their late twenties, or thirties to have a child. On average though, the age that women have their first child has gone up, meaning that in years gone by, many (our moms, aunts, grandmothers) did have their kids a lot younger than we do now. And how they did it all, boggles my mind.

I mean, at almost twenty seven, I remember wondering if I was mature enough to be a good mom to the tiny bean in my belly. I devoured baby books and magazines, I joined a mommy-to-be online forum, I hoped my childish silliness wouldn’t hinder me from getting everything right in the parenting department. I wondered, “what if I’m too young for this parent thing?”

ParentInc - first scan

Too young? Dude, your mom had an eight year old when she was your age! That’s when it hit me – maybe it’s the overload of information so readily available to us, which leads to us (well, me at least) overthinking everything? Or maybe there’s just so much more mayhem in the world today, it scares us, and we overthink and over stress about everything? I don’t know. What I do know though, is that parenting, as I mentioned earlier, isn’t for the weak.

When I think, for example, of how confused I become when Zee has an over-sensitive day and becomes a little difficult to deal with, I have to stop and wonder… how flustered was my mom at nineteen, with a baby… and how overwhelmed was she at thirty five, with a sixteen year old? Because you know, teenagers know everything after all *cue eye-roll*, and are sooo mature and cool *cough*. It never showed though. Grace and dignity. Smiles and love. That’s all I remember. That’s all she let us see.

I don’t know how she did it, how any of the super young moms and dads did it. But I’m grateful. Grateful for the stellar job done of raising us, even at such a young age. And grateful that it’s not me having to do the same. I was too childish at nineteen to have done what they did, and pull it off that well!

For me personally*, I feel like I had Zee at just the right time – still young and goofy enough, that I make my kid laugh daily, but old enough to deal with (or at least, attempt to) whatever parenting in this crazy world throws at me.

*These are just my personal thoughts and opionions, ie. what works for our little family.

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