As Tony and I were eating dinner last night, we both remarked that we should eat corned beef more often.  OMG, super tender.  All I did was pour one light beer in my crock pot, added the seasoning packet that came with the brisket, put chopped carrots and potatoes on the bottom then laid that glorious piece of meat on top – put the top on and let it ride for about six hours.

I mean, could there be a more delicious plate of food?

I ended up eating only two slices of the corned beef (around 8 points – but worth it!) because, um, I may be making corned beef hash for breakfast later today. Shhh.  Don’t tell anyone! šŸ˜€

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I decided to bring in some muffins.  The fact that I got 16 bananas on the $1 rack dictated banana muffins, so I decided to make Banana Crumb Muffins.  Um, these are not WW friendly people.  Well, unless you want to spend 11 points on a muffin and eat salad the rest of the day.  I plan on making a healthier version later today so people at least have the option.

Banana Crumb Muffins – I used my giant ice cream scooper, so I am sure you could get 10 muffins out of this recipe.  I only got five!  422 calories, 16 fat, 63 carbs 1.1 fiber and 5.8 protein)

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

For the topping:

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Heat oven to 375.  Spray muffin pan with Pam.  Unless you have the totally deluxe Williams Sonoma Goldtouch muffin tin – no grease required and nothing ever sticks. šŸ˜€  Seriously, this is the best muffin tin I’ve ever owned.

In a large bowl mix flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In another bowl, mix bananas, egg and vegetable oil.  Stir banana mixture into flour mixture and just mix until combined.

In a small bowl add sugar, flour cinnamon and cut in 1 tablespoon of butter – mix until its the consistency of sand.  Using an ice cream scoop for big ones, scoop mixture into muffin tin and divide crumb mixture over the top.

I actually made two batches – and the crumb mixture was enough for 10 muffins.

These turned out so good – so to give you an idea, that basket above is a bread basket. šŸ˜€

I could really just eat the muffin top and be perfectly content!

So I decided this week’s BSI is going to be a category instead of an ingredient.

So the BSI this week is . . .  BREAKFAST! 

That way I am not eliminating vegetarians when I pick meat. šŸ˜€  And I think of all the possiblities – waffles, pancakes, quiches – I hope to get a good amount of breakfast inspiration!

You have until Sunday, March 25th to send me your link.  It can be an archieved recipe, and if you don’t have a blog, just send me your breakfast recipe at   This weeks prize is Emeril Lagasse’s Farm to Fork Book:

Today there was a half marathon in my town.  Over 1,000 runners participated in this race – and it’s so popular that it sold out on January 1 in less than an hour!  Our neighborhood is really hilly, so it’s a challenging course.  Um, about 5 years ago on January 1 I decided to enter the race, figuring that would give me inspiration to get into shape since the race is always right around my birthday.  That didn’t happen.  I didn’t train, but I paid for a sweat shirt so I got up the morning of the race, went to pick up my race packet and sweat shirt, and then proceeded to get back in my car and come home and go back to bed.  I am klassy like that.

So I decided to drive the 1 mile (realizing afterwards that I could have walked it!) to take pictures to inspire me.  I am sharing a few here:

I had to add this picture because I like to think this is what I look like riding a bike:

Here is the lead runner:

And here is part of an asshole driver who was wondering why everyone was yelling at him for driving on the course – really?  You don’t see the runners?

Girl power!  This was the first woman:

And this is how I think I look when I run:

You can see how many people there were!

And all shapes, sizes and ages:

The guy on the right side ran with his head down the whole time – I felt like saying “look up!”

It was inspiring to watch these runners and it reminded me that I shouldn’t be on the side lines.  I hope to run 3 races over the summer. šŸ˜€

Thanks to all the people who have emailed me about not being able to comment, or having to log into google or facebook to leave one.  I hope the problem gets solved really soon.

Hope you have a great Sunday – its gorgeous out!