BSI – Breakfast! Muffins and Inspiration

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! 😀

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. 😀  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. 😀

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. 😀  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. 😀

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!


18 thoughts on “BSI – Breakfast! Muffins and Inspiration

  1. On your muffins, replace the oil with applesauce and use splenda or at least half splenda for the sugar.

    It’s my birthday today and my sons birthday was yesterday. He’s 13, I officially have 2 teens in the house, yikes!

    BSI sounds awesome with breakfast! Let me know if you ever want me to host it!

  2. Yummy on those muffins! Guess what I’m going to be baking in just a bit! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Great race inspiration – you can do it! 🙂
    Here’s my link for BSI Breakfast:
    (Oatmeal Griddle Cakes with Greek Yogurt and Berries)

  4. Those muffins look gourmet! Very nice of you to bring in a treat on YOUR birthday!

    Love the race pictures – everyone looks so happy – must have been at an early stage, lol. As for the guy with his head down? It looks like they were running up a bit of a hill, and he probably just kept his head down so he didn’t have to see how much further he had to go (not that I would do that or anything…).

    Gorgeous day!

  5. Happy early birthday!! It is rainy and cold here today, but that is ok, it is a nice change for us.

    here is my entry for the BSI:

    I already have the cookbook, so I am just participating to share a very yummy recipe 🙂

  6. Glad y’all had such a nice St. Patty’s day dinner- looks just perfect. Muffins are awesome, but they can be such calorie bombs- ahhhh! Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!! Hope you have a fantastic day

  7. That’s awesome!! I’m going to make that corned beef in the crockpot!

  8. What great race inspiration! And now I really, really want some corned beef!

    I think I’ll actually be entering this week’s BSI…just need to make a post 🙂

  9. It looks so warm there, we have snow this morning! Your muffins look yummy, good job! Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  10. Happy birthday! I run with my head down too .. I try to stop but it helps me focus and I’m scared I’m going to twist my ankle or something. Love breakfast 🙂

  11. I need to make corned beef. My parents always make it but I haven’t in a long time.


  12. SkippyMom Here

    Corned beef and cabbage is my favorite meal but I have to boil my veggies separately from the corned beef to keep them from absorbing massive amounts of sodium and then I only get a “taste” of the meat itself. Still I could eat boiled potatoes, carrots and cabbage with vinegar [and unsalted butter on the first ones] all dang day long. My house still smells delicious.

    I am laughing at you picking up the sweatshirt. I think I would do the same thing. I am sure you WILL run your three races this year – you do everything you set your mind to, which is awesome.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday. You deserve it.

    [And I am eyeballing my bananas and realize I have to make some bread & soon.]

  13. Here’s a breakfast recipe: I don’t seem to have a picture of the casserole itself but I do have several pictures of my daughter’s class enjoying the food at the brunch 🙂

    Happy Birthday to You as well!

  14. Even though I didn’t make corned beef for St. Patty’s day, I’m going to make some this week just because I’ve seen two many good looking pics on blogs 😀 I was laughing as you said, ‘this is how I picture myself riding a bike’ and ‘this is how I picture myself running’…you crack me up! 😉

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