Fate. It’s a funny thing. It can seem rather dramatic to feel like something was destined to happen. Sometimes, there is no other way to describe it though. I experienced this today. My agenda was pretty open. Get some housework done, work on the yard a bit, read some more of a fantastic book my sister sent me and meet up with a friend later for dinner. Perfect day to throw in a little something special for a friend.
I had someone in mind this morning. She recently got a new job, and is putting in her notice tomorrow morning. The office she is leaving has been a stressful environment and while I knew that she would feel relief to tell them she was leaving, there would be a bit of anxiety involved. A little pick me up before was in order. I had a few beauty supplies on hand, one being a dry shampoo ironically named Fresh Start. Hilarious. Some tea, and chocolates. What else starts a day out right? Mini muffins. Mini muffins in my opinion could probably prevent wars. I mean who doesn’t feel loved when they receive a basket of homemade mini muffins/? The answer is no one.
Here is where fate comes into play. I planned on trying to do a sneak drop on my way to dinner, her house was on the way. Not two blocks from her house, I passed her in traffic. Perfect! Now I won’t have to be so sneaky and she’ll return home to goodies on her doorstep. After my drop, I stopped to get fuel. Traffic was busy on the main street so I took a side alley when leaving. Who do I see when I pull back out but my muffin destined friend! She was out on a sunny stroll with a friend. I chuckled as I pulled away. What are the odds I’d run into her twice in a row?
I enjoyed a delicious home cooked meal with my friend while Hayden played outside with her kids until the sun went down. Practically anyway. Our days are pretty long this time of year. Hayden and I packed up and headed home.
Low and behold, who do we pass again on the drive home?! You guessed it. Miss Muffin herself. It was at this point I smiled and realized that my gesture turned out to be bigger than just me. A greater force was at work, and this act of kindness was truly meant to be for her today. I got a very sweet text from her on my return home, and we had a good laugh at our many encounters over the course of the afternoon.
Want my mini muffin recipe? I know you do. They’re even sort of healthy, so you won’t feel so guilty when you eat 37 of them in one sitting. I squashed two recipes together to come up with this one ultimate showdown.
Banana Zucchini Muffins- Mini Style
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 bread flour (you can use all purpose, bread flour makes for a softer result)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 tbsp. buttermilk
2-3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
handful of baby carrots, shredded (will be about 1/8 cup)
To your softened butter, add the sugar, honey, flax seed, bananas, zucchini and carrot. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own. Simply measure out what you need for the recipe with whatever milk you have on hand. Fat free, 2 %, whole, it’s all good, though a higher fat content will make for a better result. Now simply add a squirt or two of lemon juice and let it sit for a few minutes before adding to your recipe. I rarely buy buttermilk so I use this easy trick a lot. Mix your dry ingredients together and slowly mix in with your wet combination. Since my buttermilk had been sitting while I prepared the rest, now is when I threw it into my mixture.
Have your oven preheated to 325 degrees and scoop your batter into a greased mini muffin pan, unless using liners. You could probably have figured that out on your own though. Bake for approx. 13-14 minutes. They won’t be golden brown, and if you eat them right out of the pan, they will seem undercooked. This is what you want! They will continue to cook while resting and the banana in the batter will cool. Which will result in a delicious moist muffin bite.
Now here comes the hard part, keep them for yourself or treat your friends and family? I’ll let you figure that one out.