For those not “in the know,” ringworm is a misnomer. It has nothing to do with worms or rings but is actually a fungus similar to athletes foot. Gross. Its also quite contagious, especially to babies, thus requiring yet another round of laundry and psychotic house cleaning. I swear we wash our sheets more often than a hotel these days. As for Zoey, the poor girl will require twice-daily treatment with an anti-fungal spray for at least four to six weeks until things clear up. Hence the banning from our bed. She seems quite insulted…I think she considered her spot in bed as her last exclusive privilege now that Lillian gets so much of our time and attention. With that gone, our early-morning cuddle sessions must now take place out on the couch. Which is exactly where I found myself at 5:25 this morning (it took a while but I got back to it).
Of course, as soon as the parents were thoroughly caffeinated, both the baby and the dog fell back to sleep again. At this point, I figured it was a good excuse to bake (it only took five paragraphs but I got to the muffins!). I had an overripe banana in the freezer and figured that was a good place to start. Ever fearful of the dreaded Mid-Recipe Baby Meltdown (MRBM??), I chose a quick and easy muffin recipe: Banana Oatmeal. The banana makes them moist and flavorful, the oatmeal gives them a heartiness. Hints of cinnamon add spice while pecans contribute a nice crunch. I made them with almond milk (dairy free for those that care!) because I had it in the house. It added some nice flavor but they’d probably also be delish with regular milk.