Saturday, September 3, 2011

RANDOM BAKES OF KINDNESS




It's back to school time here in Ireland - and it made me think "who dreads going back more - the kids or the teachers??"  At least the kids have all their friends to sweeten the pill, but the poor teachers, back to the grindstone after 2/3 months of freedom!!!!

Vanessa has introduced a wonderful new challenge called Random Bakes Of Kindness (what a genius idea!) whereby you gift a batch of your baked beauties (!) to someone who goes the extra mile in your life.  I decided the the teachers at my niece and nephew's school would be the ideal recipients for a "first day back at school cheer me up" - they have been so good to the kids over the past few months, keeping their school lives as even and calm as possible.  Who better to receive an injection of sugar (and thanks) with their morning coffee.

I was up with the birds on the day they were going back, and so decided to whip up Coby's Banana and Yogurt Muffins - Coby has a fantastic blog (which she shares with a great group of bloggers) you'll be delighted when you visit - it's a font of ideas and mouth watering recipes and photos, but most of all it's a beautifully written blog - you share in all their lives.  I whipped up the muffins when I got up, and they were still warm when I popped them into a tin for the kids to bring to school.  Brownieville Princess and Boy #4 weren't too anxious to bring in the gift, so I dropped it into the office on my way out - and seemingly they went down a storm - some warm, fairly low fat goodies on the first day back to school - I hope they brought a few smiles to the staff room!!

The recipe is over on The Clayton's Blog - the only change I made was to use peach instead of passionfruit yoghurt, and sunflower instead of olive oil, they were light, fluffy and brim full of flavour.

Thanks a million to Vanessa for this excellent idea - it is really good to spend time thinking of all the people in your life that you need to be grateful to - there are so many.



29 comments:

Gloria said...

Look delicious Brownieville girl, xxgloria

Julie said...

What a great idea...they look delicious. I'm too intimidated by my dtr's teacher to try anything like that..ha!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I really like this idea. I wish I lived closer I would turn around the kindness and bake something for you. Susan

At Anna's kitchen table said...

What a great idea!
They looks so good BVG!

Karen S Booth said...

I think the RBOK is GREAT and thanks for the plug, I have joined up and your muffins look BEYOND delicious!
Fab post!
Karen

Sue/the view from great island said...

Great post---I think all of our kids would get a better education, or at least have happier teachers, if people did this kind of thing more often. I'll bet the teachers especially appreciated that your treats were healthy.

Nom! The Indulgent Baking Blog said...

wow I really like the random idea...and I bet they loved them!

Nom! x

C said...

They look lovely, and I'm sure they were very well received indeed if the teachers are anything like any of my colleagues :-)

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

This teacher thanks you for thinking of us, how thoughtful you are!

Mary

Laura said...

I love the Random Bakes of Kindness concept... and those muffins love absolutely delicious! I'll have to give the recipe a shot - thanks for linking up to it!

Vanessa Kimbell said...

Oh I LOVE this post .. what a great RBOK .. I LOVE it .. .. I shall be doing a round up on the 8th of September . ( My kids will be back at school then !) .. thank you so much this is one of the best I've read !!

Vanessa
x

Hester Casey said...

Random Bakes of Kindness - what a lovely idea! I can think of several people who deserve a RBoK. I'll be getting the mixing bowl out this week so!

jaxstar84 said...

random bakes of kindness is such a cool idea! I love to bake, but with 2 of us in the house we cant afford to eat all these delicious cakes and biscuits! Those muffins look great too, and I have to say as a teacher, I wish that more parents sent in muffins lol!!

Chele said...

I've made my Bake of Kindness today ;0)
Bet the teachers loved these little guys, your kids are sure to have a smooth year lol

Jo said...

Great concept, I love doing things like that. Seeing people getting excited over something you've baked is a great feeling. Banana and yoghurt muffins sound delicious!

Hester Casey said...

(no problem - thanks for letting me know)

Susan Lindquist said...

Such a nice idea! I may just pass it on! There are plenty of folks in my life that make life sooo much easier and sweeter!

These muffins looks so terrific!Love using yogurt to moisten batter! Brilliant!

Rita said...

What a great recipe and really enjoyed reading your post;nso interesting; love it.I joined your followers.
Rita

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

That's so nice of you! I think the teachers will really appreciate that...your picture looks so yummy so I sort of know that they will!

The Caked Crusader said...

what a lovely idea

spontaneous-euphoria said...

that's so wonderful. love it <3

Sugar Plum Cupcake said...

they look lovely, i adore bananary yoghurt so i think i would love these too!

MissCakeBaker said...

Lovely post and great looking muffins!

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

oh this is such a lovely idea will check out their blogs thanks for the kind words on the baby and your experience

Kim said...

It is a great idea to think of others and bake them treats. These look terrific.

The Ordinary Cook said...

Oh what a wonderful thing to do, I imagine they were very much appreciated. They look fab.

Nicola said...

I love this! The muffins look lovely. I'm really looking forward to the next RBOK :-)

Sally - My Custard Pie said...

A muffin for the teachers - I'm sure they were appreciated much more than apples. Can't wait to join in next time.

Aimée @ Food: Je t'Aimée said...

So funny - I can just imagine the kids' reluctance to take the muffins to school - but so lovely of you to make the special trip in! No doubt the teachers were so appreciative. Teachers have such a difficult job and play a crucial role in our lives. Well done for brightening their day with such beautiful, flavourful muffins!