Very Berry Banana Muffins


Last month, my husband and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. I cannot believe that we’ve been married for four years. As they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” And fun we have had. Rather than get all mushy on you, I’m just going to say that my husband is my favorite person in the entire world. He’s awesome and I’m a lucky girl. Enough said.

When we first moved to the D.C. area, we immediately fell in love with King Street in Old Town Alexandria. Our love for each other and our admiration for the city across the river led us to celebrating our anniversary in one of our favorite places year after year.

Each year, we make a reservation at a different restaurant in downtown Alexandria. On the evening of our anniversary, my husband puts on a suit, I put on a dress, and we head to King Street where we take in all of the sights and sounds. Usually, we find a hole in the wall pub where we can grab a before dinner cocktail. Cocktails transition into a walk to the restaurant and dinner leads to a walk down King Street before we head home for the evening.

This year, we decided to skip the before dinner cocktail and go straight to the restaurant since we were running a little behind. Our reservation this year was made at Chart House, a restaurant that mimics the look of a lighthouse and is located along the Potomac River. Upon arrival, we were greeted and taken to a private dining area in the tower portion of the lighthouse. From the appetizers to the main course to the wine that was straight from one of our favorite wineries in Napa Valley…I didn’t think the evening could get any better. I was spending time with my favorite person in the entire world, dining in a lighthouse, sipping on my favorite wine, eating mouth-watering food, and reminiscing about all of the wonderful times that we’ve shared together.

After dinner, since we both love the water and cannot get enough of boats, we decided to walk along the waterfront and harbor. We talked about our lives, laughed about stories that we shared, and encountered a flashback. As we were strolling along the waterfront, we approached a park where we saw a man standing in front of a woman asking her to marry him. Their presence exuded love as they stood face to face, wrapped up in so much emotion. My husband and I looked at each other at the same time and whispered, “Is he proposing to her?” When he knelt down to the ground, our suspicions were confirmed.

As we were celebrating our fourth year of marriage, we were witnessing another couple embark on the journey of their lives. It was five years ago that my husband proposed to me. As we strolled along in the shadows and witnessed the marriage proposal, my mind flashed back to the moment my husband proposed to me. I know that I’m so fortunate to have married my best friend but it was in that moment that I was reminded of just how amazing marriage can be. What a special moment to witness and share.

Well, I ended up getting all mushy on you. But, I guess when talking about my husband, our anniversary, and a marriage proposal, that was bound to happen. So, let’s shake off the mushy feelings and talk food. The recipe that I’m sharing can be found on a guest post that I wrote for Mom It Forward on one of my favorite type of muffins: Very Berry Banana Muffins. These muffins are sweet, comforting, and everything wonderful that a marriage muffin can be.

What is your favorite type of muffin?

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  1. Congrats to you both and wishing you many more wonderful years to come. That memory of the proposal will remain such a beautiful part of your journey.
    The muffins look wonderful. And it's hard for us to choose a favorite. Love them all.

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