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Banana Bread… There is so many ways to have it and so many different recipes out there. Good old Banana Bread is always nice to have … it usually last about 8 hours around our house … But it’s always fun to change it up and try many of the other recipes out there!
This time I had 3 brown bananas hanging around… So you know what I did??? I looked for recipes that called for 3 bananas ;) I found this recipe at lovingtheoven it was used as a bread … But I was really wanting muffins … So I just cut the baking time down and tossed them in muffin pans! It made 18 muffins … They were gone in 3 hours … And I only got 1!!!
Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins
- 3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda
- dash of salt
- 1 1/2 cups flour
For the Swirl:
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 TBLS cinnamon
- Pre-Heat oven to 350 degrees. Fill muffin pans with liners or grease each hole.
- Mix bananas, butter, sugar egg and vanilla in bowl. Sprinkle baking soda and salt on top then gently stir in flour.
- In small dish mix sugar and cinnamon together.
- Fill muffin tins 1/2 way full and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mix. Top of with batter and sprinkle again with cinnamon sugar mix.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 23-25 minutes.
- Let cool 10 minutes before removing to cooling racks.
Follow pictures for a step by step tutorial … :)
Homemade Croutons are about one of the easiest things you can possibly make in the kitchen! You can make them out of any bread… I prefer making them out of homemade bread over store bought… but that’s me!
If you know me at all by now you know I’m making this with my Amish White Bread! Not only is that our favorite daily bread we have in our house… but it also my second son’s favorite croutons! We will even be at a restaurant and he’ll order a side salad… Then he’ll say “Mom these croutons aren’t as good as yours!” I sure love him ;)
Try making these the next time you have some bread that’s been sitting for a bit… I like making them out of bread that is getting close to the end of its life…
“Time for your second life” I tell my loaf… Is that weird I talk to my food??
Bread (I use my Amish White Bread)
Olive oil or melted butter
seasonings… if you have the mix of Italian seasonings that’s great otherwise I like to use a little bit of salt, basil and oregano.
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Cut the bread into cubes. Lay them evenly onto baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil or melted butter. Sprinkle with seasonings. Mix around to evenly coat. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool completely before storing.
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I know when I think of cheesecake I can feel intimidated! But these Mini Cheesecakes are oh so easy and yummy! It’s just a few simple ingredients, a little bit of baking and refrigeration time and before you know it you have a cute little dessert to bring to any function!
I made these up for our 4th of July party we went to… I found some cute USA flags on toothpicks to top them off… but really you can top them with any fresh fruit you have on hand or not top them at all!
I found the simple recipe at Taste of Home and put my own spin on them! Check it out… and make your own!!!
Super Easy Mini Cheesecakes
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 TBLS melted butter
1 cup softened cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
fresh blueberries (or any fruit… raspberries are a good one too)
Oven temp 350 degrees
Mix cream cheese and sugar. Add egg and mix, and vanilla and mix. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs together. Add paper liners to pan and add 1 tsp graham cracker mix into liners and press down. Scoop 1 TBLS cheesecake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Stick them in the fridge for one hour. Top with your choice of fresh fruit and serve.
See photos for step by step tutorial:
One more note as you read through this… I was making a double batch when putting these together … so stick to the recipe (not what you see in the pictures) like the 2 eggs in the bowl ;)
I forgot to take pictures of the next step… So here is a quick run down…
Once refrigerated pull out and remove the paper lining… top with your fruit!
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
Hope everyone has a great 4th of July and stays safe as we go out and celebrate our Nation’s Independence dated back to 1776.
John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail on July 3, 1776 describing to her how it should be celebrated… “pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations”
One of my favorite things about getting together with everyone to celebrate this day is that there is always going to be great food around!! Everyone is in their kitchens putting together great homemade dishes to share! This year I made up a bunch on Cinnamon Rolls, Orange Sweet Rolls and Mini Cheesecakes (I still need to post the sweet rolls and cheesecake recipes) to bring to our party!
I know everyone is in a hurry these days and homemade meals are not as common as they use to be… But that’s why I’m here! I’m here to share with all of you that it can be done… you don’t need to buy pre-made (that’s probably full of preservatives and cost 2-3 times more than doing it yourself)… I came across these 30 Minute Rolls at Kitchen Meets Girl when looking for a rolls recipe that doesn’t take hours to make (like my Homemade Dinner Rolls) I make my 20 Minute Biscuits quite often around here… So another bread recipe that’s quick and easy would be a great change up!
When I came across this roll recipe that could be done in 30 minutes I defiantly was second guessing it… thinking is this true? Homemade dinner rolls in 30 minutes? Well there wasn’t much else to do but to try it out! The family was my “guinea pigs” like they always are! At least one new recipe a week gets tossed at them… so they are used to it!
Well just off my Husbands reaction they were a hit!! He even told me he liked these more than my Homemade Dinner Rolls! Not only what he said confirm this was a hit recipe… but the fact that he had 4 of them at dinner that night helped!
I have to say that I didn’t change any of the ingredients but I did swap up the way that it was put together… I stuck to my roots of bread knowledge and decided to put it together the way I would with making any bread recipe. So here it is my tutorial of the 30 Minute Dinner Rolls!
30 Minute Dinner Rolls
1 cup plus 2 TBLS warm water (110-120)
1/2 cup oil
2 TBLS yeast
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. In mixing bowl add sugar, warm water and sprinkle with yeast. Let set for 5 mins. Add oil and salt. Whisk egg, add egg and 1 cup flour to bowl and mix. Add remaining flour and mix. Scrap dough to well floured surface and knead for a minute. Let rise for 5 mins. Cut off chunks and roll into balls. Add to greased baking sheet. Let rise for 5 mins. Bakeat 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Brush with butter.
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We have a great local produce stand in town that I stop at all the time First Pick Produce (and actually sell some of my baked goods there too) Right now they are full of yummy goods and as soon as I saw the raspberries I had to pick up a whole flat! Well my kids gobbled down half the flat by the end of the day… So I figured I’d better try baking with then before they woke up and finished off the rest of the berries in the morning!
I always enjoy a good scone… and when you make them with fresh berries they are even better!!! These turn out just right… they are not too dry or too sweet… Try them out yourself and let me know what you think!
Fresh Raspberry Scones
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
6 TBLS cold butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 plus 3 TBLS heavy cream
sugar for sprinkling
Pre heat oven temp 400 degrees. Add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt to bowl and mix together. Cut butter into cubes and add to bowl, cut in to resemble coarse crumbs. Add raspberries and gently mix. Mix cream, egg and vanilla together. Add to dry mix and gently mix together. Gather together and place on lightly floured surface. Shape into circle about 2 inches thick. Cut into 8 pieces like a pie. Place on greased baking sheet and sprinkle with sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool before removing to rack.
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I’ve talked about this before in my Easy Homemade Pancakes… I know its easy to pull out the Bisquick or Krustez pancake/waffle dry mix and add the water… But its also easy to make up some batter from scratch and trust me… Its SOOO much better than the boxed dry mix! You probably have all the ingredients in the kitchen … why spend extra money on pre-made up batter when you can do it all yourself!!!
Give these waffles a try and let me know what you think! Or if you really want a challenge… Make up the dry mix and the homemade batter and compare the two… I’ll bet you pick the homemade batter ;)
Homemade Waffle Batter
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 1 3/4 cups milk
- 1/2 veg oil
- 1 TBLS sugar
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- Turn on waffle maker.
- Mix eggs, sugar and half the milk.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt… mix together
- Add remaining milk and mix.
- Add the vanilla, vegetable oil and mix.
- Pour batter on heated waffle maker and close lid.
- Repeat till all the batter is gone.
Follow photos for complete step by step tutorial…
Here’s a link to my Kid Friendly Scramble
I know its so easy to go pick up a box of brownie mix at the store and make up some of those… But if your looking for some good ole homemade brownies… Look no further! I don’t make these very often and for one reason alone… It’s one of those sweets that I can’t keep my hands off of!!! I can make up as many cookies as I want and stay away from them… but brownies… I just don’t have any self control over!!
Step 1… Admitting to the problem right??!! Step 2… Don’t make so often!! Step 3… Make them again because you’re right… I have no self control!! :)
Just know… I warned you… These are Super Yummy!!!
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Brownies
- 8 ounces semi sweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cups flour
- 2 TBLS cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Pre-Heat Oven to 350 degrees.
- Cut chocolate down to smaller pieces.
- Melt chocolate and butter.
- Measure out sugars.
- Pour melted chocolate and butter in mixing bowl and let cool 10 minutes.
- Add the sugar and mix.
- Add egg one at a time and mix in between.
- Add vanilla and mix in.
- In a separate bowl add the flour, cocoa powder and salt together.
- Add the dry to the batter and fold together.
- Add chocolate chips and fold in.
- Line a 9×9 pan with foil and grease.
- Pour batter into pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
- Let cool completely before cutting.
- Optional sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Follow photos for a complete step by step tutorial…
Are you a bar/brownie lover like me??? If so you have to try my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cake Bars… Another recipe I have no self control over ;)
I hope everyone is having a great Father’s Day!
I’ve been one lucky gal to have 2 Father’s in my life… Just this past October I had to say my last good-byes to biological Father Ron… I was lucky to have him in my life when I did and to have him connect with my children… Although last year may have been the hardest year for me… I look back now and am so thankful for every conversation, hug, kiss & good-bye we had together… Miss him everyday!
And to the other Father in my life… My Dad Mark has been apart of my life since I was 1 years old… He has been there for every milestones, accomplishments, break downs (emotional and car) and births of my children! I couldn’t ask for a better Dad (even if it’s technically considered “Step Dad”… I’ve never thought of it that way)!!! Oh so grateful to have you still here in the present with me… I now see that as an every day gift for every day I have with you!
Lastly to my Husband… Happy Father’s Day! I’m so proud to spend everyday with you and watch you be the best Father to our four children! Its a blessing to watch the connections between each and every one of them with you!