Monthly Archives: February 2013

Banana Nutella Swirl Muffins

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Nutella…like I needed to read any further, I was in love with this recipe http://www.thenovicechefblog.com/2013/01/nutella-banana-swirl-muffins/

I always have bananas in the freezer because no matter how much me and my lil one love bananas we can never get through a bunch before they turn brown. Recipes like this are ones that I take those bananas out and Bake away! This recipe was simple and my lil one even helped, we love recipes where she can participate.

what you will need:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 medium over-ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup chopped pecans

Nutella

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mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined

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get your bananas, no they don’t look pretty…but they taste great in baking!

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place the bananas in a different bowl from your flour mixture

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and mash them up…this is a good chore for the lil ones 🙂

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add the sugar and brown sugar to the mashed bananas

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mix in the egg oil and vanilla until it is all combined

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slowly add the flour mixture

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and mix until there are no lumps

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Now it is time to add the pecans

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fold them in…do not over stir

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line your muffin tin…I ended up with one and a half muffin tins worth

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Mmm get the Nutella ready too!

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fill the muffin cups about 3/4 of the way full with the batter

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top with about a teaspoon on Nutella

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take a toothpick and swirl them all together

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Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-17 minutes…mine tooka few minutes longer than this, I may have filled them a bit fuller than I should have. But just use a toothpick and when it comes out clean they are done…note that the Nutella will be on the toothpick all melted, just make sure the batter part is done.

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ENJOY!!!

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English Muffin bread

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You read that right… ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAD! Ok I am a CARB junkie and I love toast, I Love english muffins…what could be better than english muffin toast?! Very few things.

When I found this recipe on pinteresthttp://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/02/moms-english-muffin-bread.html I knew I had to try it. Bonus is, is that this recipe is so easy to make, and is very fast for a bread recipe. It makes 4 loaves, you may think that is a lot…but you wait until you have devoured 2 loaves in the first day…it is not a lot!

what you will need:

5 1/2 cups warm water

3 packets rapid rise yeast (you can use regular, but will have to let rise twice)

2 tablespoons salt

3 tablespoons sugar

11 cups flour (i have used both bread and all-purpose both tun out great)

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add all the ingredients together…no need to let yeast do its thing or wait, just add it all together and mix (how simple is that?!)

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your dough should be quite sticky…not like regular silky tight bread dough

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grease 4 loaf pans…mine were not the same size but they all baked just fine.

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slop even amounts of the dough into each loaf pan…smaller pans got a little less

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proof them in a warm spot until the dough reaches the top of the pans…dont let go much higher or it will fall. this took anywhere from a half an hour to an hour guess it depends on the yeasts mood.

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then bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes….keep the oven on, brush the tops with melted butter and bake an additional 10 minutes

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you will have these beauties!

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let them cool

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and enjoy….I like mine toasted, that is how you get the english muffin effect. Add jam, honey cinnamon sugar, nuttella…whatever. Just Enjoy!

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Bathtub Paints!

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It has been Windy and cold here…I think the Groundhog lied to us. So we need to keep busy doing things indoors. Nothing wrong with that all you need is some imagination and pinterest http://teamdischinger.blogspot.com/2012/01/bathtub-paint.html of course (oh and if you don’t like messes…you may want to skip this)

what you will need:

corn starch

food coloring

baby shampoo

water

paintbrushes

ice-cube tray

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Place 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch in each compartment of the ice-cube tray for every color you want to use.

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then add a good squirt of baby shampoo to each one as well. I got cheap stuff from the dollar store for this.

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then add a few drops of your food coloring

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add about 1-2 teaspoons of water and mix them up…I used a toothpick, use whatever you have handy

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Get the wee one naked and put them in the tub with the paint!

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It is messy…but it is confined to the tub, so when you are done, turn the water on and have bath time 🙂

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so much fun!

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it all cleans up so easily, this was with just water

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the brushes are clean to use for next time…no effort

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the paint comes off with just water…but to speed it up use a cloth

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All clean!

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