Bananas Just Aren’t for Monkeys

Recently I found myself with a large bunch of ripe bananas sitting on my kitchen counter.  Soon muffins were baking in my oven and the rest were prepped for the freezer.  

Bananas - Freezing

Here are a few recipes the next time you need some ideas that involve this fruit.

Banana Muffins - Big and SmallBanana Muffins – I added zest from a fresh orange and 1 tsp of almond extract for a little something extra.   And speaking of something a LITTLE extra – don’t forget to save some batter for some mini muffins for those sweet tiny hands you love.

Banana Muffin MixNote – Measure out the dry ingredients while you have everything out and make your own muffin mixes.  Store in the freezer.  Next time you want to make banana muffins – add the wet ingredients and your home will soon smell delicious.

Strawberry-Banana Better Than Ice Cream
Strawberry-Banana Better Than Ice Cream – This recipe will utilize frozen bananas. Peel bananas, cut in pieces, lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in freezer until frozen. Store in zip lock bag in freezer. 

Banana Cake - 4x6
Banana Cake – A moist cake with a smooth buttercream frosting.  Need a cake in the future – Bake this cake – cool – wrap well and then when you are ready – thaw and frost.

Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie – Utilizing those frozen bananas again. Can be make with or without protein powder.

I’d love to hear if you have a special recipe you like to use bananas in.

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Blueberry Citrus Muffins

Blueberry Citrus Muffins - finished

We recently had our then 17-month-old grandson (Caden) over for his first sleepover.  The house had been prepped – pool fence up – check, 2 rooms rearranged (which was a project I’d had on my list for awhile) to make way for the donated crib – check, outlet covers in (okay we missed a few but on the final walkthrough by Josh (Caden’s daddy) – check:  we were good to go.   

Our little sweetie pie loves blueberries so I made sure to have both fresh and frozen at the house.  I used the frozen blueberries to create the pictured muffin that has a fresh citrus taste – both he and Grandpa enjoyed them – actually we all enjoyed them.

Our time together was filled with smiles, hugs, good food, endless climbing up and down the stairs, a trip to the park and also the reminder of how much energy caring for a letting one takes.  Caden's First Sleepover - Eating Blueberries

Caden enjoying a bowl of fresh blueberries while watching Elmo. 
Caden's First Sleepover - CD Buttons
One of Caden’s favorite things was to play with the buttons on an old CD player I keep out back.

Caden's First Sleepover - Let me get a closer look
Hmmm! Let me get a closer look at this.

Caden's First Sleepover - Where did the music go
He kept trying to figure out why the music would start and then stop when certain buttons were pushed.

Caden 1st Sleepover - Bubbles
Bubbles with Grandpa – Does it get better than that?

Blueberry Citrus Muffins
Blueberries and Citrus go so well together
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. Lemon or lime - zested
  5. 1 tsp vanilla or lemon extract
  6. 1/2 cup milk - I used unsweetened almond milk
  7. 2 cups of flour - 1 used 1 1/2 cup white spelt and 1/2 cup of quinoa flour
  8. 2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 1 1/2 cup small frozen blueberries
  11. 2 tsp of flour
  12. Glaze...optional
  13. 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  14. 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp of milk - I used unsweetened almond milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Place muffin liners in pan and spray lightly with nonstick spray.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth
  4. Add eggs, lemon or lime zest, vanilla or lemon extract and mix well
  5. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, salt
  6. In a small bowl coat frozen blueberries with 2 tsp of flour (this will help the batter not turn blue)
  7. Alternate the dry ingredients with the milk.
  8. Fold in the blueberries.
  9. Fill liners 3/4 full. Gently tap pan on the counter.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  11. Glaze - optional
  12. Mix milk into sugar a little at a time until desired consistency. Drizzle on top of cooled muffins.
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Blueberry Citrus Muffins - Batter

Blueberry Citrus Muffins - batter in liners

Blueberry Citrus Muffins - Baked

I would love to hear from you – leave me a post on anything that strikes your fancy about blueberries, grandparents, raising little ones, etc.

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Cinnamon Bun Scones

Today I’m making this short and sweet and sharing an amazing recipe I found at the blog Recipe Girl.  I made a few changes for my family (used spelt flour, unsweetened almond milk, and cut the glaze in half).  This is now my husband’s favorite take to work coffee break food right now.  So without further ado..here is the link where you can find this recipe.     Cinnamon Bun Scones

Here is a picture of the scones I made… 

Cinnamon Bun Scone

 Is this something you would enjoy eating?  

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