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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Banana Chip Muffins

I know I promised more on puffy paint, but we had an emergency... a banana emergency. I had two bananas left, which no one had eaten and they were dangerously ripe. After a triage of available ingredients, I modified an old classic recipe for banana bread into a delicious new concoction I call the "Banana Chip Muffin". My 5 year old absolutely loves these! The batter is smooth as silk, and the muffins come out moist, fluffy and heavenly!

Here's how to make them:

First preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then assemble your ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 medium bananas, mashed (approximate, but slightly less than a cup)
  • 3 ounces unsweetened applesauce (or a third banana to make one cup total if you have it)
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Paper cupcake liners

Next combine the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt into a medium bowl. The original recipe calls for "sifted flour" but really, who not only has a sifter but actually uses it these days? I "lighten" the flour in my container before measuring it by gently stirring it around with the measuring cup. Then without packing it, I fill the measuring cup and with the flat side of a butter knife level off the top.

In your mixer (or a mixing bowl with a hand mixer) cream the butter and sugar together. When smooth, add beaten eggs mixing well. Now,  in a small bowl mash your bananas. About 3 bananas should make one cup of mash depending upon their size. I only had two bananas, so I supplemented with applesauce. My two medium bananas plus a three ounce child's applesauce pouch very well equaled one cup total.

Alternately add the flour and banana to the mixer while mixing on a low setting. Mix until all ingredients are just incorporated into the batter. At the end, gently fold in oats, then chocolate chips taking care not to over-mix.

Now if you don't have a kitchen scoop- you need one. This thing is great for more than just ice-cream. I use mine all the time from meatballs to cupcakes! One level scoop per cup will yield at least 12 muffins in a regular "cupcake sized" pan. My batch made a lucky 13 muffins! I always have a smaller cupcake pan ready to go for the excess because I never waste the extra batter. Just bake 'em up with the rest!

If you wish, sprinkle a few oats on top of each muffin before baking to give them a special look. Bake in the center of a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

If you'd like to make a loaf, grease a loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. If you'd like to make larger sized muffins, grease the cups well and check after 15 minutes for doneness. When a toothpick comes out clean they're ready.

Credit where credit is due: The original recipe was handed down to my mother, from my paternal grandmother, who credited America's Cook Book Third Edition on her hand-written recipe card from which the above was adapted.

Keep it yummy! xo- Kip

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Puffy Paint! Part Une

My mother came to visit recently and when she did, she turned me on to a phenomenon so addicting, she might as well have given me a bottle of crack. Let me re-introduce you to the magic of puffy paints.
No, we're not going to make hideous applique' sweatshirts like so much 1995!!!

This is the new puffy paint, puffy paint 2.0, for the next generation! There's way more applications than you would think. Seriously, just put "puffy paint" into the search box on Pinterest, and your mind. will. blow.  

What I have done with puffy paint is nothing short of genius, and that's all due to my mother's great ideas and inspiration. She is the OG craft queen, and I love her.

We've personalized children's toys:

Permanently accessorized barbie dolls:
This poor little bathtub toy mermaid lost her fabric bikini top and fabric tail. My mom fashioned a new tail out of a plastic water bottle. She secured it with gorilla glue, and we gave her a new permanent top, that hopefully she'll never lose again! *Bonus points for stylin' glitter on the tail! 
Accentuated my daughter's backpack, lunch box and personalized her thermos:

Glitter puffy paint blings-up boring team sports apparel:

And most recently, I've discovered how to make jewelry and headbands! More on the latter, later! You can look forward to those gems in my next post: Puffy Paint! Part Deux

For now, keep it crafty, keep it chic, keep it classy! 
xo- Kip