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Healthy Banana Bread

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I have a problem.  Maybe you have this problem too.  It goes a little something like this: buy too many unripe bananas at the store; take home and set in a fruit bowl to ripen; all ripen at the same time; bananas coming out my ears; get tired of eating bananas; promptly forget about bananas and eat other fruit instead; bananas become overripe and almost gross-looking; certainly won’t eat bananas now; shove in freezer and forget about it completely.  Repeat process next week.

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And it certainly doesn’t help that every time my kids see bananas, they shout in their best Minion voice, “Bananas!”  Help me, please.  So when I opened the freezer last week and a few frozen bananas fell out onto the floor because I have too many shoved in the freezer, I realized I needed to do something about it.  Hence, banana bread.  I have posted another banana bread recipe here, and I think I talked about my problem then also–bahahah!  (If you’re looking for banana dessert recipes using very ripe bananas, try banana cake or banana cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  You can’t go wrong with either of these!) Continue reading

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Strawberry Waffles

There are so many things I love about being a teacher, but one thing I really dislike about teaching is the fact that I am always getting sick.  It doesn’t seem to matter what it is that’s going around–I usually get something at some point.  When I first started teaching, many of the veteran teachers would tell me that I’d be sick constantly my first few years, until I built up more of a resistance in my body, and then, years down the road, when cold and flu season would hit, I would basically be immune.  I held onto that “truth” the first three years teaching.  Now, almost a decade later, I wonder why I desperately believed it.  I get at least three colds a year, despite being updated on my flu shots, (you know, just in case), constantly washing my hands and use Purell hand sanitizer like it’s nobody’s business, and telling all my sick students to not get near me.  However, all my efforts have proved to be futile, as now, in spring, I have the dreaded cold.

It also doesn’t help that I live with two other people, so usually if one person catches something, others are bound to get it too.  All that to say that I have been battling this stupid cold all of last week and spent much of this afternoon resting on the couch, so I am sorry for the longer absence.  I blame my students.

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Top 10 Desserts [for holiday baking]

How is this holiday season treating you?  I hope amidst the stress this season can bring, you’ve found time to gather with family and friends and be reminded what this season is really about.  In an effort to try to help bring calm to this time of year, I’ve created a list of my top 10 favorite desserts that are great to bring to a holiday party or gathering.  So, in no particular order, here they are.

Christmas Cake Balls

They are such a hit at every party I’ve gone to, and the ease of this dessert is not only in the creating of it, but the eating as well.  You don’t need any silverware, just maybe a napkin.

Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes

I love peppermint, and paired with chocolate, you can’t go wrong with this dessert.  I’ve topped the cupcakes with crushed peppermint candies and Andes mints.  Either tastes fantastic.

Sugar Cookies

If you have a little more time on your hands, or want others involved, decorating sugar cookies is a fun way to go.  Even kids can join in.  (You can always make a buttercream frosting–check the end of the post–and color with food coloring for an easy way for kids to decorate.  Add some sprinkles or jimmies, and you’re golden!)

Pecan-Oreo Fudge Bars

What’s not to love about this dessert?  Nuts, fudge, and Oreos.  Need I say more?


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Cinnamon Rolls

I am honored to be doing a guest post for Frosting for the Cause.  Frosting for the Cause is an amazing blog dedicated to raising awareness about those affected by cancer and their families.  So, if you’d like to read how cancer has affected my family, or if these cinnamon rolls are calling your name, then head on over to the site.  Hope to see you there!  xoxo

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Pumpkin Waffles

I know I’ve said this before, but I just love fall.  The vibrant changing of colors, the crisp morning air, the smell of warm apple cider.  The change of seasons is beautiful.  The other morning I decided to make pumpkin waffles, partly because I had some leftover pumpkins (from making the pumpkin milkshakes), and partly because it is just so fall.

When I saw a recipe that called for pumpkin in a waffle, originally I thought it was quite odd.  Pumpkin in a waffle?  But I’ve had savory waffles before and they were really good, so I put aside my biases and gave it a try anyway.  I am glad I did, because, wow, these were phenomenal.  And I don’t really like pumpkin.  (I think I’ve said that before too.)  But with the spices added in, it was the perfect breakfast for a lazy, fall Saturday morning.  Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

 

I am overly ambitious every time I go to the grocery store.  When I see all the yummy fruit, I buy way more than Eric and I could possibly eat.  I justify this by telling myself I’m going to eat all of my daily serving of fruit.  Unfortunately, this rarely happens.  And as a result, I always seem to have “old” fruit lying around–especially bananas.  Usually I put them straight in the freezer.  It’s not until Eric gets mad that there’s no room in the freezer, due to my large stockpile of old frozen bananas, that I decide to use some and make banana bread.  (By the way, old bananas make the perfect banana bread.)  I happened to have some old banans that I was going to put in the freezer, but after looking at how many were already there, I decided I should use them instead of freeze them.  (Oh, if you ever do decide to freeze bananas, I learned a trick that was born out of laziness.   I don’t bother peeling them and putting them in Ziploc bags.  They go straight in the freezer just as they are.  When you’re ready to use them, just put them in a bowl and let them thaw out before peeling them.)

This banana bread recipe makes two loaves.  One for now, and one for later.  (They freeze really well.)  Since there’s a lot of sugar in this bread, I decided to add chocolate chips, because, well, it wasn’t really healthy to begin with, and now I made it a true dessert.

You need the following:

Peel the bananas and put in a large bowl.  My frozen bananas are at the very bottom.  They’re a bit darker than my non-frozen bananas.

Take a fork and mash them.  I like a little bit of banana chunks, but mash to your heart’s content.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, and nutmeg. Continue reading

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