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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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Kitchen Sink Cookies

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The older my kids get, the more they notice things.  Here’s just a few things that have been asked of me of late:

“Why do I have to eat my vegetables before I can have dessert if Daddy doesn’t have to?”

“Mommy, go faster! You need to go faster than the speed lemon!” (limit is the word I think is meant here, but it’s too cute for me to correct)

“Are there dinosaurs in heaven? I’d really like to ride one.”

“Where do birds poop?”

“Can I take classes to be a better ninja?”

Now that summer is here, I feel a little less stressed.  I am not racing out the door to get the kids to school on time, frantically yelling, “Hurry, hurry! You’re going to be tardy!” (Which I have found every time I say that, in the hopes it motivates the kids to move faster, it inevitably causes Matthew to break down and cry. So I have learned to say, “Let’s see who can be the fastest to the car!” in the calmest voice I can muster.)  Nor am I feeling the urge to fill the calendar with play dates and activities.  Just letting the kids play in the yard, dig in the dirt, and ride their bikes in the cul-de-sac is enough for me.

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Blondies

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I have the lucky privilege of having my parents and my husband’s parents living close by.  And I love it, because my kids get to spend time with both grandparents, something I wish I had growing up.  This Mother’s Day, I had the pleasure of having my in-laws over for dinner and I decided to make this for dessert.

If I were to create a family tree with desserts, I would say that blondies are brownies’ cousin.  They have so many similarities–from their chewy and fudgy texture to the unlimited add-ons and mix-ins.  And, of course, they are made in a bar pan.  (I have seen brownies in cupcake form, and you can try them here, but most are not.  I don’t know that I’ve ever seen blondies in a cupcake.  Hmmm….an idea to try another time for sure!)

Anyway, what I love about these blondies is that they have EVERYTHING–nuts, chocolate, white chocolate, coconut, and caramel.  You can’t go wrong with this recipe.   Continue reading

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