Thursday, September 23, 2010

Banana Nut Muffins


I had some bananas spoiling so I decided to make some banana muffins last night, I found a bunch of recipes on line, and I kind of ended up incorporating a lot of them together to get the best muffin ever! It is perfect for breakfast; I got to say I had 2 this morning at work.

The best part, my two year old had a blast helping me out with the mixing, lining the muffin tins and sprinkling the nuts on top!


Ingredients
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 bananas, mashed
• 3/4 cup white sugar
• 1/8 tsp nutmeg
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• Chopped walnuts (about ½ cup)
• 1 egg, lightly beaten
• 1 tsp vanilla
• 1/3 cup butter (unsalted), melted in the microwave
• 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 tablespoon butter (unsalted)
• Chopped walnuts
Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F Lightly grease 12 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, chopped walnuts. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter and vanilla. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Sprinkle some extra walnuts on top of the muffins
Sprinkle prepared topping over muffins.
Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Monday, September 20, 2010

7 layer bars



These are called 7 layer bars because you just layer the 7 ingredients needed. Very simple and so delicious. I always have to stop myself from eating all of them; they just fly of the plate.

Ingredients

• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
• 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
• 1 cup butterscotch chips
• 1 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 1 1/3 cups shredded coconut

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

Place butter in 13 x 9 inch pan and melt in oven. Swirl to coat bottom and sides with butter.

Spread crumbs evenly over bottom of pan. Layer chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and nuts over crumbs. Pour condensed milk over nuts. Sprinkle coconut over condensed milk.

Bake until edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool and then cut into even squares.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Easy Garlic/Parsley chicken drumsticks


I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and tweaked it a bit to suit my needs. I have made it so many times now because it is so easy, moist and delicious!!! I have made it just for my hubby and me and for company, and everyone always loved it.
Ingredients
• 1/2 cup butter
• 3 tablespoons minced garlic
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon dried parsley
• 6 boneless chicken thighs, with skin
• dried parsley, to taste
Directions
Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with foil.
In a microwave safe bowl, mix the butter, garlic, soy sauce, pepper, and parsley. Cook 2 minutes on High in the microwave, or until butter is melted.
Arrange chicken on the baking pan, and coat with the butter mixture, reserving some of the mixture for basting.
Bake the chicken for about 35 minutes in the preheated oven
Turn the chicken and baste with the butter mixture
Bake chicken for another 35 minutes or until juices run clear, turning occasionally and basting with remaining butter mixture. Sprinkle with parsley to serve.

Our trip to visit family

We just came back from our trip to visit family in MO.

My daughter did very well on the flight, I was really surprised, she started being a little antsy towards the last hour, but she handled herself very well. I think her favorite part was the little bathroom on the airplane. She loved that she could actually reach the sink and wash her hands all by herself. LOL.

I also did very well on the flight; I actually didn't feel any different flying pregnant then I did when I wasn't pregnant. Off course other then using the bathroom more often.



This is me, my hubby and Emily in Branson

Anyways, we had a great time, We actually got to experience some great summer weather: 85-95 everyday.

Here is my little girl watering grandmas flowers