Monday, March 25, 2013

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

This is by far the BEST Whole Wheat Banana Bread recipe ever! And I can validate this statement by my tweaking and re-tweaking....tasting and re-tasting of recipes over the past 10 years.  Finally, a banana bread recipe so yummy and moist that you would have no idea it was made with 100% whole wheat flour.  I'm not kidding, folks....I never kid about banana bread. ** :-] ← Serious face **  And, the second best part about this recipe is that it was so easy to whip up.  I got it done and in the oven during the little's nap time and even had plenty of time to spare, sitting with my feet up, a hot coffee and a good book in hand!  (How does that happen, right?)  Try it out and tell me what you think!  Better yet, invite me over so I can enjoy it with you. ;-)


2 cups white whole wheat flour
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
3-4  large, ripe bananas, mashed well
¼ cup whole plain yogurt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1) Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease muffin tins or line with paper cups.

2) In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla until well blended. Gently fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients with a rubber spatula just until combined. Batter with be thick and chunky.

3) Spoon the batter into muffin tins. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 20 -22 minutes.

4) Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Makes approximately 16 muffins.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Uses For Used Coffee Frounds: Fertilize Plants

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Salted Caramel Coffee Creamer

Do we have any Salted Caramel fans out there?  If so, then you (AND your wallet) are going to LOVE this recipe.  It is the perfect blend of caramel and salt.  Trust me, your taste buds will be doing back flips for this one!

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups half-and-half


  1. Add the water and the sugar to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a slow boil and stir until it thickens to a syrup consistency (This is called a simple syrup).  Remove from heat.  Measure 1 cup of your simple syrup and put into a storage container. (A mason jar works well!) To the 1 cup of syrup whisk in the vanilla and salt. Allow the mixture to cool and then add 2 cups of half and half. Mix well.
  2. Keep creamer sealed in it's container in the refrigerator. Shake before each use.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Uses For Used Coffee Grounds: Deodorize a Freezer

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Waffle Sandwich

If you need something quick, easy, nutritious, and yummy to add to your repertoire of breakfast items, then this one is for you! What started as a way to get nutrition into my kiddo at a speedy rate before school, has easily become a family favorite in our house.  Loved by all of us (even us big kids!).  And?  For all us coffee addicts...It goes fabulous with a hot cup...can't beat that, right?!

Here's all you'll need:

Two frozen waffles (Whole wheat will make it an even healthier option!)
All Natural Peanut Butter 
Semi Sweet Baking Chocolate Chips (Remember, the lighter the chocolate, the more sugar you add!)

Toast the waffles in the toaster.  Spread peanut butter on one waffle and then add a few chocolate chips on top of the peanut butter.  Lookin' good so far, right?! ↓↓↓↓↓↓

Top with the other waffle and give the warmth a minute or two to melt the chocolate.  That. Is. It.  And, it is so warm....and gooey....and just FABULOUS that I had to share!  Enjoy!!


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Uses For Used Coffee Grounds: Cats out of the Garden

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