Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Bananas and Chocolate

I am so happy it is summer. I thought I'd have time to post last week but I didn't. So, in case you are keeping track, this is my 199th post. Next one will include a give away. We've had lots going on here including having our old next-door-neighbors over for dinner, a retirement dinner for my mother-in-law and having four wonderful moms and crew over for luncheon yesterday. Did I mention swim team for Nolan as well? Anyway, it has been busy but fun. Nolan finished school last Friday so we are in summer high gear. My father-in-law gave us some bananas when we were helping clean out my mother-in-laws classroom (oh, I forgot to mention that one in the above list!). The bananas were on the brown side so we decided to whip up the boys' favorite: Chipper Banana Muffins. You may ask why Nolan is wearing his bath robe to cook. Let me just say that boy dances to the beat of a different drummer.
The boys have very different personalities and so there was quite a bit of fighting going on during the baking. I tried to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible. Here's the recipe. It is from a Weight Watcher's cookbook. We follow the directions except when it comes to adding the chocolate chips. I'll let you use your own discretion when adding yours. Here's the recipe:

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened a
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup skim buttermilk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 18-24 muffin cups with paper liners (I usually get about 22 muffins out of this). In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda. Beat the sugar applesauce, eggs and oil until frothy with an electric mixer. Alternately add the bananas and buttermilk with the flour mixture until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon batter into the cups, filling about 2/3 full. Bake until golden, about 20-25 minutes.
This last picture is the fabric I'm using to make a seat cover for my blanket chest which is in my sewing room. I got the foam at 50% off. I bought 5 inch thick foam because I wanted this seat to be really comfortable. I had no idea how expensive that foam was! Glad I didn't need much. I think I'll make some pillows and maybe a valance out of the fabric as well. I'll let you know how it turns out.


volpecircus said...

lovely fabric!

thank you so much for having us over yesterday. it was delightful. you are such the hostess. i need to take lessons. all i can say about that lunch is mmmmmmmmmm. thanks again for having us. :)

Threeundertwo said...

Gorgeous fabric! I made seat covers with that foam and I had to get the girls at the store to cut it with their electric knife. I couldn't do it.

The recipe looks great too. My kids would love it.

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