Thursday, July 28, 2016

Banana Chip Muffins Recipe

One of the new topics I decided to post about is recipes. I love finding new recipes on other blogs for my family to enjoy , so I decided to post recipes that my family enjoys on my blog. So, here's a recipe for Banana Chip Muffins.

This recipe has 10 ingredients and is quick and easy to make.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Instead of getting a spoon dirty and having more to wash, I just stirred it with the teaspoon I used to measure the baking powder.

Combine the egg, milk, oil, banana and applesauce. I needed half a cup of mashed banana and the one pictured didn't quite give me enough, so I had to mash another one.

Here's the wet ingredients combined.

Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

Fold in the chocolate chips. It always smells so good when I open up the chocolate chip bag!

Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I could've cleaned up my spills on the pan to make it look prettier, but I left them there to show you it's o.k. to make mistakes and spill a little batter.

It ended up making 4 more than it said it should. That's lucky for me because that gives me one extra day of muffins!

Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

Here are the finished muffins! After they cool, I'll wrap them individually in plastic wrap and set aside 3 for tomorrow's breakfast. The rest I'll place in a gallon freezer bag and put in the outside chest freezer. I'll take out 3 the night before we're going to eat them, so they have time to thaw out before breakfast. These muffins made enough for 5 breakfasts.

Banana Chip Muffins
Yield: 1 dozen
Printable Recipe

1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg(I use egg whites, so it was 3 tbsp.)
1/2 cup milk(I use nonfat)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup miniature chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Combine the egg, milk, oil, banana and applesauce; stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the chocolate chips. Fill greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.

I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons Review #Inkitchen

I was excited to be able to review these Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons from In Kitchen because our measuring spoons are wearing out. They're plastic and I can't read the measurements on them anymore. These measuring spoons have a 2 year warranty, so that was great news!

Have a friend who loves cooking or baking? This set of 6 premium measuring spoons wrapped in an attractively designed package is the perfect companion for anyone doing serious kitchen work. Your friend will be using your gift often for years to come!

Each spoon is crafted from thick, high quality polished 304 stainless steel making it extremely durable, corrosion and rust resistant. Easy-snap ring holder for quick disassembly while baking or cooking and for cleanup. All spoons are Dishwasher Safe, no need to worry about stains or rust! This set includes the 6 most common sizes used when measuring small amounts of liquids and dry ingredients for baking, dessert and spicy recipes. Both US and Metric Sizes are Engraved - a must when preparing recipes from domestic and foreign cookbooks.

Use the larger spoons (¾ tsp, 1 tsp and 1 Tbsp) to measure spices, zests and extracts. Here I'm measuring 1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning. It scoops out easily.

It was easy to get the right amount in the spoon and easy to dump out into the container for making the breading for the fish I was going to bake.

Use the smaller spoons (⅛ tsp, ¼ tsp and ½ tsp) to measure potent ingredients like ground nutmeg or baking soda. Here I'm using the 1/2 tsp. to measure out dill.

The spoons also work well for taller spice containers, like this garlic powder I'm measuring.

The tablespoon is great for measuring margarine and it came out of the spoon into the bowl, easily. That was nice because usually I have to keep banging the tablespoon against the bowl to get the margarine out, but not with these measuring spoons.

Their narrow design allows for an easy fit into small spice jars and tins and is perfect for measuring with top precision. I'm measuring out pepper, which is always difficult to do with such a narrow opening, but it was easy with this measuring spoon.

I really liked using these stainless steel measuring spoons. They were easy to use in any size jar or container. I also like that it includes 1/8 tsp. Not many measuring spoon sets have that size, and I use it often. I also like that the size is stamped into the spoon, so there's no way that it will wear off. It will be nice to be able to see what size measuring spoon I'm using for years to come, rather than trying to guess what size it is because the print wore off.

If you want to check out these these Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons from In Kitchen for yourself, you can find them on Right now they are listed for only $10.75, and if you have Amazon Prime, you get free shipping. They would be great to use in your own kitchen, or to give as a wedding shower gift, house warming, Christmas, etc.

I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

My May Flowers Tissue Box Cover

I finished my May tissue box in June, but with all of the end of school/beginning of summer stuff going on, I didn't get a chance to share it with you until now.

All 4 sides of the tissue box are the same.

The rest of my May decorations are flowers and some of them are orange and yellow, so that's why I chose to make this tissue box pattern.

The top is all one color - off white.

I'm pretty pleased with how this tissue box turned out.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Week

On Monday, we went for our walk and enjoyed seeing the progress on the playground at my son's elementary school. Then, I headed to the hospital to visit my mom. She's doing about the same, although she did walk a little bit today. She's still in lots of pain and very tired. I came home in time to cook dinner and do the dishes. I try to at least look at my email at night.

On Tuesday, after my walk, I spent about 8 hours at the hospital, visiting my mom. She's doing a little better and will get to eat some soft foods for breakfast tomorrow. She has some interesting people on her same floor. One of them likes to wander the hallways all day and often gets upset and talks like a little kid.

On Wednesday, we went for our walk, and then I headed to the hospital. In the late afternoon, my mom was able to go home! She has to follow up with the doctor in 5-7 days. When we were leaving the hospital, 3 of her nurses were at the desk, and they all came out to say goodbye to her because they said she was a nice lady and they'll miss her. That was very kind!

On Thursday morning, I went for my walk and then made waffles for the week and then did the grocery list. After lunch, I went to visit my mom at their house. She's still in pain, but doing okay. Later in the afternoon, my son and I blew bubbles outside.

On Friday morning, after our walk, I did some cleaning. Since I didn't get to clean last Saturday(since my mom was in the hospital), I did it today. That way I'll be back on track for cleaning tomorrow. After lunch we measured our front yard. Since we're in a drought in CA, we haven't been watering the grass. Well, the homeowner's association sent us a notice saying we needed to replace our grass or send them plans for drought tolerant landscaping. We only have 15 days to respond and by the time we received the notice, we only had a week. So, we're going to send it back saying we are working on plans. It will take us awhile to figure out what to do, but at least we started the first step.

On Saturday, we went grocery shopping, and then I cleaned. We also had to go to Costco, and then I cleaned some more. Saturdays are always busy cleaning days and errand days for me.

So, how was your week?

Sunday, July 17, 2016

My Week

On Monday, on our morning walk, my son and I saw that they're putting a new playground in at his school. Unfortunately, it's the younger kids' playground, so he won't get a chance to play in it. In the morning, I also reconciled my checking account for June and re-filled our snacks in the new baskets I have. In the afternoon, I went through half of my sub book, preparing for next school year, and my son and I played Frisbee in our backyard. My mom's hemoglobin levels were low so she had to have a blood transfusion in the ER. They had to give her 3 bags of blood, so they were there until 3:30 in the morning! I was only able to go and visit for about an hour, but it was very busy. There sure are some interesting people in the ER!

On Tuesday morning, my daughter helped me inventory our school supplies. I compared our current inventory with our inventory from the beginning of the school year so we know how many school supplies we need to purchase. School sales are starting now, so it's time to get shopping! In the afternoon, I finished going through the rest of my sub book and found lots of great things for next school year. I also did some yard work while my daughter and youngest son colored, with chalk, the bricks on our patio. The surgeon called today, and my mom's surgery has been moved up to this Friday afternoon.

On Wednesday morning, after our walk, my 9 year old son and I played Hangman. After lunch, we went to Staples to take advantage of their school supplies sales. I also had to make lots of copies of things I found in my subbing books that would be great to have for "just in case" assignments. I never realized they had a copy limit of $100, so I didn't quite get all of my copies made. I think I'm set for life though! Then, we went to the library so my son could get this week's library reading program prize - he got a dinosaur book.

On Thursday morning, my son and I played Battleship. I started to work on my grocery list, but because my mom's surgery is tomorrow, there were a lot of phone call interruptions. I finally finished after lunch. I was just about to sit down and look at my email when my best friend called. We're only able to talk about once a year, so our conversations are usually about an hour and a half. Later, I did yard work in the front yard and my kids did sidewalk chalk in the backyard. Since we're in a drought in CA, we can't water our grass. Well, we just got a nasty letter from the homeowner's telling us to plant new grass or submit plans for drought tolerant landscaping within a week!

On Friday morning, after our walk, I baked the dessert and cooked the dinner. That way my kids and husband will be all set, no matter what time I get home from my mom's surgery at the hospital. My mom's surgery went well, although it was delayed 3 hours because of the surgery before. Her surgery also took 3 hours, instead of an hour and a half. The dr. says he thinks he got it all. Pathology results come back in about 5 days. She also had to wait for a room, so we didn't get to see her until 9:30.

On Saturday, we went grocery shopping, and then I spent the rest of the day with my dad at the hospital, visiting my mom. She sat up in a chair twice, and they were able to take her off the oxygen. She was also allowed to have ice chips.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

You Can Join Team Snuggle

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"Missions" are special ambassador programs that allow you to experience the Snuggle brand in a fun way. You can qualify for missions by completing surveys, keeping your profile up-to-date and by participating in community activities like discussions. Keep an eye out for invitations. They come soon after you join!

When you're on a mission, all they ask is that you share your thoughts, opinions and experiences- honestly. Your voice matters and they want to hear it! By using your social sharing tools, you can let your friends and followers know about your experience, and earn points and badges for participating.

Points are the virtual currency of Team Snuggle. You can earn points for almost everything you do in the Bear Den, and earn badges for completing various activities. Points and badges increase your chances of receiving future missions and helps qualify you for special offers from the makers of Snuggle!

I'm a member of Team Snuggle - I have the badge on my side bar - and I really enjoy it. I was able to try fabric softener for free. My son enjoyed the Snuggle Bear I received. He's had lots of fun playing with it. We had to take pictures with it around the town and he liked that. I enjoy getting to try new products for free so this is a great team to be a part of.

If you want to check it out for yourself, just click on this Team Snuggle link and you can see what it's all about. Plus, I get points when you click on the link, so I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

One of My Favorite Etsy Shops - MomsRCrafty

One of my blogging topics every month is to share with you my favorite Etsy Shops. I used to sell my crafts on Etsy, but had to stop when I started back to work at my subbing job. While on Etsy, I found lots of shops I love to shop at and made lots of friends too. Today, I'll be sharing with you an Etsy shop belonging to a lady I became friends with.

MomsRCrafty is an Etsy shop, run by my friend Rhonda, and her friend Juanita. I think it would be really fun to be able to run an Etsy shop with your friend! Rhonda and I quickly became friends on Etsy; we were on several Etsy teams together. She sells things made out of plastic canvas, like I did, and also lots of wreaths and other things for your home. Now that I'm not on Etsy anymore, Rhonda and I still keep in contact through Facebook and email. She's a really good listener and a very caring person.

Rhonda and Juanita sell lots of wreaths in their shop, like this cute Summer Fun Tulle Wreath.

Here's a really pretty Pink Basket with Beads made out of plastic canvas.

Here's a nice Key Fob made out of plastic canvas. This would help keep your keys from getting lost in your purse, and my son would like it because it's green like the Ninja Turtles.

I love this Mouse Pad because it has a mouse stitched on it.

Here's a very pretty Jute Mesh Table Centerpiece that would brighten up any home and add a little joy.

They also sell lots of great things for all the holidays, like this Christmas Season Tulle Wreath.

So, the next time you need decorations for your home or a gift for someone, visit MomsRCrafty on Etsy, and I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for.