Hey, Day 15. Part of me can't believe I've made it this far on the Whole30 program, another part of me wonders what the heck I'm thinking and a different part of me feels amazing. I flip between these three feelings throughout the day. According to what I've read, my sugar cravings should..Read More
I feel I should open a facility for aging bananas in my home because they are always hanging around. We eat bananas, but we also apparently ignore them. The good thing about this dilemma is that there are so many delicious things to do with ripe bananas!Read More
Throughout this stretch of winter sickness and super-funk, there have been two things that have made me happy on a daily basis: my boys and making cookies. I am on a ROLL with the cookies. My boys have been so funny about them.Read More
Some weeks we go through bananas like crazy and other weeks I feel like I should open a Geriatric Banana Nursing Home in the far corner of our kitchen. This was an elderly banana nursing home week. An alarming number of ailing bananas were piled high in our fruit bowl and I knew I had to take action.Read More
How is 2016 starting out for you? My first week of the year has miraculously transformed into one overflowing with productivity and good habits. The gym saw my face, I have accomplished a ton of work and my cold is waning. Plus, my oldest cutie begins adaptive snowboarding lessons tomorrow and I am super excited for him! I am a skier at heart, but I'm proud that his adventurous little self is excited to get on the slopes in some way.Read More
A few weeks ago I found my countertop, once again, laden with geriatric bananas. If I did not have a food blog, I'd make the same delish banana bread and muffins over and over. Since I do indeed have a food blog, I always feel the need to come up with something new. On that particular day I needed simple and quick and this recipe could not have fit the bill any better.Read More
So much for fall weather. It is hotter now than it has been all summer! What better time than now for our air conditioner to break, right?! Thanks to my neighbor who had a great repairman recommendation, it is already fixed and didn't kill us financially. Phew!Read More
There are soooooo many days when I feel like ALL I do is answer questions. At the end of the day I wish I would have tallied the number of questions that were catapulted in my direction. I'd need to hire someone to keep track for me because I am too busy with the ANSWERING OF QUESTIONS.Read More
This is my last bit of "business" to wrap up before we head out for our yearly family waterpark vacation. We all look forward to this trip and it always seems to fly by. I intend to savor every moment with my boys! Just like I savored every bite of this cheesecake!Read More
Is there anyone in the universe who enjoys packing? It's ironic that it is such a detestable chore for most people since the event that follows packing is vacation. Tomorrow we are setting out on our last summer adventure. We will spend nearly a week with family, most of whom we only get to see once a year. We leave in the morning, and guess what?!Read More
I went from writing a post a day in early December to a post a week here in early January. I have been working on a big project that is food-related and that I am very excited about. I will be ready to unveil it in a few weeks! Wooo!
In fact, this post provides a giant clue about what my secret project is. Any guesses?
Thanks again for all of the wonderful comments and emails regarding my website. I will not ignore a single one! My boys and I are enjoying a lazy Saturday, so I will share this recipe with you and get back to relaxing on the couch. Important business calls..
Nutella Brie-Nana Grilled Cheese
Nutella, bananas and brie cheese are packed inside the walls of this grilled cheese sandwich!
Contributed by Megan Porta from pipandebby.com.
Published Jan 12, 2013
Total time:10 min
- 4 slices French bread
- 4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons Nutella
- 4.5-oz. package Brie cheese, rinds removed and cut into thin slices
- 1 banana, cut lengthwise into four equal slices
- Place the bread slices on a flat work surface. Spread 1 tablespoon of butter evenly over one side of each slice of bread. Flip the buttered bread slices over and spread 1 tablespoon of Nutella over each.
- Warm a skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Layer each sandwich as follows: Slice of bread, butter side down, Nutella side up, 1/4 of the Brie cheese slices, 2 banana slices, 1/4 of the Brie cheese slices and slice of bread, Nutella side down, butter side up.
- Place sandwiches onto the hot skillet. Cook on each side for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until the bottom layer of cheese begins to melt around the edges. Cut in half and serve!
Triple Chocolate Banana goodness for the kid in all of us! Kid tested, adult approved!
Have you ever tried to wrestle a couple of really energetic, curious (and cute!) monkeys while attempting to accomplish a task? This is my life. I am constantly trying to get things done while also wrestling two monkeys. Which is great! It has made me an excellent multi-tasker and it certainly keeps me on my toes. Plus I have found that certain tasks aren't hindered much by them. I can clean and cook and wrestle monkeys with ease. But activities that require concentration and thought do not mix well with the monkeys.
So here is my equation from the past 10 days: Lots o' Monkey Time + Cleaning/Organizing + Cooking/Baking = A Really Clean Home + Lots of Food to Eat + Tons of Photos on Camera + Very Limited Time on Computer.
In other words, I'M BEHIND! I still have Super Bowl goodies that I haven't gotten off my camera. I'm hoping to get to them all this week!
I made this bread a few weeks ago and shared the cute teeny lil' loaves with my sister and her family. The consensus: KIDS LOVE THIS BREAD! My boys adored it and my niece did, as well. I love the triple-chocolatey-ness involved and also the addition of the bananas.
Back to the monkeys! I hope you enjoy the bread!
This Banana Crumb Muffins recipe is a delicious way to use up ripe bananas. You will love the crumb topping with brown sugar as an afternoon treat on these tender muffins. So tasty you may want to find friends to send them too! Otherwise be prepared to eat them all yourself!
My family's love for bananas is inconsistent. There are times when we go through a large bunch in just a few days. And there are other times, like now, when we are constantly looking at a bowl full of sad, browning bananas that are reaching the end of their life span.
Sometimes I get too busy and the bananas get mushy way beyond any worth, so I am left throwing them into the garbage. But sometimes I am able to find a sliver of time when I can throw something together that the bananas can be a part of.
My absolute favorite thing to make with ripe bananas are these tasty muffins. They are so tasty that I usually send most of them to work with my husband so I don't eat them all myself!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin papers, or you can grease the cups and forgo the papers. I prefer using papers because it keeps the muffins fresh for a bit longer.
In a large bowl, mix together:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a separate, medium bowl, combine:
2 large ripened bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.
Spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups.
In a small bowl, mix together:
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cut in 2 Tablespoons of melted butter until mixture is moist and looks something like this:
Sprinkle topping over the muffin batter inside prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
And the first thing I always do upon removing them from the oven is put a pat of butter on one and serve it to my 3-year-old because he is always waiting a little too eagerly at the table, ready to devour as many muffins I am willing to give to him.
Muffins not your thing? Here is another one of my favorite banana recipes Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, this recipe is packed with banana goodness and has CHOCOLATE! It's a hit in our house!