Monday, August 31, 2015

Banana-Nut Grahm Muffins

Banana-Nut Graham Muffins
The whole family likes these! They are moist (a word I dislike) and they have real fruit in them, which leads me to believe they are healthy. The Hubs says they remind him of my sister. Weird, I know.
Prep Time: 15 min. | Total Time: 33 min. | Makes: 12 servings (I feel like I should have doubled)
16 Graham crackers, finely crushed. I smacked the heck out of them while they were still in the package. But the recommended way is putting the crackers in a resealable plastic bag. Crush the grahams by rolling a rolling pin over the bag
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 egg
1 cup fat-free milk (I used almond milk)
2 tbsp. honey
2 fully ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I think these are optional.)
Make it:
1) Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
2) Combine graham crumbs, sugar, and baking powder until well blended. Mix all remaining ingredients except nuts in large bowl. Add graham mixture; stir just until moistened. (There's that word again!)
3) Spoon into 12 paper-lined muffin cups; top with nuts (unless you deemed these optional)
4) Bake 15-18 min. ( I baked for 16, and my toothpick came up clean) or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 min. Remove to wire rack; cool slightly. (I never do this step.)
Nutrition Info Per Serving:
160 calories, 4 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 20mg cholesterol, 220mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate, 2g dietary fiber, 16g sugars, 3g protein
This recipe came from the back of a Nabisco Graham Cracker box.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Good Housekeeping

I'm writing a piece for the Good Housekeeping Silver Linings Contest. Wish me luck!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Chocolate Crackle Cookies


1 box Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (I used Duncan Hines chewy triple fudge brownie mix)

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3/4 cup powdered sugar -reserve for coating dough (I felt like this was too much)

Go Time:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place brownie mix, flour, eggs, and oil in medium bowl. Stir until blended. (Be careful! I think I over-stirred which made them a little tough).

 Place powdered sugar in seperate bowl. For each cookie, scoop 1 rounded tablespoon dough and place in powdered sugar. (The dough is really sticky. My tablespoons weren't rounded.)

Roll dough gently into balls, coating thoroughly with powdered sugar. Place 2 inches apart into greased cookie sheet. Bake 11-13 minutes. Makes 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dogs and FILs

I think I did really well today. I feel like I got a lot done.

Finally took the dog to the vet.

I realized that in order to keep stuff clean, I really need to be cleaning all day. Live and learn.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Lunch At Panera

We went to visit my grandmother in her retirement home. She was told we could eat a-la-carte at 11 am, but that turned out to be false. So we ate at Panera. I had a good time, but my grandmother was getting a little stressed by the 'lack of lighting', the noise, and the fact that The Boy couldn't stay in his seat.

I'm so glad I scheduled it, though, and I'm glad I got a chance to talk with my grandmother and sister.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Yard Sale- Day Two

Day Two:
Sadly, my yard sale is like this blog: not enough visitors. The main problem is lack of advertising. Living on a busy street would be enough, I thought. I assumed that more people were like me, that in the middle of errands, we brake for yard sales. Today I had about ten customers, but only sold four items. I was kind of surprised. On the upside, it was nice to just sit outside. I read the paper, labeled a few photos, and hung out with The Baby. The Hubs was a huge help; he took The Boy on an errand, helped set up and break down, and did naps.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Freebies at Jewel

I've been giving The Boy a spoonful of honey for his cough. It works for a little while. I asked my mom if she had any homeopathic recipes for a cough. She adamantly said no. Apparently, she doesn't need homeopathic recipes for coughs. I can't imagine why.

At Jewel we got a free sample of Banana Water, and all three of us liked it. But not enough to buy. Then we got our free apple and banana (The Boy ate his apple on the way home). We also got cough syrup that was safe enough for The Boy. It's called Matty's, and it's being discontinued. Dang.