Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Walnut Muffins
Yield: 24 Muffins

Blend together:
4 very ripe bananas
1/2 a container of vanilla yogurt (about 16 oz)
2 eggs
2 tbs vanilla extract
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar

Mix together:
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

Chop up:
2 cups of walnuts
1 square of Ghirardelli chocolate

1 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Ghirardelli baking chips

I make the muffin batter in my Kitchen Aid Mixer and they are very easy to whip up in just a matter of minutes. I start by adding the bananas, then vanilla, oil, eggs, yogurt, and sugar. I let the paddle spin on medium creaming everything together. Then I add the dry mixture with the paddle spinning on the slowest setting. I add in the chocolate and nuts last and let the paddle do a few spins to mix in the nuts and chocolate in every bite.
Bake at 350 F for 25-30 minutes.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Monkey Invitation

     My son, Cooper, is turning two in a little over a month. I am getting teary eyed just thinking about how fast he is growing up. I just finished the outside of the invitations for his Monkey themed birthday party. I used my Cricut Create a Critter and Life's a Party cartridges to help create the invitations. I am excited with how they turned out and I cant wait to get started on the decorations for the party next!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Buying In Bulk

     Grocery shopping can be crazy with two children so most of my grocery shopping happens at Costco. Their baskets are the size of small cars and I can easily fit Chloe's carrier in the basket along with Cooper in the child seat. I still have enough room in the cart to fill with the mountains of food I manage to come home with. The downside to shopping at Costco, with only two adults and two small children to gobble up all the food before it goes bad, is the large portions. Mozzarella cheese comes in a bag the size of a newborn, there are enough balls to feed and army in the bag of Kirkland Meatballs, and it will take one very hungry toddler three months to polish off the box of Goldfish.
     In order to preserve the freshness of the food I buy at Costco, I portion out the product into freezer bags that I have labeled with the date, name of product, and the amount I put in. I have a freezer in my garage for my overflow of food where I store the majority of my freezer items. This makes it so easy to grab the amount I need, unthaw in the fridge, and then use in a recipe I am making for dinner.