Archive for May, 2011

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is one of my favorite ways to use bananas.

Makes 3 – 4 dozen

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup mashed bananas

2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Grease 2 cookie sheets.

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda, and set aside.

Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

Mix in the mashed bananas.

Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Note: You might want to check them after 10 minutes – mine were done early.

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Spring

Today, I went outside and took pictures of birds and plants in our yard.

I have a Sony H9, which is a hand-me-down from my mom.

Here are some of the birds that I saw:

This is a new pine cone…

…this is a bud on a blueberry bush…

…and these are some of the flowers I found.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

These cookies melt in your mouth!

Makes 2 1/2 dozen

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 cup butter

dash of salt

1 cup peanut butter

3 cups oats

First, measure the peanut butter and oats and set aside.

In a large pot, combine the sugar, milk cocoa, butter, and salt.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the butter is melted.

(Don’t let it bubble until the butter is melted, or the cookies will be crumbly.)

Bring to a boil and cover for 30 seconds.

Remove the cover and bring to a boil that can’t be stirred down for 1 minute.

Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.

Stir in oats.

Drop by teaspoonfuls onto parchment paper and let set.

Enjoy!

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One – Bead Earrings

These simple earrings are so fun to make!

Supplies:

2 head pins (color of your choice)

2 earing wires (same color as pins)

2 medium size beads

Tools:

1 pair of needle – nosed pliers

1 pair of side cuts

First, string one of the beads onto a head pin.

Using the pliers, grip the pin a few millimeters above the bead.

With your fingers, bend the pin around the pliers to make a loop.

Cut the excess wire with the wire cutters.

(You can even up the loop with the pliers after you cut the wire).

Next, open the loop on one of the earring wires with the pliers.

String the bead onto the earring wire…

…and close the loop.

Repeat with the remaining supplies to make the other earring.

Note: You might want to get extra supplies just in case you make a mistake.

Banana Crumb Muffins

I have been making these muffins for a long time. My whole family loves them!

The topping gives it an interesting flavor.

Makes 10

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 bananas, mashed

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon cold butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter.

Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of flour, and cinnamon.

Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.

Note:  1 muffin = 6 points on Weight Watchers

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Blueberry Pancakes

This is the Blue Hill Inn recipe that my grandparents gave me. They are delicious!

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup yogurt or sour cream

2 eggs

4 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 cup milk

1 cup blueberries

Heat an iron skillet over medium-low heat.

Stir together the dry ingredients.

Add the yogurt and eggs and beat until blended.

Add melted butter and milk and beat until smooth.

Ladle batter onto skillet.

Generously sprinkle blueberries over pancakes.

Cook until small bubbles appear on the surface.

Flip over and cook until done.

Serve with maple syrup or powdered sugar, if desired.

Note: If you use sour cream, decrease the amount of milk.

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Lemonade

This is my favorite lemonade recipe.

Makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

1 cup strained lemon juice (about 6 lemons)

6 cups water

1 cup sugar

First, mix together the lemon juice and water.Then, add the sugar, and stir until disolved.Add some ice, and enjoy!

Note:  1 cup lemonade = 3 points on weightwatchers

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