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One-Banana Muffins

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Every time Josh and I buy bananas, they always start to over-ripen before we can eat them all. It doesn’t matter if we buy 10 or three, it always happens.

And I guess it doesn’t help that I’ll only eat a banana if it’s at least a little green. I probably get that from my dad. He and I both say a ripe banana is only good for making banana bread.

IMG_3844But, that darn one-banana dilemma hinders making a whole loaf of banana bread. I’m telling you, this happens… Every. Single. Time.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, Josh bought some bananas for us, and by the end of last week, we were left with one over-ripe banana. So, instead of throwing it away, I waited for it to turn black (black bananas make the best banana bread) and I came up with a solution…

One-banana muffins. The recipe only makes a handful of these muffins, but I think that’s kind of perfect. I never like having too many muffins (or any other kind of baked good) at home because if I can’t give away at least half,  I almost always end up throwing some away.

Oh, and maybe don’t be a goof like me — I forgot to add pecans to my muffins. Good grief.

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Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 6 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 over-ripe banana
  • 1/8 cup chopped pecans (optional)

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line half of a 12-muffin tin with baking cups.

In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

The next few steps can be done using a standalone mixer or a handheld mixer. In a medium- to large-bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and banana, and mix until well-combined. Mix in half of the flour mixture and combine, then add in the other half of the flour mixture and combine. The result should be a doughy mixture.

IMG_3838Add pecans, if desired, and mix one more time until the pecans are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Place the dough into the six baking cups, dividing the dough evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until muffins are golden-brown and cooked through. (Test this by sticking a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked through.)

Allow muffins to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

Note: This recipe was inspired by Banana Banana Bread from Allrecipes.com.

10 Quick and Easy Halloween Crafts

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Halloween is just a day away, and, let’s be honest, not all of us are totally prepared. (Yeah, it totally snuck up on me this year, as usual.) Thankfully, I do have a few decorations around the house (shoutout to my stepmom for helping me out there!), but I could still use a few more.

Of course, I refuse to pay full price for decorations that will only sit around my house for a couple of weeks each year, so buying Halloween decor before November 1 isn’t going to happen.

My solution: simple crafts.

Here are a few crafts that could be done quickly and easily. And most of these are fairly cheap, too!

  1. Plastic cup tea-light holders (just be sure to use LED tea lights) from The Secret Post
  2. Flying ghosts (view on slide 2) from DIY Network
  3. Chalkboard painted pumpkins from Paper Princess Studio
  4. DIY string lights from Good Housekeeping
  5. Paper plate spider candy holder from The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman
  6. Painted Mason Jar Halloween Flowers from Family Fresh Cooking
  7. Pumpkin Lollipop Holder from Martha Stewart
  8. Spooky, Creepy Lollies (3 ways: spiders, jack-o-lanterns and ghosts) from Apartment Therapy
  9. Pumpkin center pieces from Bean Talk
  10. Lacey pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens

Will you be making any last-minute decorations for Halloween? Tell me about them in the comments.

Halloween Recipe: Vampire Bites

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Are you ready for the easiest Halloween recipe you’ll make? Here it goes…

Cut up an apple, add some peanut butter, finish with almond slivers.

Bam! You are done.

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Seriously, it’s that easy. Plus, it’s a healthy alternative to gorging on Halloween candy.

You’re welcome.

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Active Time:  30 minutes
Total Time:  30 minutes
Serves: 12

Ingredients:

  • 3 red delicious apples
  • 6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter (approximately)
  • 18 almond slivers

Cut each apple into 12 even slices. Be sure to remove the core. (I always cut it out after slicing. My apple corer lost a battle against an apple earlier this year.)

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Spread about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter on an apple slice. Top the peanut butter with another slice, leaving about 1/8 inch of peanut butter showing between apple slices. Repeat with remaining apple slices and peanut butter. Set to the side.

Carefully cut the almond slivers in half lengthwise. Be careful to not break them as you cut. Carefully cut one end of each half. (This will be the top of the vampire fang.)

Gently press the almond sliver halves onto the peanut butter, round sides out, making them look like fangs. Repeat with each apple-peanut butter combo.

Serve immediately.

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(Note: If you want to prepare these a few hours early, I recommend trying this trick to prevent apples from turning brown. I’ve tried it, and it works. You would need to do this before adding the peanut butter.)

Enjoy!