Trying a New Online Recipe: One Banana Banana Bread


The banana hook at our house is rarely empty for long though it does get stuck with overly ripe fruit from time to time. When the yellow skin starts channeling 101 Dalmatians, I start thinking one thing: banana bread. This time there was one lonely banana sitting in the fruit bowl attached to the hook. Since my usual recipes need at least a banana and a half, rather than crossing my fingers that this wasn’t a *”Two Banana Day” and winging it, I decided to see what I could find while searching for a one banana based recipe. What a Crock’s “One Banana Banana Bread” seemed very straight forward and easy so it was the winner.

Banana bread muffins

Here is my breakdown of this recipe.

  • Ingredients shopping:  Easy. Everything was already in the kitchen.
  • Prep:  Easy. The most time consuming part was melting the butter and chopping up the banana. Since I was using my KitchenAid stand mixer, I wasn’t going to experiment and see what the paddle attachment could do to a whole banana. My guess was make a mess.
  • Baking:  The muffins cooked much faster than I expected. Maybe I preheated the oven too long. I know I was multi-tasking while they were in the oven so that too can be added to the list of why they came out a bit too browned and slightly burnt at the bottoms of a few. Luckily, I had used cupcake liners or I would have been scraping muffin bits out of the bottom of the tins..
  • Make it again:  Yes. Even with the slight overbaking, they were quite good. Darth Husband liked them as well. Next time I’ll set my timer at short intervals to figure out the best range of time for my oven.
  • Modify it:  Maybe, but not right away. Getting a nice golden color needs to happen first. Then I can see what I could add. Nuts were an optional ingredient but since we had none in the pantry that would mesh well, I opted not to use them.
  • Works for leftovers: Baked goods generally result in leftovers in our house. I stored them in a gallon sized  zip top bag and a few days later, they still tasted good.

*Big Block Sing Song is a kid show I never knew about until someone mentioned the song. Of course, it got stuck in my head.



Trying a New Online Recipe: Pancakes from Pennies & Pancakes


During the week, I am all about grabbing a quick breakfast since I am definitely not a morning person. Some days it might be fruit, yogurt, and granola. For others, it is take-out or something designated as a breakfast item per the writing on the plastic wrapper. Sitting down and enjoying a leisurely breakfast is left for the weekends.

Last Saturday, I woke up with pancakes on the brain. I was the first one up and after getting a semi-coherent “yes” to my asking Darth Husband if he was hungry, I dodged the galloping kitten and went to make breakfast. I was going to try a boxed coconut mix that I picked up from Trader Joe’s for me and then make our usual boxed mix for him.

Coconut mix? Check. Usual boxed mix? Nope.

After searching through the pantry like a forlorn Jack Sparrow (“But why is the mix gone?”) and deciding that I was still making pancakes and ones from scratch, I found the  post containing the Favorite Pancake Recipe on Pennies and Pancakes. First of all, if a blog name INCLUDES the word “pancakes”, that is a good sign.


Here is my breakdown of this recipe.

  • Ingredients shopping:  Easy. I had everything but the whole wheat flour already in the kitchen.
  • Prep:  Easy. The hardest part was using the sifter and not making a mess.
  • Cooking:  Easy to medium. Figuring out when to flip a pancake is a skill I mastered within the last five years. Though I fully understand that in the grand scheme of stovetop cooking it isn’t extremely difficult, I have mushed and burned many a pancake. After the first few using this batter, I was able to time it quite well.
  • .Make it again:  Definitely. This turned out extremely well and both Darth Husband and I really enjoyed them.
  • Modify it:  Yes. This time, out of necessity, I used regular flour instead of whole wheat flour. In the future, I could see doing something like adding a bit of cinnamon to the batter.
  • Works for leftovers: Yes. I reheated some on Sunday and topped it with strawberry jam instead of butter as I had done on Saturday. I had a few others for a weekday breakfast as well.