Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Carmalized Bananas


Today I have a guest post from Elizabeth from ReadySetEat to share with you - doesn't this look delicious (if you like bananas that is!)


Sweet Caramelized Bananas


This is a guest post by Elizabeth L. on behalf of ReadySetEat. Visit www.readyseteat.com to find easy recipes for dinner or pasta salad recipes for when the weather turns warmer.


Caramelized bananas are such a comforting dish, and they’re also really easy to make!  Even if this dish is a dessert, you are still getting all of the benefits of the fruit, too.  I remember the first time I had caramelized bananas, it was in a restaurant in Washington D.C, and I thought it was so good.  I couldn’t wait to make them at home!  With this simple recipe, you will have a dessert ready in no time, and you won’t even have to pay restaurant prices.  You could pair this with some vanilla bean ice cream or maybe some salted caramel ice cream.  Either would taste great with this!


Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Parkay® Original Spread-tub
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 slightly firm bananas, peeled, halved and sliced lengthwise
  • Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping


Directions

  1. Heat sugar, Parkay and cinnamon in medium skillet over medium-high heat; when bubbly, add bananas. Cook 1 minute on each side or until bananas are warm and glaze has thickened slightly, spooning glaze over bananas.
  2. Top each serving with Reddi-Wip. Serve immediately.



If you want to find some dinner ideas that are easy like this recipe, swing by ReadySetEat.com!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am on a mission to try to get my husband to eat some breakfast.  Even if it's not something super healthy, I would feel better if he would eat something for breakfast.  He has a physically demanding job, has been known to put off eating if they are running behind.  I can't control what happens on his job site, but I can make sure that he at least has something to eat before leaving home so he has some energy!  However, he is not a big breakfast person, doesn't like milk or cereal or eggs, so I have to be a bit more creative.


He does have a habit of going to the cookie jar on his way out the door and grabbing a cookie (or three) but I was aiming for something a little more filling.  Enter these chocolate chip muffins.  While I am sure they are not the healthiest breakfast item out there, they are a good something to have to start your day and the added chocolate chips make them sweet and make my husband willing to eat them.  I hope you enjoy them as well!


Chocolate Chip Muffins
Recipe adapted from Creative Savings
Ingredients:
  •  1 egg
  • 1 cup sour cream (8 oz)
  • 5 TBSP butter (melted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (or mini chips)



Directions:

In a bowl, mix the wet ingredients.  Stir in dry ingredients until just blended - no not over mix.  Finally fold in chocolate chips.  Place paper liners in muffin tin and fill 3/4 full with mix.  Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes - test center of larger muffin with a toothpick.  Muffins are done when toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool.
These also freeze well and can be re-heated in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.




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Monday, March 10, 2014

Chewy Sugar Cookies

Ahhh March!  So happy you have arrived (and finally brought some warmer weather!)  So glad that spring is on the way?  Did you enjoy the month of letter's post during February?  I hope so!  I know I missed some posts here and there, but I did successfully mail at least one letter each day in February - I was pretty impressed with myself and happy to have me my goal!  Now we are back to our regularly scheduled Peanut Life Adventures posts.  Time for a new recipe on Monday!  Let's start the week off right!

No doubt about it, I love sugar cookies.  Add a little bit of frosting and you have my perfect cookie.  Sugar cookies have always been my favorite.  I like a nice soft sugar cookie - just barely cooked.  I don't like thin and crispy cookies, but rather a chewy cookie that melts in your mouth.  I'm still on the hunt for the "perfect" cookie (and frosting), so if you have any suggestions, send them my way!
In my hunt for my definition of the perfect cookie, I stumbled upon these chewy sugar cookies with a light frosting glaze - definitely worth a try!  And they didn't disappoint!  They were delicious and lived up to their name - nice soft and chewy!
Chewy Sugar Cookies
Recipe adapted from Lil'Luna
Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 TBSP shortening (I used Crisco)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 TBSP light corn syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
Directions:
Using a stand mixer, cream the butter, sugar, shortening, and salt together.  Add in the egg, corn syrup, and vanilla and beat well.  Add in the dry ingredients.  Using a cookie scoop, drop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.  Bake for 11 - 13 minutes.  Remove and let cool on a wire rack.  While cookies are cooling, mix the frosting.  
For the frosting, mix 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1 1/2 Tablespoons of milk (more or less depending on what consistency you want).  Tint with food coloring if desired.  Drizzle frosting over slightly warm cookies, add sprinkles if desired. 
Enjoy!


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    Friday, February 28, 2014

    Birthday Present Card

    I am totally loving my Silhouette.  It has been sooooo helpful in making fun cards.  For example, this fun birthday card today - all I had to do was buy the shape in the store and then cut it out - easy peasy.  I love it!  It's great when I don't have a ton of time and need a card in a hurry.
    It's been great sharing my cards with you this month for #LetterMo.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've been up to.  I know my card making has a long way to go, but I'm still learning.
    Have a great weekend!

    Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Birthday Numbers

    This morning I have another birthday card to share with you (I've been busy making birthday cards for the next few months, before I have to put my cardmaking supplies away - right now they are taking over the living room!)  I found a card similar to this on Pinterest and immediately loved it.  I thought it would be a great way to celebrate special milestone year birthdays.   
    I do apologize for the bad picture.  The light was all goofy this morning and I was struggling with the black cardstock.
     
    I cut the numbers out with my Silhouette and that's out it - it was an easy card to make!
     
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    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Light of my Life

    Welcome back to todays Month of Letters/Month of cards post.  This is actually not a card that I mailed, but I did make it this month.  It was my valentine card for my husband.  He loves laterns and I thought it was a fitting card for him.  It makes a great card to let someone know how special and important they are to you.
     
     
    The latern was cut using my Silhouette and an image from the Silhouette store.
    The sentiment was made using my alphabet stamp.
     
    Have a great day!
     
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    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

    Bee Thrilled for you

    A few months ago, I had a TON of people having new babies - like four in the same week!  It was crazy!  As a result, I had lots of baby showers to go to and needed lots of baby cards.
    This card I sent to my best work buddy after she had her baby to congratulate her.


    The love bug was cut from the Cricuit Creative Critters 2 Cartridge
    Background paper from Michaels
    Sentiment is Paper Smooches

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    Monday, February 24, 2014

    Annie's Best Sandwich Bread

    The first blog I ever started to read was Annie's eats.  Her delicious food blog got me into reading cooking blogs (which lead to other blogs, which lead to me writing my own blog).  I started following Annie's Eats about 4 years ago.  If you haven't checked out her site, you sure should.  She does a great job of mixing personal stories and delicious recipes.  
    This recipe for her "Best" White bread caught my eye. It's no secret that my husband loves homemade bread (true story, I love it too).  He pretty much asks for bread of some type every night for dinner.  I love to make a nice bread that (if there are any leftovers) will also make a great sandwich bread to use for the next few days.  The texture of this bread sure fits the bill.  It is less crumbly than some other homemade breads and holds its shape well and works perfectly for sandwich breads.  My husband passes on his high recommendation :)
    Annie's Best Sandwich Bread
    Recipe adapted from Annie's Eats

    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast
    •  6 Tablespoons plus 1 1/3 cup Water
    • 2 Tablespoons sugar
    • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter (melted) (optional)
    • 4 1/2 to 5 cups flour

    Directions:
    To begin, dissolve the yeast in the 6 tablespoons of water (in the bowl of your stand mixer if you have one with a dough hook).  Add in the sugar, salt, and additional water, and butter.  Mix in 2 cups of flour on low speed until the dough begins to come together.  Slowly add in the remaining flour.  Continue to mix (and add flour as needed) until the dough is smooth and only slightly tacky (but not sticky).  Continue to mix with the dough hook for 5 minutes until the dough is smooth.
    Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl (turning once to coat), cover and let rise until double in bulk.  This should take 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
    Punch down the dough and roll dough into a rectangle, and place in a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.  Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled - 30 to 45 minutes.
    Preheat over to 400 degrees.  Brush the top of the bread dough with half the butter if desired.  Bake for 30-33 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.  Bread should read 190 degrees on an instant read thermometer.  Tops should be golden brown.
    Remove from oven .  Turn out to wire rack.  If desired, brush the top of the loaf with the remaining butter.  
    Let cool before cutting. 
    Enjoy with dinner, also makes a fantastic sandwich bread!



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    Monday, February 17, 2014

    Polka Dot Cookie Bars

    Hello!  Welcome back to PeanutLifeAdventures.  Remember last month when I shared these M&M Cookie bars?  If you liked those, you should love today's sweet treat.  It came, from all places, from a magazine clipping from my mother-in-law.  My mother-in-law is an extremely healthy person.  She eats very healthy, balanced meals, and I hardly ever see her take a bite of dessert.  When she gave me this recipe, I was pretty surprised, but she knows her son/my husband loves his treats and knows that I like to bake for him.  These polka dot cookie bars certainly earned my husband's approval!
    Again, I love the easy and simplicity of cookie bars.  I like that they just bake in one pan, and no rolling out dough, and a lot less cleanup.  Win in my book, especially when I am pressed for time, but still want to have a treat to enjoy for the week.
    Polka Dot Cookie Bars
    Recipe adapted from Taste of Home
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup butter softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 3/4 cup brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 1/4 cups flour
    • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (divided)

    Directions:
    In the bowl of a stand mixer (or a regular bowl if you don't have a stand mixer), cream the butter and sugars together until smooth.  Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well.  Slowly add in the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.  Fold in 1 cup of white chocolate chips.  Spread in a well greased 15x10x1 inch pan.  Sprinkle the remaining white chips over the top of the batter.
    Bake at 375 degrees for 18-23 minutes.  
    If you don't have a 15x10 pan, you can use a 9x13 pan to make the cookies instead.  They will be thicker and will need longer to cook (closer to 30-40 minutes).  Test with toothpick near the center, if it comes out clean, then they are ready (be sure to do this step with cookie bars - it's important so you don't have doughy/soggy cookie bars in the middle!)
    Let the cookie bars cool in the pan before cutting.
    Enjoy!

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    Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Birthday Candles

    Happy Birthday!  Actually I don't know anyone who has a birthday today, but I just love this little card :)  I combined some ideas off of Pinterest to create it.
    The candles are (obviously) just cut out of paper.  For the solid color candles, I dry embossed them using my cuddlebug to give them a wee bit of deminsion.  Although it doesn't show up real well in the picture, the black background is also dry embossed with the swirly folder. 
    For the "flames" I cut those using my Silhouette, I also used some orange ink around the edges of the flames.  Have a great day and Happy Cardmaking!
     
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