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Archive for April 26th, 2011

Today became another “Waste Not Want Not!” occasion as several of my banana’s took a dive past their prime. I had intended to make banana bread, but then my daughter insisted upon muffins. Who am I to argue with a good muffin to start the day? Something I can sneak healthy foods and grains into and the kids now no better?  Sure! Muffins I agreed, then pulled up a chair so she could help me and we could have a bit of bonding time along with lesson time among the ingredients.

“Taste of the Tropics” Wheat Muffins

3-4 large bananas

1 egg

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup butter (melted)

1 cup wheat flour

1/2 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 cup coconut

1/4 cup each to any of these (Dried and diced  mango, papaya, pineapple, cranberries, golden raisins) *highlighted what I personally used in these*

Mix dry ingredients together, add eggs, honey, butter, vanilla and mix well.  Put into greased muffin tins or paper muffin cups and bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Serve warm with butter or honey.

By the way, these muffins freeze exceptionally well.  I often double or triple batches and freeze.

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My daughter loves to finger paint.  Getting her fingers in gloopy mess is a highlight of her day and if she can get that mess coating other parts of her besides her hands, all the better.  I tried the store bought paints but found we went through them exceptionally quick, that and she would paint other things also, front walk, walls, steps, nothing was skipped in her canvas finding. This created several problems as I learned “washable” on store brands does not necessarily mean washable when dried, or worse, sun baked.  This is a old recipe I used when my son was young and my daughter was still infant wanting to paint too. I never held fear of them putting it in their mouths as its perfectly safe to consume and clean up, even if the oldest dried on mess just takes hot water.

MYO Finger Paint

2 cup flour

3 cups water

1 tsp salt

Food Coloring

Microwave safe containers

Mix flour with water, beating well to remove lumps.  Divide into dishes and add drops of food coloring until desired color reached.  Place dish in microwave and microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between, until thickened.

That’s all there is to it.

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