Banana Muffins ~ my 365th post for the year!

I’ve made it to my 365th post!  It’s been rather fun most days cooking and creating my posts.  Some days it has  been a struggle coming up with my posts; not so much that I didn’t cook but more so that it didn’t seem blog worthy.  I’ve been debating over the past few weeks if I should continue with daily posts or retreat a bit and perhaps post just a couple or so a week.  I still haven’t decided but in the meantime here is my breakfast recipe of the day!

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  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 o.z. cream cheese
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 1/2  cups flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder ~ I actually was out of baking powder so I used an 1/4 tsp cream of tartar and 1/8 tsp baking soda as a substitution
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Mix together oil, sugar and eggs.  Stir in softened cream cheese and sliced bananas.  Mix together oats, flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Stir into banana mixture until just combined. Add chocolate chips and divide to oiled muffin cups about 3/4 full.  I made 12 muffins and a mini loaf; I would estimate about 16 regular sized muffins could be made with this recipe.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly

Oatmeal Cookies ~ chewy and moist ~ delicious

Charles’ favorite cookies are oatmeal; with or without raisins, it matters not just so long as they are oatmeal.  We usually keep the cookie baking to a minimum and wait for my sister Chris to bring the cookies over but I guess the “cookie fairy” has been busy lately or forgotten us! Anyway, I now have a new recipe for her to try.  I flipped through a few cookbooks yesterday and came up with my own combination using what I had on hand.  These were chewy and moist and perfectly balanced.  I have to say the molasses were the perfect addition, just a hint of flavor to bring out the best in these cookies.

Oatmeal cookies

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs molasses
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Cream together shortening and sugar, add egg beating well.  Mix in molasses and vanilla.  In separate bowl mix together oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Gradually add to creamed mixture.  Stir in raisins and drop by the spoonful onto baking sheets.  Makes about 2 dozen cookies.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy ~ Kimberly