Banana bread muffins


2 large ripe bananas

1 cup of sugar (I used brown)

1 egg

4 tablespoons butter/margarine (room temp works)

1.5 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

Mix bananas, sugar and egg together.  Add in the dry ingredients.  Mix until it looks right.  Scientific, eh?  Spoon into baking cups and cook for around 30 minutes @ 325.  Make sure you test with a toothpick to see if it’s clean and they’re done.

Super easy AND these freeze well!

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Brown sugar & balsamic glazed pork in a slow cooker

This wasn’t a fail but it’s not going to be going on our line up anytime soon.  First it was a little too sweet in the end for us.  The pork needs to be browned before being put in the slow cooker.  And the recipe calls for cornstarch to thicken the glaze, something that I don’t particularly like so I made the glaze the old fashioned way in a saucier.  I could see this being good on a grill maybe.

Monkey bread with dill butter

I did these in muffin tins and the ratio of butter to cooking made a greasy mess.  Less butter next time and a little more cooking time.  The middle of these just didn’t get done.  It has good flavor though and it looked impressive.

As with any time that you’re not following a recipe from a well known source (, Saveur, etc) and are following everyday cooks (, Pinterest etc) there is always going to be a bit of trial and error.  A lot of us post after one great batch and non-commercial cooktops and ovens (like mine!!!) sometimes aren’t showing the right temps.

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Chicken for tacos

I’m smitten with the chicken meat that our neighbor made us a couple of times now for dinner.  I know she makes it in a crock pot but I have yet to remember to ask for the recipe when I see her!  When I found this recipe on Pinterest I thought that it sounded pretty yummy AND maybe it would be close to Annie’s.  While it was scrumptious…it still plays second fiddle.  I substituted normal salsa for some mango/cilantro salsa that I found at the store.  I loved the added kick that the fruit gave it.

In a slow cooker, mix together:

One 24-ounce jar medium or mild salsa

Juice from one lime

1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

One 1.25-oz. package taco seasoning

2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped (optional)

Add 4-6 boneless chicken breast halves (completely defrosted) to the slow cooker and coat with the salsa mixture. Cover and cook on Low for 6 hours.

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Orange chicken in a crock pot

I found this recipe from Pinterest posted from the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog.  So easy to make and it was super yummy and neither of us found it at all overly orangey.  Only takes a bit of prep with the browning/flouring of the chicken too!

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
(Recipe from Team T Adventures)

• boneless chicken breasts, chopped into small chunks (I used about 4)
• 1/3 cup flour
• olive oil
• 1/2 Tbl. salt
• 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
• 3 Tbl. ketchup
• 6 oz. frozen orange juice concentrate (thaw or throw it in the microwave for 45 seconds)
• 4 Tbl.  brown sugar

In a bowl, mix the orange juice, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, and ketchup.  Pour the flour in a small bowl.  Cover the chicken breast chunks in flour and shake off the excess.

Pour a small amount of olive oil in a skillet and brown the flour-covered chicken.
The chicken doesn’t need to be fully cooked since it’s going in the crock pot.

After the chicken is done cooking, pour the pieces into the crock pot. Then cover the chicken with your sauce mixture and give the pot a stir.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3.

Serve over rice and even add veggies if you want a healthier meal.

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