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June 2007

Banana Cupcakes

Bcupcakes I am perpetually either over-buying bananas or under-eating bananas....thus "ripe" bananas.  So here's ONE of my solutions for ripe bananas:

Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

For the best frosting, make sure the cream cheese is chilled. If the frosting is too thin, place it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until spreadable. Store frosted cupcakes in the refrigerator.

3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/4 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup (4 ounces) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, chilled
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons finely chopped walnuts, toasted

Preheat oven to 350°.

Yield: 1 dozen (serving size: 1 cupcake)

CALORIES 247 (28% from fat); FAT 7.8g (sat 4.2g,mono 2.3g,poly 0.9g); PROTEIN 3.8g; CHOLESTEROL 54mg; CALCIUM 25mg; SODIUM 193mg; FIBER 0.6g; IRON 0.7mg; CARBOHYDRATE 41g

Cooking Light, SEPTEMBER 1999

To prepare cupcakes, combine 1/4 cup granulated sugar and banana; set aside. Beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar, butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 3 minutes). Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana mixture to sugar mixture, beating well. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, and nutmeg in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with yogurt, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix after each addition.

Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups lined with paper liners. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare the frosting, beat the powdered sugar, chilled cream cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla at medium speed of a mixer just until blended (do not overbeat). Spread frosting over cupcakes, and sprinkle with toasted walnuts.


New blog on the block...

Hey all you Big Picture Scrapbooking fans.....BPS now has a new blog

So, besides blogging & catching up on blogs I'm super busy trying to get back on track with my routines since being away from home so much this summer.  So far, so good....I'm on track, now if I can just stay that way through the rest of the summer things will be great! 


Shout out to crzyscrappr!

Cku_paint_can_deanna_gutridge_2Isn't this cute!  This is the can I got in the paint can swap at CKU.  It was made by "crzyscrappr"  aka Deanna G. Inside was the following:

Cards (handmade)
KI Memories Ice Titles
Uppercase Chipboard Letters
Autograph Tags (handmade)
Numbers  - Chipboard
American Crafts Ribbon
Herma Dispenser
Eyelets, eyelet charms
Itty Bitty Album (handmade)
Mmmm....Good (treats - Milk Duds & M&Ms)
She did a terrific job on all the handmade stuff.  My favorites were the autograph tags (it's almost full of autographs from CKU) & the itty bitty album...they all match this great Cosmo Cricket paper line she used on the can.
Thanks a bunch Deanna G!!!  I love it!


Back to real life....

Dscf4544_2Boy is it hard to adjust to life post CKU.  Everything in my body is telling me to create, and yet, my To Do list is screaming at me.  So I've spent my first few days back getting things done and then yesterday I worked on my Week in the Life album (Ali Edward's album at CKU).  I still have the journaling & a few of the backsides of the "extra" pages to do....but I'm so happy that it is all coming together.  I know I'm going to cherish this album for many years to come.  I was already asking my DH if he remembered "such & such" from that week & of course neither of us would have remembered if I hadn't been prepping for this class.  I can only imagine what it will be like a year or two from now (& even beyond that) and looking back at this week in our life.  Cool.  Once again.....thanks Ali!