Jul 23, 2010

Brown Butter Banana Muffins, Walks, & Water

Today, we went on a walk.  We need to get out more and enjoy this sunshine before it's gone!  As nice and convenient as the gym is, it's probably good to spend some mother-daughter time in the great outdoors (or should I say suburban neighborhood?). 

We also baked. Brown butter banana muffins...with only six ingredients!  They are for breakfast this weekend, but Callie and I just had to share one to test the waters (recipe and directions below).  :) 

We also made some yummy chocolate croi-ssants (imagine my french accident when you read this).  If you've never made these, you really should.  Soooo good.  Just buy a roll of crescent dough and fold up w/ a skinny piece of chocolate in the inside, and bake!  I used dark chocolate and the extra big refrigerated crescent rolls.

We went to Target and Callie got a new toy.  Funny how that happens when we go to Target!  She hasn't stopped playing with it yet, so I think that's a good sign.  :)  It's this cool drawing board where you fill the "markers" with water, and it shows up on the fabric board.  Then the water drys (pretty quickly) and it's a clean slate again!  It's like a magna-doodle, only cooler!  The brand is called B. Toys

I almost, almost bought the Crayola's marker set that has those special markers that only draw on the special paper.  But they are expensive for what you get (a tiny pad of paper).  They were in my cart, and then I saw this.  It's nice because it should essentially last forever...the markers are just water, and the board is reusable!  I think it was $17.99.   A little spendy, but so far, worth every penny.  Oh, I found it in this fun aisle in Target that has vintage-style toys.  Go Target!  If I were doing a blog series on what's cool at Target right now (I've considered doing this?), that aisle would be my first post!

Other than that, we're getting ready for a fun weekend!  Here's the receipe for the brown butter banana muffins, only six ingredients (thank you Claire at Food Network for the recipe). 

1 stick butter
4 bananas, ripened
1/3 c honey
1 t vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 c self-rising flour

toppings (optional):
granulated sugar

Mash bananas with honey, set aside. 

Melt butter in pan.

Add 1 c banana mixture to butter and cook until golden (hence the brown butter).  Add remaining ingredients and stir until just combined.  Cook at 350 for about 15-20 minutes (do not overcook). 

Delicious and easy breakfast! 

Happy Weekend!


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