Archive for January, 2011

Best Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins EVER

(The picture is my own from when I made the full size muffins the first time.)

I found this recipe a while back and LOVE it.  It is super simple… she even calls it a “K.I.S.S.” recipe.

The lady is kinda funny to listen to too.  I just found this when googling a recipe, but I love it.  I make mini muffins for the kids and they gobble them right up.  My two year old daughter gets all lit up and yells “ooo… muppins!!!”  Too cute.

Here is the printed out recipe from the link.  You don’t need to watch the actual video if you don’t want to.

(Below she says she doesn’t add the salt… I do… and she doesn’t say how much vanilla, but says to add it later.  I use 1 tsp. vanilla.  I am putting the recipe in quotes as it is right off of her link.  All of the little notes below are hers.)

“Banana Choc Chip Muffins

3-4 ripe bananas
3/4 cup sugar
100gm butter or just under 4 oz
1 egg (out of the hen house)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 salt..( I dont add salt…dont know why its in recipe)
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips (or use sultanas and walnuts or use them all together YUM )
add milk, egg to butter and stir
mash bananas, add sugar and van essense
add all above ingredients together
mix in sifted flour and baking powder and soda
mix lightly with fork
add choc chips (walnuts, sultanas)
put in muffin try
bake 15 mins in a good oven…might need 20 minutes in shitty oven (like mine)
Eat as fast as possible before anyone can get their greedy mits on them!”



I made these again yesterday 2/1/2011 and made them with all whole wheat flour.  They were just as good.  There is so much flavor that comes from the banana and chocolate chips that they don’t taste like they have different flour in them.

I made mini muffins like I usually do and I tried the six muffin silicone tray that I found in the dollar section of Target last week for $2.50.  I have never used pans like these and I am not sure if it is the shape with the points and crease, but I could hardly get the muffins out and I even sprayed them before.  Anyway…. the kids loved both.


Hand Print Hearts


These are over at A Little Tipsy.  Her framed one is her hands and her son’s hands.  They are so stinkin’ cute and look great framed.  My idea—  to try and get all three kids hand prints to come out good on one page and frame them for Daddy’s office.  (For those of you that don’t know…. my kids are three, just turned two, and just over a month old.)  This should be interesting, but I think it would be really cute if I get it to come out.

Check out her blog.  She has some really cute stuff…. and a super cute blog name.  🙂

Old Navy 20% Off Entire Order

Secret savings. If you haven't already revealed your offer,

There is a coupon code for Old Navy where you can get 20% OFF your entire order.  This excludes everyday steals and denim.  It is good through 1/31/2011.

Enter coupon code ONGET20 to see the discount at checkout.  All orders over $50 are FREE shipping always too.

I got seven short and long sleeve t shirts for my son that added up to just over 50 to get the free shipping and came to 58 something with tax.  After the coupon code I was charged 46 and change for seven shirts!!!

Menu Plan 1/31-2/6

MondaySkillet Chicken Soup (from last week’s menu for Sunday- got bumped- recipe already posted)

TuesdayPizza Pockets with Tossed Salad  (I have to type this one out.  I am taking a few other ideas and putting them together.  Basically use refrigerated biscuits rolled out and stuff with cheese and toppings.  I am going to use my Tupperware empanada/pie press to seal them into half circle pockets.)

Wednesday–  Creamy Chicken Breasts and Cheddar Potato Strips

Thursday–  Beef and Vegetable Stew

Friday–  Parmesan Tilapia with Penne Broccoli Alfredo (from last week’s menu- got bumped because we had a last minute date night- woot woot—  recipe already posted)

Saturday–  Crockpot Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes  (Use pork seasoning packet and cook in crockpot on top of potatoes, onions, and garlic.)

Sunday–  Cheesy Spinach Soup with Garlic Bread (I will type this up too.  It is from The Soup Bible cookbook that I have.  Super easy with Velveeta and frozen spinach…)

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday are all crockpot dinners!  I love being able to put everything in the crockpot early and have it ready when hubby gets home.  This makes for an easy week.

I was calling this Menu Monday, but realized that I am planning earlier than Monday for that week so that I know what to get when I get a chance to grab some groceries.  I was hoping to post it early enough that if you actually wanted to make my exact menu for the whole week…  you would know enough ahead to get your groceries.

When do you think I should make up the menu for the next week?  Would it help if I posted them mid week for the following week instead right before?

Skillet Chicken Soup


We are supposed to be having this tonight, but got invited to dinner with the family.  I am still posting the recipe and we will have it tomorrow.  No recipe post tomorrow now.  I am posting the menu plan for next week in a minute.


Skillet Chicken Soup–  from the book “The Soup Bible”


3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 3/4 inch pieces

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

2 tsp. vegetable oil

1 large onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

3 cloves garlic, minced

3 c. reduced sodium chicken broth

1 can (about 19 ounces) cannellini beans or small white beans, rinsed and dried

3 c. sliced savoy or napa cabbage

1/2 c. herb-flavored croutons, slightly crushed


1.  Toss chicken wtih paprika, salt and black pepper in medium bowl until coated.

2.  Heat oil in large deep nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add chicken, onion, bell pepper and garlic.  Cook and stir 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

3.  Add broth and beans; bring to a simmer.  Cover and simmer 5 minutes.  Stir in cabbage; cover and simmer 3 minutes or until cabbage in wilted.  Top each serving with crushed croutons.

Makes 6 servings.

Rite Aid Deals and Match Ups 1/30-2/5



Go over here to Nicole’s Nickels to see her list of deals and match ups for Rite Aid this week.

She starts off the list with better than free deals on Afrin, AMO, and Coricidin.

Walgreens Deals and Match Ups 1/30-2/5

Go here to Keeping Cents to see her list of Walgreens deals and match ups.  She shows clipped coupons and printable coupons to match the deals in her local ad.  These deals should  be similar, but vary by region.

She starts off the list with FREE plus moneymaker deals on Vicks Sinex, Blinks Eye Drops, Melatonin, and Pain Relief Gel.  There are also some FREE deals for candy, dish soap, icy hot and ajax.