Monthly Archives: January 2014

Banana Bran Muffins

banana bran muffins

Hello!  Happy New Year!  I hope your holidays went well.  I also hope you haven’t turned into human popsicles during this polar vortex we’ve had swallowing the country for a week.  Thankfully, here in Arkansas, it is on it’s way out.  Granted, it’s being followed by three days of rain, but the temperatures should be much warmer, above average, even.  Only in Arkansas….

Anyway, I have a new recipe for you today.  I found this one on the back of a Target brand (Market Pantry) box of Raisin Bran.  My Grandma M. likes to put fruit in the stockings she has for us, and this year, along with some apples and oranges, we wound up with some bananas.  Of course, we also got candy, cookies, treats, snacks, and left-overs.  Needless to say, the fruit was getting forgotten.  Well, I happened to notice the recipe on the back of my cereal box called for one ripe banana, and we just so happened to have one last banana left, getting a bit over-ripe.  I took that as a sign, and whipped these breakfast yummies up.  They are easy to make and taste good, even Connor helped me eat them.  He would put a big bite in his mouth, growl like a dinosaur, and grin, eyes closed and everything.  I’m pretty sure he liked them.

I do have one little hint, though, maybe give the bran flakes a quick crunch with your hands.  You don’t have to grind them to powder, just one little crunch to make them a bit smaller because when the flakes get put into the wet batter, they get soggy.  Then, once they are cooked, they are rather chewy.  Having the flakes in smaller bits will cut down on some of that chewiness.

And here’s the recipe.



  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cup raisin bran cereal (crunch after measuring)
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (added by me)


  1. Preheat oven to 400-degrees.  Line 12-14 muffin cups or grease well.  (I got 14 good-sized muffins from this recipe, but the box claims it only makes 12.)
  2. Combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.  Mix well.
  3. Stir in milk, oil, and egg just until dry ingredients are moistened.  (Batter will be lumpy.)
  4. Stir in banana and chocolate chips.
  5. Stir in cereal.
  6. Spoon into muffin tins.
  7. Bake 18-22 minutes until golden brown.


  • For a healthier muffin, make with half whole wheat flour and half white or all wheat.  The muffin will be denser, but still taste fine.
  • For extra texture, add more raisins or other dried fruit.  Even add a small amount of chocolate chips or nuts.

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43 Helpful Hints


I was sent this information on Facebook, and since it’s been a little bit since my last post, I thought I would pass it along.  I have not tried any of it, but I figure some of it is bound to work, and who knows, maybe you could try out some of it.


Wow, Some interesting stuff here!


1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair

2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish

3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes

4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair

5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.

6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea

7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water

8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste

9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!

10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too

11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer

12. Chigger bite – Preparation H

13. Puffy eyes – Preparation H

14. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)

15. Stinky feet – Jello

16. Athletes feet – cornstarch

17. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub

18. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)

19. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!

20. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper

21. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray

22. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby

23. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls

24. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on

25. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar !

26. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!

27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak

28. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!

29. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!

30. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste

31. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.

32. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.

33. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!

34. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!

35. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!

36.. Dirty grout – Listerine

37. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste

38. Grass stains – Karo Syrup

39. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!

40. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.

41. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.

42. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won’t work)

43. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.

They are:

Monday = Blue,

Tuesday = Green,

Thursday = Red

Friday = White

Saturday = Yellow.

So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.


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