Another mish mash of tips and recipes!
OHmygosh, these sound DELISH! I bet they smell realllllly good while baking also. *PEANUT BUTTER CHIP & BANANA MINI MUFFINS 2 cups all-purpose biscuit baking mix 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened 1 egg 1 cup mashed very ripe banana (2 to 3 medium) 1 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips QUICK GLAZE (recipe follows) 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Grease small muffin cups (1-3/4 inches in diameter). 2. Stir together baking mix, sugar, butter and egg in medium bowl; with fork, beat vigorously 30 seconds. Stir in banana and peanut butter chips. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. 3. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, prepare QUICK GLAZE. Remove from pan immediately; dip tops of warm muffins into glaze. Serve warm. About 4 dozen small muffins. QUICK GLAZE: Stir together 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar and 2 tablespoons water in small bowl until smooth. Add additional water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, for thinner consistency. (ok, if anyone makes these before I do, please post the outcome and PICS! Thank you) «:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:» According to National Geographic, scientists have settled the old dispute over which came first -- the chicken or the egg. They say that reptiles were laying eggs thousands of years before chickens appeared, and the first chicken came from an egg laid by a bird that was not quite a chicken. That seems to answer the question. The egg came first. «:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:» *Key Lime-Banana Smoothie It's smooth sailing with tropical beverages for two. Being ready in 10 minutes makes them that much better. Makes 2 servings (1 cup each) 1 container (6 ounces) Yoplait® Original Key lime pie low-fat yogurt 1 ripe banana, sliced 1/2 cup milk 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/4 teaspoon dry lemon lime-flavored soft drink mix (from 0.13-ounce package) 1 cup vanilla frozen yogurt Place all ingredients except frozen yogurt in blender. Cover and blend on high speed until smooth. Add frozen yogurt. Cover and blend until smooth. 1 Serving: Calories 340 (Calories from Fat 40); Total Fat 4 1/2g (Saturated Fat 2 1/2g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 160 mg; Total Carbohydrate 64g (Dietary Fiber 2g; Sugars 50g); Protein 12g % Daily Value: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 40%; Iron 2% Exchanges: 2 1/2 Fruit; 1 Low-Fat Milk; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 4 Success For the best banana flavor, choose bananas that have flecks of brown on the skin. Bananas that are too green will not be as sweet or flavorful. Special Touch Decorate the rim of each glass with a fresh slice of lime. «:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:» *Banana-Pecan Pancakes Makes 27 pancakes Make breakfast extra-special when you serve up these gourmet pancakes! 2 eggs 2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour 2 cups buttermilk 2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (4 medium) 1/4 cup granulated or packed brown sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted, if desired 3 medium bananas, sliced 1 quart strawberry, cut in half (3 cups) Maple-flavored syrup Sweetened whipped cream, if desired Ground nutmeg, if desired 1. Beat eggs in medium bowl with hand beater until fluffy. Beat in flour, buttermilk, mashed bananas, sugar, oil, baking powder, baking soda and salt just until smooth. Stir in pecans. (For thinner pancakes, stir in additional 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.) 2. Heat griddle to 375°F or heat skillet over medium heat. Grease griddle with butter if necessary. (To test griddle, sprinkle with a few drops of water. If bubbles jump around, heat is just right.) 3. For each pancake, pour slightly less than 1/4 cup batter from cup or pitcher onto hot griddle. Cook pancakes until puffed and dry around edges. Turn and cook other sides until golden brown. 4. Serve pancakes with sliced bananas and strawberry halves. Drizzle with syrup. Top with whipped cream; sprinkle with nutmeg. 1 Serving: Calories 155 (Calories from Fat 25 ); Total Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 1 g); Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 170 mg; Total Carbohydrate 31 g (Dietary Fiber 1 g); Protein 2 g Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Fruit; 1/2 Fat Planned-Overs Wrap extra pancakes in aluminum foil and seal in a plastic freezer bag. When you’re ready to reheat, remove foil-wrapped pancakes from the bag and place in a 300ºF oven for about 15 minutes or until warm. «:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:»§«:*´`³*³´`*:» *Two For The Price Of One.... Cooking a Sunday pot-roast? Roast a chicken at the same time and you'll already have one meal for during the week. *Having Trouble Opening Jars? Try This.... If you have problem opening jars, try using latex dish- washing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy. *How Can I Get These Stains Off My Hands? Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water. *Sticky Shower Curtain? If your shower curtain doesn't slide smoothly on its rod, rub baby oil or a bar of soap on the rod. *To keep a shower curtain from attacking you while you shower, wet it on the side next to the tub, plaster it to the tub, and it will stay there. *Baby's First Birthday: For your child's first birthday lay out a mat that would fit into a frame. An 8X10 is great, but it really doesn't matter what size you use. When the guests arrive for the party they all write a special message to the birthday child. Then put their first birthday picture in it and hang it in their room. It's a very special treasure. *Night! Night! If you have trouble with your baby sleeping in his/her own bed, but they like to sleep in their car seat, try placing the car seat in the bed. They will become used to the bed's surroundings. (ok, there might be pros and cons to this one. It's something that used to work for me when my guy was a bebe.) *Basting Meats: Baste meats and poultry with fat-free ingredients, such as wine, fruit juice or defatted chicken or beef broth. *For a great flavor enhancer, sprinkle food with citrus juice. Add it at the last minute so the flavor will be at it's strongest. *Baking Soda? Baking Soda can be used for many jobs around the house, scrubbing sinks, bath tub, stove, refrigerator and laundry. It leaves everything smelling nice and cleans just as good as any cleanser without scratching enamel. *Freshening Up A Thermos: To freshen up a thermos bottle, fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets and let soak for an hour (or longer if necessary). *Cleaning The Tracks Of Shower Doors: Use hydrogen peroxide in shower door tracks to loosen the hardened scum. When it bubbles up, run a cotton swab along the track and flush with glass of water. *Scents In boiling water, add ground cinnamon and an apple. Just leave it on the stovetop until you are ready to dispose of it. You will not believe what a pleasant odor you will have in your home. Fresh baked apple pie! (This is something I've been doing for 25 years. If I want a quick way to freshen up the kitchen with a nice spice scent this is it.) *Putting an Efferdent tablet (denture cleaner) in the toilet overnight will remove stains and hard water deposits. *Creating A New Look... A cornice creates a finished look over a window. You can then add curtains, sheers, side panels, cafes, a shade or mini blinds. Or, if you don't want curtains, just use a cornice alone... it won't block out light. *Prevent browning: Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color. *Savor The Flavor! Here's a quick way to dry fresh herbs from your garden: Place them on a paper towel in the microwave. Microwave them on high for one minute or until dry. Put them in a plastic bag and they'll last and keep their flavor for up to one year. *:»*«:*