Monday Muffins: Banana Chocolate Chip Mini MuffinsBanana Mini Muffins

 

I love banana mini muffins especially with the addition of mini chocolate chips.  Mini muffins satisfy your desire to enjoy a morsel of goodness, but you don’t have to feel guilty that you enjoyed an entire muffin! These mini muffins are delicious and low fat which sounds like a win-win to me! Perfect for snacking or packing in lunch boxes. Plus like many of the other Monday Muffins I have shared, they freeze well. The next time you have an abundance of bananas on hand mix up a batch of these healthy mini muffins! Banana Mini Muffins

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup light vanilla yogurt
½ cup fat-free milk
½ cup uncooked quick oats
½ tsp vanilla
1 large egg, beaten
1 large banana, mashed
¼ cup brown sugar
1 ¼ cup flour
½ tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup mini chocolate chips

 

Preheat your oven to 375.

 

Combine yogurt, milk, oats, vanilla and egg. Set aside for five minutes to allow the oats to soften then stir in the banana.banana muffins

In a separate bowl combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Combine the two mixtures to moisten. Dough will be very thick. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Prepare your mini muffin tins by spraying with cooking spray. Spoon batter into the tins and bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes. Banana Mini Muffins Enjoy right away or let cool and freeze to enjoy later.Banana Mini Muffins

I don’t know how the weather is where you live but we’re still getting cold weather here in Vermont. Recently I shared a wonderful recipe for pork, bean and kale soup. This recipe is a chowder. Sometimes you find a chowder recipe that is just so comforting you find yourself making it several times during the cold months. This shrimp and corn chowder is one of those recipes. The addition of the fennel gives it a slightly peppery taste but isn’t strong. Next time you’re in for some colder weather mix up a batch of this delicious shrimp and corn chowder. You probably have everything you might need on hand, use frozen corn and frozen shrimp that you might have in your freezer and you’ll be enjoying a nice bowl of this chowder in no time!Shrimp and corn chowder

 

Shrimp and Corn Chowder

 

Ingredients:

 

2 Tsp butter

2 leeks, chopped

1 fennel bulb, chopped

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

2 Tbsp flour

1 8oz bottle of clam juice

3 cups milk

1 pound of potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces

¾ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 – 10oz package of frozen corn

 

Toppings:

 

2 Tbsp parsley chopped

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

 

Directions:

 

Heat the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the leeks, fennel, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are tender, 4-5 minutes. Stir in the flour.

 

Add the clam juice, milk, potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Stir occasionally. Stir in the shrimp and corn and cook until the potatoes are tender and the shrimp and corn are heated through, 3-5 minutes.Shrimp and corn chowder

 

Stir in the parsley and lemon juice and serve with bread or corn muffins.Shrimp and corn chowder This shrimp and corn chowder makes 4-6 servings depending on how generous you are.Shrimp and corn chowder

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This past fall my husband met a young woman who had created a product called Seeds in a Jar. In the jar were corn seeds, bean seeds, tomato seeds, sunflower seeds and butternut squash seeds. It was her desire that she would be able to introduce others to the joy of growing a garden and providing for their family.

 

My husband was given one Seeds in a Jar container for me to giveaway to one of my lucky readers! There is also a booklet that goes along with the Seeds in a Jar that has good information on choosing a garden spot, feeding your plants, saving seeds and much more. She even includes a cute print out of how far apart to plant your seeds. Along with the Seeds in a Jar I am also going to giveaway 4 of my Gete ohosomin squash seeds!Seeds In A Jar

 

If you are a seasoned gardener or someone that is planning a garden for the first time these are all wonderful seeds to plant this year. At the same time you will learn about raising chickens, plant basics as well as some information of goats.

 

The giveaway will run for one week which will give me plenty of time to mail your seeds to you in time to plant this gardening season! To enter click on the Rafflecopter below!Seeds In A Jar

 

At the same time be sure to enter the Rise and Shine Giveaway currently going on by clicking HERE. That giveaway is going on until April 7th!
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When taking on home improvement projects, it’s tempting to attempt to do it all yourself. And while I’m a big believer in self-reliance, there are simply some things that are too complicated for a hobby DIY-er. Sure, it can be hard to admit that you need help and don’t have the expertise to do a project alone, but sometimes, you’ll end up saving money in the long run. Doing it yourself can result in costly mistakes if you’re not sure what you’re doing. More often than not, if you make a huge mistake, you’ll end up hiring someone to come fix it, and it will be much more expensive than it would’ve been originally. When are some instances when it’s a good idea to hire an expert?

 

Garage doors

 

A garage door seems like a fairly simple thing, doesn’t it? However, those springs that work the mechanism are amazingly heavy and bear a lot of weight. They can be really dangerous to handle yourself, and as this video states, it causes a lot of accidents for ambitious DIY-ers every year. When you need to install or make repairs to your garage door, it’s a good idea to hire someone else to fix it. This is just as much a safety precaution as it is making sure someone qualified is doing the work. If you install the door incorrectly, it could seriously hurt someone, whether it’s during the actual installation process, or after the fact.

 

Difficult plumbing issues

 

If you have a simple clog in your toilet, you can usually solve this problem with a plunger and a determined attitude. However, if you have a faucet that’s spraying water uncontrollably, or a burst pipe, it’s probably best to take a step back, and call your neighborhood plumber. They know what they’re doing, and they’ll have the tools to get the job done quickly with minimal damage. It’s also important to get things like cracks and drips taken care of early and efficiently before they cause major leaks and flooding in your home. Long-term water damage can undermine the foundation of your house or cause mold infestations that threaten your family’s health.

 

Electrical issues

 

Electrical issues can be really dangerous. When you don’t know what you’re doing, you run the risk of electrocution, as well as other complications. Unless you know exactly what the issue is and you already know how to fix it, it’s best to call an electrician to come in and assess the problem.

 

Interior Design

 

This one may not seem as important, but doing it yourself can be just as costly of a mistake as anything else on this list. If you’ve ever walked into Hobby Lobby and been overwhelmed by all of the decor options, and ended up buying way more things than you actually need because “they were cute,” you’ll know what kind of costly mistake I’m talking about. When tackling a new interior design project, it can be way too easy to get overwhelmed or over excited, and get a lot of expensive furniture and decor that you won’t end up using.

 

If you hire an interior designer or consultant, they’ll be able to look at the space objectively and help you decide what pieces will actually look good there, and what will actually be functional. You don’t want your home to look cluttered just because you thought the entire kitchen section at your local decor store looked good to you. Additionally, if you’re going for a very specific look in your bigger rooms, like a modern design for example, a professional will have insights on the subtleties that you wouldn’t have thought of yourself.

 

Redoing your floors

 

Some flooring options, like peel and stick laminate flooring, is fairly simple to figure out and can be done easily yourself. However, there are bigger projects, like replacing the carpet or doing tile, that are difficult to do yourself. For example, when you’re tiling a room, you not only have to remove the flooring that’s already in that room, but there’s a lot more involved with installing tile than a simple laminate. You’ll probably have to cut some of the tile, grout, and seal everything. If you do it incorrectly, you’ll have to painfully pull it back up and redo it with a new piece, as that piece will be ruined. If you hire a flooring specialist for this sort of project, you’ll have peace of mind knowing they’ll have all the necessary tools and they’ll get the job done efficiently.
There are plenty of simple projects that you can take on yourself, but it’s important to realize when the project is too big to handle alone. It’s okay to step aside, and let someone experienced take over.

 

 

Guest post by: Aurora M.

popoversI love popovers. They are a little time consuming, but once you’ve mixed the batter you pop them in the oven and wait. Waiting for the popovers to come out of the oven is the hardest part! The batter can even be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator, if you want. Popovers are best right from the oven. Serve with butter, jams, or other sweet or savory spreads. I have two popover pans, which make the most perfect popovers every time. One pan makes 12 mini popovers while the other pan makes 6 large popovers. Depending on how many people we have for dinner dictates which pan I will use.popovers

 

Popovers

 

Ingredients:

 

1 popover pan

1 1.4 cup flour

¼ tsp salt

3 large eggs

1 ¼ cup milk

2 Tbsp butter cut into either 6 or 12 pieces, depending on what size popover pan you are using

1 Tbsp butter, melted

 

Directions:

 

Oil or spray (with nonstick oil) popover pan. Preheat your oven to 400 and set the rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the popover pan for about 2 minutes.

 

Blend the flour, salt, eggs, milk and melted butter until the mixture has the consistency of heavy cream. This can be done in a food processor, a blender an electric mixer or by hand. Batter should be at room temperature.

 

Place 1 small piece of butter in each cup and place back in the oven until the butter is bubbling, about one minute. Fill each cup half full with batter and bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven to 300 degrees and continue to bake for 20 minutes. Serve immediately.popovers

 

Popovers are not hard to make and my family considers them a real treat. They are best eaten warm. Leftovers probably won’t be a problem as I’m sure your family will eat them right up!popovers

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