Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins

muffins1I really wish I could call these something other than muffins, because that m is really throwing off the fantastic alliteration I have going on.  I suppose if I had a mini muffin pan they could be Blueberry Banana Bran Bites, but I don’t.  *sigh*  I suppose we could go with Blueberry Banana Bran Bombs, but there is really something terrifying about any food that can be described as a Bran Bomb.  And these are delicious, and I don’t want you to be scared to make them. Continue reading

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Thai-Inspired Chicken, Butchered by Bad Photography

Happy Monday!

I’m not feeling quite as Garfield-like as usual this Monday morning, which I suppose is good.  Less negativity is a good thing.

We had a nice weekend; we accomplished quite a bit.  Although we did have to make a trip to the vet on Saturday after I discovered that Sgt. Pepper has tapeworms.  (I actually came to the surprisingly simple conclusion that whether or not you will check someone/something’s poop for things that shouldn’t be there is a good rubric for determining whether or not you love that person/thing.) After a ridiculous battle on Sunday morning, he took the de-worming pill and hopefully all will be well shortly.  But this is a food post, so let’s move on to something not-disgusting.

As a segway from dog poop to food, let’s talk about something else for a minute.  My food photography is really horrible.  This bothers me.  Mostly because I have formal training in both photography itself and the creation of lovely, meaningful images.  I do know how to take a great picture.  But let me tell you, photographing what you are doing as you are cooking is pretty hard.  And while my iPhone camera is surprisingly good, it isn’t giving me the results I want.  So I’m exploring ways to improve.  Right now I am considering bringing my Nikon into the kitchen, but that still doesn’t solve all the issues I am having.  Although the photos of the finished product would definitely be better.  Because the photos I took for this post are terrible.  I’m just letting you know in advance.  Now on to the food!!

On Saturday night, we popped in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and enjoyed the comedic genius of John Candy while devouring this Thai-inspired stir-fry.Thai Chicken

While that photo is terrible, I promise this was an amazing bowl of deliciousness.  My love for Thai food began in college.  The husband loves Thai food as well.  One day last year, I decided that I was going to figure out how to make my own peanut sauce.  After many trial batches and some research, I have a recipe that is not only easy, it is awesome.  Husband actually said on Saturday that this sauce is one of the reasons he married me.  So you should try it. Continue reading

Mom’s Banana Nut Bread [in Muffin Form], or Solving Your Problem as a Chronic Banana-Waster

One thing we bought with our wedding gift gift-cards was this really cool fruit bowl that has a banana hanger.  Supposedly this is the best way to store bananas and they are supposed to magically last longer.  This is a semi-lie.  They were getting some serious age spots 5 days after green purchase.  Side note – I love bananas, but I can only enjoy them when they are still a little green.  When they are ripe enough that the peel leaves those little strings on the banana and you have to try to pull them off with your fingers and your hands get all banana-y, that makes me almost want to gag.  Sorry.  Tangent ended.

So on Saturday, I decided that these bananas were destined for something better.  Of course I could have made something really healthy, subbing the mashed banana for oil or something, but I decided instead to make my mom’s banana bread.  Mom’s banana bread is borderline-famous because it is delicious and she regularly makes it for sharing with others.  It’s just one of those great comfort food recipes that is worth making every once in a while.  So go get some bananas today and you can whip this up on Saturday.

Ingredients

The ingredients.  Notice the pecans – they are very important.  No, you cannot leave them out.  No, you cannot substitute walnuts; walnuts taste like dirt.  Ok, moving on. Continue reading

The $5 Dress, or Why Less is More When Cutting a Neckline

The finished product

So I made a dress for less than $5 back in May.  I feel like it was a success, however I was planning on being able to wear it to work but due to my over-zealous cutting of the neckline it falls off of my shoulders.  Which is cute, but not really work-appropriate.  Oh well, maybe with a sweater.  I think I will wear it on our trip up to Dallas next weekend anyway.

Here is some terrible self-photography of the finished product.  I will admit that it only looks good with a belt, but I have this great belt from UO that I don’t get to wear that often.

As I am writing this I am remembering all kinds of issues I had with this project, but my friend Kim from floating thru fields wanted me to post it.  She’s a much better seamstress than I.

I wouldn’t really call this post a tutorial – If I were to do it again I would do it differently, mostly because the way I finished the sleeves would probably make Tim Gunn slap me and confiscate my sewing machine. Continue reading