Today is food day at work. I have a mixed reaction to food days – to many temptations, too little control on ingredients. I may not always eat as nutritiously as I could, but I like to know what exactly is in my food. So with food days, I tend to eat my own food and the food of friends or those that post a recipe. Then I am a little more in my comfort zone.
So, last night I decided to make my favorite Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. This recipe solved a few problems for me – what to do with the aging bananas on my counter (so as not to waste them) and what would I like to have for breakfast (so I wasn’t stuck with taco roll ups and chocolate covered pretzels) and what recipe can I make without having to visit the grocery.
Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
2-3 ripe bananas
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup melted butter
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Beat bananas, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla with mixer. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips. Min into banana mixture. The batter will be thicker than most muffin batters. Bake in paper lined muffin pans at 350 for 16 minutes.
This recipe makes about one dozen, dense muffins. Yum.
I think this food photo turned out better than most of mine. Mostly because I had some natural light. But also because of my props. I took the opportunity to pull out on of my Gram's fiesta plates - a turquoise one - and a set of her hand embroidered days of the week dish towels.
I have talked about how I love vintage fiesta and from many of my posts that I enjoy embroidery, but where did this all start? My Gram. Whenever I visited my Gram and Gramps growing up, I was the dishwasher - by hand of course. I totally didn't mind this because they had these really great, worn in and humongous dish towels to dry the dishes with. I loved them, just because.
Now that I look back, I realize that this was the origin of my love for embroidered kitchen towels. I have quite a collection now, but one set I can't seem to use - a set we found at Grams. Ones that she made, but had yet to use herself. So, even at my house, they sit nicely folded and unused. I just can't mess them up... so I buy others while antiquing and thrifty and make my own too.
It was nice to pull them out last night and think of the memories. It makes me want to embroider this weekend.