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Ripe Bananas, Aldi Blueberry Mini Muffins and a Yard Sale Fine

I have a theory that in life sometimes you have things that run along smooth and just fall into place together and sometimes they just fall apart.  The contents for this blog came together so smoothly over the weekend.  We celebrated Mother’s Day here in the US on Sunday and Mother’s were honored for all they do.  Usually our celebration is very low key as our family is in a faraway country.  We usually grill burgers or do something like that.  This year, I decided to close the kitchen for Mother’s Day.  My husband prepared eggs and toast for us for a late breakfast after church and then we ran errands in the afternoon.  We had a very late lunch or a very early dinner of a sub sandwich at the local Firehouse Subs.  I was very satisfied with the whole day.

However, on Friday when I was tidying up the house, I realized I had 3 very ripe bananas that would make great banana bread.  However, I was a little pressed for time as I was in the process of planting my flowers in my planters on my deck and helping my husband prune some of our overgrown shrubs.  Of course, we went to yard sales on Saturday morning and that is where I found the wonderful mini muffin tin in the picture.  I went to an estate sale and there were two of these muffin tins wrapped together for a grand total of $3.00.  Now, I knew I wanted to make mini-muffins as I have been buying the mini blueberry muffins at Aldi.  They are so good and the fact that they are small helps my husband control his portions for his diabetes.  I came home and hurriedly went through our church cookbook and found a banana bread recipe that looked super easy.  So even though my kitchen was closed for the weekend, I took the time to make the muffins and I was very pleased with the outcome.

This recipe was submitted by Judy Eckard and she is our Music Director for our church.  She is also the Mother of four and the grandmother of many.  Judy is an excellent seamstress too and is a breast cancer survivor and always has a pleasant attitude.  I adjusted the recipe by using Splenda and it turned out great.  After filling the mini muffin tins I had some batter left and put it in a small loaf pan and the result is in the center of the picture.

Mini Banana Muffins or Banana Loaf Cake

3 bananas mashed

1 stick margarine melted

1 1/2 cups flour

2 eggs

1 tsp. soda

1 tsp. vanilla

1 cup sugar or 1/2 cup of baking Splenda

nuts, optional.

I melted the stick of margarine in the microwave and then mixed it together with the other ingredients.  I poured the batter into the muffin tins and baked the muffins for 20 minutes and the small loaf for 35 minutes.

According to Judy’s directions for the recipe, you can melt the margarine in the oven in a loaf pan.  Mix all ingredients in the loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.  Cool 12 minutes before removing from the pan.

So the process of having ripened bananas, finding those wonderful muffin tins and locating the easy recipe for banana bread in our cookbook came together and made the whole process easy and enjoyable.

Maybe the banana muffins will be enough of a break from the Aldi mini blueberry muffins that it will help with my addiction.  You know it is an addiction when you are start buying one box every week and then suddenly it is two boxes and then you start looking for excuses to drive by Aldi for another box in the middle of the week.

Happy Monday Everyone.

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