I have been in project mode in my craft “portal” – I call it portal because when I enter into my craft studio, it sucks me in and takes me hours for find my way out. I am making all the favors, decorations and such for my almost and very excited four-year old little girl’s Hello Kitty themed birthday party. To keep the hubs happy while I am locked away in my craft portal, I kept the yummy treats at hand. For some reason I was back-logged on bananas so I had to put them to use before they spoiled. I made Banana Chocolate Cupcakes that were a huge hit here and at the hubs work. I also came up with a Chocolate Chip Banana Bread that my Saturday night dinner guest nearly fought over for left-overs being part of their doggie bags.
- Banana Chocolate Cupcakes:
- 3/4 soften butter
- 2 cups of brown sugar
- 3 large bananas
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp of baking soda
- 3/4 cup of buttermilk (you can use regular milk if not on hand.. it adds more depth of flavor)
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs on at a time, add bananas and vanilla. Combine all dry ingredients and then mix into wet alternating buttermilk. Scoop into cupcake pan (use cupcake wrappers) and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the toothpick comes clean at 350.
- 2 – 8oz packages of cream cheese at room temp
- 1/2 cup butter soften
- 1/2 cup baking cocoa
- 4 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 tsp of vanilla.
Cream cream cheese and butter, add cocoa until mixed well, add powder sugar and vanilla until creamy. Place in a piping bag and chill. Pull out about 10 minutes before frosting. Using a large tip, frost cupcakes once cooled and sprinkle mini-chocolate chips for finishing touches.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread:
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 pound butter
- 2 extra-large eggs
- 3/4 cup buttermilk or regular milk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 large bananas
- 1 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs on at a time, add bananas and vanilla. Combine all dry ingredients and then mix into wet alternating buttermilk. Mix chocolate chips into batter just until well mixed. Pour into a bread pan and bake for about 45-60 minutes or until the toothpick comes clean at 350.
I also had to come up with an autograph book for our nearing trip to Disneyland! For a special treat we are going to have breakfast with the characters and I have been told that it would be a good idea to have an autograph book for the kids to have Mickey and Cinderella and the gang to sign. I found the books in the $ bin at Michael’s and dressed it up with using a Disney themed cardstock I found for .60. Using my Martha Stewart “rope punch”and then used some ribbon I had on hand to dress it up a bit. I made two of these.
Lastly, I am craft mom at my little one’s co-op preschool and I saw this concept in Disney’s Family Fun magazine this month and decided to tweak it to the needs of our class and subject manner. The both mom and kid had a blast with the craft. It was fun to conceptualize as well!
Mini water bottle
Drill hole on top and add a ribbon
Using a funnel, layer activated carbon (get it at any pet store) 3 table spoons
fun fish tank pebbles 3 table spoons
3 -5 table spoons of potting soil
Add a sprig of fresh herbs with root in tack (we used lemon thyme)
long stick to make a hole in the dirt and add the herb. add water and keep moist. Watch grow!
Also big Cricut news! I am now a proud owner of a Cricut Imagine! I found it on Ebay saying it was broken. I researched the issue it said it had and it seemed to have an “update” fix. Frankly, I think it was someone who had no idea what a Cricut Imagine was and was selling it from one of those storage unit auction situations. I felt rather confident that it really did work and I could remedy the issues with a call into Provo Craft and an online update. I won it for $124 including shipping.
It came this week and I was very worried when I saw the condition of the box and how poorly it was packaged. The machine was hanging outside of the box! I took pictures of the packaging and then proceeded to unleash my possible “BIG” ebay bidding mishap. Guess what! It worked right when I plugged it in! It is still working! Nothing was wrong with it at all! So I got an Imagine for $124! YEAH!
Thanks for sharing a piece of “this is one LONG blog post that is all over the map” pie with me! 🙂