a hankering for baking

I’ve been meaning to make some things for a few days and today I got around to it. YUM. First, during nap, I made Blueberry Banana Bran Muffins. I have never used bran before, but it was easy and they are amazingly delicious! If you make them, I used frozen blueberries and it worked great. I only got 10 large muffins though (and they weren’t even too tall). It says 12-18, so perhaps my new muffin tin just has mondo spots. The kids and I ate them for dinner. (Ki was still napping when I took these pics.)

She’s happy here…

I also started some yogurt during the tail end of nap. I haven’t made any for months because Ki and Ella got snooty about it and wouldn’t eat it. This time I plan on blending some frozen fruit with a bit and then stirring it in. They love fruit in their yogurt.

Lastly, I have granola in the oven. Elvis Granola. It just sounds cool. And it’s PB and dark chocolate. Can’t go wrong. Well, I can. Last time I attempted to make granola, I burnt it. This time I got carried away and added the chocolate before baking, so it will be more chocolate flavored than chunks. But still yummy, as long as I don’t screw it up in its last 2 minutes! I left out the sesame seeds and did almonds instead of peanuts. I’m debating adding craisins. But I may wait. Some sliced banana and this granola on yogurt sounds goooooood.

(I ended up eating some for a snack tonight! Plain yogurt with a pinch of honey, Elvis Granola and a banana. MMMMMMMMMM.)

Tomorrow morning will sure taste good!

tuna casserole

I used to not be a huge fan of tuna casserole, but it’s Mike’s favorite. After trying a few recipes I combined and changed things and made it my own. And it is yummy!

  • 1/2 a green pepper
  • 2-3 green onions
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 bag egg noodles (about 6 oz.)
  • 1 can cream of celery (or whatever)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 package tuna
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 ish cup grated parmesan
Pre-heat the oven to 350. Finely chop all the veggies (minus corn) and saute in about 1 tbs olive oil for a few minutes. Add in the cream, soup, tuna and corn. Gently mix it all together trying not to mutilate the tuna too much
Meanwhile, bring water to boil. Cook noodles as directed on package.
Add everything together in a casserole dish with a lid, along with some salt and pepper. My favorite for this is a deeper round one. Sprinkle the cheese on top, throw the lid on and pop it in the over for about 20-30 minutes until it’s warmed through and the cheese is melted.
(The lid is detrimental here. Mike hates dry, crunchy noodles on top. The soup and the cream make it so moist and yummy.)
Ella had fourths.

healthified banana bread

I made the most delicious preggo bread last week! I adapted a yummy muffin recipe from the internets. So here you have it. :) You should make it. Even if you aren’t preggers. These would also be great for nursing mommas because of the extra goodies and the oatmeal (which ups milk supply).

  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 cups vanilla almond milk (we’re trying dairy free for Ella)
  • 2/3 cup natural (unsweetened) apple sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cup mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup ground flax (dha for baby’s brain)
  • 1/3 cup brewers yeast (vitamin B, folic acid and protein)
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips (We used Enjoy Life for Elle, but dark choc would be YUM-O!)

I totally just stole that yeast link from my Lactation cookie post. Ha! They’re super yummy too.  (more…)

Meatballs & Sauce

I’m combining 2 recipes just for you. My very favorite tomato sauce recipe from Mad Hungry and my Mom’s meatball recipe. Mmmm. Each made more delicious by sharing a pot with the other. Awesome.

  • 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves (although I usually put more than that!)
  • 1/4tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more…)