Apple Walnut Salad

Today I am excited to share with you a simple salad that is bursting with flavor!

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I really like salads, but can get tired of a regular chef salad after a while. That’s why I love this apple walnut salad.  It is perfect for Fall and Winter.  I made it for Thanksgiving and it is also great at Christmastime.  It’s also a nice side to take to a potluck.  It is so easy but packed with flavor and so tasty!  A lot of people don’t think to deviate from the type of salad they usually make, so this salad ends up being a special treat!

I have been making a similar salad for a while now, but was this one was inspired by this Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad.

To make this salad, you will need:
  • 1/2 a bag of baby spinach
  • 1/2 a bag of dark green salad blend of your choice
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
  • 1/2 cup of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  • 1/2 cup of walnut pieces
  • prepared raspberry vinaigrette dressing

Mix all ingredients except the apples and dressing in a large bowl.

applewalnutsaladnoapples Chop the two apples into bite-sized pieces.  Toss them into cold water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice to keep the apples from browning.

apples After a few minutes, dry the apples and add them to the other ingredients.

applewalnutsalad I like to pair this salad with a raspberry vinaigrette.  The sweetness of the dressing is a nice contrast to the strong flavor of the cheese and the tartness of the apples.  Dress the salad just before serving or serve with dressing on the side.

Enjoy! 
Apple Walnut Salad
Serves 4
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 a bag of baby spinach
  2. 1/2 a bag of dark green salad blend of your choice
  3. 2 Granny Smith apples
  4. 1/3 cup dried cranberries (Craisins)
  5. 1/2 cup of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
  6. 1/2 cup of walnut pieces
  7. prepared raspberry vinaigrette dressing
Instructions
  1. Mix together all ingredients except for apples and dressing.
  2. Cut apples into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Soak apples in water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice for a few minutes to prevent browning.
  4. Dry apples and add to the salad.
  5. Dress the salad just before serving or serve with dressing on the side.
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Snowman Mason Jar Gift

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Each week, on Wednesday mornings, I have the pleasure of meeting with nine lovely ladies from my church for a small group.  This year, to celebrate Christmas, we are going out to breakfast at a restaurant and having a White Elephant Gift Exchange (more on that in an upcoming post.)

I wanted to give each of them a small gift.  I saw some snowman mason jar gifts on Pinterest and decided to make my own version to share with these special ladies.

To make a Snowman Mason Jar Gift you will need:
  • 1/2 quart mason jar
  • glue dots
  • red felt 
  • black buttons
  • tags (or supplies to make tags)
  • string
  • Christmas Hershey Kisses (or other goodies to fill your jars)

I like how the snowman mason jars that I originally saw had white chocolate covered pretzels inside.  It made the “body” of the snowman appear white.  But when I went to the store, they only had chocolate covered pretzel sticks and I wanted something that would keep in case the goodies weren’t eaten right away.  There was an impressive variety of Christmas Hershey Kisses, so I chose those for the goodies for inside of the jars.  I bought 4 bags of Hershey Kisses.  This filled 9 jars and I had some left over, too.

Here is the variety that I went with, but pick your favorites. {The mint truffles are my favorites!}

snowmanjarskisses The first thing you will want to do is to wash out your mason jar!  

For some reason, when you buy them new, they smell bad until you wash them.  Don’t skip this step, or your recipient will open up the jar and it will not smell good!  We’re going for yummy chocolate smell, not stinky, unwashed mason jar smell.

After your jar has been washed and dried thoroughly, fill it up with the treats that you chose.

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Place the lid on the jar.

Next, cut a strip from the long side of the felt.  Cut little fringe on the ends and tie it around the top of the jar, securing with a knot.  Secure the scarf with a glue dot under the knot.

Now it’s time to add the buttons.  Put a glue dot on the back of each of three buttons.  Place them in a line on a smooth part of the jar.

You can finish here or you can add a tag to your snowman mason jar gift.  I found a lot of really cute printable tags, but many were too big for the jar.  I ended up just typing my labels in Word using the Return to Sender font in size 24.  I cut them, used a corner embosser and tied them on with a piece of white cotton string.

snowmanjars Now all that’s left  to do is to spread some holiday cheer by sending them to their new homes!

Merry Christmas to you!

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10 Nativity Projects

There are so many cute Christmas projects floating around out there!  

Snowmen and Santas are cute, but today I am sharing 10 Nativity Projects to help us all remember to keep Christ in Christmas!  After all, He is the reason for the season!

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 Here are 10 nativity themed projects from talented bloggers! 

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Felt Stable Ornament from Wild Olive

 

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Cookie Jar Nativity from The Lettered Cottage

 

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Felt Nativity {with templates} from My Crazy Blessed Life

 

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Glitter Silhouette Nativity {printable included} from Hymns and Verses

 

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LEGO Nativity from Apartment Therapy

 

 

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DIY Wood Nativity from The 36th Avenue

 

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Printable Paper Nativity from Made by Joel

 

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Nativity Blocks from Dream It

 

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Baby Jesus Ornament from Crafty Sisters

 

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Fingerprint Baby Jesus in Manger from Crafty Morning

 

Blessings to you and yours!  I wish you the merriest of Christmases!

 

Cornbread Casserole

cornbreadcasseroletext When I was a kid, my aunts would take me to Chi-chis (a Mexican restaurant) after a long day of shopping.  I loved the chicken nacho appetizer there and would get it as my meal almost every time.  I also loved their cornbread.  It was soft and you ate it with a spoon. It was so tender, sweet and delicious.  

A year or two ago, I came across this recipe for cornbread casserole.  Oh my heavens!  It is so delicious and reminds me of the marathon shopping days that I loved capped off by dinner at Chi-chi’s.  I have taken this dish multiple places for picnics and potlucks and everyone loves it!  Today I am going to pass on the secret to this deliciousness to you!

To make this cornbread casserole, you will need:
  • 2 eggs
  • a stick of melted butter
  • 1 box of Jiffy cornbread
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of cream of corn
  • 1 cup of sour cream

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 Melt your butter, crack the eggs and mix everything together.

cornbreadcasserolemix Coat a 9 inch by 13 inch baking dish with pan spray and pour the cornbread casserole mixture into the baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

cornbreadcasserole You can cut it into pieces and eat like cornbread or you can break it up with a spoon to serve it as a side with a fork.  Either way, it’s delicious!  Enjoy!

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Cornbread Casserole
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Prep Time
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Total Time
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 stick of butter, melted
  3. 1 box of Jiffy cornbread mix
  4. 1 can of corn
  5. 1 can of cream of corn
  6. 1 cup of sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Coat a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  3. Mix together all ingredients and pour into casserole dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
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Christmas Tree Cutting (not this year!)

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When I was a kid and it was time to head to the Christmas tree lot to select a tree, I remember my dad saying every year, “We have to go look for a tree when it is either raining or there’s a foot of snow…and it has to have at least two tops and a crooked trunk.”  It became a joke in our family but I didn’t really get it until a couple of years ago when we decided to give cutting down our own Christmas tree a try.

We happen to live within an hour or so of multiple Christmas tree farms.  Neither my husband or I had ever cut down our own tree before, but thought it sounded like a fun idea.  The memories we’d make!  We’re both outdoorsy and DIY kind of people.  So we asked around, checked prices and decided on the tree lot.  

We were so excited!  Scenes from Christmas movies from the Hallmark channel played in my mind.  This was going to be so special and great!

First, I have to tell you that it is more expensive to go and cut your own tree.  But it was only about $15-20 more than a tree at the box home improvement store.  You get to ride on a hay wagon to get your own tree and then you get to pick the perfect one and know it’s super fresh, so we thought it was worth the extra dough.

Finally the day arrived to select our tree and off we went!  As we got closer to the lot, we had fun counting how many cars we passed with Christmas trees on top.  We arrived at the tree lot and parked our car. We took a wagon ride to the area with the type of tree that we wanted.  We went for a canaan fir that year.

dadkidshozaks The weather was mild and the trees were plentiful.  We found a beautiful tree.  Seriously, I think it was the most beautiful tree that we have ever had.  It smelled great.  I will say that an adult’s idea of selecting the perfect tree differs slightly from that of young kids.  They were willing to take ANY tree, even ones with huge bare spots just to keep things moving.  

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Is this the one?

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Nope, but this one is!  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!  Let’s cut this baby down!

shaungriftext Look how happy we are!  It seriously was fun.  Looking at these pictures almost makes me want to go do it again this year…

shaunmorgantext It was surprisingly easy to cut down the tree using the saw that was provided.

After we had our tree, we carried it to the pick-up point, hoisted it onto the wagon and rode back to the place where they put the tree on the needle shaker and tied it up for us.  We paid (and tipped) the workers who put the tree on the roof of our vehicle for us and off we went.  The whole process probably took about an hour and a half.  Success!

Why then, do you ask, do we not want to do it again?  Well, I’m about to show you.  

We went back a second year.  It was freezing.  The kids fought the whole time.  There were barely any trees to choose from.  My son nicked his finger on a saw on the wagon ride on the way back.  We settled on a tree and in contrast to the first year, I think it was probably the worst tree we ever had.

Then last year rolled around.  We were hoping for another awesome experience like we’d had the first year.  And then there was this:

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Yep.  That’s mud.  Mud soup.  We had heard that it might be muddy, so we put rain boots on the kids because they could be cleaned off.

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Did I mention the mud?  It was seriously about 6 inches deep in places.  But wait, there was more.  Like the year before, it was freezing.  But more freezing.  It was so cold.  So we were on a mission.  We would not be very picky and take the first tree that looked good.  Except.  There were barely any trees to choose from where they dropped us off!

And the mud!

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About the time the tractor dropped us off for us to choose our tree, our children began to freeze.  Think National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation scene where Audrey’s eyes get frozen open.  Things quickly unraveled until our then 5-year-old was crying because of his hurting, frozen toes.  And I couldn’t even be mad about it because my toes were frozen and hurting, too.  After some “conversation,” we decided to scrap the whole thing.  My husband carried my son back to our car (which was pretty far because we didn’t even wait around for the tractor to pick us up.)

Wow, you may think…that whole thing just spiraled out of control.

Yes, yes it did.  But the good news is that the story has a happy ending.  We scraped as much mud off our boots as possible and hopped back in the car.  We stopped a couple of places, but ultimately ended up at our old standby for Christmas trees.  The Home Depot.

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We found a great tree in the first five minutes.  It was lovely; it was cheaper. There was no mud and there was no freezing.  And as a bonus, there was also no crying (or bleeding.)

So no, this year, we will not be going to cut down our own Christmas tree.  We will be forgoing the potential of awesome Hallmark memories and heartwarming pictures and driving our vehicle right on over to the local Home Depot and picking out a great tree.  There will be no crying and we will enjoy that home improvement store Christmas tree like it was the best tree we ever had.

I can look back at these escapades now and laugh.  

The reason I am sharing this (now) funny story is this:  You are about to see all kinds of blog posts, Facebook posts, Pinterest pins and Instagram pictures showing everyone in their jolly glory.  And yes, more likely than not (and hopefully), most of our experiences will be jolly and bright.  But just remember, not every experience is all wonderful. There is arguing, there are mishaps and there is freezing that isn’t preserved in our pictures.  And that’s okay.  Because we want to preserve and remember the good times.  At least I do.

Just don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing or how together other people seem to have it.  Sometimes things do go great.  And that’s what I hope for all of you.  But if they don’t, shrug it off, make a run to Home Depot and get on with your happy holiday season! 

Merry Christmas!

 
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Vanity Storage Solution

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I’m happy to say that we have a good amount of storage in our house. Two areas that are exceptions are our kitchen and our master bathroom.  Tired of dealing with a ridiculously cluttered vanity in our bathroom, my husband came up with this vanity storage solution.  It more than doubled our storage space!  

I really have to give the credit to my husband on this one.  It was his idea and he did the work.  I contributed a couple of ideas and shopped for baskets, but that was it.  This one was all him.  The project was inexpensive and he had it done- start to finish including painting- in 3 hours!

Do you have a vanity or other storage area that looks like this?

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If you do, then this project is for you! 

To make this vanity storage solution, you  will need:
  • mdf boards & a saw
  • screws and toggle bolts
  • paint
  • baskets

vanitybefore The sink in our master bathroom is a single, but it has a large top.  There is only storage underneath the sink part.  As you can see in the picture above, there is just a hole to the right.  I think it is for a chair to go there, but it has just been a waste of valuable space…until now!

To reclaim this wasted space, my husband measured and cut two shelves to fit from mdf board.  He used scrap pieces from the mdf to brace the shelves from below for support.

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He used toggle bolts and screws to attach the shelves to the vanity on the left and the wall on the right.

He then painted the shelves the same color that we had previously painted our vanity.

vanityshelves He did all that in three hours while I was baking for Thanksgiving with my mom and our kids!  

The only thing left to do was add the baskets.  The size of your baskets will depend on how much space you have for your shelves.  I wanted the baskets to take up most of the space on the shelves.  We looked ALL over for 4 matching baskets that were the right size.  We found a lot of baskets that would work, but could not find four that were all the same.  Eventually, we just ordered them from the Container Store.  

These baskets are going to get a lot of use, so it was important that they were sturdy.

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And that’s it!  All I have to do is move my stuff from under the sink into the baskets and my husband can have the whole cabinet for his stuff!  Almost as good as his and her closets!

 

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Even if this project won’t work for your vanity, hopefully it gives you an idea for how you can reclaim space in another area in your home!

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Essential Oil Bath Salts

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Today I am going to share with you a lovely, easy to make, pampering & relaxing gift.  I made these soothing essential oil bath salts to have as a gift to give, but (shhhhh!) I used them myself…  And I’d do it again!  

bathsaltstext I purchased an essential oils Premium Starter kit from Young Living after a friend introduced me to some oils.  My son had been a good sleeper until he started full day school this year.  He has been having a harder time falling asleep and started getting up in the night sometimes.  My friend gave me some Peace & Calming to try out on him.  Each night, I put a drop on the bottom of his foot and he fell asleep easily and slept through the night every night that I used it…and then…we ran out!

After we ran out, he started making middle of the night appearances at my bedside again.  After looking around and reading about the many benefits of using essential oils over chemical products and some medicines, my husband and I decided to purchase a starter kit and give them a try.

So far, so good!

In addition to my son enjoying uninterrupted sleep again since we are back to using the Peace & Calming, I have used lemon essential oil mixed with water in a spray bottle to make a surprisingly effective cleaner and many other things.

I opted for the Premium Starter Kit because it was such a good value over buying the oils individually and it also included a diffuser so that my family could enjoy the benefits of the oils that way.  Both the Peace & Calming and Lavender essential oils used in these bath salts are included in the kit.  You can purchase the oils individually as well.  {They really go a long way and last quite a while!}

To make these soothing, relaxing bath salts, you will need just three ingredients:

Lavender Essential Oil, Peace & Calming Essential oil blend and Epsom salts.

 

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You really get a 1-2-3 punch of relaxation with these bath salts.  

I found two, six pound bags of Dr. Teals Epsom salts at Costco for just $6.99.  Score!  It is recommended that you use 2 cups of salts per bath, so these bags will provide many hours of relaxing baths.  Epsom salts soothe aches, pains, sprains and stings and help to relieve muscle tension.  

YL Lavender Essential oil “is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy” and “may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.” *

YL Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend.  “When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.” *

To make these soothing bath salts:
  • Measure out two cups of Epsom salts into a bowl.  Add 5 drops of YL Lavender essential oil and 5 drops of Peace & Calming essential oil blend.  
  • Stir together to distrubute the oils throughout the salts.
  • Store in an airtight container.

These salts make a great gift!  When the recipient (or you {wink, wink}) are ready to use them, add the salts to very warm bath water to dissolve.  Soak in the tub until the water cools.

These bath salts will be a staple in my house this holiday season!  

bathsalts I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

*information from youngliving.com

If you are interested in giving essential oils a try, feel free to e-mail me at kristi@myweeklyhabit.com with any questions!  If you would like to order any oils or a starter kit, you can click here and use sponsor code 1843228.  If you decide to buy a starter kit, you will enjoy the benefit of wholesale pricing (24% off of retail!)  I am on a wonderful team that has multiple wonderful and informative groups set up to answer questions and help you learn the ropes!  I would be happy to introduce you to them!

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Fall Mantle

 

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Last week I shared a tutorial on how to make the Give Thanks canvas that you see in the mantlescape.

Today, I thought I’d share how I used it to help pull together a natural Fall mantle.

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To make this simple canvas, I used a stretched burlap canvas, chip board letters, some wheat and a decorative ribbon.  You can read more about how to make one here.

After that project, I was left with a bunch of wheat.  I decided to use that in a decorative glass vase that I had filled with corn and pumpkins for our Halloween Mantle.  My daughter was all excited about putting the corn from our cornstalks into the vase.  When I went to change it out from Halloween to Fall, I noticed that we had quite a root system growing!  The vase had a top on it and the corn wasn’t dried out, so it sprouted!  Lesson learned… make sure anything you put into a vase, especially a covered one, is dried out!

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After a good washing and drying, I put the leftover wheat into the vase.  It wouldn’t stand up and I thought that side of the mantle could use a little contrast, so I bought a few bags of dried kidney beans and placed them in the vase around the wheat.  

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I added a star made out of branches and a few other decorations that I had.  I brought the candle stand and candle down from my bedroom and reused the pumpkins from my Halloween mantle.  Reusing some items and borrowing from other rooms makes changing the mantle for different holidays or seasons relatively inexpensive.

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For the banner, I started with a plain chip board banner and covered it with scrapbook paper.  Then my family voted and decided on the word “blessed.”  {We chose from thankful, grateful and blessed.}  I printed that out in Microsoft Word and cut the letters in circles.  I glued them onto the chip board banner and was able to customize it for our mantle.

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And that’s how I ended up with this Fall mantle!  Don’t be surprised if you see some of the elements switched up and resused for our Christmas mantle!

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Banana Walnut Muffin Freezer Packs

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Hello there!

One thing I have been trying to do more of lately is to switch out some ingredients from some of our favorite recipes to get more wholesome foods into my family’s diet.  That and sneaking in some veggies and things that are good for them here and there.  One example is adding mashed black beans into our taco meat.  You don’t even notice that they’re there but they add extra fiber and protein to the meal.

When our garden was producing lots of zucchini, I made a lot of zucchini chocolate chip muffins and froze them in individual baggies.  It worked out great because when the kids needed a snack for school or something in their lunches, I just grabbed a pack and tossed them in their backpacks or lunches.

Sadly, zucchini season is over here, but my daughter asked for some more muffins.  This time around we went with a banana walnut muffin.  I’ve tried lots of different recipes and adjusted here and switched out there until I came up with this recipe.  I hope you like it!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c spelt flour
  • 2/3 c raw cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  • 1/2-3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of vanilla

I wanted to use a whole grain flour in place of the usual white flour.  While I like the taste of whole grain flour, it makes baked goods very heavy and dense.  I usually swap out only half of the white for whole wheat because of this.  Spelt flour is a great alternative.  It is still whole grain but gives a lighter texture than whole wheat when used for baking.  You can switch it out using a 1:1 ratio for white flour.  It is also lower in gluten than whole wheat.

First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Then, in a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

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Next, melt the butter and mash two large, very ripe bananas.  When they are really ripe, they are extra sweet and are easy to mash up.

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Next, add the melted butter, mashed bananas, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix until the ingredients are incorporated, being careful not to over mix. 

I bought chopped walnuts and think they would be fine that size for making regular size muffins.  But because I was making mini muffins, I wanted them to be a little smaller so I put them in a plastic bag and gave them a few whacks to make them a little smaller. 

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 One you have your walnuts how you want them, fold them into the batter.

Fill the cups of greased mini cupcake pans 2/3 full and bake for 12-13 minutes.  You should get about 36 mini muffins.

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 Let the muffins cool in the pan for a couple of minutes, then move them to a rack to cool completely.

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 Once the muffins have cooled completely, place three in each snack sized plastic bag.  Then toss them in the freezer so you can enjoy a homemade treat anytime! 

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I linked up this post at Tip Junkie & I Heart Naptime!

Mini Banana Walnut Muffins
Serves 13
Delicious mini banana muffins using spelt flour and cane sugar. They freeze perfectly in snack sized bags.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 c spelt flour
  2. 2/3 c raw cane sugar
  3. 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  5. 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 1/2 c butter, melted
  8. 1/4 c milk
  9. 1/2 c chopped walnuts
  10. 1/2-3/4 tsp cinnamon
  11. dash of vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
  3. Add the melted butter, mashed bananas, egg, milk and vanilla. Mix until ingredients are incorporated, being careful not to over mix.
  4. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  5. Fill greased mini muffin cups 2/3 full.
  6. Bake 12-13 minutes.
Notes
  1. Cool the muffins on a rack and then put three per snack sized plastic bag. Pop them in the freezer.
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Give Thanks Canvas

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As my kids are coming down off of sugar highs from Halloween, we are switching gears and thinking about Thanksgiving.  We try to give thanks everyday, but Thanksgiving is a special time of year when we put even more focus on being thankful and usually do some kind of family project to remind us how blessed we are and how much we have to be thankful for.

Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make this Give Thanks Canvas.  I plan to use it on our mantle, where I had a trick-or-treaters canvas as part of our Halloween mantle.

It takes only about 30-45 minutes to complete!

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To make your Give Thanks canvas, you will need:
  • A stretched burlap canvas
  • Chipboard Letters
  • Decorative Ribbon
  • Wheat
  • Craft paint
  • Glue gun

To begin, lay out your letters on the canvas.  This is important because I was thinking about arranging the letters vertically on the canvas, but they didn’t fit.  Play around until your phrase looks the way you want it to.

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After you have decided on the positioning for your letters, apply two coats of craft paint.  I went with burnt orange and barn red.  I used a foam brush to paint the letters.  Because the letters are cardboard, be sure not to saturated them with too much paint at once. Two thin layers of paint is better than one really wet layer.

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Next, pick a small bunch of wheat.  Tie the wheat together tightly with some string.  Then tie a bow using some decorative ribbon.  Cut the stems to fit on your canvas.

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Now that all of the elements for your canvas are complete, place everything onto the canvas so you can see what your finished product will look like.

Then use a hot glue gun to glue down each letter, one at a time.  Use just a small amount of glue on each letter so that it doesn’t squish out and show.  The letters are very light and don’t require much glue to stay in place.  Finally, glue the wheat into position.

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 Now you have a simple Thanksgiving sign that can be used on a mantle or hung on the wall.

 

I am thankful that you stopped by today!

 

I linked up this project at I Heart Naptime & Tip Junkie!

 

This project was featured in the Great Ideas- 25 DIY Thanksgiving Ideas on Tatertots and Jello!