Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Today is Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!!  I made muffins, are you surprised?  By now, you all know that I am a big fan of muffins.  But this month, I have been on a kick to clean out my pantry and freezer before we leave on vacation.  The muffins did just that!  They used up some bananas in my freezer, and an open bag of chocolate chips.  The fact that I now have muffins in my freezer is beside the point.

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French Onion Soup

Today is Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  It seems like it has been forever since we have had a reveal.  But it really hasn’t, we just took December off.  This month I was assigned Smells Like Brownies.  Melissa is a a stay at home mom to a new baby.  She has a wonderful mix of recipes on her site.  Pad Thai, Vegetable Korma, Pumpkin Caramel Cake, and of course lots of different Brownies.

I wasn’t sure what to pick, but given we are trying to eat a little better, and my husband loves of French Onion Soup, that is what I went with.  Melissa has a vegetarian version on her site, but I know given my husbands nature that wasn’t going to go over well.  He would want the full flavor of the beef stock.

This soup was comforting, the onions were sweet and delicious, it was just what we needed on a cold winter night.  I topped the soup off with provolone cheese, because that is what I had.  But Melissa uses Gruyere, which I am sure is even better.  Given that I don’t like cheese, I tend not to spring for the more expensive cheeses.  We only get the good stuff when my husband goes to the store :)

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Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

It is Secret Recipe Club time again!  This month I was assigned  This Mama Cooks.  Anne-Marie has a very extensive website full of great recipes as well tips, coupons, and other deals.  Anne-Marie also has a whole section of Weight Watchers recipes!

My son is a huge fan of french toast.  He loves it topped with strawberries, so when I saw this, I immediately knew he would love it!  One Saturday morning I made this for him.  He was in heaven.  My husband wasn’t sure how the strawberries and peanut butter and maple syrup would go together, but it worked.  My 7 year old likes crunchy peanut butter, so that is what I used, but you could use whatever you like.

This is a very filling and somewhat decadent feeling breakfast.  It comes together rather quickly (not much longer than making traditional french toast).  It would be great for a weekend breakfast, or even a fun Thanksgiving breakfast.

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups
It is Secret Recipe Club Time!!  I had to take off last month because of moving but  am back at it again.  Before we get started I wanted to announce the winners from my International Delight Giveaway.

Winner 1 – Kesha
Winner 2 – Amy
Check your email ladies, so I can send you your prize.

For Secret Recipe Club this month I was assigned Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy.  This site is full of so many great and healthy recipes, as well as shopping deals, coupon links, menu planning, and much more.  She was actually assigned my blog one of the first months that I participated in SRC!  Check out her take on my Cinnamon Roll Muffins.  I had a couple recipes picked out including this Pizza, but as usual my sweet tooth won out.

The original recipe is made with Sunbutter, due to allergies.  Fortunately, we do not have allergies here, so I just used peanut butter.  These are a fun treat to have in the fridge or freezer.  They melt quickly, so I kept them in the fridge.  I currently have a few in the freezer to pull out in a chocolate emergency :)

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Lemon Chia Seed Muffins

Lemon Chia Muffins

Today is Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  In case you didn’t know, you can go here, to join in the fun!

I was super excited when I received my assignment this month.  I have been secretly stalking Nutmeg Nanny for months.  She has a great site, with all sorts of amazing recipes.  The girl can mix a cocktail like no other as well.  Brandy lives in New York where she really is a nanny, and she recently got engaged.  If you haven’t met Brandy before, go check out her site, lots of yummy stuff!

I had a seriously hard time figuring out what to make.  I actually made her Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken, and it was amazing.  My pictures didn’t do much for me, so I took that opportunity to try something else!  I also have this Marinade recipe, Asian Coleslaw, and Cheesecake Dip recipes printed to try soon!  But in the end I chose a muffin, big surprise!

I had recently purchased Chia Seeds, because I have heard such great things about them.  I have been wondering what do to with them, and then I saw these muffins!  The perfect thing to test them out.  You can’t really even taste them.  So if you don’t have them, just leave them out.  Or you could use poppy seeds instead.  The glaze on top is light and has great lemon flavor to go with the muffins.  You could omit the glaze if you are trying to be a little healthier, but it is just so good!

My 7 year old was a little hesitant at first because of the chia seeds all throughout, but he liked them.  He isn’t big on lemon anything, so they weren’t his favorite.  Which just means more for me!  They are just so moist and light, it is hard to stay away from them!

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Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  We had a crazy busy weekend, but it was lots of fun.  It involved a Denver Nuggets basketball game, an indoor waterpark, great friends, and lots of food and candy!

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day!  This month I was assigned PheMOMenon.  This site has so many great recipes.  She is the mom to 2 boys, and one little girl.  How she keeps up with it all is amazing.  She appears to have a chocolate addiction, just like me!

When I saw these cookies, I knew instantly this is what I was going to make.  We were sent our assignments on Tuesday night.  I made these on Friday morning.  My 6 year old started spring break that Friday, so he helped me measure everything out.  The recipe makes only 12 cookies, which I love (but you could easily double the recipe).  They are over the top chocolate-y, and so good!  It is almost like a brownie in cookie form. I know these will be made again in my house!

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Thin Mint Brownies

Thin Mint Brownies – Fudgy Brownies with thin mint cookies in each bite!

Fudgy Brownies with thin mint cookies in each bite!

It is Secret Recipe Club time again!  Another month, another fun blog to look through.  This month I was assigned Megan’s Cookin’.  Megan has been blogging for a few years, so there were so many wonderful things to look through.  I had a really hard time deciding.  I almost made these Penguin Appetizers on cuteness factor alone.  This Linguini with Lemon Cream Sauce sounds like it would be great for one of my meatless meals, can’t wait to try it either.  But in the end, I went with brownies.  If you know me, that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

I completely missed Girl Scout Cookie season this year.  Probably for the best, when you think of it.  But still, disappointing.  I did manage to get my hands on one box of Thin Mints, so I could try these brownies.  I had one, and it was minty, and fudgy, and delicious!  I saved one for my 6 year old, and the rest went to school!  I had to get them out of the house quickly, before I ate the entire pan.  Good thing teachers appreciate baked goods :)

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Caramleized Onion and Andouille Pizza

It is Holiday Recipe Club time again!  Want to join the fun?  Make sure to contact Erin for all the details on Holiday Recipe Club. It is a fun blog hop with a little ingredient challenge thrown in for good measure.

Today we are celebrating Mardi Gras with challenge ingredients of either Andouille Sausage, Bananas, or Bourbon.  I had a few links of Andouille Sausage in my freezer already, so I knew what I was going to use :)  I didn’t want to go traditional with New Orleans style food though, so I had to think a little out of the box.  I almost did a creamy pasta, but in the end decided on pizza.  This pizza was fun, and definitely not our normal style pizza.  I just used a little garlic and oil for the sauce, but my husband thought a white sauce or even an Alfredo sauce would make it over the top good!  The caramelized onions were a great sweet contrast to the spicy sausage.  If you had Fontina Cheese, I think that would make a great swap for the traditional Mozzarella.

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Sour Cream Enchiladas

It is Secret Recipe Club time again!  It seems like forever since I have participated!  I am excited to be back to the fun this month.

This month I was assigned Edesia’s Notebook.  Lesa is a stay at home mom to 2 little girls.  She has a very extensive list of yummy looking recipes on her site.  I had a hard time picking what to make!  Lemon Pepper Pappardelle with Roasted Garlic Sauce was very high on my list!  Unfortunately we don’t have a Trader Joe’s, and I couldn’t find the right pasta :(  I am still on the hunt though, and will make it soon!

We love Mexican food, and Lesa has plenty of Mexican food on her blog.  I finally decided on Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas, and made her Guacamole Rice to go with it.  The enchiladas were creamy and delicious!  The rice wasn’t our favorite, but I don’t think that is any fault of the recipe.  My husband is not a fan of cilantro.  I cut back on the amount, but it was still a lot for him.  I like avocado with rice though, so I think leaving the cilantro out would be good for us!

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Homemade Cliff Bars

It is the first Monday of the month which means it’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!  I love this day.  It is so much fun to share what I made from someone else’s blog, and see what someone made from mine.  This month I was assigned This Chick Cooks.  And boy does she cook!  Katie is all about healthy living with a few treats along the way.  She has so many healthy, yummy treats on her site.  Whole Grain Brownies anyone?  How about Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips?
I had a hard time picking what to make!  In the end I had to go with something I could make with what I had in the house.  We are moving on Friday, so I had to use up some stuff in my pantry rather than buy anything new.  These Cliff Bars looked perfect!  I could add a few extra things of my own to use up what I had, and my 6 year old would love them!
Homemade Cliff Bars
1 1/4 cups Rice Krispies
1 cup quick-cooking oats
3 Tbls ground flax seed (or you can just substitute oats –this is what I did)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup marshmallows
¼ cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup honey, maple syrup or light molasses (I used honey)
2 Tbls brown sugar
1/3 cup nut butter (I always use peanut butter)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate Chips (1/2 cup for full 8 in pan – less if you just want a drizzle), melted
Combine the syrup and peanut butter in a small pan over medium heat, stirring until melted and well-blended.  Stir in vanilla.
In a bowl combine the cereal, oats, flax meal, peanuts, chocolate chips and marshmallows.  Pour melted peanut butter mixture over the oat mixture, stir until coated.  You may need to use your hands to get it blended well.  Press mixture firmly into an 8-inch square pan that has been sprayed with non stick spray.
Pour the melted chocolate glaze over the top (or drizzle if that is your thing).  Cool in pan on a wire rack and chill at least 30 minutes to help it set. Cut into approximately 12 bars.  Store in refrigerator.