Banana-Nut Pound Cake with Maple Crown Royal Glaze

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There was a post planned for this site where I was going to talk about this ‘pay it forward’ ideal that I would love to live by. I have had a lot of awesome pay it forward moments in the last year (mountain bikers are an especially good group for this) where a kind person has helped me, not because they had to, but because it was the right thing to do. Then January 1st happened and return lines and crappy sales associates and just generally pissy people happened and whatever benevolent and pay it forward attitude I had went out the […]

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Muffins

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It’s crazy to believe today is just the first day of spring. I guess Spring just wasn’t messing around this year, shoving old Jack Frost out of the way and showed us what it’s all about! There are people outside (I hope that doesn’t fade), we have already been hitting the mountain bike trails (wow, do I have a way to go), and I have this insane urge to grill everything. The cats and dog seem really pleased about our early spring as the wild life in the yard has them stalking from window to window making those amusing clicking sounds that […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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I may not have a sweet tooth, but I can never turn down a fresh muffin. Something about their consistency and texture make them perfect. And even though I am trying to learn to love fruit its its stripped and naked form – I’m solidly convinced the banana made to be in muffins and breads. It has to be my favorite muffin flavor of all time, with blueberry coming in a close second. I made these muffins back when I received a sample of coconut oil to try out as one of my test recipes. Next time, I’m going to […]

If bad eggs float and good eggs sink…

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Which do I burn for being a witch? Ok, that idea did make me giggle while I was thinking about whether or not to use eggs that were one day over the expiration date on the box. I am an expiration date freak. The moment the milk hits that day – ew and gone. Pretty much the moment everything hits that day, gone. Let me tell you, there’s a lot of ew and gones in a kitchen that you didn’t stock but now cook in. Like gravy packets (….gravy packets…) that had expired 4 years before you started using the […]