Friday, May 31, 2013

Healthified Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins - Guest Post

I'm really excited to have Becky guest posting today. She has so many amazing recipes on her blog, you gotta check it out! I love the recipe she has chosen to share, it's healthified, but also satisfies a sweet craving. Yum Yum! Enjoy!
Hello! I am so excited to be posting today on Alex's blog.  My name is Becky and I blog at Love to be in the Kitchen. My blog focuses on quick, easy and budget friendly recipes. Here are some of my favorite recipes I have shared on my blog. I made up both recipes too!

And sometimes I share crafts too! Like these Mickey Mouse Invitations.

Today I am excited to share with you one of my favorite muffin recipes, Healthified Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins.  I love to wrap these individually and freeze them for a quick snack.

Not only are these muffins delicious they are healthier than most muffins. It has a lot less fat and calories than your average muffin.  I found this recipe on  They have a lot of healthified recipes where they make a recipe much healthier but still very tasty.  I made these for my dad because he loves anything with banana in it . He loved it and called me to thank me. My kids love these too! It has plenty of banana flavor but not too much.  It had just enough chocolate and the tops had a slight muffiny crunch to it. Mmm! 

Right before you put them in the oven, you sprinkle on a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. I only used 1/2 the mixture. It adds a nice touch to the top.

 I hope you try these, they are so amazing!

Healthified Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 2/3 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
3 egg whites
¼ cup canola oil
¼ cup fat-free (skim) milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat oven to 375 F.  Spray bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray, or line with paper baking cups.

In large bowl, mix flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and salt.

In medium bowl, beat bananas, egg whites, oil, milk and vanilla with fork until smooth.  Stir into flour mixture just until flour is moistened.  Gently stir in chocolate chips. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.

In small bowl, mix topping ingredients.  Sprinkle evenly over batter in cups.

Bake 18-22 minutes or until light golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Immediately remove muffins from pan to cooling rack. 

*Adapted from Eat Better America

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Awesome, thanks so much Becky!!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ruched Side Maternity Shirt

This week is crazy. I enjoyed Monday to the fullest with my hubby and boys and now the madness begins. I don’t know how you moms with kids in sports/activities do it. Mine aren’t in any activites, but between me and my husband this week, we have something going EVERY night this week. Ahhh!

Anyway, last week, before the crazy, I worked on my sewing to-do list. This one has also been on my list for 2 years. haha. Do you all know Shade Clothing? Great clothes, love their stuff.  Well, I got a bunch of shirts on super mega clearance a while back with the intention of ruching the side for a maternity shirt.

Pre-Pinterest I saw a tutorial on this, don’t know where it is now since I didn’t Pin It, but it’s super easy.
Take a long shirt

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and 1/4” elastic. Turn the shirt inside out and along the inside seam, line up the elastic and begin to sew. Sew with a zigzag stitch and once the elastic is secured, after the first couple stitches, begin to stretch the elastic as you sew.
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You might have to use one hand to help it feed through, but the more you stretch the elastic, the scrunch-ier  it will be.
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Pretty easy, don’t know why the easy projects usually take me the longest to complete!
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Baby bump @24 weeks!
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Hope your week is going great! If I can manage to feed my family most nights this week, I'll be super happy.

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