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Banana Cinnamon Muffins

I got bit by the baking bug and had 2 very ripe bananas so…. I found THIS recipe on BettyCrocker.com and wanted to add some Hershey’s Kisses [I used the caramel filled}.  Made some tweaks and they turned out great!

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Ingredients

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2/3 cup mashed very ripe bananas (2 small) 
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
24 Hershey Kisses

Topping

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Grease bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups with shortening or spray, or line with paper baking cups. [I split to 24 for smaller muffins and to incorporate the hershey’s kisses.]
  • 2 In medium bowl, beat 2/3 cup sugar, the oil and eggs with wire whisk. Stir in bananas and vanilla. Stir in remaining muffin ingredients just until moistened. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
  • 3 Push Hershey Kisses into batter about halfway down.
  • Bake 17 to 21 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan to cooling rack.
  • In small bowl, mix 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Dip muffin tops into melted butter, then into cinnamon-sugar. Serve warm.

XOXO Gabbing Ginger

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Crazy for Queso

During a tailgate the best way to make queso is in a crock pot.  My favorite is the Famous Queso Dip!

1 lb.  (16 oz.) VELVEETA®, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1can  (10 oz.) RO*TEL Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained
Dice VELVEETA® into cubes and pour RO*TEL into crock pot with cubes into crock pot.  Turn on high and let melt.  Stir occasionally.  Turn down to medium/low once completely melted.
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[picutre via RO*TEL]
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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Breakfast of Champs

Tailgates can sometimes start extra early so you definitely need to eat the most important meal of the day!  One of my favorites to make is biscuits and gravy! It is easy and everyone loves it!

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Pillsbury Grand Flaky Layers- 1 can

Pioneer Brand Gravy Mix- Country Sausage Flavor

Jimmy Dean Reduced Fat Sausage

Preheat oven and bake to directions the Pillsbury Grand calls for.  While those are baking start the prep for the gravy.  Boil the water and follow directions as Pioneer Brand states.  At the same time begin browning the sausage in skillet.  Once browned stir into gravy mix. Then get biscuits out and serve!

 

 

 

 

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30 for 30 football favorites countdown: Brewski’s

What is a tailgate without good ole beer!

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[picture via Metro]

Here are my favorite beers to tailgate with.

Now whats a tailgate with out the classic Silver Bullet? Coors Light is a classic easy to drink beer.  Great when it is hot and you need to cool down!  Also, the perfect beer during drinking games!

Craft beer needs some love and one of my favorites is Blood and Honey from Revolver.

Also, I am loving a couple of Fort Worth brews:

Martin House– Gateway XPA

Rahr– Blonde

Rahr– Buffalo Butt

What are your favorite tailgate brews?

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30 FOR 30: Football Favorites Countdown- Monster Cookies

These things are amazing! You CANNOT eat just one.  Originally called the “Monster” Cookie my friends and I have jokingly named it the “CRACK COOKIE” because they are tremendously addicting!  Which means GREAT for tailgate season!

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[picture via Recipe Girl]

 

1 cup margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

Pinch of salt

1 cup peanut butter

3 cups oatmeal

1 cup flour

1 cup M&M’s (BONUS USE PEANUT BUTTER M & M’s… DELISH)

1 cup chocolate chips

1 cup chopped pecans

Cream together margarine and sugars. Stir in eggs. Mix in the rest of the ingredients with a wooden spoon. Drop tablespoon of cookie dough onto parchment paper covered cookie sheets. Bake about 10 minutes at 350°. Remove from oven and let sit on pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool.

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{Current} Favorite Things

I don’t really like change but lately I have gotten/tried/found some [new to me] things that I am loving. So I thought I would share!

faves

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Lip Gloss–  This gives a great sheen and it also gives a cool tingly feeling… Perfect on these hot summer days.

workoutpant

Workout Pants– These are comfy and reversible! Keep my legs cool and how fun is this color!

wholesale-peony-flowers

Flowers– Peonies.  I just love these.

kongos

Song– Kongos- Come with me now.  Great pump up song for working out or going out!

tote

Monogram Tote– This isn’t the one I have but I am loving the canvas and modern monogram! Great bags to throw all my stuff in especially when I am heading to workout!

watermelon

Mini Watermelons– These are still pretty good size but it is great that you can cut one and keep one! I hate having to buy one huge water melon for me and Mark!

What are a few of your favorite things?!

 

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 99 and 100

FINALLY, the LAST #100daysofhappiness post!

I love getting to enjoy a cup of coffee on our front porch.  PS have I said how much I really just love Tervis Tumblers?

And for my last picture I leave you with a John Lennon quote.  Happiness if what you should strive for in life and while life is tough you can find small miracle and goodness in the everyday things!

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While this experience has been so much fun challenge it has been hard to remember to stop and take pictures all the time! I am ready to get back to regular updates and posts!

 

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#100daysofhappiness: 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, &84

This update seems to have a lot of food pictures! Enjoy!

-I tried out a new bacon wrapped chicken recipe…. and it was a success!  As I have said before my recipes are sometimes not done by measurement.

Preheat over to 375. Butterfly chicken breast. Stuff with a few blobs of cream           cheese and chopped onions.  I also added some fresh herbs from our garden (oregano and thyme).  Wrap with bacon and secure with toothpicks.  Bake for about 40 minutes.

-If you haven’t downloaded the time hop application, do it!  It is fun to see what you posted about so many years ago! Mine alerted me to a post I had about moving to Texas 4 years ago! Can’t believe how fast time has flown!

Tory Burch was having a seasonal sale! I purchased a pair of Reva’s and Flip Flops.  I will post pictures once they get here! So excited!!!

-Last post I talked about the Betty Crocker Ultimate Brownie Mix.  Well on the back of the box they had a recipe for brownie bites.  SO I had to try.  I followed the recipe EXCEPt it said it made 42 bites… I only made 32 and they were the perfect size!  I also made some homemade peanut butter icing:

8oz cream cheese- room temp

1 big scoop of margarine (about the size of a stick of butter)- room temp

1/2 cups peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 t vanilla extract

Mark took these to work and they were gone VERY quickly! So yummy and bite size!

Casey and I went on an adventure to shop and to see Zac Efron without his shirt on a movie.  We met when we worked at Texas Motor Speedway for Speedway Children’s Charity.  So we got a laugh out of taking a selfie with the TMS pace car.  We used to get to drive those all the time….  They are fun and FAST!

-Mark was out of town so I tried a new breakfast. I fried an egg, cooked some lunchmeat ham and melted cheese on a “slimmie” bagel.  Turned out so yummy! One of my favs now!

 

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77 & 78

Back at it again and it has been awhile! Here is the happenings of my life recently!

We have been trying to go on walks lately and we stopped to take a quick picture of downtown Fort Worth. It was such a beautiful night for a walk!

This. brownie. mix.  It is real people! So yummy but SO dangerous!

At en engagement party over the weekend I tried the Shiner Ruby Red Bird.  It was yummy but it was hard to drink the whole thing because it was so flavorful and it filled me up!

So the other day Mark got me some “just because” roses.  They were so sweet and smelled amazing! He doesn’t do it often but when he does it is because he means it.  I love them!

Mark and I are trying very hard to be less wasteful with our food/groceries.  The other night we cooked some pork loin we had in the freezer, asparagus and then I made some yummy biscuits with cheese and fresh oregano.  It turned out great and it was all random items we had in the fridge!

One of Mark’s cousins is having her confirmation and I went to pick out a card the other 
day.  This verse is one of my favorite and I really needed to see it the day I went to pick out the card.  Definitely a GREAT pick-me-up!

Essie’s top coats are THE best! I use them with their own lines as well as with the OPI colors I have.  It really helps it last longer than a regular polish top coat! LOVE it!

 

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#100daysofhappiness: Day 58

Wednesday are my designated “Intern Meeting Day”.  They will be ending soon as “Intern Casey” is graduating.  I don’t know what I will do with myself!  Our meetings a funny, productive and ridiculous! I have loved watching a young women grown throughout her college career! Can’t wait to see where her journey takes her!

Today we ventured to Zoes Kitchen.  SO yummy.  Their dressing. ON POINT.

 

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