I am calling this Finish-up Friday because there are so many little odds and ends of things that I need to tell you about. I do projects and recipes and tell you that I will let you know how things went, and then I don't get back to it. I feel guilty about this! So I am going to try to bring some of these little issues to a close.
First of all, Remember this post, the Count Your Blessings Frame? I really wanted little wooden leaves to drop into the frame, but couldn't find what I wanted. Then, I went to Target's One Spot and I found these little wooden stickers!
Next on my list is the owl mold for chocolates that my sister sent me. I wrote about it in my Ode to Owls post but never showed you what I did with it. In December I will be selling Cocoa Bombs at theUgly Sweater Express Craft Boutique. So, we thought it would be fun to have owl shaped stirring sticks made of chocolate. I am making large and small ones, regular chocolate and sugar free. Or, they can just be eaten like a lollipop! We are also going to put together some gift kits that will be great for teacher gifts or neighbor gifts, etc. with a mug, bomb, and stirring stick! Also, look at these little owl cupcake molds I found on Amazon! I may need these. Definitely getting these! Only $1 . 60 and free shipping!
Third/Fourth we are still working on the house. We have started tearing out the kitchen floor and extending the flooring that we put into the hallway into the kitchen. Also, I have sewn the curtain tiebacks, and when I purchase the tieback holders and get them installed, I will show you the final results. (So both of these are still not finished-up, but works in progress.)
Finally Fifth! After learning about browning butter when making cookies from Lori, I decided to try that technique in a different recipe. I made a Banana Crumb Cake and browned the butter. It was so good, especially when warm. I ate 2 pieces right in a row. I began with a recipe from Neighborhood Food Blog, but changed it to accommodate the browned butter technique.
Browned Butter Banana Crumb Cake
Mash 3 ripe bananas
Brown 1/2 c. butter in a small sauce pan.
Blend 1/2 c. brown sugar and 1 1/2 c. granulated sugar into the bananas. Pour the hot browned butter over this mixture and blend together well.
Next, beat in 2 eggs and 1 tsp. of vanilla
In a different bowl, blend the dry ingredients:
2 c. flour 1 T. baking powder 1 tsp. salt.
You also need 1 c. milk. Beginning with the milk, alternately add the milk and the dry ingredients. End with the milk.
Set the batter aside as you make the crumbs.
Mix 1 c. brown sugar, 1 c. flour, 2 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. of nutmeg in a bowl. Cut in one cube, (1/2 c.) cold butter until there are peas sized crumbs.
Pour 1/2 of the batter into a well greased 9 x 13 pan. Sprinkle half of the crumbs on top of the batter. Pour the remaining batter of that and top with the remaining crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min.
When the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool about 10 min. while you make the glaze.
Put 2 T. of butter into the small sauce pan again and brown it. Add about 1 c. powdered sugar and stir into the browned butter quickly. Add 1 c. milk and 1 tsp. vanilla and mix until smooth. Pour this over the cake. Slice and serve!
There, that puts my mind at ease about a few things! Now I'm off to work on a few more! Thanks for being patient with my somewhat crazy life!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!