Cooking and cleaning day

Today I have been busy with chores. I have washed many loads of laundry, baked a cake, loaded and emptied my dishwasher and apparently prepared a dinner nobody wants to try.

Here is a picture of the fudgy banana oat cake I made.

It looks odd, but I think it will be yummy.

Dinner however, looks gross!

This is Creamy Cooker Chicken. The sauce is quite runny, so I have my crock pot set on high with the lid off to thicken it. I’m serving this with pasta and mixed vegetables. Hopefully we will all be surprised, and enjoy it.


Banana muffins with cream cheese frosting

My hubby bought too many bananas, that ripend too fast. What to do…hmmm?

I pulled out my go to Better Homes and Gardens banana bread recipe.😀

I put the batter into an oversized muffin tin instead of a bread pan, and checked them at 35 minutes instead of the 50 recommended for a bread loaf. I cooked them for about 37 minutes and I think they came out perfect. Nice and moist in the center with a little crunch on the outside.😉

I had to decide if I wanted to frost them, or just spread some cream cheese or margarine on them. I looked up a cream cheese frosting recipe, and since it was so simple I tried it. I only made half a recipe since I wasn’t frosting a whole cake. I have extra frosting, even after really loading it on the muffins.

The toddler approves of the frosting recipe, which was simply butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla.

He abandoned his “cupcake” after a few licks of frosting, but that’s pretty normal for him.

My twelve year old lightly frosted his own muffin, and enjoyed it. I didn’t get any pictures of that, and I’m sure he wouldn’t have wanted me to post them if I had.😉

Pumpkin Oatmeal Walnut Cookies

I loosely followed a recipe from the Quaker Oats website for these cookies. I say loosely, because I’m an idiot. Lol! I thought my batter seemed a bit too moist so I checked the ingredients list again. Sure enough it called for one cup of pumpkin, not one can. Oops! 

I just added a bit more oats, flour and sugar. I had already deviated from the recipe by adding nutmeg and allspice too. 😉

I know baking is sort of a science,  and the ingredients really matter so we’ll see how they turn out in a few minutes when the first batch comes out of the oven. 

Ok, so I may have made the first cookies a bit too big. They were browned nicely on the bottom, but since they are so thick a tad too moist. They are bit gummy and cake like.

I think the flavor is good. I LOVE pumpkin pie, but the rest of my family could take it or leave it. 😉 If they really hate these, I will have to freeze them. I never freeze baked goods though, so I wonder what they’ll be like thawed. Hopefully my family thinks they’re edible and I won’t have to find out.

I’m making the next batch smaller, and just watching them closer so they don’t burn.

They are smaller, but a bit darker. 😒 I think they will be just as cake like as the first batch too. Oh well, not every recipe will be a winner. (Especially when the recipe isn’t followed exactly.)

I offered the 2 year old a cookie, and he wanted one until he saw it. He called it yuck! It’s official, the 11 year old doesn’t like them either. 😛