Baked Banana Bread Donuts with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

You all know my obsession with Banana recipes. I'm even thinking about starting a "B-A-N-A-N-A-S" section to the blog devoted to my love of all things bananas!

Here is my latest creation, which is delicious and it a wonderful way to wake up in the morning: Banana Bread Donuts!!!

Donut Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup applesauce
3/4 cup sugar
2 whole eggs
4 egg whites
2 2/3 cup flour
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp baking soda
5 ripe bananas

Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup butter (room temperature)
2-3 cups confectioners sugar (depending on how thick you want the frosting)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp cinnamon
2 tbsp milk

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. 

2.) Blend butter, applesauce, sugar and eggs for 2 minutes on high. 
3.) Add flour and mix until well combined. Batter will be thick (like a pancake batter). 
4.) Add baking soda, lemon juice, and bananas. Mix until well combined. The addition of the bananas should have thinned out the batter to a nice consistency. 
5.) Fill donut pan 2/3's full and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. 
6.) Place cooked donuts on wire rack for cooling (and frosting!).
7.) Whip up your frosting. Simply add all the ingredients into a bowl and mix until light and fluffy! 

8.) Make each donut happy by frosting them. 

DIY Guest Room Art (great gift idea)

One of my best friends is letting having me paint a dresser for her guest room, which is slowly coming along. But, it was her birthday this past week and I wanted to make her a quick gift that she could use as art for her guest room. Being that we're close, she can appreciate my love for 1980's sitcoms, so I knew she'd be okay with me going with a Golden Girls theme! 

First, I spaced out "Thank you for being a friend" in vinyl letters on a blank canvas. 
Then, I painted over those letters with a light blue acrylic paint.
I let the blue paint dry completely. 
Next, I cut out "Travel down the road and back again, your heart is true. You're a pal and a confidant" using my Cricut cutting machine. (smaller letters in a different font).
I then applied the "Travel down the road and back again, your heart is true. You're a pal and a confidant" letters to the canvas.
Once those letters were applied, I painted over the entire canvas with a darker, almost navy blue acrylic paint and let it dry fully. 
Once the paint was dry, I carefully removed the vinyl letters. First I removed the larger "thank you for being a friend" letters. 
And then finally removed the smaller "Travel down the road and back again, your heart is true. You're a pal and a confidant" letters. 
And viola - sign done! It will look adorable on the dresser once I finish it for her (don't worry, I'll share that with you once I do). 

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Leftover Halloween Candy Recipe (part 2): Whopper Chocolate Chip Cookies

So, I told you all about Halloween (and our costume) in my last post, but since this is a continuation I thought I'd share this adorable picture of our little Winston in his Gorton's Fisherman costume!! 
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter (2 sticks, room temperature)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup leftover Halloween candy (Whoppers in this case)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

2.) Cream together butter, oil, eggs, sugars and vanilla extract. 
3.) Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt) and mix until combined. Do not over mix. 
4.) Gently fold in your Halloween candy (whoppers) and chocolate chips. 
5.) Shape into round balls and bake for 9-12 minutes.

Leftover Halloween Candy Recipe (part 1): Milk Duds & Butterfinger Cookies

Well, Halloween at our house was a bust. Literally ZERO trick-or-treaters. I was so sad! Not to mention all the candy I purchased, meaning my pants were going to be even more sad than I was. LOL

We did get to go to pull off our awesome couples costume at a friend's party though. Can you tell who we are? Think 1980's: There is no Dana, only Zuul. 
That's right! We were the Keymaster and Gatekeeper from Ghostbusters! Overall, I think we did a pretty good job. And can I just get a shout-out for my husband and the awesome helmet he made?! Who knew he was so crafty?!
Once we recovered from the party I realized I didn't want all that Halloween candy in the house, knowing full well that we'd eat it all. Soooo, I decided to make cookies and send them to friends! Genius! 

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup oil
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups all purpose flour

1.) Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. 

2.) Beat butter, sugars, vanilla extract and eggs until creamy. 
3.) Add your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) and beat until combined (do not over mix). 
4.) Prepare your leftover Halloween candy to be gently folded into the batter. 
5.) Shape into round balls and bake for 9-12 minutes.