May 3, 2010

Make-It Monday

This past Christmas Brad sent us a great craft gift! Paint-it-yourself paper lanterns! How neat! However, I have a strange fear of doing crafts like this - I'm afraid I'll crack open the box, plan what I want to do, start painting and then hate what I have done and then be disappointed that I have ruined the craft I was so excited about doing and since there is only one chance with this sort of thing I am then left with nothing! So the box sat unopened in Sloan's room since I knew I wanted to paint it for her room.
However...Make-it Monday gave me the idea to finally just do it! Imagine my surprise when I opened the box and found two lanterns - a back-up in case I mess up! Yay! This gave me a sense of relief and let me just get to it!
I have wanted to paint pottery for a while now since seeing this cute idea of "dottery" but since we don't have a pottery painting place anywhere near here I thought I would try the dottery on my lantern and look how cute it turned out (which you could see better if I could take a decent picture)!

I also made Make-It Monday muffins! Yum!

I can't throw out bananas...just can't. My freezer is overflowing with black bananas...or I should say WAS overflowing! Boneless skinless chicken breasts were on sale this weekend so I bought 15 (for the price I normally pay for about 4 or 5!) so I had to make room in the freezer! I threw out a few of the bananas that were on the bottom of the pile, but my Mum also called with a recipe for simple banana muffins at just the right time!
Easy Banana Muffins
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup softened butter (not melted, but almost)
3 large ripened bananas mashed
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
chocolate chips
Combine in the above order and bake at 350 for 14 min or until a tooth pic comes out clean.
*my changes*
I also added a dash of vanilla...just because. I didn't put a measurement for chocolate chips because you can use however many or little you want. I only had a little more than 1/2 cup (because yes, I am still eating chocolate chips out of the container for a chocolate fix Elsie!) so that's what I used this time, but I will be using more next time for sure - at least a cup...maybe a cup and a 1/4. Also, I cooked my muffins for 18 minutes, but I only made 12 large muffins, you could probably make 15 or 16 regular sized muffins but I didn't feel like having to watch the oven twice!
xo JBM
edit: I can't seem to fix the spacing!!!!


  1. Cute idea! I want a paper lantern for my place too! I also miss your baking - I remember during school you used to bake bread and yummy desserts. Those were the days!

  2. Nice lantern, Joelene! I'm digging the dottery. And I'll have to try this muffin recipe. I've tried making banana muffins before but mine turned out flat and soggy.