Bright Bananas

Today we’re going to take a look at one of the least expensive items you can eat: bananas!  Sometimes we don’t know what to do with them when they get beyond the point that we want to eat them by themselves so these recipes are a great way to use those older bananas.

Breads and Muffins:

Banana chocolate chip muffins

Peanut power banana bread

Banana muffins

Whole grain banana bread

Double chocolate banana bread

Banana walnut bread

Banana bread with pecans

Blueberry banana bread

Banana bran bread

Banana bread with streusel-nut topping

Banana millet muffins

Banana multigrain streusel muffins

Banana coconut bread

Banana crunch muffins

Cupcakes, Cake and Pie:

Banana cinnamon bundt cake

Banana cream pie

Banana whoopie pies

Banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting

Banana nut pound cake

Cookies and Treats:

Banana fudge cookies

New Orleans banana shortcakes

Caramel bread pudding with coconut and banana

Bananas foster

Banana pudding

Tiny banana splits

Chocolate covered banana pops

Banana empanadas

Banana oat breakfast cookie

Peanut butter banana bonbons

Banana bars with butter rum frosting

Banana fritters

Banana galettes

Banana chocolate triangles

Banana sour cream pancakes


Banana daiquiri

Orange banana smoothie

Papaya banana smoothie

Banana raspberry smoothie

Banana, peach and flax smoothie

Gluten Free and Vegan:

Gluten free banana chocolate chip muffins

Gluten free banana muffins

Gluten free banana bread with coconut and flax

Gluten free whole grain banana muffins

Vegan banana bread

What are your favorite banana recipes?


St. Patrick’s Day Feasts

Today we’re going to start getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on next Saturday with some Irish inspired recipes for the whole day!


Bruleed Irish oatmeal

Irish breakfast porridge

Bread, Scones and Muffins:

Irish cream scones

Irish soda scones

Irish soda bread muffins

Seeded sourdough soda bread

Rye soda bread

Irish soda bread

Currant orange Irish soda bread

Gluten free Irish soda bread muffins


Irish lamb stew

Roasted root vegetable Irish lamb stew

Irish beef and stout stew

Mustard herb beef stew

Smokey cheese potato soup

Beer glazed sausage and apples

Braised beef shanks with mushrooms and olives

Squash and sausage shepherds pie

Garlicky steamed mussels and little neck clams with pesto toasts


Irish cream shortbread

Irish butter shortbread

Shamrock cookies (video)

Irish cream cupcakes

Irish coffee cupcakes

Black and white Irish cream cupcakes

Irish coffee bar

Pistachio bars

Irish whiskey cheesecake

Chocolate Irish cream cheesecake

Stout gingerbread with lemony hard sauce

Irish cream delights


Irish ricky

Irish buck

Irish whiskey sour

Maple Irish coffee

Hot nutty Irishman

What are you planning for St. Patrick’s Day?

Passion for Passionfruit

Today I thought we’d look at a special fruit that isn’t usually used and some sweet and savory recipes for it: passionfruit!


Passionfruit meringue pie with macadamia crust

Tapioca passion fruit parfait

Passion fruit curd icebox cake

Passion fruit sorbet

Passion fruit souffle

Passion fruit melting moments

Pavlova with passion fruit

Passion fruit filled cupcakes

Passion fruit cheesecake tart

Passion fruit ice cream pie with ginger crust

Lemon passion fruit meringue pie

Lemon coconut tart with passion fruit cream

Peach and passion fruit muffins

Ginger passionfruit trifle

Passion fruit cheesecake

Maracuya passion fruit mousse

Chocolate coconut bread pudding with passion fruit sauce

Cranberry passion fruit sauce

Passion fruit soup

Chocolate passion ravioli with ricotta souffle

Passion fruit and coconut cream parfaits

Gluten free passion cake


Passion fruit orangeade

Brazilian passion fruit and mango smoothie

Passion fruit margarita

Other dishes:

Salmon with warm passion fruit vinaigrette

Bacon wrapped shrimp with passion fruit

Macadamia nut crusted fresh catch with mango passion fruit sauce

Blue corn pancakes with piloncillo syrup and passion fruit butter

Passion yellowtail snapper

What are your favorite ways to enjoy passionfruit?

Minty Fresh

With the new year I thought we’d take a look at an ingredient that can bring a little freshness to your cooking: mint!

Dinner and Snacks:

Mint avocado dip

Green goddess mint dipping pots

Crunchy sprout and daikon salad with mint

Quinoa salad with squash and mint

Orzo stuffed peppers with feta and mint

Lemon mint risotto

Potatoes with mint mayonnaise

Bulgar salad with chickpeas, feta and mint

Scallops with mint pesto

Grilled swordfish with citrus, saffron and mint

Poached salmon with lemon mint tzatziki

Lamb ragu with mint


Chocolate mint torte

Triple mint ice cream cake dessert

Mint chocolate cheesecake

Minty cookies and cream tassies

Butter mint stars

Mint tuilles

Melting mint brownies

Fresh mint truffles

Chocolate mint sandwiches

Mint chocolate brownies

Star mint meringues

Mint meringue kisses

White chocolate mint mousse

Mint chunk ice cream

Pink peppermint stick ice cream

Mint ice cream

Mint Greek frozen yogurt

Gluten free chocolate peppermint snaps


Minted iced tea

Mint julep

Minty lime refresher

Mint strawberry crush

Peach mint green tea

Cucumber mint refresher

Mint shakes

Pineapple mint ginger water

Bourbon mint tea

Pineapple mint juice

Blueberry mint smoothie

What are your favorite mint recipes?

Christmas Food Gifts

Today I thought we’d look at some awesome DIY food gifts you can give to family and friends.

Granola and Trail Mix:

Pumpkin seed trail mix

Fig ginger granola

Savory thyme granola

Gingerbread granola



Cookies, Scones:

Christmas macaroons

Lemon crispies

Toffee pecan cookie

Toasted coconut drops

Triple fruit fruitcake mix

Toffee blondies

Coconut crunch cookies

Gingerbread scones

Apple cinnamon muffins

Chocolate nut cookies

Toffee blondies

Cranberry bran muffins

Blueberry ginger hotcakes

M&M cookie mix

Chocolate peanut butter M&M cookies

Cinnamon spice muffins

Soup Mixes:

Curried lentil soup

Spicy three bean soup


Flavored vodkas

Limoncello (video)

Hot chocolate mix (video)

Spiced apple tea mix

Peppermint hot chocolate

Sauces and Syrups:

Herb infused olive oil

Spicy cinnamon syrup

Sundae sauce

Caramel bourbon vanilla sauce

Slow cooker pear and apple butter

Sweet pomegranate syrup

Chunky cranberry relish

Peppery peach sauce

Cranberry syrup

Lemon curd

Cranberry chutney

Strawberry chia jam

More ideas:

Salt blends

Personal coffee blend

Scented sugars

Candy cane marshmallows

All purpose spice rub

Jamaican jerk rub

Multipurpose meat marinade

Savory herb salt rub

What DIY food gifts have you received and loved or are your favorites to give?

Go for Ghosts

Today we’re taking a look at ghost inspired Halloween crafts, decorations and recipes (and join me on Pinterest too.)

Games, Crafts and Decorations:

Mini cheesecloth ghosts

Graveyard ghost

Ghost game

Ghost treat bag

Ghost luminarias

Gourd ghosts

Ghost Pinata

Ghosts in mason jars

Pencil eraser ghost craft

Ping pong ball ghost lights

Clingy ghosts


Meringue ghosts

Ghost cake

Ghost toffee

Ghost cupcakes

Ghost of Monte Cristo sandwiches

White chocolate ghosts

Ghost graveyard cocktail

Ghost pretzels

Ghostly spirit drink (video)

Oreo ghost balls (video)

Cereal and marshmallow ghosts

Ghostly pumpkin pudding

Strawberry ghosts

Bakerella ghost chocolate bark

What great ghost inspirations have you seen or tried?

Creating Creepy Eyes

I’ve seen quite a few creepy or spooky looking crafts and recipes this month that had lots of eyes in or on them.  Let’s take a look.


Eye see paint poured canvas

Glow in the dark eyes pumpkin

Seeing bubbling cauldron pumpkin

Monster family costumes

Night eyes Halloween glass

Googly eye tote bag

Eyeball silverware

Halloween eye door wreath

Spooky eye treat holders

Spooky eyeballs in a vase

Spooky eyeball bracelets

Googly eye frame

Spooky eye Halloween wreath

Eyeball wreath

Eyeballs in a tree

Eyeball rings

Googly eye front porch

Glowing eyes


Monster eyeball cookies

Eyeball pops

Seeing eye doughnuts

Dracula’s eyes

All seeing gingerbread house

Deviled ham eyeball sandwich

Berry eyeball punch

Bloodshot eggs

Eyeball minicakes

Bloodshot peanut butter eyeballs

Blueberry rickety eyeball punch

Eyeball -tini

Oreo cookie eyeballs

Monster eye cake

Oreo eye truffles

Zombie eyeballs

Creepy eye crackers

What Halloween inspiration have you seen lately?