Thursday, February 05, 2009

Muffin Top


Muffins are the perfect treat.


Whether sunrise or sunset, there's always room for a muffin.




You can snarf one from your hand and lick the crumbs off your fingers (all the better to hide the evidence of hurried consumption and shattered resolutions!)




You can adorn a plate with plump muffin goodness. A muffin makes everything look prettier.




You can eat it from a cup or a tiny bowl. And if some ice cream/ butter/ honey/ whipped cream/ another muffin should happen to join the muffin in its tiny bowl, that's ok. Muffins in cups should never be lonely.


You can even pluck a muffin straight from the pan and pop it into your mouth. Don't worry, you don't need to taste anything ever again after this muffin.





As a expert on muffins, I can assure you they are 100 percent tasty and good for the happiness of the tummy and soul.





Scientists have proven that one muffin a day can prevent crankiness, stress and depression. I should know. I live at the North Pole all year.



If you don't have a muffin, dozens of muffins will go without cheerful kitchens to populate this year. And you wouldn't want that, would you?


So there's only one real question, Invisible Friends:




Have you had a muffin today?




He won't bother you. I promise.


This is actually my mom's recipe for Banana Nut Bread. I just made them into muffins because, well, who can resist a hot, tasty muffin?




Banana Nut Muffins

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas ( 3 med. bananas)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil
1/2- 2/3 cup chopped pecans

Grease bottom of muffin cups or one loaf pan, 8 x4x2 inch if you prefer a loaf bread over muffins. Stir flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and nuts together. In a separate bowl, mix egg, bananas, sugar and cooking oil. Mix wet batter into dry batter until thoroughly mixed and pour in muffin cups or loaf pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees for muffins, 60-70 minutes for loaf pan at same temperature. Check with toothpick to make sure center is done.

Stay tuned, Invisible Friends! Tomorrow, the Rubber Chicken continues to search for his Fuzzy Duck. This weekend, as requested, a new Twirl and a special announcement about a celebration here at the Pond, as well as a new series of stories you're sure to love! Stay tuned!

103 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

Your posts are too funny. Love the picture of him sneaking a peek. Rudolph is quite cute. And I haven't had a muffin today, yet. Yours sound tempting!

Cindy said...

I feel terrible. I haven't been over here in a while, sorry. I'm going to follow you-so I don't miss anything :)

Cindy said...

Oh, congrats on your award, very well deserved!

Theresa said...

You are just too funny and that picture of BEN! ROFLOL!! And Bunny!!

Katherine Aucoin said...

I can't believe Ben has deleted all evidence of that picture yet. LOL You're right there is something happy and cheery about a muffin. Banana Nut muffins are A.J.'s favorite. Myabe I'll treat him to a dozen.

April said...

Muffins do make it all better!

Bee and Rose said...

Duckie...I can't believe no one has asked you this question yet...Do you know the muffin man?

I do cause I love a nice warm muffin! Thanks for sharing...I am going to make some of these today:) Warm banana bread goodness!

Complicated Mama said...

Banananut Muffins are my FAVORITE!!

Now Im hungry!... This baby weight is never going to come off! lol

Thanks for stopping by my blog

Happy cook said...

I love muffons and i am sure i will love these ones too.

Happy cook said...

I love muffons and i am sure i will love these ones too.

Small House said...

We love banana nut bread, We're bound to love muffins. You are a good person. I make my muffins from a box. And as usual....how do you come up with this stuff?
Funny!

Kelly said...

Hey mama-muffin! Sounds good to me!!

Ingrid said...

A muffin sounds good right about now. I haven't had breakfast & I'm starved.

Whose doggie is that or is that Bear & Bitty's stuffed friend?
~ingrid

Maria said...

Banana muffins are a classic!! The tops are the best!

thedomesticfringe said...

Mmmmmm....looks yummy. I can almost smell them cooking.

When I first read the title of your post, I thought you may be talking about that roll that hangs on top of your pants - well, not YOUR pants, but you know what I mean.

-FringeGirl

Marjie said...

You probably notice that I make a lot of muffins, especially mini muffins. They are the best, because you can eat 2 or 3 with minimal diet guilt. Of course, being young, skinny and beautiful, you don't yet suffer diet guilt. No, I haven't had a muffin today, but I have had banana bread - does that count?

Debbie said...

About once a week I make a quadruple batch of muffins and stash some in the freezer. You never know when you will need a muffin.

rebel said...

Mmmm, we love muffins around here. I agree they are the best. A couple of years back my hubby and I decided to start eatin' even better than we already did so we started eaten' muffins for breakfast instead of over sugared, over processed cereal. I make 'em with oats and flax seed and always nuts and we eat 'em every morn.
Thanks for the new muffin recipe, it sounds perfect.
You have a very funny sense of humor and I really enjoy visitin' with you.
Have a great day!

Spring Fricks said...

i love muffins. I just wish they didn't have so many calories.

Alyssa said...

Yum! I will have to make some muffins!

Kristina P. said...

I love muffins! And the muffin top episode on Seinfeld.

{Katie Lane} said...

These look so yummy!

jenjen said...

Your muffins look delicious Duckie! What a good idea to make your bread recipe into muffins. You are so clever!

XOXOXOX
Jen

Pam said...

Yum. They look really tasty. I made banana muffins recently and plan to make more today. They are easy, delicious and comforting.

Michelle said...

Mmmm......love muffins and cupcakes (had to thrown that in there). They are perfect little packages of yum.

Heatherlyn said...

I agree. A good muffin is a perfect food for any time! I love that muffins come in so many flavors too! Yummy!

doggybloggy said...

anything you snarf must be good!

Teresa R said...

Muffins are wonderful, but I refuse to make them without the paper baking cups because I'm so lazy about cleaning the muffin tins. :}

The Shabby Princess said...

Yummy. I love muffins. They are probably my favorite food. Because, they can be sweet, or semi healthy (my mom made a mean zuchini muffin) and ohhh so yummy with honey butter. Mmmm. I think we're food soul mates!

mommaof4wife2r said...

i cam eby from everyone has a story to tell...thought you had a cute name!

so funny that you posted about muffins...my girlie pies were begging in the car only minutes ago that i fix some for after dinner tonight!

maybe this is my sign...i think i'm going easy peasy today though with box mix. sad, i know, but, will they know? not today!

nice to meet you!

Pearl said...

i'm sick, but i'd really like one of the muffins.

maybe you can dispatch the cookie stealing bunny to send me over some muffins in san diego! i'll reward him with some cookies :)

Blythe said...

I like muffins. Especially Bran or Poppyseed (ooh, poppyseed). Mind you, last weekend my friends and I made muffins, set off the fire alarm (but they weren't even burning!) and the whole dorm had to evacuate.

Sigh.

Muffins are sometimes cantankerous.

Reeni♥ said...

I have a Rudolph too!! Who is that adorable little husky puppy? My favorite kind of doggies!! The muffins look scrumptious!! I have like ten bananas right now that need to be eaten.

Paula said...

Mmmm ... whether in bread or muffin form, banana goodness is the best! YUM!

Swirl Girl said...

I love that your 'stud muffin' awaits the arrival of the latest batch!

Lori said...

Well, now I want a muffin!

Lindsey said...

YUMMY!!! I want a muffin now real bad!

The Pink Tutu said...

Sounds delicious! I actually did have a muffin today, yum :)

The Pink Tutu said...

Sounds delicious! I actually did have a muffin today, yum :)

American in Norway said...

YUmmmmm! THose muffins look amazing...(might have to try to backe this weekend.)

Julie said...

those muffins do look good, and I wish I had a muffin today! Thanks for the recipe

Patrice said...

Yum!! These look DELICIOUS!!!

Casey's trio said...

It's so hard to resist a muffin--no matter what time of day it is!

Whitney said...

This is in regards to your Tuesday post:

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

I love the pictures of her glaring eyes! I love it!

And those muffins look delish. I'll have to muster the strength to bake one of these days.

Cathy said...

This looks like a great banana muffin! And as always, thanks for my Cookie Stealing Bunny fix.

Aleta said...

My stomach is SO growling right now. I haven't had a muffin... in.... I don't know... YEARS!! Adorable pictures too!

jenjen said...

Duckie -
I just had to say - every time I look at my side bar and see your heading today I have to giggle. I am thinking of a different muffin top entirely. It makes me think I need to stop checking blogs and get on my stairmaster!

hahaha! Thanks for the laugh!

Jen

Laurie said...

The top is the only part of the muffin I can eat! :)

Hula's Secret Blog said...

Hahahahahaha!

Yaya said...

Muffin Tops...how cute!

Sophie said...

Your posts are so fun, and this one's delicious too :)! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're doing well!

growingupartists said...

Cute hubby pic!

honeysuckle said...

I love muffins and to have just the tops would be heaven. Thanks for the recipe

Bunny said...

Great idea to make the banana bread into muffins Miranda, they look yummy!!

Sharon said...

Muffins are perfect portion control for me! Love your pics.

Lisa Petrarca said...

I love muffins...just get to lazy to make them sometime. I think I feel a sudden burst of energy now. Thanks for the visual, just what I needed to get me motivated.

Thanks for stopping by, sorry about your friends dad, Funerals are always so hard.

We just found out that he died of a heart attack (he had a heart murmur since birth.) He had severe flu symptoms and the coughing and throwing up caused his heart to stop. You never would imagine that a 16 year old athlete would die of a heart attack.

Sara said...

I just love banana muffins, I have bananas in the kitchen right now that need to ripen!

Molly said...

Oh muffins. I just love muffins. Very cute post!

Cakelaw said...

I so agree - muffins make the world go round, and these look especially yummy!

Linda said...

Love muffins...any kind. These look so cute and are just enough!
AND I LOVE, LOVE the puppy pic!

Drama queens mum said...

I love muffins too. I had store bought banana bread this morning. I'm sure your home-made muffins were much better. There's my bunny again, I'd love to see a new pic & what other types of cookies he steals.

Carrie said...

I love muffins! I am going to try your recipe my hubby loves banana nut bread. Thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

Mmmmm! Lovin' the muffin recipe! Thanks!

Jen
Creative and Curious Kids!

MindyLew said...

My favorite Banana Bread Muffins!! The pictures were so awesome I could feel their heat and smell their aroma - thanks for sharing!!

Pietro said...

I think perhaps I've never tasted a real muffin, but they must be soo good! :-)

Eve said...

Those sound yummy! I am going to have to try them!

Being Me said...

As if the riveting story wasn't enough, you gave a scrummy recipe at the end! You give so heartily!

I heart muffins :)

Holly said...

LOL! I love this post! I want a muffin now!

Louisa said...

I am so hungry now! You crack me up and thanks for the tasty recipe :)

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Nothing more yummy delicious than a soft crumbly muffin top! I'd like s couple now with my coffee please! :-)

Megan said...

I'll take a muffina and the puppy! ;-)

Colleen said...

You're right - muffins ARE the perfect treat!

Julie said...

I am convinced. I resolve to eat a muffin a day. IF someone will deliver them to me, maybe a little fluffy bunny.

Diana said...

I love muffins! They are such a happy food! Brings a smile to my face just saying the word! :) Muffin... muffin... muffin!

Meg said...

Yums! those look delish.. banana nut is my weakness and throw a few white chocolate chips in. oh my!

Elra said...

Hmmm, banana nut muffins sounds delicious.
Cheers,
Elra

Jenni Jiggety said...

Mmmmmm! Those muffins look YUMMY!

blueviolet said...

Oh yes, muffins are irresistible!

Lori said...

You are so popular! Wow 78 comments. I am so jealous! Muffins, muffins, muffins, you know I go crazy over muffins. The latest installment of muffins beat the blahish zucchini ones hands down.

Always something interesting at your site!

Brittany said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

These muffins look super yummy! I'm going to give them a try. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Melissa said...

Mmmm muffins! I haven't had one in so long... I love your pictures! What a Cute puppy!

Ms. Tee said...

What a cute post and blog. :) thank you for stopping by!

Dreaming Outloud said...

I LOVE the tops of muffins!! They're the best part =] thanks for posting the recipe!

TuTu's Bliss said...

I adore banana nut bread..yummy

Olivia said...

I like the episodes of the life of the banana nut muffin haha

Rhiana said...

Love the ode to muffins and the recipe!

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

How yummy! I love Banana Nut muffins.

Jackie @PhamFatale.com said...

I enjoyed reading your post and I absolutely love the candid photo of the person staring at the oven!

OLGUIS said...

looks very yummy

olga

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Apartments in Manila said...

Congratulations! The pictures are you cute specially that bunny/.. is that a bunny?

Affordable homes said...

bunny cookie stealer.. soo cuuteee :-)

Melbourne jobs said...

makes me laugh about this bunny cookie stealer.. hehe

Melbourne jobs said...

makes me laugh about this bunny cookie stealer.. hehe

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this is so special..

Unknown Mami said...

Yum. I'll have to make this soon.

Pauline said...

Oh my gosh! Is that a real Siberian husky or a stuffed animal? He/She is so cute!

Nishant said...

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love lives in the kitchen said...

oh what a lovely post!!!
thank you for sharing these great recipes and pictures!
justyna

s said...

wonderful post!!!! and the muffins looks fab!

s said...

wonderful post!!!! and the muffins looks fab!

s said...

wonderful post!!!! and the muffins looks fab!