I have gotten into the habit of mailing my nieces and nephews candy for major holidays. I create little crafty bags or boxes. Last year I made orange jack-o-lantarn bags full of candy for Halloween.
For Christmas, I decorated boxes of Milk Dud's to look like snowmen. I enjoy doing it. It lets my nieces and nephew know that I am thinking about them.
It also helps me celebrate the holidays a little more. Often holidays like Halloween or Easter will go by, and I don't do much to mark the occasion. For the lats two Halloweens, I went out and ate pizza. That's not very festive.
This weekend, I am crafting this years Halloween candy bags. I'm making magical potion bags. They are not too complicated. I actually just had labels printed at FedEx.
Yesterday I went to a restaurant that served many times of tater tots. It was a friend's suggestion. They served chili cheese tots, putine tots, and buffalo chicken tots, among other types. I ordered chili cheese tots.
Compared to what my friends ordered, I made a good choice. It's good when you don't regret your order when the waiter brings the dishes out to the table.
I found this cake mix banana bread recipe at Betty Crocker's website. I added chocolate chips to the mix. I also sprinkled the top with demerara sugar before baking the bread. I used a spice cake mix.
The ingredients are four bananas, 1 cake mix, 1/3 cup oil, 3 eggs, 2 cups chocolate chips, and demerara sugar.
I mashed the four bananas. These came from my freezer so they are a little mushy.
I mixed the eggs and oil into the mashed bananas.
I mixed in the spice cake mix and then stirred in the chocolate chips.
I poured the batter into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. I made muffins with the remaining batter.
I baked the loaf for about 55 minutes at 350 degrees. I baked the muffins for about 20 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees.
After baking, I let the loaf and muffins cool completely.
This was tasty bread. It was very sweet. It was for all intents and purposes a cake without frosting.
The texture was tender and soft.
The cake was warm, aromatic and spice because I used a spice cake mix. It has a desirable and yummy banana flavor.
The demerara sugar added additional sweetness and some delightful crunch. It caramelized in the oven to make a tasty, crusty topping.
The chocolate chips were creamy, smooth, and rich.
I ate this bread with pear butter that I bought at a farmers market a couple of weeks ago. The bread really didn't need any more sugar, but I have a serious sweet tooth. It went well with the pear butter too.
This was scrumptious bread, and it makes a great way to eat cake for breakfast.
It was very quick and easy to make as well.
It was a fun recipe. I would make it again.