Orange White Chocolate Banana Muffins

Orange White Chocolate Banana Muffins

Hello Everyone! And hello Fall! Where did Summer go? Is it just me, or did it seem to fly by? I feel like it was just the beginning of June, and now here we are with temperatures starting to dip down a bit, and leaves already beginning to turn! Oh well. Goodbye shorts and tank tops, and hello warm layers, and pumpkin spiced everything!

Today I'm sharing a little recipe I whipped up for fun, not expecting it to turn out half as good as it did. I am the queen of banana bread, and I am always looking for ways to take it up a notch (usually with a dash of something boozy). Searching through my liquor cabinet while on the phone with my hubby, I asked what he thought might be good, listing a few items we had on hand, and he thought Cointreau would be a tasty addition. I went with it, and tossed in some white chocolate chips, thinking that it might taste something like a cross between banana bread and an orange creamsicle. The result...amazingness!!! So, I'm breaking my dry spell to share this awesome and easy recipe with you!

Orange White Chocolate Banana Muffins


Orange White Chocolate Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/3 tsp salt

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbs orange liqueur

Zest of 1 small orange

3 over ripened bananas, mashed (the darker, the better)

1 cup white chocolate chips (add more if you like)


How to make it:

Preheat oven to 325F.

In a large bowl, cream the butter. Next, add the sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. Slowly add dry mixture to wet, mixing just to combine. Add remaining ingredients, milk, vanilla, orange liqueur, orange zest, mashed bananas, and finish by stirring in chocolate chips. Careful not to over mix.  Pour into well greased muffin tin. I filled mine up to get these big yummy muffins. Bake for 30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of muffins. So easy! Makes 12 large muffins.

These muffins are so moist and delicious, you won't be able to get enough of them!

Orange White Chocolate Banana Bread

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I came across this image of chairs recovered in beautiful serape fabric on A Beautiful Mess a while back and almost died! Holy Mother of All Things Colorful! Why had I never thought of this?! I have been wanting to recover our dining room chairs from the moment we brought them home. I had been passively looking at fabrics here and there, but never found one that I loved (or would pay that much money for). Then, I saw this picture, and I knew that I needed that in my life. The problem was, no longer living in Texas, or anywhere near Mexico, how was I going to get my hands on one of these gorgeous blankets?

I checked online, and found them at varying costs and in various colors, but just couldn't pull the trigger. The answer finally came when I went home for my little brother's wedding in May. While in Houston, we made a pit stop at Trader's Village (an insanely large flea market), and I found the blanket I had been searching for (at a very reasonable price)! Woo-hoo! I picked one that had the same sangria color as the hutch in my dining room, and happily toted it back to Virginia in my luggage.

Executing this task wasn't so much difficult as it was labor intensive.

Here's what you need:

-Blanket (make sure it is enough to cover all of your chairs)

-Flat head screwdriver

-Scissors

-Staple gun

-Electric drill or Phillips head screwdriver

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How to do it:

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Start by unscrewing the seat cushions from the chair frame.

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You'll need to use your flat head screwdriver to remove the staples from the bottom cover.

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I chose to leave the top cover on. It makes it a bit easier, and helps it keep its shape.

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Lay your cushion on the blanket where you would like it.

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Cut around the cushion, making sure to leave enough around the edges to fold over the cushion.

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Fold the edges over the back, making sure to pull it snug, and tuck the corners under, before stapling.

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Replace the back cover, stapling over the edges of the new top cover.

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Set the cushions back on the chair frame, and replace to screws to secure it.

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Sit back and enjoy the results of all your "hard" work!

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