Banana Crunch Muffins

At last I can turn my oven back on! Muffins are an easy way to get you warmed up for the baking season!

Banana Crunch Muffins
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin tin with paper liners and set aside.

1 1/2 cup Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/3 cup Butter (melted)
3 Bananas (mashed)
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg

In a large bowl mix together the flour baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Melt the butter in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.
In another bowl combine the bananas, sugar, egg. Now add the butter and mix well.
Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cups then make your crunchy topping.

For the crunchy topping:
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
Pinch Salt
2 tablespoons Flour
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 tablespoon Butter (cold)

In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, flour, pinch of salt, cinnamon.
Mix in the cold butter with your fingers. I like to pinch off small pieces and mash them in until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can also use a fork to cut in the butter.
Sprinkle the mixture over the muffins.

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Link Love


A few great links to check out for the weekend. Happy Friday!

How to self-promote when you’re shy.

How to accept a compliment. (How to be a grownup)

Discover the secrets of French cool-girl style.

Brunch nachos? Do tell Pioneer Woman!

What’s your daydream job?

We’ve all been pronouncing Voldermort’s name WRONG all this time!

In other (more important) HP news, Hufflepuff House won the house cup! And JKR has this to say about it!

Château de Gudanes: A Love Story


I’ve told you about Château de Gudanes before. It’s a historic monument was designed by Parisian architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, famous for his neoclassical, architectural symmetry, including the Le Petit Trianon and Place de la Concorde. Sadly it was left to ruin until 2013 an Australian moved in and committed themselves to restoring this architectural gem.

Last weekend they hosted a wedding at the house and you have to go check out the photos! They are so lovely.
Happy Friday everyone!

Lavender Shower Scrub

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Oh my gawd! It’s a blog post? Yes, yes it is! Did you miss me? Did you even notice…
Ah, well. For those of you who did, sorry. I’ve been busy having a summer break full of other projects. Posts might still be sporadic while I meet deadlines and the like, but I had to pop in to show you this! My garden is full of lavender so after the few dozen bouquets what to do?

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Lavender Shower Scrub
1 1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 cup Baby Oil
1/2 cup dried Lavender Flowers
2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Dry the Lavender in a warm dry spot then pull off just the flowers and discard the stems.
Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl. Place in a decorative container and use in the shower.

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To use: Shake container to mix contents before using. Rub onto dry skin then rinse thoroughly.

More shower scrubs to come! The combinations are endless!

Maori Sakai

Can I just have a little fan girl moment? Just a small squee for the magical illustrations that delight me to no end!
Maori Sakai is a freelance illustrator that has been burning up the internet via Society6, and Tumblr.

Go take a look!







All photos and gifs. by Maori Sakai