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The Best Banana Muffins

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to hold dear

to protect and care for lovingly

a friend lost her book of family recipes in the flood this past June

how heartbreaking that would be

mine are

{ thankfully }

high and dry in a recipe box with my mom and granny and grandma’s

neat handwriting

if you’ve been here a while, you’ve read about June, Harriett and Nellie

many of those recipes have made it here to my blog

.. safe no matter what

These are recipes I cherish, even though I don’t always make them.. they’ve forged memories and a

special place in my heart

So.. in no particular order

Nellie’s Sugar Cookies

I remember looking up at my gram’s long delicate fingers.. my own hands now a likeness of hers

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The Lazy Daisy Cake

this cake was often perched on the arborite counter close to the wall phone that had a cord long enough to allow conversation while sneaking a wee bite (or two) of cake

Daisy Cake 4

Harriett’s Fantasy Fudge

lovingly packaged in tins then carried north on the Greyhound “Milk Run” bus ride to share at Christmas long, long agoFantasy Fudge

Miss Bell’s Sweet Iced Tea

my own daughter’s sweet first contribution to carry on the legacy of family recipes

Miss Bell's Sweet Iced Tea

Mini Linzer Sunkissed Cookies

a new favorite, shared with joy on my first day volunteering at the hospice

Mini Sunkissed Linzer Cookies


But our most cherished recipe..

has to be our family’s

Birthday Cake


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we’ve celebrated each and every birthday with this one

with every bite a memory made

and now a new recipe to cherish..

from my friend Sharon was inspired to create a Cooks for the Cure cookbook in honor of her mother
each recipe is a tribute to a loved one
{ it’s a cookbook you can’t read without shedding a few tears }

tucked within these pages, my favorite Best Banana Muffin Recipe

the one I always make when I’m tired and need a little pick me up.. { like tonight }

the one I always make to give to anyone who needs a little pick me up.

These “Best Banana Muffins” were contributed by Marlene Wilson and she wrote..

“In memory of a very dear friend, Kelly Lockhart. We would always enjoy a cup of coffee with muffins and great conversations! Miss you Buddy!”

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I love days of baking, muffin sharing and jotted notes..
I’m so blessed all of you are in my life.

The Best Banana Muffins
Cook time
Total time
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar and lightly beaten egg. Stir in melted, cooled butter. Measure in the flour, sprinkle over the baking powder, baking soda and salt, then stir in to mix by gently folding. Do not over mix or beat.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

This blog is my third contribution to the Canadian Food Experience Project orchestrated by the talented
Valerie Lugonja of The Canadian Foodie

This months topic: My Cherished Canadian Recipe

If you are Canadian, I encourage you to join our group.. it’s a collective sharing of food and stories across Canada.

Those little note cards in the photo remind me of a little craft I have been wanting to make since.. oh.. July!!
Please send out a little wish that I can find the time this weekend because if I manage to get it done.. I will share it with you then.
It’s a lovely way to share summer memories.. all through the year.

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