Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Come Visit Me At My New Site

If you have been wondering where I am, I moved to a new blog site! Unfortunately, my feed didn't redirect properly, and you haven't been updated. I miss you all. Please come check out the new site and update your RSS readers: http://megansmunchies.com/

Can't wait to hear from you all again!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Guest Post: Bunny's Retro Banana Cream Pie


This wonderful guest post is from the awesome Bunny of Bunny's Warm Oven. Enjoy!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this. All the elements of this pie came together to make the best Banana Cream Pie I've ever made. I'm going to describe what that first bite of pie was like.... The graham cracker crust is thick and crunchy with a thin layer of chocolate. The vanilla filling is cool and smooth, sweet but not overly sweet, allowing the banana flavor to come bursting through and take center stage. The sinfully light whipped cream adds another layer of cool silky smoothness and your mouth is happy...very ,very happy. The combination is unbelievable, I had to restrain myself from going back to it over and over again! I don't even want to admit how much I ate... LOL!!


This pie was easy to make, don't let the homemade vanilla filling scare you away, the toughest part of making it was standing at the stove waiting for it to thicken!! Once you taste the filling your mind will be whirling thinking of other desserts you can make with it...yeah it's that good! Put it between layers of a cake, make a trifle with it, make a parfait for the kids with berries. The possibilities are endless. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did, thank you again Megan for the opportunity to share with you and your friends!

Retro Banana Cream Pie

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) graham wafer crumbs
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, melted
2 oz (60 g) semisweet chocolate, melted

4 egg yolks
1/2 cup (125 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) cornstarch
3 cups (750 mL) milk
2 tbsp (25 mL) butter
1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla
2 small bananas, sliced

1 cup (250 mL) whipping cream
2 tbsp (25 mL) grated semisweet chocolate


Filling: In bowl, whisk together egg yolks, sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the milk; set aside.

In heavy saucepan, heat remaining milk over medium heat until bubbles form around edge; whisk into yolk mixture. Return to pan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring, until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 5 minutes. Stir in butter and vanilla. Scrape into bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate just until cooled, about 2 hours.

In bowl, stir graham wafer crumbs with butter until moistened; press onto bottom and up side of 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.

Drizzle melted chocolate over bottom of crust; spread evenly with back of spoon. Refrigerate until set, about 10 minutes. Without stirring custard, spoon half over chocolate. Arrange banana slices over top, overlapping slightly. Top with remaining custard. Place plastic wrap directly on surface; refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 12 hours.)

Garnish: In bowl, whip cream. Using piping bag or with spatula, pipe into rosettes or spread to cover top. Sprinkle with grated chocolate. (Make-ahead: Insert 6 toothpicks into pie; drape plastic wrap loosely over top and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cinnamon Raisin Pastry Rounds

I have always loved anything with cinnamon and raisins! The two flavors pair so well together. These treats will definitely satisfy a cinnamon raisin craving, and they fill the house with an amazing cinnamon aroma while they are baking. These would be perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee!

Cinnamon Raisin Pastry Rounds

1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Heat oven to 375°F.
Prepare cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Unroll dough and separate into 2 rectangles.
Press perforations to seal.
Sprinkle raisins evenly over dough, pressing into dough.
Brush rectangles with half of the butter.
In small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.
Sprinkle half of sugar mixture evenly over dough.
Starting with one short side of each rectangle, roll up and seal edge.
Cut each roll into 3 slices.
Place each slice, cut side down, between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper.
Press each into 5-inch round. Remove plastic wrap and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Brush rounds with remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until golden brown.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Surprising Ways to Add Protein To Your Diet

I am always trying to slip some extra protein into my diet, because I am not much of a meat eater, and I don't get enough vegetarian sources of protein. I know I need more protein for nutrition reasons and to support my workouts. My favorite ways to use protein powder is in my oatmeal and in homemade treats, like my Protein Power Pumpkin Cookies pictured above. I see lots of food bloggers incorporating protein powder in their foods and thought you all would be interested in this article I found: 21 Foods To Mix With Protein Powder. Check out this list of food/protein powder combinations. There are some interesting ones that I would never have imagined. You will have to follow the link and read the article to see how protein powder can be combined with each of these foods. Protein powder in mashed potatoes? Really? I would love to hear more interesting ways that you all use protein powder!

  1. Milk
  2. Cream
  3. Fruit
  4. Nuts
  5. All Natural Peanut Butter
  6. Oatmeal
  7. Cereal
  8. Cottage Cheese
  9. Pancakes
  10. Dessert Mix
  11. Pudding Mix
  12. Apple Juice and Caramel Flavoring
  13. Other Juices
  14. Yogurt
  15. Pasta Sauce
  16. Eggs and Egg Whites
  17. Mashed Potatoes
  18. Sweeteners
  19. Coffee
  20. Homemade Protein Bars
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Under Construction

Megan's Munchies is currently under construction! A new and exciting version of my blog will hopefully be up soon, but I need your help. I love and appreciate all my readers, and I want to make my blog something you all enjoy visiting daily. What do you like and not like about my blog? What would you like to see more of.....personal info, meal recipes, more sweet treats, more of my sister's cakes, more healthy recipes? What can I do to make it more enjoyable for you all? I am open to any suggestions! Also....I am working on an About Me page. What would you like to know about me?

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Holy Yum! Caramel Banana Bread

This time around, the Holy Yum! Award goes to the sweet blogger who actually created the phrase "HOLY YUM".....Veggiegirl! She recently made a delicious caramel banana bread that looks awesome. I wish I had some now! Most of you have probably visited Veggiegirl's blog many times, but if you haven't been there yet, you need to check out her awesome video posts and all of the fabulous blondies she has made. She is the blondie queen!

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Rubber Ducky Cake

My sister has done it again! She has created another EXTREMELY cute and impressive cake! I think this one is definitely my favorite. She used fondant for the soap, bubbles, and towel, and she used pirouette cookies for the outside of the tub. I wish she lived closer to me so she could make all the cakes for my special events during the year.

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