Monday, October 20, 2014

Autumn-Shaped Banana Mini-Cakes with Pumpkin Butter

I have a couple of bananas I need to do something with;  got too busy and now they are not quite like Mr. Grinch (You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel) but they are definitely ready for action. So here's how to make them a delicious addition to...Mini-Cakes for the autumn season.
Fancy autumn baking tin.
Nothing goes to waste when it tastes good!

 



Banana Cupcakes for the Autumn

1/2 c          butter
1 c             sugar 
1 c  mashed bananas
                     1 egg, beaten                                             

1 1/2 c       flour                                          

1 tsp          baking soda                             
1/4 tsp       salt
1 tsp          vanilla

1/8 tsp       ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp       ground cloves
1/8 c          crushed walnuts

Mix the ingredients, fill muffin tins 1/2 full. Don't  
forget to fill the stems. Bake at 350 degrees 11 minutes,
thereabouts.

 You may need to trim the little cakes, and then you have little muffin tops, like the Seinfeld episode.


The shapes are adorable.
 They look autumnal without decoration, nice color and smelling spicy and banana-ish simultaneously. But I doubt I will be able to resist decorating them. They deserve a special filling for the season. And I have some natural autumn items that will be fun decorations.

The filling between the little autumn shaped cakes will be uncooked pumpkin butter. Very tasty.

Filling for the little shape cakes

Auntie Melanie's Pumpkin Butter 

1 c             canned pumpkin
1 stick       butter, softened
1/3 c          sugar
1 tbs          Pumpkin Pie Seasoning   


Using an electric mixer, thoroughly blend ingredients. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator until used.




Pumpkin butter is also tasty for warm zuchini bread, various muffins.

The ingredients: cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, nutmeg,cloves, cardamom, star anise, fennel, and black pepper. Black pepper!

This list of ingredients in the Pumpkin Pie Seasoning reads like a wish list for Columbus going to the Spice Islands!



Glaze 'base coat' for the little cakes.

Decorating the Mini-Cakes

Icing or Glaze 
1/2 c   powdered sugar
2 tbs milk
food coloring, drops to your  satisfaction
 
There are only six cake tops to be decorated, two of each shape. I will prepare a thin glaze, mixing powdered sugar with milk, mixing food coloring to create the colors red, orange, and brown. 

First, red food coloring for the maple leaves (to honor my Canadian friends.) Then I'll add yellow food coloring to the glaze, making orange for the pumpkin, and finally, adding green food coloring to create brown for the acorns.

2. Red plus yellow equals orange!
1. Red!

Begin by adding red to the glaze; 
yellow plus red makes orange!
Adding green will make brown.



3. Mix red, yellow and green: brown.

For accents, I used pumpkin seed, crushed walnuts, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and gel frosting in a tiny applicator for lines. So, here are the Autumn-Shaped Banana Mini-Cakes with Pumpkin Butter. A cup of tea or cocoa, that's a nice moment.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

MzTeachuh: Important Educational Info

MzTeachuh: Important Educational Info: Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment http://www.edutopia.org/blog/providing-feedback-as-formative-assessment-troy-...

Important Educational Info

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/providing-feedback-as-formative-assessment-troy-hicks

Skills Gaps for Online Reading Linked to Family Income 

http://www.specialneedsdigest.com/2014/10/skills-gaps-for-online-reading-linked.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FLUdSt+%28Special+Needs+Digest%29 

The Next Time You’re Ready To Give Up On A Student

http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/give-up-on-a-student/

Resources for Digital Citizenship Week Preparation

https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-10-17-resources-for-digital-citizenship-week-preparation 

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

http://www.teachthought.com/learning/10-characteristics-of-a-highly-effective-learning-environment/ 

Let’s Tell the Truth: High-Stakes Tests Damage Reading Instruction

http://educationnext.org/lets-tell-truth-high-stakes-tests-damage-reading-instruction/ 

The Truth About the Teacher Mindset

https://www.teachingchannel.org/blog/2014/10/17/truth-about-teacher-mindset/ 


 

 

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Understanding Child Development

MzTeachuh: Teaching Is Understanding Child Development: 1. Child Development Tracker Use the Child Development Tracker to get insights on the stages of growth. http://www.pbs.org/parents...

Teaching Is Understanding Child Development


1. Child Development Tracker

Use the Child Development Tracker to get insights on the stages of growth.
http://www.pbs.org/parents/child-development
 

2. Child Development

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/index.html 

3. T. Berry Brazelton, M.D.

http://www.brazelton-institute.com/berrybio.html 

4. Middle Childhood Development

http://www.childdevelopmentmedia.com/middle-childhood-development.html 

5. Developmental Issues With Pre-Adolescents

http://www.livestrong.com/article/125347-developmental-issues-preadolescents/ 

6. Adolescent Stages of Development

http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/child-development/teens_stages.shtml 

7.  Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development

http://ehlt.flinders.edu.au/education/DLiT/2000/Piaget/stages.htm

 

I like Piaget and his beret.
 



 

MzTeachuh: Silly Music For Halloween #1 uh wella...saw the th...

MzTeachuh: Silly Music For Halloween #1 uh wella...saw the th...: He's not purple! Need a little fun break filled with art, music, performance art and laughter? Here you go. The class can read ...

Silly Music For Halloween #1 uh wella...saw the thing acomin' outta da sky...

He's not purple!
Need a little fun break filled with art, music, performance art and laughter? Here you go.
The class can read the lyrics, analyze the story. Discovering the true nature of the purple people eater, then draw a cartoon action version, sing along with motions, learn 50s' dance moves (no, not theTwist, that was the 60s, more like the Bop.)  Silly. We need silly sometimes.

 

One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx47qrH1GRs 




 
The Purple People Eater
Well, I saw the thing
A comin' out of the sky
It had a one long horn
And a one big eye
I commenced to shakin'
And I said "oohwee
It looks like a Purple
People Eater to me"

It was a one-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
One-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
Sure looked strange to me
One eye

Well, he came down to earth
And he lit in a tree
I said, "Mister Purple People Eater,
Don't eat me"
I heard him say
In a voice so gruff,
I wouldn't eat you
Cause you're so tough

It was a one-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
One-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' Purple People Eater
One-eyed, one-horned
Flyin' purple people Eater
Sure looked strange to me
One horn

I said, "Mister Purple People Eater,
What's your line?"
He said,
Eatin' purple people,
And it sure is fine.
What is the reason
That you came to land
I wanna get a job
In a rock 'n roll band

Well, bless my soul, rock 'n roll
Flyin' Purple People Eater
Pigeon-toed, under-growed
Flyin' Purple People Eater
He wears short shorts
A friendly little People Eater
What a sight to see
Oooohhh
And then he swung from the tree
And he lit on the ground
And he started to rock,
A-really rockin' around
It was a crazy ditty
With a swingin' tune, singin'
Bop bapa loop a lap
A loom bam boom
Well, bless my soul rock 'n roll
Flyin' Purple People Eater
Pigeon-toed, under-growed
Flyin' Purple People Eater
I like short shorts
A Flyin' Purple People Eater
What a sight to see
Purple people

Well, he went on his way
And then what-a you know
I saw him last night
On a TV show
He was blowin' it out,
Really knockin' 'em dead
Playin' rock 'n roll music
Through the horn on his head
Boogie woogie