Happy fall weekend!

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After dropping BME back off at work after a lunch date last week, I drove past this tree in the business park.  I was struck by how amazingly this tree encompassed the transition of the season: it’s full of fall colors like orange and red, but stands against a background of lush, summery green.  Fall is a’comin’, guys!

The weekend clearly got the memo with its chilly temperatures and crispness in the air.  However,  while I am thrilled about the arrival of fall, my throat is less than thrilled with the new chilly temperatures.  This led to a weekend of marathon watching 30 Rock and a strong craving for some fall comfort foods (and a strong desire to realign my life to be the female Jack Donaghy).  Luckily, I found not only one, but two! amazing fall recipes that also fit within the confines of my modified Paleo diet.  And one iffy fall-versionized hot toddy recipe.  As such, I leave you with this:

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Banana Raisin Bread Muffins (makes 8-10 muffins)

Recipe originally posted as “Paleo Banana Bread” by Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations; Thank you, Civilized Caveman!! THIS WAS PERFECT! I made a few substitutions given ingredients I had on hand.

INGREDIENTS:
– 4 bananas, mashed (yellow are fine)
– 4 eggs
– 1/2 cup cashew butter (or any nut butter really)
– 4 tablespoons grass-fed butter, melted
– 1/2 cup coconut flour
– 1 tbsp cinnamon
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1 tsp vanilla
– pinch of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine bananas, eggs, nut butter, and grass-fed butter in a mixing bowl.  If you have a hand-mixer, USE IT.  I did this by hand and it was a little tiring, especially the mashing of bananas.
3. Once blended, add in coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt; mix well.
4. Grease a 9×5 glass loaf pan with a fat of your choice or, as in my case, grease two metal 6-muffins tin with a fact of your choice.
5. Pour in batter and spread it evenly.  Cook for 55-60 (glass pan) or 35-40 minutes (metal pan); start checking at 35 minutes to make sure the muffins are not getting dry.  Cook until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
6.  Once baked, take out and run a knife along the outside of each muffin.  DO NOT REMOVE YET.  I attempted to remove the muffins before they were cooled and I ripped a few in half.  Wait a bit, then try to get them out using a spoon or other instrument.

These are delicious heated up, sliced in half and devoured with a slab of butter.

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Also, does anyone else remember this movie?  It’s my go to background noise once it gets chilly.

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