Pumpkin Banana Bread? Why Not?!

2014 October 30

Pumpkin Season means coming up with creative recipes to USE the happy orange gourd!

pumpkin truck

 

But the thing is… I’m a fan of all things BANANA.

banana pumpkin muffins goodncrazy recipes

 

I’ve been researching and dreaming up ways to incorporate my love of the banana with everyone’s favorite fall fascination of pumpkin flavored treats.

I started out with my favorite banana bread and/or muffin recipe (you can find it on my site). Or use your own favorite Banana Bread recipe…

 

Because I wanted a big batch of muffins for school lunches I doubled the recipe. And froze half of them.

 

Half bananas and half pumpkin. Adding a little bit of cinnamon—about ¾ teaspoon. And chocolate chips on top of course.

 

The result was a really moist muffin with really only a hint of pumpkin flavor. The bananas kind of won the battle for flavor. Maybe less bananas next time and more pumpkin? I’m not a fan of extra spices in pumpkin treats… see my favorite pumpkin recipes and please… GO EASY ON THE SPICES people!

 

When I was searching for other pumpkin/banana treats a few blogger friends were there to save my pumpkin day!

pumpkin banana recipe ideas

 

 

How about Pumpkin Banana Breakfast shake from Kristen at DineandDish.net?
She added applesauce and honey as well as milk and whip cream on top of course!

 

This Pumpkin Banana Mousse Tart comes from Lori Lang of RecipeGirl.com

 

My new blogger friend Nancy at BitterSideofSweet.com right here in the Carolinas put a spin on one of my favorite pumpkin holiday recipes and all ‘chocolatified’ the Pumpkin Roll! I’m totally on board with trying it her way for a change!

 

How are you ‘mixin it up’ this year with your pumpkin recipes?

A few more cuz I can’t help myself.

 

 

 

Don’t Be A Spooky Pet Owner… Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween

2014 October 28

If you don’t know about our new GoodNCrazy Puppy(!), then you aren’t following any of my social media outlets (See my Instagram Feed– @CarissaRogers). We’ve been all about #OscarOctober all month! We haven’t had a lot of time for anything outside of puppy time in fact.

OscarOctober puppy power GoodNCrazy

And I just realized Halloween is… 3 days away.

Our plan this year since our kids are old (when did they get so old??) is to sit at the end of our driveway with a small bonfire and hand out candy like two old farts. It only just dawned on me that we’re so new to the puppy thing that we don’t even know what kind of SCARY issues and dangers might be out there for a doggy?

We’ll be double careful of all these issues.
What types of scary problems have you seen over Halloween with a family pet?

 

Quick Tips from the AVMA.org To keep your Pets Safe for Halloween

  1. bulldog with colorful clown wig and red nose

    Keep Halloween Treats out of Reach. Candy is in abundance on Halloween, making it essential that we ensure our pets are at paws length to avoid sickness. Chocolate + caramel = good combo. Chocolate + pets = Trick-or-Treating at the vet’s office.

  2. Identification Is Key. Due to the chaos of the neighborhood crowds, pets may get spooked and run away. Make sure to have proper identification on your pet to guarantee they do not get lost.
  3. Fire is not Pet Friendly. Jack-O-Lanterns and lit candles should be kept away from pets to prevent injury.
  4. Care for Your Pets with Comfortable Costumes. If you want to dress up your pets so they can also partake in the Halloween festivities, it’s important to make sure the costume allows them to move, see, breath, and hear. If you think it would be uncomfortable for a human, then it’s definitely not right for your pet.
  5. To Glow or Not to Glow. Glow sticks and jewelry are commonly used on Halloween. However, the liquid and small pieces can be quite harmful to our pets, if ingested. Remember to keep these costume elements far away from pets’ mouths.
  6. Stranger Danger. Your pet is bound to come into contact with many new people and animals while greeting Trick-or-Treaters. If your pet tends to be weary of strangers, it’s suggested that they are placed in another room as to avoid the commotion and prevent injury to either the pet or Trick-or-Treater.

Have a safe Halloween with your WHOLE family!

 

NOT a sponsored post, just sharing information I found via the Veterinary Medical Association.

She Sold Her Birthday To A Brand?? | Take The #Last10Posts Challenge

2014 October 22

3 Reasons I took an introspective look around this blogging space I call my GoodNCrazy home.

 

Hey blogger I dare you to take the #last10posts challenge. Would YOU sell your Birthday?

  1. Last month I attended a blogging conference in Atlanta called TypeA Parent Conference.
  2. Recently 2 articles were published specifically ranting about or affecting bloggers.
  3. My new gig working with Acorn Influence—an awesome new Blogger Network!

 

These 3 things might not seem like an earth shattering triple threat.
But combined they caused a landslide of internal examination.

What am I currently doing as a blogger?

What am I trying to accomplish?

Why do I write?

Can I even remember the answers to those questions anymore? (Can YOU?)

I took a microscope to the last 10 posts I’d written at that point.
And while I was impressed with the creative ways I was able to weave a story around a brand, an app, a product and even an experience… I was UNimpressed with the lack of ME in those 10 posts.

 

My Take-Aways from TypeA Parent Conference:

While at #TypeACon one of the ongoing themes I kept hearing over and over was as bloggers we need to realize our worth. Meaning we need to demand appropriate compensation and act like the professionals we say we are.

But there was a second theme I heard LOUDER and CLEARER and it went something like this: … make sure YOU are really WRITING.

If 8 (or more?) of the last 10 posts on your site are sponsored or brand involved; be it testing a free product or sharing a comped ‘experience’ then you are diluting your voice to the point where there is no ‘you’ left anymore. My last 10 posts screamed blogger for hire. I would so much rather my posts scream WRITER, with small chance of quality sponsored content for hire.

Where’s the real YOU? (Where’s the real me… I wondered?)

 

The Brave New Blogging World…

An article ripping bloggers into commercialized, sold-out shreds went viral in my circles about the same week I returned from TypeA. It was a wakeup call to bloggers everywhere. And I REALLY HATED IT. Partly because I could see myself in every sentence. And I didn’t like what I saw.

But I also hated it because it generalized and belittled bloggers (female bloggers especially) and I hated it because so many people I know well, nodded their heads and AGREED with it.

Oh yes, they said. “I know bloggers just like that.”

And… “THOSE bloggers should know better.”

“THOSE bloggers just don’t get it.”

Well guess what?
Look through the comments on that article.
The people commenting: ARE THOSE BLOGGERS. Because we all need to take a look at the last 10 posts on our own sites. When did you last write a blog post for yourself?

When did you JUST WRITE?

A second article I read on the same day wasn’t tearing down bloggers so much as it was a different kind of wake up call. Warning both brands and bloggers alike that we’re all in a brave new world of disclosure and FCC rules and we need to have a transparent attitude when it comes to brand involvement.

Once again, it made me think about what I’m doing not just in my writing here on my GoodNCrazy home turf, but in my social media shares as well.

Because that Dunkin Donuts media event last month?
Yeah. FREE HOT COCOA. In case it wasn’t clear
.

 

AcornInfluence.com is the New Blogger Network on the Block

Take a quick look at this video Acorn recently created (I might have a couple bloggy cameos…)

Acorn – An Influence Company
I routinely comb through new-to-me blogs searching for the specific type of storytelling partners we want to include in sponsored posts on our paid campaigns.

And guess what folks?
There are a lot of bloggers out there who are selling Every. Single. Blog post.

One even sold her Birthday!

We need to start ‘paying ourselves first’ as I heard one TypeACon speaker say.

 

 I Dare You to Take the ‘#Last10Posts’ Challenge.

mouse and keyboard

How many of your last 10 posts are sponsored in any way including:
free product, free experience(s) or paid content?

If that number is more than 5 or 8 or even ALL 10…

YOU are worth more.

Write more often for you and less –yet BETTER sponsored content.
I’m definitely NOT suggesting we stop trying to make money on our blogs.Oh NO. We DESERVE to get paid.
But we deserve to pay ourselves in good writing even more.

I know for myself thinking this way has meant increasing my personal website’s pageviews and even better, increasing the interaction with the people I most want to connect with, JUST SINCE RETURNING from TypeA!
I am committed to accepting only one sponsored post per week.
So that post better be worth it, eh?!

I’d like to be able to say I see myself as a valuable writer.
So valuable I wouldn’t sell my Birthday Post to a brand.
Let’s all try to be storytellers first. Brand Ambassadors second.

This past week I had an email ‘take a look at your last 10 posts’ conversation with my bloggy friend Kelly of EatPicks.com. And apparently she was inspired to write this post: Rainy with a chance of Flowers.

 

eatpicks kelly rainy with a chance of flowersHere’s what Kelly had to say:

“I have been thinking long and hard about an email that I received. In it it asked a simple question:

“Are you still WRITING?”

Has my voice become diluted trying to satisfy work commitments over the reason I started blogging in the first place- to have a place to tell a story? I searched through my archives and noticed that I haven’t really written for me lately. Let me clarify- I have written recipe posts and told tales here and there of travels, but the last time I let the muse out was in May. I wrote a quick post wishing all a Happy Mother’s Day. That was MAY.”— Kelly Pugliano

That word diluted is really bothering me too.
Is it bothering you?

Please share what you do with the #Last10Posts Challenge!

 

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