25 responses

  1. Vivian
    May 1, 2009

    Not at all enough time. A couple of days more for W would have been great. Hope you got enough rest and family connecton/love. I think you should just move to the west coast. I would if I could. Let’s ALL just move to the west coast!!!!! 5+ months of snow is the limit!!

  2. Christina
    May 2, 2009

    Hey Julie, just wanted to tell you (yet again) how much I enjoy your blog. Your trip to Tofino just sounded awesome. I’ve never been but would love to take a trip out there one day! At least you won’t be coming back to crummy weather here in Calgary, the forcast is looking good … FINALLY! YAY!
    By the way, about the non-crap scones, I don’t like crap in my scones either … he he he! Sorry, couldn’t resist!

  3. Cheryl
    May 2, 2009

    Head down to Peachland today and go to Bliss Bakery. The lake is right there where W can throw rocks, or you can go a little further down Beach Ave and hit the playground. It would be a fantastic way to kill time. Bliss makes incredible bread, sandwiches, and to-swoon-for lemon tarts. Morgan says their coffee is really good too.

  4. thepinkpeppercorn
    May 2, 2009

    hmmm! How coincidental! I have the EXACT same ingredients (pears and bananas), and will have to bake these today. Beautiful photo!

  5. jenn (in niagara)
    May 2, 2009

    oh those muffins sound awesome! never thought of putting other fruit with banana! always some chocolate though! neat to hear of your adventures in tofino! thanks for sharing your life!

  6. Avery
    May 2, 2009

    Anytime I make muffins, they never seem to rise; I end up with muffins in the exact shape (and density) of a hockey puck. Perhaps I’ve been over-mixing? I only ever make muffins for the tops, anyways, so I’m always disappointed. You’ve inspired me to try, try again…

  7. Manon from Ontario
    May 2, 2009

    Wow Julie, thanks for sharing your trip, what an experience. I feel as if I was there with you, really.

    Had another busy, productive day, I kinda managed to be at two places at once today, I set up a kiosk in town this morning, with our apple and maple products, and my daughter and niece stayed there to sell all day, while my husband and I went to the apple orchard supplier 1 1/2 hour drive away, in order to pick up our order of products and equipment.

    Successful day, at both places, so pleased, but I now need lots of rest.

    Enjoy your last vacation moments with your folks, those are memories my friend, that you will cherish forever…

    MFO

  8. JulieVR
    May 3, 2009

    Avery – how’s your baking powder or soda? Could it be dead?

  9. Barb
    May 3, 2009

    Holidays go by so fast. sniff.

    How awful for Sue’s daughter and her school.

  10. Sophie
    May 4, 2009

    MMMMMM…I love your muffins! Could you substitute the sugar for Agave?

  11. JulieVR
    May 4, 2009

    You could certainly try- liquid sweeteners such as honey are better suited to baked goods with a cakelike consistency. I’m not sold on agave though – it has slightly more calories than sugar (it’s said that because it’s sweeter you use less, but I’ve heard of people needing to use more than twice the amount than they would of sugar to achieve the same sweetness) and it’s very high in fructose. Here’s an interesting recent article from NBC news: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30432188/

  12. Sophie
    May 7, 2009

    Thanks for that Julie! I thought agave was better with a lower Glycemix index then normal sugar?!?

  13. JulieVR
    May 7, 2009

    Plus it just sounds healthier – it’s a common train of thought, I think. You can’t go simply by the glycemic index – baked potatoes and parsnips have a higher GI than JELLY BEANS, and you’re certainly better off eating them than a bowlful of jelly beans! Likewise, healthy (super) foods like pumpkin, sweet potato and green peas, which have tons of fiber, have a higher GI than a Snickers Bar.

  14. jenn (in niagara)
    May 7, 2009

    i never knew all this about the agave, thanks!
    what do you know about stevia? it is a sweet herb and is much stronger then sugar and doesnt effect your blood sugar levels. have you ever done any baking with it?
    thanks jenn

  15. thepinkpeppercorn
    May 8, 2009

    Julie, thanks for the banana/pear recommendation – turned out fabulously!!! You are amazing.

  16. Sarah
    November 5, 2009

    I was looking for a recipe to use some overly ripe bananas yesterday and stumbled across this! I used apples for the pears and they were wonderful! Thank you for the recipe. This blog is FABULOUS!!

  17. cinnamon/Dea
    November 9, 2009

    Oh my Julie, these muffins are sooo good. This recipe works really well! I had a bunch of ripened pears. And found your recipe. I added dark choc chips and 1 kiwi. I am not much of a baker, so I usually mess up whatever I am trying to bake. But it worked for me! Thanks so much.

  18. Matt
    January 11, 2011

    Good call on pear-banano! I tried these and added a pecan/b.sugar/butter topping. Delicious!

  19. Abby
    September 27, 2012

    Made these tonight and they turned out fabulously. I used brown sugar, organic Bartlett pears and baked for about 25 mins because my oven runs on the hot side. Soooo delicious, and I can see this working with crab apples. Can’t wait to share them, thanks for the yummy recipe!

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    November 29, 2012

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  21. Bonnie
    March 22, 2013

    Just making these. Whether they work or not is immaterial, my toddler is loving mashing bananas and making “cakes”. They smell lovely though and solved the overripe pear and banana problem. Thanks for a lovely blog and a lovely recipe.

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