Boo-Nana Bread

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For the first recipe in Travis’s Spooky Kitchen crate from Raddish Kids, we weren’t just baking banana bread; we were whipping up frightfully delicious boo-nana bread. Here’s the first in a trio of recipes just right for the lead-up to Halloween!

You can prepare the recipe with flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed whisked into 3 tablespoons water for each “egg”) but if you prefer, simply use 1/4 cup non-dairy milk of choice instead.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 flax eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance butter
  1. In a bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Place the flax eggs (or milk) in a large bowl. Add the bananas and mash with a potato masher (this month’s keepsake tool) until smooth. This was – clearly! – Travis’s favorite part of the recipe.Boo-Nana Bread (1)
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla to the banana mixture.
  4. Place the butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for about 40 seconds, until melted. Add to the banana mixture.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring just until combined.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 65 minutes; a wooden pick inserted in the center should come out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove from the pan, slice and serve!

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While we dined, Travis loved hearing the “Frightful Funnies” jokes on the recipe card, as well learning facts about the science of fruit ripening and the definition of a “quick bread”.

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Hope your bread turns out hauntingly yummy, too!

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Paper Spinner

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This easy project will engage your baby’s senses in multiple ways! To make the fun twirling spinner, use any piece of patterned paper. Draw a large spiral and cut out along the lines; use a hole punch to make a hole in the center. Tie a string, then simply hold it up!

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This can be great outdoors if the wind is blowing. Indoors, give it a gentle blow to make it spin.

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Veronika loved looking at it from on her back…

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…and sitting up. Though then she was tempted to grab it, too!

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First Birthday Silhouette

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Here is my gift to my baby girl on her first birthday, a silhouette that might not mean much now, but hopefully that she cherishes for years to come.

To start, cut a piece of patterned paper to fit a picture frame; I chose one that was 5×7 inches.

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Have a photo printed that shows your baby in silhouette. You’ll probably need to orchestrate this carefully, and if needed, zoom in and enlarge so that the face fills nearly the entire photo print.┬áPlace underneath tracing paper and carefully trace the silhouette.

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Cut out the tracing paper, transfer to black cardstock, and cut out the shape. Glue the cardstock onto the patterned paper and insert into the frame.

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I doubted my ability to get this to come out right, but she looks adorable! What a moment in time to capture and frame.