Monthly Archives: January 2014

Kerrian’s Notebook, p. 96 “Chocolaty Chocolate Banana Muffins”




Sheila tried out a new muffin recipe. I thought she was making cupcakes for dessert because of the mouth-watering chocolate smell in the air, but she said that these were going to be for breakfast instead. There’s less sugar than a cupcake, and they have fruit in them, so that qualifies as a breakfast treat. Works either way for me!

Kerrian's Notebook, p. 96 "Chocolaty Chocolate Banana Muffins"
Recipe type: Breakfast
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 jumbo egg (or 2 large eggs)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup stone ground whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached King Arthur flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup Ghirardelli cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375.
  2. Set standing mixer at slowest speed.
  3. Cream oil and sugar.
  4. Add egg(s) and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  5. Add flours, baking powder, and baking soda a little at a time and beat until smooth.
  6. Add cocoa powder and salt and beat until smooth.
  7. Add bananas and mix thoroughly.
  8. Add chocolate chips and stir until blended.
  9. Divide mix evenly among greased, floured muffin tins (or use baking cup papers)
  10. Bake 20-25 minutes in center of oven or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

*Photo by Patti Phillips

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Kerrian’s Notebook, p. 95 “Kerrian’s Resolutions for 2014”




Last year, Sheila challenged me to come up with a can-do list of New Year’s resolutions. I told her that no list was ever gonna fly, but she guilted me into going public with goals that would be good for me. Apparently, she thinks I need to set a good example for my pals since I write this blog. I always said that Sheila has a sense of humor.

Here’s a look at last year’s list and how I did:

1 – Play more golf.

     HA! It rained all the time, so I played less golf than 2012.  

2 – Watch more football.

      My team didn’t make it to the playoffs, not even close. I’m really bummed about this one. Sheila just keeps laughing, but wait for next season!

3 – Try fishing.

      Did that. Didn’t like it. Fell into the lake.

4 – Go to a scotch tasting.

      No local brewery, so my pals and I each bought a different brand and we all tried each other’s. The guys liked my list.  😉

5 – Find a place to bury the fruitcake we got.

      After this post last year, we received twenty fruitcakes in the mail from anonymous donors. The birds and the squirrels were happy for two months, but after four months, they still wouldn’t touch the fruitcake with the kumquats in it. That one got a decent burial next to the snake hole by the fence.

6 – Buy a new putter.

      Got one…a new belly putter…jury is still out on whether it helps my game. If it would stop raining, I might get a chance to see.

7 – Take a test drive in a Lamborghini.

      Yup. I had to go to NYC to find one, but I got it done. Amazing ride.

8 – Have a pint at the new Irish pub.


9 – Check out www.nightstandbookreviews.com

      Pretty cool site for book recommendations!

10 – Eat more pie.

        The scale told me I ate too many pieces, so I had to stop before I reached my goal of a new pie every week.

There you go, folks. More good results than bad, so I’m going to try again.

Here’s the 2014 list:

1. Play more golf.

2. Watch more football.

3. Tell the Post Office not to deliver any fruitcake packages.

4. Take a test drive in a Ferrari 458 Italia.

5. Keep visiting the new Irish pub.

6. Work with Habitat for Humanity on the houses lost during Sandy.

7. Clean out the attic. Maybe. I may need nudging for this one.

8. Break 90 on the golf course.

9. Clean out the attic. Sheila made me write it twice.

10. Get a book recommendation at www.nightstandbookreviews.com


Happy New Year from the Kerrians!!!


*Photo by Patti Phillips

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Kerrian’s Notebook, p. 94 “Top Ten Fan Favorites for 2013”


The Kerrian’s Notebook readership doubled in size this past year!  Readers continued to share fun comments – on this site, on Twitter and on Patti Phillips’ Facebook timeline.

Thousands of people visited and read the posts again and again. And shared them with tons of other people all over the world. Fantastic motivation for ‘Charlie and Sheila’ to keep sharing cool stuff about bodies, criminal investigations and tasty recipes.

Here are the most read posts during 2013, starting with #10. Enjoy!

10.  Bodies in the woods?   http://bit.ly/18bIHjC

9.   I like pie!   http://bit.ly/UPXgQU

8.   Creole Chicken Salad   http://bit.ly/1baXICR

7.   The Bomb Squad   http://bit.ly/10Apw2H

6.   PW: Have you been fingerprinted?   http://bit.ly/1fYzz8i

5.   Is that a foot sticking out of the cement?   http://bit.ly/13AsqAp

4.   How many bodies at the scene?   http://bit.ly/14DZ4a6

3.   Don’t shoot your foot!   http://bit.ly/19wfQZK

2.   Are all handcuffs yellow?   http://bit.ly/YT54bj

1.   PW: Quick! Grab the glue gun!   http://bit.ly/1cFVNpB


The Visiting Detectives feature was a new, very popular addition to the site this year. Revisit their terrific posts by clicking on the links.

Becki Green – http://bit.ly/13tqJCZ

Lexi Sobado – http://bit.ly/16OIJNQ

Sheriff Will Denton –  http://bit.ly/1gDFSi5

Keep visiting www.kerriansnotebook.com during 2014 for more news about bodies and where to find them, info about arson investigations, along with more yummy recipes from Kerrian’s Kitchen (always taste-tested by me).


*Photo by Patti Phillips





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