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Funfetti Banana Bread

Bananas may just be the perfect fruit for moms. They’re cheap, and they are soft enough to ease our choking hazard fears. They do, however, go bad quickly. Hence, we have a lot of banana bread in our house. It’s delicious, the girls love it, and I dislike being wasteful. This weekend, fully stocked with bananas past their prime, I decided to have a little fun with the banana bread. With the addition of honey and sprinkles, this version is a little sweeter and was a crowd-pleaser. Shamefully, we had it for breakfast and lunch both days this weekend.

Funfetti Banana Bread

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Funfetti Banana Bread

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Mash bananas until there are no chunks. Set aside.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together butter, vanilla, honey, egg, and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Fold in mashed bananas.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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Asian Lentil Burgers

I continue to be impressed with lentils. It really is amazing how they absorb the taste of the various ingredients and spices. Every time I make these burgers, I am sure that it will be a disaster. The kitchen reeks to high heaven of that traditional lentil stench, and the sight is just as pleasing as the smell. But, with each added ingredient, the smell starts to dissipate and the lentils merge into something much more palatable. All with the power-packed nutritional benefit that the lentil offers. Did you know that lentils help your body regulate blood sugar? They do! And they help you maintain a healthy level of cholesterol.

Asian Lentil Burgers

Asian Lentil Burgers

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Cook lentils until tender. Drain.
  2. Mash lentils and mix with all ingredients
  3. Form into burgers.
  4. In a skillet, cook lentil burgers with a small amount of vegetable oil or butter to avoid burning. You do NOT want to burn lentils. Very smelly.
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Enjoy! I served mine with a side of rice and dipped the lentil burger in soy sauce. Delicious!


Grammy’s Mac and Cheese

My mom makes the best mac and cheese. I’m not bragging. It’s just a fact. The ultimate comfort food, it has been called upon over the years to soothe heartaches and enhance celebrations. Now, for my children, it has become Grammy’s Mac and Cheese. I know the recipe. It’s an easy recipe. But it will always taste better when Grammy makes it.

Grammy’s Mac and Cheese

Grammy’s Mac and Cheese

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan. Begin cooking noodles while making the sauce.
  2. Whisk in flour until smooth.
  3. Add milk slowly, stirring with the whisk consistently.
  4. Add in small cubes of Velveeta, allowing the cubes to dissolve before adding more. You will use about 2/3 of the large box. Check for taste along the way until you reach your desired cheesy-ness.
  5. Add sauce to cooked and drained macaroni.
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Fruit Kabobs

Never to shy away from adventures that would make most people exhausted just thinking about them, Lesley and I took the girls on vacation to Jellystone Park in Cave City, KY, this past month. It was amazing and packed full of fun times and adventures. One of the those times was making fruit kabobs for the grill. Lesley and I are not huge fans of meat, so we needed to get creative if we were going to try kabobs. Grilled watermelon is all over the place this year, and we were excited to try it. We assembled and grilled. It was interesting how the flavors of both the pineapple and watermelon changed on the grill. Most surprising was the watermelon. It definitely did not taste the way watermelon should. I can see why people like it, but you have to be ready for the difference the grill makes! (more…)

Baked Spaghetti

We are like any traditional American family. Spaghetti is a staple. It’s so quick. So easy. And, so cheap! Not to mention it stores really well so it’s also simple to make a bunch and bring it for lunch the rest of the week. It’s hard not to make it every night of the week. There would probably be a mutiny if I did that. Riley is already slightly bored of it. So, I needed to come up with something just as fantastic just a little more exciting.




Here it is! A cure for spaghetti boredom! This dish has the same great spaghetti taste with the same great kid appeal but has kicked the cheesiness factor up a notch. Quick and simple — a great weekday meal.

Baked Spaghetti

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Baked Spaghetti

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain noodles and return to pan.
  3. Thoroughly mix together spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, and 1 cup of shredded cheese.
  4. Pour spaghetti mixture in 9 x 13-inch pan. Cover with remaining cheese.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cheese begins to boil.

Notes

This dish can be easily customized with: Red pepper flakes Minced garlic Olive oil (drizzled on top) Onions Pepperoni

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