Yes, this bread is pretty ordinary. But, it is bread and homemade, which means it is delicious. There is one downfall. It takes a lot of time. That said, the time it takes is mostly just waiting. The actual time creating it is actually very short. So while it takes most of the afternoon, it will not take up all of your afternoon. Plus, the end result is a house that smells like homemade bread. Yes, please! Since the bread it so ordinary, it is easy to add different flavors to it. I’m getting into the fall mood with my cooking, so I tried to add sage to it. I didn’t add enough for the extra spice to make a huge difference. It’ll need a little experimenting. There is always next week! (more…)
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.
- 6 tbsp butter, softened
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 very ripe, squishy bananas
- Mash bananas until there are no chunks. Set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix together butter, vanilla, honey, egg, and sugar. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and sprinkles. Mix thoroughly.
- Fold in mashed bananas.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
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Sometimes the mood for salsa strikes, but time doesn’t allow for it. Or sometimes you just forget that you have an event to go to and need to make something quick. Neither of those happened to me, but I was still happy to have salsa in such a short amount of time, and with ingredients that I already had around the house.
- 1 can of sweet corn
- 1 can of diced tomatoes (add 1 minute if you want to cut up your own tomatoes)
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 lime, juiced
- Dice onion. This will be the most time-consuming part of the whole dish. If you want to shave off some time, I highly recommend investing in a chopper (note to moms: you can use this and carry a baby at the same time)
- In a medium bowl, combine onion, sweet corn, tomatoes, chili powder, and garlic. Mix together.
- Add vegetable oil and lime juice. Mix again.
- Grab some chips and enjoy!
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.
- Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan. Begin cooking noodles while making the sauce.
- Whisk in flour until smooth.
- Add milk slowly, stirring with the whisk consistently.
- 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.
- Add sauce to cooked and drained macaroni.
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…)