Friday, October 30, 2009

Memories of Indiana...

Old fashioned Kettle Corn. N'uf Said!

1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup popping corn

Heat oil, sugar and popping corn on medium/high heat until all corn is popped. Remove from heat and salt to taste.... perfect fall treat!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

CReAm cHeEse bAnaNA BReaD....

Danielle said that I only post pictures of food... and to prove her wrong I am posting pictures of the kiddos... enjoying the foods! ;)

Cream Cheese-Banana-Nut Bread


3/4 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (1 1/4 pounds unpeeled bananas, about 4 medium)
1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition.

Combine flour and next 3 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Stir in bananas, pecans, and vanilla. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 8- x 4-inch loafpans.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean and sides pull away from pan, shielding with aluminum foil last 15 minutes to prevent browning, if necessary. Cool bread in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool 30 minutes on wire racks before slicing.

Trying hard not to turn this into a cooking blog!!! LOL

We also enjoyed:



Okay, so I still have camera problems, but I have an iPhone, so I am making do for now with camera phone pictures...

Tonight's Menu:

Cheese Ravioli and Tortellini
Marinara Sauce with Fresh Spinach
Italian Herbed Bread Sticks

Yes the Bread sticks are about 18 inches long! They were a hit! I made an Italian herb bread (dough cycle) machine recipe with Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese, brushed the sticks with olive oil, butter salt and pepper when they came out of the oven.

Bread Machine Applesauce

We purchased a bag of apples from Sam's Club a few weeks ago, and although they were not "bad" the apple lovers in our family thought the flavor and texture wasn't "spot-on" after they sat... so I had read a while ago that you can use your bread machine to make jellies and sauces... here we go! I used five apples, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup cranberry juice, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice and a splash of water... set the machine on quick bread and reset it twice after a 20 minute bake... yummy chunky applesauce with our pork chops for dinner!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Trying to get in a RoUTinE...

How hard it is to move, get a brand spankin new life, and find routine. I don't know if I ever will again. I am seeking what Our Lord and father has for me as an Army Wife Life, and continue to guide my teens in their learning... back into the kitchen, which is still boxed in the garage... FRG, UMT, PWOC, OaCSA... yup, learning a new language!