Recipe 2 - Homemade Banana Bread
I was really excited to find Chrystal's blog because she shares some great recipes and is also intrested in photography. I will admit to having thrown away several bananas due to over-ripeness in my time, but no more. I'm a changed woman. Why? Because Chrystal's recipe is super easy and made with ingredients that I usually have on hand.
It's starts with mashing bananas.
Then you add butter, sugar, flour, etc. Go to Chrystal's blog if you want her recipe. A couple of snags I ran into; first, if you are making bread you should probably have a bread pan. I didn't. Best I could come up with was an 8x8 square baker. The other snag was that I had 3 bananas instead of two and since I'm a reformed over-ripe banana tosser I couldn't just throw it out, so I added a 1/2 again to each of the ingredients.
I suppose that my lack of a bread pan means I made banana cake? or bars? but I like the idea of being a "bread baker," so I'm calling it bread.
It was delicious! Mikey agreed and Roo at some too. Thanks for the recipe Chrystal.
Recipe 3 - Strawberry Pretzel Dessert
I'm pretty sure I've had this before, but I've never made it. I found the recipe in a church cookbook, but I'm sure there are similar ones all over the internet.
Mikey invited his mom and sister and bro-in-law over for lunch on Sunday so I decided to make this for dessert. It's a pain in a behind. I don't plan on making it ever again. It was delicious, but letting things set for hours and then doing something else and then setting again and doing something else. Not a fan of that. Plus I started it after I started the roast so it was just done setting after we ate.
I also messed up and didn't mix the cool whip in with the layer on top of the pretzels, so it looks funny b/c the strawberries pushed down on it, making it look all weird.
The best part of making this recipe was having a good reason to get out my grandma's mixer and then licking the beaters clean. Makes me think of my grandma and how much she loved me everytime I do this.
Recipe 4 - Cinnamon White Chocolate Popcorn with Peanuts: Plus something nice for a friend
The final recipe I made was a recipe I sorta made up. I used this recipe for white chocolate popcorn. It's super easy and then I added redhots aka cinnamon imperials and some peanuts. It was easy and delicious.
I made this popcorn for my dear friend that I teach with. She got the bad news today that her daughter-in-law found a lump on her breast. The daughter-in-law is only 25 and is in remission from lymphoma, so there is a real concern that this will be cancer. She is getting a mammogram tomorrow and my dear friend and her husband are driving the 2 hours to their sons to be with her and their son.
I made the popcorn and then bought some diet coke as a little traveling treat. I even put some baby wipes in a baggy, since the popcorn is a little messy.
I also made a card with a picture of Roo on the front. I went to the store to try to get a "Thinking of You" card, but I'm card picky and I thought this picture was a good "Thinking of You" picture.
If any of you are willing, please pray for the daughter-in-law. Thank you.