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Archive for April 26th, 2009

Overdue Recipe

I just realized it has been two weeks since I posted a recipe on this “cooking” blog.  Not a lot of cooking has been going on since we have been feverishly working outside while the weather is so perfect, but I did make banana bread for a Relay for Life bake sale last week.

 

I had never found a banana bread recipe that I was really satisfied with until recently.  All the others that I had tried would turn out too dry or too heavy.  This is just right!  It is light, fluffy, and most importantly, moist.  It is also really, really easy.

 

Easy Banana Nut Bread

1 package yellow cake mix

1 egg

1/2 cup milk

3 medium-large bananas

1/2 cup chopped pecans

1/4 tsp cinnamon or apple pie spice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray 2 8×4 loaf pans with non-stick spray.  Combine cake mix, egg, and milk.  Mash bananas and add them to the cake mixture.  Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Stir in pecans and cinnamon/apple pie spice.  Divide batter evenly into the loaf pans.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until tester comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes and then remove from the pans.

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“Ask, and ye shall receive.”  C & I plan on finishing up some overdue landscaping projects in the front yard this spring.  We were low on topsoil and my father in law had planned on bringing some from another farm a few miles away.  Yesterday, as he & C were mowing the yards, our friendly neighborhood dump truck driver drove by with a load of DIRT!!!  He flagged him down and asked if he would sell us some.  It turns out that he was moving the dirt for one of our neighbor’s farm who had dug a pond about 5 years ago.  His plan was to move the dirt down to his place and then sell it.  We cut out the “middle-man” by having him drop 3 loads here at our house, so now we have lots of dirt!!!

We would have probably started working with it yesterday, but we had a wedding shower to attend.  C’s step-cousin is getting married in June, and he and his fiancé’s shower was last night.  We took a fruit platter and a gift of course.  Big fun was had by all, and the happy couple ended up with lots of good gifts. 

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