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Banana Bread

Doesn’t that look good? Well, I have the recipe, as promised. Created this one myself and everyone loved it! Yay! I tried to make it nutritious as well as delicious. Anyhow, to the recipe we go………..:)

Banana BreadPreheat oven 350 degrees, grease 2 – 9x5x3 bread pans

1 Cup (2 sticks) butter at room temp.

2 1/3 C. Sugar……you can use half brown sugar for a little more flavor.

4 Eggs

Cream butter and sugar till light & fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

1/3 Cup crushed Pineapple (don’t drain)

3 Cups mashed Bananas (approx. 6 large bananas)

2 tsp Vanilla

Blend in Pineapple, Bananas & Vanilla…then, in a separate bowl mix the next 5 ingredients.

2 Cups Flour (all-purpose)

1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 Cup Flax Seed

2 tsp Baking Soda (I only used 1 tsp but didn’t realize it till afterwards…lol. Kids got me distracted and I used the 1/2 tsp twice. It was a little heavy but still tasted great.)

1 tsp Salt

After all dry ingredients are stirred well, add to creamed mixture, mixing well.

1 Cup chopped Nuts (walnuts or pecans…I use pecans)

1 Cup miniature Chocolate Chips

Fold in Nuts and Chocolate Chips. Pour mixture into pans and bake 60 – 75 minutes or till tester comes out clean. (I use a toothpick) cool in pan 10 minutes, then pop out and finish cooling on wire rack.

Enjoy!!

 I found bananas for 39 cents per pound! I don’t know about the rest of you but for my part of the world this is a deal. I buy them at Kroger every chance I get. I can’t stand green bananas so it works out well for me when Kroger bags up their ripe bananas…only 39 cents per pound. This includes organic bananas as well as the ones I normally would pay 59 cents a pound for now. Most of the time we don’t have a problem eating them up before they are too far gone…..but, sometimes we have a few extras.

What do you do with your ripe bananas? I have a few ideas for you….the main thing to remember with bananas is that they freeze well to use later. You don’t have to use them right away. They will be mushy when they thaw out…but if you are cooking with them or making smoothies it doesn’t really matter does it?

Using the picture above as a reference…..the ones on the left are perfect for just about anything, they are ripe. The ones on the Right are perfect for baking! I know, you are probably thinking “this girl is crazy!”. I’m not. If you want the best banana flavors in your breads, muffins, cookies, etc…then use the ones on the right. Now…if they start to grow mold…please throw them out! Till then you can put them in the freezer at any time to use later on.

1. Banana Popsicles: Peel banana, cut in half for little hands (not lengthwise) and place in plastic wrap….freeze well, eat frozen! The kids love them. They taste like ice cream but have a much higher nutritional value.

2. Banana Pudding: This is a given…simple, quick and oohhhh so good! Just mix up vanilla pudding, layer 1st-vanilla wafers, 2nd-bananas, 3rd-pudding….as many times as you want to make as much as you want. You can top it off with more vanilla wafers and serve. Or (my favorite) beat egg whites with a little sugar to make a meringue. If you use a meringue on top make sure you are using an oven safe dish…place meringue on top, create pretty peaks and pop in the oven till the meringue is just golden. Beautiful! (Personally, I think it taste better too!)

3. Toast & Bananas: Mush them up with some peanut butter and place on toast for breakfast….we did this yesterday. Yummy!

4. Fruit Smoothies…of course. 🙂 Just throw in some banana, frozen or not, your favorite fruits..(strawberry, blueberry..etc.), some ice, yogurt and or orange juice. Blend Well and Enjoy! I like to throw in a couple of almonds too..really, it’s just a matter of trying out different mixers..you might be surprised at what you can come up with.

5. Banana Milk Shake: One ripe banana, a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream, a little milk and a tad of vanilla flavoring…(a little cinnamon is good too if you like it.) What a treat!

6. Banana Bread or Muffins: Who doesn’t like fresh bread? I made Banana Bread last night and it was wonderful. Recipe is coming. When using bananas for baking there is no need to peel before freezing. Just toss in the freezer with peel on. When you get ready to use…thaw and squeeze out mushy goodness. 🙂

7. Cereal Topping: I like to slice the bananas and add them to my cereal. No matter what kind of cereal you like…this adds a little more flavor and it’s healthier for you.

8. Chocolate Covered Bananas: Oh, yeah! This is similar to banana popsicles. Before freezing..cut lengthwise and place popsicle stick in the middle…put back together and freeze. Now cover in melted chocolate…refreeze and Enjoy! You can also cut your bananas in pieces, cover with chocolate and freeze. Break apart pieces when frozen. This makes good finger size snacks for little ones.

9. Dried Banana Chips: This is one of my favorites and it keeps well. You don’t have to have a dehydrator to do this either. They are nice, but I don’t have one. 🙂  Slice bananas into small pieces and place on wire rack making sure they don’t touch. Cook on low…really low, about 150 degrees….for 8-10 hours. It helps to leave the oven door cracked open slightly to promote air circulation.

10. Baked or Fried Bananas: To bake…coat in melted butter or margarine and sprinkle with brown sugar & cinnamon. If you like coconut….it makes a nice crispy outside. Just roll in coconut before baking. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350. Ovens differ on times so you might check it at about 15 minutes and go from there. 🙂 To Fry…coat them with flour and a little cinnamon, fry till golden….drizzle with honey and eat. Very Good!

Bananas are an economical, healthy and delicious food. So the next time they get past your “ideal” eating stage Don’t Throw Them Out! Try a few of these ideas instead. Even if they are a mushy and over-ripe they work well in breads, smoothies, etc. So don’t be afraid to grab those bananas you see on sale. Your kids (and your spouse) will love you for it! 🙂

Love

 

Love

Author: Tabatha J. Chapman

Love feels the pain

As the heart breaks

Love cries in vain

With each breath it takes

Love will smile again

As the new day wakes

 

(I wrote this a short time ago to show one of the girls an example of poetry with personification.)

 

1. Moon Spots

That white spot at the base of your toenails (and fingernails) shaped like a half-moon is called the “lunule”, a name that comes from the Latin word for “moon”.

2. World’s Longest

In 1991, a woman from California named Louise Hollis set (and still holds) the record for the longest combined toenail length: her 10 nails were 7.25 feet long. How much time does she spend filing and painting them? Two days every week.

3. Clip Me Tender

The Loudermilk Boarding House Museum in Georgia contains about 30,000 Elvis Presley artifacts. Here you’ll find a wart, a vial of sweat, and a toenail….all said to have come from the King himself. (Some Elvis experts debate the authenticity of the toenail, though, so it’s just called the “Maybe Elvis Toenail”.)

4. Ouch!

About 5 percent of people complain of ingrown toenails, that painful condition where the toenail grows into the surrounding skin.

5. Another Kind of Toenail

The Devil’s Toenail in Llano County, Texas, is a 350 foot tall sandstone hill that looks like a giant toenail.

6. Mother Knows Best

Gorilla mothers use their teeth to trim their babies’ toenails.

7. Toenails Tell the Tail

The chemicals in your toenail can tell doctors lots of things: if you’re at risk for skin cancer or heart disease, what you eat and drink, whether you take prescription drugs and even where you’ve lived.

8. A Star is Born

Thomas John Ashton’s 1852 book “A Treatise on Corns, Bunions, and Ingrowing of the Toenail: Their Cause and Treatment” contains a section on toenails. It’s believed to have been the first time the subject of toenails showed up in a published book.

9. Fast Hands

Toenails grow four times more slowly than fingernails. (It takes about eight months to grow a new toenail.)

10. Necknails

Marathon runner Jan Ryerse was always breaking off parts of his toenails when he ran races. (They collected in his shoes.) So he decided to craft a memento: a toenail necklace. Most of the toenails are his, but he also took donations from family, friends, and fans to fill it out.

 

 

Mini-Me Apron Set

As I was surfing the net the other day I came across this really cute tutorial and just have to share. This would make a very cute set for a daughter/granddaughter or whomever…a wonderful item to make for Christmas. I know I am already thinking about next years gifts…are you?

Props to Living with Punks! Enjoy her work…very talented lady! Mini-Me Apron Set…Click Here!

Do you have issues with hair loss? Or maybe you just want your hair to grow longer….what ever your reasons are. I think you will find something useful here. It takes time but you should see some results within the first month.

Remember, no matter what you are trying….if you aren’t eating right and taking a vitamin supplement…you are actually encouraging hair loss. In our society healthy eating is just not something that is easy to do, so vitamin supplements are a necessity for most people. Even if you feel like you don’t need it….you probably do. Make sure to include all vitamins and minerals in your diet which would improve the general health of hair. Vitamin B, Zinc and Calcium are very important for proper growth of hair and to prevent hair loss.
If we want healthy hair, we need a healthy body! Good Luck!

1. It’s necessary to shampoo your hair at least three times a week. Try to use shampoos which are made from natural products like green tea and aloe vera. As these natural products contain ingredients which reduces hair loss and enhances long hair growth.

You can also rinse your hair with a mix of apple cider vinegar and sage tea…. this helps hair grow..

2. A medicine rich in sulfur is  recommended as sulfur plays an important part in the structure of the hair.

3. Massage with coconut or olive oil before going to bed at night and next morning, wash off the hair gently..Do this two or three times per week. Oil is essential for healthy hair growth.

4. To treat hair loss apply a little lemon juice with some black tea.Massage well and shampoo.

5. Apply eggs, mustard seeds and yogurt once in a week. This will enhance the health and beauty of your hair and will make your hair shiny.

6. Always consider natural products over commercial products. There are lots of advantages of natural products like; they are cheaper as compared to commercial products, no chances of side effects and result oriented.

Besides making sure we are getting plenty of the right nutrients in our bodies and on our hair…..we need to watch our stress levels. Stress in a major concern for women…it can actually make you look like you are pulling your hair out. To avoid this take plenty of vitamin C. Everyone should be getting at least 1500 mg of vitamin C in their diet every day. If you are stressed you should be getting 3000 mg of vitamin C per day. The easiest way to do this is to take a supplement. Eating foods high in vitamin C is the best but not always the easiest. I will list ways to increase your vitamin C intake in another post.

For now…..Happy Hair Growth!

I was talking to a friend of mine recently about “Going Green” with Shampoo and the good qualities of Vinegar and Baking Soda being used for that purpose. She mentioned that Baking Soda was good for removing buildup but the amount to be used was undetermined….she didn’t know how much to use. Too much and it can break your hair…too little and you don’t get it clean. So I decided to do a little research on Baking Soda uses….. How much….What for….Etc. and came up with some good health and beauty uses. I will definitely be trying these out.

Naturally, it is only right that our list start with how to use on hair, since this is the reason I started my research! Hope this helps you as much as it has me. Enjoy!!

 

Squeaky clean hair: Add a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual shampoo bottle to help remove buildup from conditioners, mousses, and sprays, and to improve manageability.

In emergencies, use baking soda as a dry shampoo on oily hair. Sprinkle on your hair and comb through, then fluff with a blow dryer.

Chlorine remover: Rinse hair with 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in 1 pint water to remove the dullness or discoloration caused by chlorinated pools.

Combs and brushes: Hair spray and oil buildup on combs and brushes can be removed by soaking them in a sink of warm water and adding 3 tablespoons baking soda and 3 tablespoons bleach.

Hands: Remove fish, onion, or garlic odor from hands with a solution of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water or liquid soap. Rub mixture in your hands, and rinse off.

Elbows: Rub a baking-soda paste onto your elbows to smooth away rough skin.

Feet: Soak tired feet in a basin of warm water with 3 tablespoons baking soda.

Add 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart warm water, and soak feet for 10 minutes to relieve foot itch.

Smooth rough and hardened calluses and heels by massaging them with a paste of 3 parts baking soda per 1 part water.

Soothe minor mishaps: For sunburn pain, saturate a washcloth with a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda in 1 quart water. Apply to affected area.

Ease windburn or poison ivy irritation with a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water. Do not use on broken skin.

Relaxing baths: Baking soda added to the bathwater has a softening effect on the skin. Add 1/2 cup to a full bath.

Make bubbling bath salts with 21/2 cups baking soda, 2 cups cream of tartar, and 1/2 cup cornstarch. Mix them together, and store in a covered container. Use 1/4 cup per bath.

Relieve itchy winter skin in a bath with 1 cup baking soda and 11/4 cups baby oil in the water.

Sponge bath: Freshen up with a washcloth dipped in a solution of 4 tablespoons baking soda to 1 quart water.

Deodorant:
Apply cornstarch to your underarms with a powder puff first, then apply the baking soda.

Nail care: Clean fingernails and toenails by scrubbing them with a nailbrush dipped in baking soda. This also softens cuticles.

Toothpaste: Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part salt. Add 3 teaspoons of glycerin. Add 10 to 20 drops of flavoring (peppermint, wintergreen, anise, or cinnamon) and enough water to make a paste. Spoon into a small, refillable squeeze bottle.

Sprinkle baking soda into your palm, dip a damp toothbrush into it, and brush your teeth.

Refreshing mouthwash: To freshen breath, use 1 teaspoon baking soda in 1/2 glass of water, swish the solution through your teeth, and rinse.

Dentures and other dental appliances: Soak dentures in a solution of 2 teaspoons baking soda dissolved in warm water.

  • Use baking soda to soak athletic mouth guards, retainers, or other oral appliances.
  • Scrub dentures, mouth guards, and retainers with a toothbrush dipped in baking soda.
  • Soak toothbrushes in a baking-soda solution overnight.

Facial Care

Baking soda can also do wonders for your face.

Exfoliating: Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water, and use as a gentle, exfoliating facial scrub after washing with soap and water. Rinse your face clean.

Mix baking soda with oatmeal in your blender; it makes a great facial scrub.

Shaving: Men with sensitive skin may find that a solution of 1 tablespoon baking soda in 1 cup water makes a great preshave treatment or a soothing aftershave rinse.

For instant relief of razor burn, dab on a baking-soda solution.

 

If you would like to read the article where I got a lot of  my info…click here.

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