Showing posts with label bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bread. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Good Recipe

let me just go ahead and ask for forgiveness for this post. it is 3:30 in the morning and i am hot. there's a good chance nothing will make sense. our air conditioner decided to go out (what's UP, nicol!) during the height of summer (and in the middle of the night) and my husband just left to write a search warrant. i am up because i stupidly watched previews for a scary movie and i am scared without him. and i am totally 28 - how ridiculous. but was scary.

but i made some banana bread the other day and that is not ridiculous, my friends. it was chocolate chip banana bread, but perhaps even more special than the chocolate part, is the yogurt part. This bread is soft and smooth and melts right in your mouth. it might possibly be the best banana bread ever.

here it is.

2 eggs
1/3 c. vanilla yogurt
1/2 c. oil
3 bananas
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. white sugar
1 3/4 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
semi-sweet chocolate chips

mash your bananas. mix well with eggs, yogurt, and oil. in another bowl, mix your sugars, flour, soda and salt. gently pour with banana mixture and combine. if you have a stand mixer, once it is all mixed together, just let it go to town for, like, 10 minutes. toss your chips in at the end. pour in loaf pan and bake at 325 for about an hour, maybe a little longer. at least until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.

and as you probably guessed, the picture above is not the loaf. we ate it too fast. and that little nash-patty is growing fast, too. he turns 3 months old this week and is already in 6-9 month clothes. he might be our smiliest baby, yet, and he stares at us with such intensity and starts talking up a storm. it's so cute, but unexpected. the other boys were too focused on rolling around and trying to grab toys by now. and i am totally jealous of how much he sleeps. all night and several hours during the day. he is even keeping his dark hair! this child, he's not mine. or rather, he is mine. like, one of them might have gotten more of me! finally.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Cinnamon Chip Banana Bread

Every once in awhile I will come across a new chip flavor, and then I'll never see it again. The first time this happened was several years ago when I bought raspberry flavored chips and made the best cookies EVAH and then poof! They were gone. Another time it was cherry chips.

Last week I came across cinnamon chips by Hershey. I am a sucker for cinnamon anyway, so I snatched them up thinking they would be awesome in oatmeal. I just happened to have 3 bananas going bad on the counter, so I made banana bread and added half the bag of cinnamon chips.

It was awesome. You should try it. (If you can find the chips, that is). Turns out I am kind of a sucker for  bread, too, so all that was left to take a picture of was the crumbs in the bottom of my worn out pan. (At least I shared, though, right?)

Just make your favorite banana bread recipe, and fold the chips in before pouring the batter into the loaf pan.

And baby yawns are just delicious, no?

Okay, seriously, I have the cutest baby ever.

And on a religious note, I really like this article. And I like the candidate, too. Not as much as my man Mitt, but the Pubs need to start putting some players out there and I think Huntsman might be a good one.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Products I Love, plus Some Really Good Food, Too.

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Make-Up Remover

I LOVE this facial cleanser that I've been using for about a month. It is light and smells awesome, plus it removes all the make-up plus mascara. The only thing I don't love about it is how small the container is (6 oz. Boooo.) And I think it was kind of pricey. I'm glad to have found a good drug store option and hope it stays on the shelves for a long time. Don't you hate when you finally find something you love, only to discover that it has been discontinued?

Sensodyne Iso-Active Toothpaste

I'm the only one who uses Sensodyne toothpaste in the house, so you know it has to be AWESOME for me to pay $6 for it. But seriously, I love it. I will admit, I am a sucker for ads and commercials and when I first saw the ads for this toothpaste a couple of months ago, they got me. Now I don't really know if all the little toothpaste bubbles explode off your toothbrush into every little crevice between each tooth like the commercial suggests, but I like to think that is exactly what it is doing anyway. The toothpaste comes out in a gel form but foams up as you start to brush your teeth. And the flavor is really good. The only sucky part is that sometimes a little gel will continue to come out even after you've stopped pushing the top, which can create a gel-ly mess around the top of the container. And my kids keep trying to snatch it from my bathroom, but they're not old enough for $6 toothpaste, at least not until they've got permanents.

Next up, Five Guys.

Holey Moley, I am in love. Friday night T-bone and I got to go on a date, thanks to his brah brah and his lovely girlfriend. They watched our kiddos and they were even in bed sound asleep when we got home. Score! (And no one was hurt - there wasn't even blood on the carpet this time! Double Score!)

We drove around for like, 30 minutes trying to decide what to eat. Finally, I pulled into Five Guys. It just opened up in our city and I've heard really good things about it. And they were all RIGHT! It was amazing. Amazing burgers, amazing fries and cherry coke from the fountain. Who has fountain cherry coke? Really awesome places, that's who. They also had malt vinegar for the fries, which is my favorite. And the guy who manages used to be our boss from our Logan's Roadhouse days from college (that's where we met, you know), so it was fun getting to catch up with him and kind of fun seeing his face when he realized I was preggers with #4 and that we were still married after 8 years because I'm pretty sure he had to get on to us a couple of times for making out in the back while we were working.

Anyway, it's my new favorite place and all you local readers should go ASAP.

And finally, these BREAD MACHINE cinnamon rolls.

I made these beauties for General Conference weekend and they are really easy and really good. They aren't the best cinnamon rolls I've ever had, but for minimal work, they're pretty darn good. Here's the recipe...

For the Dough:

1 c. milk
1 egg
4 T. butter
3 1/3 c. flour
3 T. sugar
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. yeast

For the filling:

1/4 c. melted butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg

Put the dough ingredients into your bread machine and hit the dough cycle. That's it! It takes about an hour, so go do something fun in the meantime. Once it's done, set the dough into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so it can rise. This takes about another hour. Once it has doubled in size, put your dough out on the counter and roll it out with a rolling pin. Shape it into a rectangle if you can, but I've always had problems with this...I just do it the best I can. Spread the filling over the dough and roll up, sealing the seam with your finger. Cut about 1 inch slices, you should have about 12 rolls. You can put your rolls in a muffin tin or any kind of baking dish. I always use a glass one so I can put it in the dishwasher afterwards. Let the rolls rise a little longer, 20-30 minutes and then put them in oven at 350 for about 20 minutes, or until slightly browned on top. If you like icing, and who doesn't like freaking icing on a cinnamon roll?, put about 3 cups of powdered sugar in a bowl with 1 T. milk. Stir until creamy, you can add more powdered sugar or milk to get the consistency you want and then just pour over the top.

Yum. Yum. Yum.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

I found this recipe in the deep recesses of one of my cookbooks. My first cookbook, to be exact, so there's no telling where this recipe originated from or how long I've had it. It was scrawled out on an envelope. And it wasn't my handwriting.

But, I will say: I didn't love it. And here's why: I substituted 1 cup of the all-purpose flour for whole-wheat flour. I did it on a whim. Maybe to make myself feel better just in case I ended up eating the whole would have been partly whole-grain.

What? Don't judge me. It can happen, you know.

 I don't know. It was okay, but not how I imagined. But, I think the original is quite good. And I'll be keeping with that one from now on. And here it is.

2 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 c. oil
2 t. vanilla
2 c. zucchini, shredded (I use a cheese grater)
3 c. flour
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
1 c. chocolate chips (I'm a dark chocolate fan, but use whatever kind you like)

Beat sugar and eggs until well mixed. Add oil and vanilla, mix, and then add shredded zucchini. Set aside. In another bowl, add your dry ingredients and mix well. Pour dry mixture a little at a time into wet mixture until all is combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into 2 loaf pans and bake at 350 for about 50 minutes.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Seriously Awesome Bruschetta with a Side of Surprise

I got this recipe from Cooking Light. Ever read it? It is the best...but since my last day of work is today, I won't be able to snag them from the gym anymore. A subscription is in the works.

1 baguette
2-3 large tomatoes (garden tomatoes are the best!)
6 t. good quality olive oil
4 t. balsamic vinegar
salt & pepper
raw garlic cloves

Cut the baguette into thin slices and place in oven at 425 until toasted (about 8-10 minutes). Meanwhile, dice your tomatoes and place in bowl. Add oil and vinegar and toss well. The original recipe called for 2 T. chopped fresh basil, but I used dried. Just a few's hard to measure seasonings exactly. Salt and pepper, and stir to meld all the flavor together. Cover bowl and set in fridge. Once the baguette toasts have slightly cooled, rub your raw garlic clove over the top of one side.

When you are ready to serve, spoon tomato mixture on to the garlic side of the toast.Seriously awesome. My guests even thought it was fancy.  Yum!

As for the surprise...check out this fantastical cloud I saw hovering directly over the West side Wal-Mart.

It was so striking that I thought of the Second Coming, which is just...weird. But if Christ was going to return to Earth on a cloud, it would have look like that one.

I came out 30 minutes later and it had turned a most spectacular shade of pink.

But, then I quickly squashed the idea of Christ returning on this cloud...I mean, it was over Wal-Mart. (joke. joke. it was a joke...Christ loves the people from Wal-Mart, too...)

And just because it is fun, I will share this picture (even though I look hefty and hot).

We blew up 250 balloons at the Posey County Fair to hand out to children so their parents would read CLOWERS for PROSECUTOR and want to vote for Travis.

I hope it worked. Those balloons took FOREVER to blow up. It was a lot of fun though, as we looked out across the arena during the Demolition Derby, the first thing we could see were red and blue balloons bopping around. The kids loved it.

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