Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I use cut-up old t-shirts for just about any task that requires a rag.
They're reusable, easy to launder, and I don't get upset when hubby grabs one to use for some or other dirty job in the garage.
There are always more where that one came from.
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Just a little quote

I was preparing a small gift for someone and looking for a quote to include.
I have a fondness for Dr. Seuss quotes.
This is the one I chose today.

"Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You."

I hope you have a wonderful day being you today.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

What I've been living with...

...for almost a week.
And the end is not in sight yet.
We're having a bunch of stuff done in the crawl space. The access is in the pantry.
And while the pantry is empty maybe we'll refloor and paint this weekend.

(Oh, and yes, I know. The healthy eating police will not be happy.)
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Friday, November 6, 2009

Almost Homemade Banana Bread

This is my go-to quick banana bread recipe.  When the bananas are over-ripe and time is at a premium, it's a life saver.  Not totally homemade, but yummy!

Banana Nut Bread
(from Real Simple Magazine - November 2004)

1 box yellow cake mix
1 large package instant Banana Cream Pudding
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup canola oil
2 ripe bananas, mashed
4 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans/walnuts (optional)

Add all ingredients except nuts to mixing bowl and mix according to cake package instructions.
Add nuts and slowly mix in until just incorporated.
Pour into 2 large or 4 small greased loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 degrees Celcius) for 40 to 45 minutes or until cooked all the way to the center.
Let cool in pans for 5 minutes before tipping out.


Mash, mash...

Grease the pans.  I just use spray.

Chop the nuts.  I love this chopper because it contains the mess.

Mix.  Love my KitchenAid!

How do I ensure that all loaves are the same size?  Weigh them!

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Christmas is around the corner...

I'm not really thinking about it yet, but on Friday I stumbled upon this cute little ornament.
Guiltless pleasure
I realized that I have quite few food-related ornaments.
I may do a kitchen Christmas tree this year.
I think it could be cute.
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