Happy Sunday!
So I did some baking last week and wanted to share the recipes! First was banana bread. I got the original recipe from my Allrecipes app…but I tweaked it a little. Here’s what you’ll need:

 1/2 cp margarine (softened), 1/2 cp sugar, 1/2 cp brown sugar, 2 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cps mashed bananas, 2 cps all-purpose flour, 1 tsp baking soda (the original recipe called for 1 cp sugar and no vanilla. I used half white and half brown and added the vanilla. I love brown sugar, and the vanilla adds way more flavor! I also never measure my mashed bananas…for this loaf I used 4.5 bananas, I should have added a little more vanilla because the banana taste was a little overpowering.) Preheat your oven to 350 and grease/flour your loaf pan.

 Cream margarine and sugars until smooth…I also add the vanilla at this point.

 Then beat in eggs.

Mash your bananas (if you haven’t already) and in a separate bowl mix your 2 cps flour and 1 tsp baking soda.

Add bananas to the sugar/egg/margarine/vanilla mixture

 Add flour/soda mixture, stirring just until combined.

 The just until combined part is important. If you over-mix, the bread looses some of it’s moist-densness. Yep. Totally sound like I know what I’m talking about…but I’m just repeating info I’ve read elsewhere. 😀

 Transfer to your pre-greased/floured pan. Bake uncovered for 1 hour. Then go do something productive. Seriously. Do.
Beep beep! 1 hour later…

Oh boy! It’s beautiful!! But my skewer I inserted did not come out totally goo-free…darn. So you do this

Tent foil over the loaf, shiney side down. This forces the heat to bake inside the loaf instead of just over-baking the top. (I read this somewhere too…I’m not smart enough to figure this out on my own folks.)
After 4-5 min with the tent, it was done! And then it was gone by bedtime…sadness. But it was good while it lasted 🙂

Next recipe! Fruit Salsa. my mom’s friend Sara introduced me to this simple-made goodness. Forgot to take a picture of what you need so here’s a list: 1 pint fresh strawberries. 1-1 1/2 granny smith apples, OJ from concentrate. That’s it. First, dice up your strawberries.

Next dice up your apple(s)

I know this next step is totally complicated, and I apologize…combine the apples and strawberries.

Phew. Looks delicious and pretty right? Well we still have 1 more ingredient…OJ. For this amount (which was about 6-7 cups) I used 1/2 the can of OJ. Depending on how much you’re making, you can use more or less.

Now another difficult step…stir.

Yum. Now what “chips” go with fruit salsa do you ask? Well my mom’s friend used to butter tortillas, dip them in cinnamon and sugar and broil them. Friends…I’m all about easy. This here’s what I use:

Cinnamon graham crackers. So so good.
Hope you have a great Sunday and these inspire you to get in the kitchen and make something yummy! 🙂

Grace & Peace,


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