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Showing posts from September, 2011

Recipe: One-Ingredient Banana "Ice Cream"

You read that correctly.  There is only one ingredient in this yummy treat.  It is very easy and obviously healthy compared to the Moose Tracks in your freezer.  I originally found something similar on Pinterest, but didn't want to use cocoa powder, so I did a little Googling which turned up this recipe and excellent step by step instructions
First, take your bananas and slice them about 3/4 inch thick and place on a freezer safe dish.  I used 3 extra ripe bananas which provided 2 1/2 servings.  Place the dish in the freezer for at least one hour.  You want the bananas to be fully frozen.  Mine were in for about 3 hours.

Place frozen bananas in your choice of small appliance.  I used my blender, but next time I think I'm going to try the food processor.  The first pulse with the frozen bananas is loud!  Warn the children in the room it's coming.  Also, if you are a fan of Dippin' Dots, you can just stop right here and dish the bananas up.  It looks just like that!


Recipe: Sausage Stew (Crockpot)

* Recipe from my cousin. * Hope to edit with pictures soon. Sausage Stew
1  16 oz. smoked sausage, sliced 1/3 cup diced onion 2 15 oz. cans kidney beans, undrained 1 15 oz. can pinto beans, undrained 1 10 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained 1 10 ¾ oz. can minestrone soup 1 Tbsp. Creole seasoning*
Combine all ingredients in crockpot.  Cook on low for 6 -8 hours.
*You can buy Creole Seasoning premade, but I found a website that has a recipe to make your own
For 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning:

3/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder


I don't know what to say today.  I've struggled with Facebook, Twitter, and general conversations with family.  9/11 brings me such a crushing sadness that sometimes I don't even want to talk about it.  I just prefer to sit alone and take in as many 9/11 TV specials as I can.

The worst part is, I didn't know a single person killed or injured that day.  I feel like beyond the patriotic duty of being saddened, I have no right to feel this way.  Then, I had discussions with some ladies on my local message board for moms.  Turns out a lot of people feel this way.  Or at least, a lot of those moms anyway.  Women my age, some a little younger, some older all talked of feelings bigger then them.  Feelings they couldn't understand.  I was comforted to know that I was not alone.

Ten years ago, I was recently graduated from college, living with my parents.  My only sibling was away at his first year of college.  And my parents were leaving for a small mid-week trip to a bed …