Thursday, September 29, 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!

If Dippin' Dots aren't your thing, keep going!  The remaining process takes awhile, but you will be rewarded.  Puree, scrape sides, puree, scrape sides, puree, etc.  You have to do the steps over and over.  Don't give up!  Keep at it.  The first time we tried this, I almost stopped because I thought I must be doing it wrong.  Just keep scraping the sides down.  It will eventually turn into a creamy, cold, banana "ice cream" with soft-serve consistency.  Yum!

I forgot to take progress pics.  It wasn't quite this melty when we dished it out.

All Star #1, what do you think??

We preferred the ice cream plain, but you could add cocoa powder, peanut butter, Nutella, Biscoff, or top with chocolate sauce.  Go crazy and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Recipe: Christmas French Toast

This is one of my favorite recipes to make and to eat!  It's called Christmas French Toast only because the woman who passed the recipe to me served it for her family only one day a year - Christmas morning.

Christmas French Toast

1 loaf French bread
6 eggs
1 ½  cups milk
1 ½ cups half/half
1 tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg

1 stick of butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. dark Karo syrup

1) Night before:
Cut bread into 1 inch thick slices.  Lay in bottom of well-greased 9x13 pan.  (Squish them down in there, fit as many as you can.)
Mix eggs, milk, half/half, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Mix well until frothy.  Pour over bread. 
Refrigerate overnight.

2) Day of:
Preheat oven to 345 degrees.
Mix softened butter, brown sugar and Karo syrup.  Spread over bread.  Bake 40 min or until golden brown.  Let stand 5 minutes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

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

Sunday, September 11, 2011


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 and breakfast.  My aunt called asking us to turn on the TV.  I was glued to it for the rest of the day.  She must have called early because I saw everything (the second plane, the towers falling, the Pentagon, Shanksville) happen live.  I didn't move from the TV for hours.  I spent much of the morning (from the chair in front of the TV of course) trying to reach my brother and updating my parents.  I didn't leave the house until the reporters started speculating about gas gouging.  I drove my car, then my dad's (a manual when I didn't know how to drive stick) to a nearby station to fill up.  Then chatted with my college friends for most of the night.  Just trying to talk out what was happening.

I am 32 years old.  Our generation had no idea what a national crisis looked like.  Yes, we'd seen things like devastating hurricanes and the OKC bombing.  We'd all been taught in school about Pearl Harbor.  However, nothing could have prepared me for that day ten years ago.  Maybe that's where the confusing and and weighted feelings come from.  I know only one thing.  I will never forget.

Taken from a friend's Facebook status (and edited for grammar):
For the husband who told his wife I love you one last time before his plane went down in a field.  For the wife who stopped in the stairs to call her husband to say I will love you forever.  For the mothers and fathers who kissed their kids goodbye the morning they died.  For the police and firefighters who rushed in and got others out only to die themselves.  For the soldiers who fought back for ALL of US and lost their lives. For everyone who died on 9/11... I will remember you...