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Banana Bread

Ok y’all, it’s close enough to Fall for me to be pulling out the baking stops.  As per usual I had some bananas that were looking pretty close to being gnat fodder, so I went in search of a new banana bread recipe.  My search yielded this gem!  I wasn’t in a chocolate chip kinda mood so I made a couple changes and it turned out fantastic! If the combination sounds like a winner to you, give it a try!  Here’s what I did…

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Butterscotch Pecan Banana Bread
4 bananas
1/2 c. melted butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 T. vanilla
1/2 c. sour cream
1 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1-2 t. cinnamon
1-2 t. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 – 3/4 c. butterscotch morsels
1/2 – 3/4 c. chopped pecans

Preheated the oven to 350*, greased a loaf pan with Baker’s Joy.  Threw the first 9 ingredients into a large bowl and mashed it all up with a potato masher.  Poured in the flour and mixed with a spoon, scraping down sides with a spatula.  Poured morsels & nuts into the bowl and stirred to combine.  Poured it into the pan and cooked for about 65 minutes.  

So banana-y moist and not too sweet, just the right amount with the butterscotch chips!  I would make this over and over again, everyone loved it!  The better half said it could have used more cinnamon, but we could all taste it, so – if you like a lot of cinnamon, keep sprinkling!

Have a great Tuesday everyone!!

xoxo

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Sugar Free Pineapple Lush

As you probably have figured out by now, I’m always on a diet and I’m sure I will be until the day I die.  I’ve gained some weight back after our summer vacation and I’m again trying to quash my “sugar” tooth and trying, of course, to cut calories.  I basically follow a diabetic diet; cutting carbs and sugar and limiting fats.  Sugar free desserts are a great substitute and they usually already have the exchanges noted – so for me, it’s a win-win.

I came across this recipe on Pinterest the other day for Sugar Free Pineapple Lush Cake from RoseBakes.com.  I HIGHLY recommend it, it really was delicious!  Everyone liked it and no-one suspected it was sugar free!

Sugar Free Pineapple Lush Cake

1 box Pillsbury sugar free yellow cake mix (you can substitute = applesauce for oil and 1/2 pineapple juice and 1/2 water for the water)
1 8 oz. sugar free Cool Whip
1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple in juice (and the pineapple should be crushed, NOT THE CAN IT’S IN), undrained
1 1.5 oz. box Jello sugar free Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix

Bake the cake according to directions, with our without substitutions, in a 9×13″ pan and allow it to cool completely.  In a mixing bowl, stir together the Cool Whip, pudding mix and pineapple.  Mix until thoroughly combined.  Spread it over the cake and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.  Serve and enjoy!  Sooo good!  This would be an awesome Easter or summer dessert!

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A Lesson in Creativity

Every time you walk out your door there are lessons everywhere.  Today, we went to the Penrod Arts Fair held at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

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I’ve only been to one other art fair here in Indy and that was the Talbot Street Arts Fair years ago when I first moved here.

I love art. I think artsy fartsy (and I say that with all due respect) people are pretty awesome, with their seemingly laid back ways and flare for the different or turning the mundane into something extraordinary.  Some of the artwork people craft is, to people like me, unimaginable!  Just SO much talent, it’s definitely impressive. I couldn’t do or even attempt what they do. I love to paint and create and write and craft, but I certainly don’t think I could make a living doing it.

We didn’t stay for long as my better half – he goes because I ask him to, but he’s absolutely miserable. You can see it in every line on his face and in ever step he takes. No joke, he’s freakin miserable. But he loves me, he tolerates it and he goes, but he’s not happy about it.  He thinks that people that would spend $600 on a 8×10 painting of the woods needs their head examined.  And I do understand…I really do.  He comes from a midwestern family that worked and worked hard for their money and to spend it on something that’s so frivolous is simply not on his radar at all.

My youngest daughter is very artsy and creative.  She loves to paint and to write and she enjoyed looking at the different booths at the arts fair.  It’s good for her to see what’s out there, but it’s also good for her to hear people’s differing opinions.  I, for one, am more of a realist.  Painting, knitting, pottery, making jewelry, etc. should begin as a hobby, something that you do to fill your time wisely.  But you don’t assume that you can make $600 for one painting and another and another and that will carry you through life.  We talked about making a name for yourself and in this case, knowing people in your craft, “getting your name out there” and having people recognize your style.  All this takes time.  We talked about some people that I’ve found on Instagram that were nobody’s and then because of something someone purchased and loved, their popularity exploded.

It only takes one person to tell another and they’ll tell two friends and they’ll tell two friends and…well, you get the idea.  Becoming an artist takes patience, love, commitment, dedication and determination.  Pretty much the same for everything worth doing in this life…

xoxo