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Cravings and Crafts :)

6 Nov

I’m not really sure why, but today I peeled myself away from my craft table and beelined to the kitchen with a MEGA french fry craving. LOL. I looked at the keys sitting on the counter thinking maybe it would be just easier to go to a “fast food” place … and it would have been faster, but I highly doubt it would have tasted better. LOL. I peeled a big ol’ russet potato, poured some canola oil into a pot and then turned the heat up on high and waited… I always slice a tiny end of the potato off and throw it in to test the heat of the oil… If it’s bubbling around it in fry-happy goodness then it’s time to throw the rest of the potatoes in (I usually do it in batches so that they dont stick together).

I let them cook for about 10 minutes then remove them and toss in the next batch and then throw the first batch back in the oil for about 10 minutes or until they turn a nice golden brown color. I’m not really sure why, but my grandmother always fried them twice- but it always works for crispy fries with a gorgeous inside 🙂 Remove and place on paper towel before lightly seasoning with salt and pepper.

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Et Voila! The final product! Yes, that is sour cream lol… Don’t judge me :p I’m not really sure why but I’ve always LOVED it with fries lol.

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Now it’s back to my crafting! I’m working on some wall art for the dinning room because the plain white walls are driving me nuts. LOL. Hubbykins is off at work so I’m sure he’ll be surprised when he comes home but he’s never disliked any of the projects I’ve done so far so fingers crossed lol.

Remember that cereal box?

I decided to turn that into a big ‘ol star for the dinning room. Right now while the glue dries it’s clamped together with clothespins lol. but it will lay flat when dried. Once it’s dry I can do the paint touchups, some blending and up onto the wall it goes!

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I’ll be sure to post a picture of the finished product! No one will ever be able to tell that it was once a rice krispies box 🙂

Off I go!

I hope you all have a blessed day 🙂

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Nummy Naner Bread!

24 Aug

Remember those bananas you had sitting on the counter with all those brown spots? Instead of throwing them out, toss them in the freezer for when you get that yummy, nummy, warm Naner Bread craving 🙂 Yes they turn black in the freezer, but don’t freak out when you want to use them for baking it will make your life so much easier!

Today while doing the dishes I realized that I had no snack for my hubby to take to work with him and I was NOT about to head to the store to buy some already prepared sugar filled….for lack of a better term… Crap. Lol! So I looked in the cupboard, then the freezer and to what do my eyes fall upon….naners! I scooped them out of the freezer and tossed them on a plate to thaw (super important, when these things thaw there’s a ton of water) and went on with my cleaning 🙂

About an hour or so later I checked on the naners and they were finally ready to go. So I grabbed a large bowl, cut the tops off the naners and one by one turned them upside down and out them came. Now if this is your first time using the frozen bananas lol, it might gross you out the way they just fall out of the peels lol. Still to this day it grosses my father out when my mom uses this trick for her baking lol. BUT with a few strokes with the whisk you have your no fuss mashed bananas 🙂 Then I added the rest of the wet ingredients, sugar, spices (completely optional but I like the warmth that cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg can add ), baking soda and last the flour, mix it all together and pour into a greased and flour lined loaf tin. Toss in the oven and bake until you get that glorious brown colouring. Mmmmm mmmmm!

What I love about this recipe is that it’s easy to make, you only need one bowl and it stays super moist! If you’re afraid of it drying out over a few days (if it lasts that long) then toss half of it in a ziplock and put it in the freezer until you want to eat the rest of it.

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For those of you wanting to try my banana bread recipe here is my recipe 🙂

Preheat oven to 350F

List of ingredients you’ll need:

3-4 ripe bananas
3 tbsp melted butter
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tbsp of yogurt, full fat plain (optional)
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup of white sugar (you can easily get away with only using 3/4 cup)
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1/4 tsp allspice (optional)
1/2 tsp nutmeg (optional)
1 tsp baking soda
Dash of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour

Here’s the great part, all of this recipe can be done in one bowl, a whisk and a wooden spoon 🙂

Place the mashed bananas (or the thawed) in a large bowl with the melted butter and egg. Whisk it all together until well mixed.

Add the vanilla, applesauce and yogurt, mix well. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mix and mix well. Now add those yummy spices (if you want), and add the flour and mix with the wooden spoon until its mixed we’ll but not over mixed. Pour into your greased loaf pan and throw it in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. You’ll know it’s done when you have a nice glorious brown colouring and when you touch the center it ‘bounces back.’

I hope that you all can enjoy in this tiny slice of heaven as much as we do 🙂

Stay tuned for the Next adventure: picture boards!