The Best Banana Bread Ever

I am a HUGE fan of banana bread.

Huge.

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So is my husband, so much that we can barely wait until it cools enough to cut it when it comes out of the oven (often it ends up a bit crumpled as a result, but I don’t even care).  Its all steamy and warm, with the butter getting all melty.

Yum.

Last night I decided to whip up a quick loaf so I busted out my trusty recipe.  Weird thing though, I use a family members recipe and theirs turns out so different from mine and I really don’t change anything (other than adding a teaspoon of vanilla).  Theirs has a soft outside and super tender inside, while mine has a lovely crusty outside and a super tender inside.  Have you noticed that your recipe turns out different from the original even when following it exactly?

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Anyways, I digress.

Please enjoy this amazing recipe and I hope it turns out wonderfully for you.

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 Banana Bread

1/4 Cup Butter, 1 Cup Sugar, 1 Egg, 2-3 Mashed Bananas

1 1/2 Cups Flour, 1 Tsp Baking Soda, 1/4 Tsp Salt, 1 Tsp Vanilla

Cream butter and sugar, then add mashed bananas.  Add beaten egg and vanilla and mix well.  Add dry ingredients (I usually whisk them together in a separate bowl and then add to the liquids).  Add any nuts or chocolate if you are into that.  Pour into a greased loaf pan (I spray mine with Pam Coconut Oil and it always comes out easy) and bake at 350 until a toothpick comes out clean from the middle (usually for me about 50 minutes, but check on it periodically – the original recipe called for 30 minutes – which is super strange because my oven usually runs warm!).  Remove from oven and let cool (if you can) then enjoy!

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Seriously, so easy and so tasty!

April

Super Delicious Tomatoe Flatbread

Hello!  Remember me?

Get ready for a super delicious, super easy flatbread treat.  Be prepared to make a lot, because they are so good everyone will want their own and will be sad when its over.

I got this recipe from a girlfriend who is pretty magical in the kitchen, so magical that she just thought this one up one day.

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Ingredients:

1 White onion – Large, and some olive oil to cook with

1 container of grape tomatoes

1 Package of Naan bread (I like to get at least 3 naans)

Goat cheese (you will use some of the container, reserve the rest for the next time you make these!)

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First things first, start caramelizing the onions, cook low and slow.  As those are cooking down, I prep the grape tomatoes (washing, cutting in half), and lay out the garlic naan on a baking sheet. Then, spread the caramelized onions out on the naan, followed by the tomato halves and small pieces of goat cheese.  Then just bake at 375 degrees until the tomatoes are shrivelling and the edge of the naan is brown (about 12 minutes).

Pull out of the oven, cut into pieces and serve.  So So GOOD.

You can add if you want to get some meat, or different flavours happening (its really good with some fresh basil and a balsamic reduction drizzled on top) but it is so very good as it is.

Birthday Love

Hi lovelies,

It’s been a while, I know.  Bad blogger that I am, I haven’t posted in over a month – whoops!  Sometimes it happens, and you just have to pull up your big girl panties and keep on keeping on.  So for your delight I would like to present the birthday cake that I made for my trophy husband this year:

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Yes, that is a toy quad half buried in the cake – why you ask?  Because he sunk his in a pond about a month ago, and this was cute little reminder.

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Looks about right hey?

Super Easy – Cheesy Caprese Quinoa

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This is the best recipe that I have tried in a long long time.  And if you make it as well, I think you will agree – It’s good.

So good my trophy husband gobbled it up and asked for seconds, and if I had kids I think they would do the same.

Since I am always looking for ways to delete meat from my diet (and my trophy husband is not), it can be tough to create a meal that will work for both of us.  But this one does.

Try it:

Cheesy Caprese Quinoa:

2 Cups cooked quinoa, 1 1/2 Cups pasta sauce,  2 Tbsp tomato paste, 1/3 Cup parmesan cheese, 1 Cup mozzarella cheese – divided, 1 small package grape tomatoes, basil (as much or as little as you like), 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, pepper to taste.

Cook quinoa and set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 C.  In a medium sized pan, heat pasta sauce and tomato paste until warm.  Then stir in red pepper, parmesan cheese and black pepper.  Next add your 2 cups of quinoa and half the mozzarella cheese, half the tomatoes (I cut them in half) and as much basil as you would like.  Spray or oil a baking dish – then pour the entire mixture in the dish.  Top with remaining cheese, tomatoes and more basil if you like.  Bake for 15 minutes, then broil for a few to brown the cheese.

Then serve.

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It’s that easy, and the trophy husband said it tasted like lasagna.  And we polished it off over the next few days as a quick leftover supper (just tossed back in the oven for 15 again and serve)

I found the original recipe here – but I tweaked it a bit.

Enjoy!

Birthday Cake Popcorn

In the field of Tastiest Treat Ever Found on Pinterest… The Oscar goes to… This treat – Birthday Cake Popcorn!

And how!

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Recipe (originally found here):

1.5 bags natural flavour popcorn

1/2 pound white chocolate to melt (I used Callebaut – Hello!)

4 Tbls yellow cake mix

Treats that you want inside (I used sprinkles and mini eggs)

Pop your popcorn and carefully remove any burnt, half-popped or non-popped kernels. Over a double boiler, melt the white chocolate, continuously stirring until fully melted.  Add yellow cake mix to melted chocolate and stir until mixed in.  Pour chocolate mixture over popcorn and combine so that every piece of popcorn is coated (I used two soup spoons, but you can use your hands once its cooled enough).  Once combined, pour popcorn onto parchment paper in a thin layer, and let it cool.  Once its cooled enough not to melt your candies, sprinkle your treats on top.  Once cooled completely, break pieces and serve!

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This could possibly be the ultimate Oscar party treat.

Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding

I am so ready for spring.  Short days, cold nights, snowstorms… I’m over it.  So when I saw this pin, I knew I had to give it a try.  I love blueberries, and they always make me think of spring and summer.  The original recipe is from The Girl Who Ate Everything, and I am so glad I stumbled across it.  This treat is light and fresh with a little cheesy zing.

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Look at those beautiful blueberries!

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Recipe – Blueberry Croissant Bread Pudding

3-4 large croissants (I used 4)

1 Cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut croissant into bite sized pieces and place in a baking dish.  Sprinkle with blueberries.  In a mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until blended.  Gradually add milk beating after each addition to ensure well combined.  Pour mixture over croissant pieces and let stand for 15-20 minutes.  Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes until golden brown – if they top is browning too much you can cover with tin foil near the end – I didn’t cover, I like a few crispy pieces.  Serve warm and enjoy!

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You could easily substitute any fruit for the blueberries, but I like how blueberries make me think of spring.  It will come, It will come…

Valentines Day – Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Valentines Day is fast approaching and to celebrate I made these amazing Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies by Cooking Classy.  I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest of course, and knew I had to give it a go.

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Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

Ingredients:

3 cups flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup unsalted butter

1 1/3 cup granulated sugar

3 large eggs

1 tbsp milk

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lemon juice

5 tsp red food colouring

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt  until combined.  In the mix master bowl, whip granulated sugar and butter until fluffy, a few minutes.  Mix in 1 egg at a time, making sure each egg is well combined before adding the next.  Add milk, vanilla, lemon juice and food colouring. Slowly add in the dry mixture and mix on low speed until combined. Add the white chocolate chips.  Cover bowl with plastic and chill for 2 hours until firm.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Put powdered sugar into a bowl.  Butter your hands because this part is messy.  Scoop dough and roll into balls.  Then roll the balls in the powdered sugar – making sure to get a good amount on them.  Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and squish them down a bit.  Bake for about 12-14 minutes, depending on your oven.  Let cool on the baking sheet then cool completely on a cooling rack.

And enjoy!

These are especially good with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa.