Nana’s BaNana Bread!

I don’t know why I even buy bananas. I never put them on my grocery list. But for some reason, every time I get to the store and I see those beautiful yellow bananas my brain goes, “those bananas would be delicious with some Cheerios and/or oatmeal!” To which my brain then responds, “why yes self, I believe you are correct!” So I buy some. Not one or two or even three; usually I buy about 5 or 6, ya know a bunch. By the time I get home I am usually regretting this rash decision but also vowing to myself that I WILL eat all these bananas before they go bad!!!

As I’m sure you’ve surmised by now, that NEVER happens. So, not wanting to waste food I pop those bad boys in the freezer. Then I go back to the grocery store and repeat the whole damn process until I end up with about 2 dozen frozen bananas in my freezer that have essentially turned in to booby traps so that every time you open the freezer you have to jump back or risk getting your toes smashed by falling bananacicles.

Luckily, there is a silver lining. That lining is Banana bread! More specifically my Nana’s extra special, delicious, memory conjuring BaNana bread! I asked my mom if she thought it would be ok if I shared Nana’s recipe on my blog and she said, “Nana wouldn’t have minded so it should be fine.” So here it is, the best Banana bread recipe in the world!!!!

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Ingredients:

1 cup mashed bananas
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup butter or marg.
1/3 cup sour milk
2 eggs
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

Cream bananas with sugar and shortening. Add eggs, beat. Add remaining ingredients, nuts last.

(You can make sour milk by adding a Tbs. vinegar to sweet milk.)

Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees

If you think rotten bananas look gross, try mashing them up. It doesn’t help.

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Adding Sugar…

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And butter does not make it any more appealing.

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Once you add the dry ingredients it starts looking like a normal batter once more, but of course I forgot to take a picture of this step. Anyways, once you have finished with your batter and added the nuts of your choice (I like it with chopped walnuts) pour the batter into greased bread pans, about 3/4 of the way full. Pop it into the heated oven for an hour, and yes you want it in there for at least an hour. For larger bread pans you might want to leave them in for another 10-15 minutes. The center shouldn’t be mushy to the touch.

And there you have it, the best banana bread EVAR!!!

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Grandma’s Cereal Candy

I know I am a week late on this post. I tried ever so hard to get it done and posted last week but unfortunately things did not go as planned. Being down on temporary bed rest is surprisingly unconducive to doing… well anything, but even writing up a post around my giant baby bump while staying reclined with my feet up proved to be enough of a pain in the behind that I called it quits until I was up and around again. Well, up and around I am, but who knows for how long so hopefully my little blog doesn’t suffer too much. Anyways, onwards!

This stuff is cereal candy crack! My Grandma Sondie has been making this since before I was born. It was my Uncle’s favorite treat as a kid and it has just trickled down through the generations.

Recipe

Ingredients:

9 cups Fruity Pebbles
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Corn Syrup
2 Cups Creamy Peanut Butter
1 Cup Dry Milk
1 tsp Vanilla

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Directions:

1. In a large saucepan combine the Sugar and Corn Syrup. You can buy a 16 oz. bottle of corn syrup and then you don’t even have to measure it out, just pour the whole bottle in with the sugar.

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2. Mix these over medium heat until creamy.

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3. Add the dry milk. Again, if you just buy a little 3.2 oz pckg you can just dump the whole thing in.

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4. Mix over medium heat until creamy.

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5. Remove from heat and add creamy peanut butter. You can buy an 18 oz bottle of peanut butter and just empty it all in. It’s ok that it is not exact. Also, I put my peanut butter in the microwave for about a minute first, so it is nice and smooth and easy to add to the mixture. NOTE: Make sure you remove all the tinfoil from the top of the PB jar before you put it in the microwave.

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6. Stir until mixed and add vanilla.

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7. Pour in all your cereal and start mixing it all together. This part gets difficult especially as the mixture starts to cool, so you will want to work fast and make sure that you are incorporating all the mixture from the bottom in with the cereal.

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8. Pour your mixture out onto an ungreased cookie sheet. This stuff comes up really easy so you don’t have to worry about it getting stuck to the cookie sheet.

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9. Flatten your mixture out, it should cover most of the cookie sheet.

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And there you have it! The BEST Cereal Candy EVER! I know it doesn’t look super appetizing, but I promise you, it is magical and it never lasts long!

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