Friday, January 10, 2014

From Scratch, Banana Walnut Bread (Dairy-Free)

I have been making so many yummy recipes this winter (we've had a lot of snow and frigid temps)! But, with the kids being home from school for 20 days straight now, that's right, 20 days, I haven't found the time to share these recipes on the blog. I'm going to try to get them all up soon. Here is one of our family's favorite comfort foods...

Banana Walnut Bread

As you have read in the past with my Candied Walnut Recipe we harvest our walnuts from our property. Obviously, you can use store bought. We do NOT grow our own bananas...We live in Missouri!!!

That being said, here is what you will need:

*4 ripe bananas (I like to freeze bananas when they are really ripe, then thaw them when I want to use them)

* 3/4 cup of apple sauce (our's is homemade)

* 1 cup organic unbleached sugar

* 1 egg

* 1 tsp vanilla extract

* 1 tsp baking soda

* a pinch of salt

*1 1/2 cups of unbleached flour

The first step is to mash the bananas in a bowl. This should be really easy if they are very ripe.

Then stir in 3/4 cup of apple sauce. Our's is brown, because it is home made, but you can use store bought also. 

Next, stir in the sugar, egg, vanilla, baking soda, and salt and mix it well. Then add the walnuts.

Add the 1 1/2 cups of flour last and mix well. 

When all is mixed pour it into a baking loaf.

And bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a tooth pick comes out clean. 

Let it cool before eating and ENJOY! 

This is such a delicious winter snack bread. It also goes great with breakfast! 

I love to hear comments. How did your bread turn out? What is your favorite homemade bread? 

Goop! For a Snowy Day...

This post is originally from 2 years ago, but with all the snow days we've been having around here I thought it could use a repost. I will also mention that I now have a third child, who is 20 months old and this stuff is so awesome for her to play with...It doesn't stick to anything, so when she threw it on the floor there was no worries and there's no hand clean up! 

(It's funny for me to see my two older kids with their baby faces and our old kitchen!)

While looking on Pinterest for some fun kids activities I came across a pin titled "Flubber". I immediately knew from the picture that this was the same thing as "Goop", which I remember my mom making when I was a kid. Of course, we had to do this one! 

First I gathered the ingredients:
2 bowls:

1st bowl
3 tsp of Borax
1 cup warm water

2nd bowl 
2 cups of glue
1 1/2 cups warm water
a few drops of food coloring

First mix each bowls contents well. Make sure the Borax is dissolved and the glue and water are well mixed. 

Stir the food coloring into the glue mixture.

Pour the borax mixture into the glue mixture. It will stay watery for a couple of minutes, but the chemical reaction will soon make it turn to the goop consistance.

And it's time to play! 

The kids sure love playing with the goop. I gave them each an old pizza pan to play in.

And playing...

It's been a couple of days and they are still enjoying the goop! 

Overall, this was a quick, easy, cheap and entertaining project. And it totally brought me back to my childhood. Even my hubby was having fun with it! 

Update: This time we added some utensils to play with the goop: plastic knives, cookie cutters, and rolling pins.

I originally pinned this project from Frugal Fun Challenge