Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Sorry I missed yesterday…. I usually plan ahead better than that but our weekend was very busy, I was still recuperating and I had my out of town Dr’s appointment yesterday… so not a whole lot has been accomplished this week! I did manage to make this bread on Monday thought for lunches and thought I would share the recipe with everyone!

Banana bread is a HUGE favourite in this household… especially with Dillon. I swear he had some kind of banana bread radar lol! He could be anywhere in the house and once he catches a whiff of it baking he is sitting there waiting… offering to take one of the loaves (because we can’t just make one here lol) off my hands…. a WHOLE loaf lol!

Sandie

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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

The other day I thought I would make some Peanut Butter Oatmeal cookies for “the boys” lunch boxes. It is a nice combination. AND it doesn’t hurt that PB cookies are Chris’ favourite and Oatmeal are mine lol!

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Cinnamon Sugar Knots

One day last week I wanted to make a treat for “the boys,” something I haven’t made in a while.  I was going to make some kind of baked donuts but the thought of the house smelling of cinnamon baking into something in the oven was too much temptation.  To me there is nothing like the smell of cinnamon!  I made these Cinnamon Sugar Knots for them and they loved them!  Chris even hid his at work because the guys he works with like to raid his lunch box to see what treats he has lol!

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Have you every made Lemon Meringue Pie from scratch…. like right from lemons to lemon filling?  I’m here to tell you it is almost as fast and easy as the one that comes out of a blue box but tastes a whole lot better…. much more lemon flavour and well, delicious.

If you haven’t tried it before, and like all of us… love Lemon Meringue Pie, you need to give it a go!

In our family, Lemon Meringue pie brings about laughter and fun memories….

When Chris and I first started dating…. way back in 2003, he was a frequent dinner guest.  I had made a Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert.  Kim was eating her piece, and Chris thought he would have some fun.  His favourite thing to do back then was to ask you if what you were eating smelled funny… and when you went to smell it, he would shove the plate in your face so you had dessert all over it!  I am sure you know where this is leading…. yes, with Kim having pie all over her face.  She decided she was going to get her own back and next thing I know there is a full on pie fight in my apartment which ended up with Chris hiding in one of the bathrooms, not wanting the favour to be returned and basically waving a white flag lol! Every time I made this type of pie, the story is retold lol. And brings about memories of another incident…. not funny though…. we were having drinks with a neighbour once night and Chris and I were telling stories of funny things that have happened with us, dumb things we have done and the comical events these decisions brought about.  Our neighbours just sort of looked at us funny, which is quite normal by the way lol, so I had to ask why.  They told me that even after being together for likely 20 years, they didn’t have any funny stories like ours. I thought that was kind of sad….

One of my favourite sayings is that if you can’t laugh about it, it isn’t worth worrying about!  And we generally live like that…. mostly because I am a clown lol, but a fun clown as I remind my kids on a regular basis when I embarrass them!

Now back to the Lemon Meringue Pie recipe…..

Sandie

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Apple Cinnamon Roll Dessert

I saw something like this on Facebook when I was looking around one day. I wish I had saved the link so that I could share where the recipe originated but I didn’t even think about it at the time so I had to wing it when I tried it the other day.

What we ended up with was a wonderfully smelling, and tasting, dessert. I thought it would end up more like a cake… or a monkey bread sort of dessert, but the cubes of cinnamon rolls stayed separated and I just ended up spooning it on the plates when serving. No matter how it looked, the taste more than made up for it!

Sandie

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“Good for You” Baby Minnie Mouse Smash Cake

I am SO far behind in typing posts!!! I have been working in our laundry room and it’s been taking a lot of time but I have put it off long enough and it needs to be finished. I don’t know how I’ve lived with it for this long… it is dark and dreary and while I don’t actually spend a lot of time in there, it doesn’t mean I can’t pretty it up a little bit. Hopefully I catch up soon.. until then, here is the last post from my granddaughter’s first birthday!

I wanted to make a smash cake for her but I also didn’t want to making something so sweet she was going to get sick from it. I opted for healthier version and used a lightly tinted Greek yogurt as icing. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how well the yogurt held up when used as icing. Add some Bristol board “ears,” and some flower shaped Puff Puff treats and we had our cute little smash cake!

My granddaughter didn’t actually eat the cake… or even smash it for that matter lol. The poor little munchkin had been up a lot the night before cutting more teeth and was not impressed with the cake at all. Not a big deal, she will have pictures of it in her album and know her grandma made her a cool smash cake for her first birthday!

Sandie

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Chocolate Macaroon “Nests”

I have been making these “Macaroons” for as long as I can remember, but I have to admit that turning them into “nests” never crossed my mind until I saw a picture somewhere.

I can recall my mother making them when we were kids and even before the cookies were set we were fighting over who would get to eat the little bits that fall off the spoon when you are dropping them onto the cookie sheet!  Now the ones we made also had coconut and I would have switched out a cup of oatmeal for coconut but neither one of my kids like coconut… strange beings!  They must have gotten that anomaly from their father!

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