Monthly Archives: April 2010

Banana Cake Recipe

My Friend Linda posted this recipe…. YUMMMMMMMMY I can’t wait to try this one as well!!!

Banana Cake Recipe.

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An incredibly moist banana cake recipe with cream cheese frosting, this is the cake to serve at the end of memorable meals.

A luscious banana puree keeps it moist, and the sinfully delicious cream cheese frosting envelops the golden hued cake.

The aroma of vanilla and bananas will permeate your kitchen, tempting you to eat dessert first. Don’t give in! This is one cake that’s worth getting through a meal for.

Banana Cake

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 tsp. of salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp. baking soda (add to pureed bananas)
3 pureed bananas, very ripe
Cream Cheese Frosting:

1/2 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 box powdered sugar (1 lb.)
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13″ baking pan or two 9″ layer cake pans.

2. Cream butter, sugar and eggs. Sift flour several times, then add the salt and baking powder to the flour.

3. To the creamed butter mixture, add the milk and flour (alternating, beginning and ending with flour).

4. Add vanilla and mashed bananas (with the baking soda added to the bananas) to this mixture.

5. Bake layer cakes (9″) for 25-30 minutes, oblong (9×13″) for 35-40 minutes.

Frosting Directions:

1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth, add sugar and vanilla and blend well. Spread on cooled cake.

One of my FAV recipe sites – How to cook like your Grandmother

I LOVE this site… After discovering that Elwyn was allergic to dyes, I learned VERY QUICKLY how to cook everything from scratch. No more boxed food for us!! Last year, I discovered the site: How To Cook Like Your Grandmother and follow their blog – I actually have a computer folder that keeps all of the newsletter emails that I get from them (I get emailed their blog when there are new posts and signed up on their site for that.)

The kids and I LOVE CAKE! Shelby is starting to take over making cakes in our house – so I am going to email her this recipe that I received this morning that they posted this morning… I see Yellow Cake in our future!! Shelby just moved onto our “summer program” for school. She finished 180 days – so I bumped her to 7th grade – 7th grade?!?! This summer she is studying AZ History, US Constitution and doing a Consumer Science class AKA Home Ec and she has a WHOLE chapter on COOKING!!!!

It has been my belief as well since I started cooking everything from scratch that I believe EVERYONE should. IT is SO MUCH better for you especially since you know what you are putting in your food (Did you know that I have 200 pounds of WHEAT in my garage that I will be grinding into flour for our bread and cakes?) And it doesn’t really take too much longer.

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How To Make Yellow Cake

By Drew | Published: April 29, 2010

Today is the second recipe out of the Ohio State Grange Cook Book, Eleventh Edition, 1949.

It’s the yellow cake to go with the chocolate frosting. It’s not a lemon cake, it’s yellow. The flavor is actually vanilla and almond, and very subtle. It’s very nearly a blank canvas to support the frosting, so mild I can’t imagine any frosting that it would clash with.

If you’re a cake fan who usually scrapes off the frosting, you probably want something with more flavor. If you just need cake to justify eating the frosting, this is the one for you.

Ingredients

1½ cups sugar
½ cup butter
2¼ cups cake flour
1 cup milk
¼ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract
3 eggs

Directions

Let the butter warm up to room temperature. Or do like we did and nuke it until it’s just starting to melt. Cream it together with the sugar — This is the “Creaming Method“. Follow that link to see Jenni’s explanation of all the details.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and add the salt.

Mix in the milk.

Add the vanilla and almond and mix.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each one.  And yes, it matters. You won’t get the same texture if you just add all three and mix. (Did you follow that link to the Creaming Method earlier? Why not? Go read it, especially the part at the bottom about the eggs. I’ll wait … )

Pour the batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round pans.

Bake at 350° for 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean but wet. If it comes out dry, you’ve overshot.

Remove from pans, allow to cool, and assemble with frosting.

Like I said when I showed the chocolate frosting, this went on almost like a ganache. Wipe the edge of the plate before the frosting sets so it looks nice when you set it out.

And that’s it.

Before & After – Dressers

With 5 children, we budget a TON. I refuse to purchase furniture new with the kiddoes either. Yard Sales 100% for their rooms.

last Friday, I picked up these 2 semi matching dressers at an estate sale for $10 each. (Then went to Ace Hardware here in Chino and matched pink paint to their pillowcase.

So they went from THIS:

To become matching dressers for the “Little Girls’ Room:

She’s gonna BLOW!! Our volcano experiment

Today was Tuesday experiment day!! We built a volcano and then let it EXPLODE!!!

Started with a plastic water bottle… cut the top and bottom off and duct taped together.Covered one of my metal trays in foil.

Next, we covered in cardboard (used a instant oatmeal box) to make it “volcano” shaped.

We covered the frame in foil and then rolled and added clay to the outside of the “frame”.

The kids insisted on painting it brown!! 🙂

Then we added baking soda(about 4 tablespoons) to the inside of the volcano (inside the water bottle). And slowly poured red tinted vinegar inside (about 1/2 Cup at a time)… Houston, we have liftoff!

Starting to make our new house into "Our House"

With kids school and my school, my work and Lar’s work, moving and unpacking, it has been quite a chore to get our house into the “Our House” feel. This week, however, the kids and I started putting their classroom together. We have converted the formal dining room into a classroom for the kids. Pictures on the finished classroom to come next week because I am not quite finished yet.

At the beginning of this week I started cutting vinyl for our walls – Here are what we have cut so far that are up already.

Above the piano in the classroom, is the alphabet for Berlyn. He is starting to learn in, so we needed that up.I promise that it is straight on the wall. 😉

Above the calendar/assignment wall is a saying that we tell the kids all the time, especially if one of them are in trouble. 🙂 – Tomorrow is a New Day!

On another wall we added something else that we tell the kids all of the time (haven’t added Albert Einstein to the bottom of this one yet)

Then, in our laundry room (I have always wanted to decorate a laundry room and now I have a HUGE one!!)

Spring fever – brings on Alphabet Lap Books

We have had beautiful weather for the last 2 weeks – I am talking 70+ degrees and just like unpredictable Arizona monsoons in the summer, today is dead and dreary. For the next few days, our high is not supposed to even reach 50 and we have rain and snow in the forcast. What to do with 5 kids (besides their normal school work) while the weather is yucky?

I am prepping Berlyn for Kindergarten and even though we do it at home, I am having to still get him ready. He has 0% attention span and has ALWAYS been like that.

We have started an alphabet set of lap books just for him. We walk around the house saying the letter sound and find photos of items that start with that letter – cut out of newspaper ads, magazines, etc.

He was very excited to do “B” today.  We take a manilla folder and fold it differently and start gluing.

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (It has oatmeal in it… it has to be healthy, right?)

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c butter, softened
  • 1/2 c peanut butter
  • 1c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1t baking powder
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 2 eggs
  • 1t vanilla
  • 1-1/4c flour
  • 2c rolled oats
  • 1c chocolate chips
  1. Mix together butter and peanut butter.
  2. Add sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and soda. Beat until combined.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add flour, oats and chocolate chips.
  5. Drop on cookie sheets and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees

This recipe doubles fantastically – We add 1 bag of chocolate chips to a doubled batch.

I love just being FaMiLy!!!

I have one of the best families out there. I have amazing parents, a fantastic sister and “Uncle Jason” (who I wouldn’t trade for the world), the best husband in the world and the most creative little clan out there of my 5 little wonderfuls plus the most adorable nephews here in Arizona. We all enjoy spending family time together (although we are missing Lar’s family in Utah and Idaho).

Easter this year was a rough one. Lar’s grandfather passed away the week before and after a quick trip to Utah and back to AZ, the escrow company didn’t have all of the paperwork together for us to move.  We had to live out of boxes for Easter weekend. We did still have our annual Family Egg hunt. Here are a few pictures.

I have one of the best families out there. I have amazing parents, a fantastic sister and “Uncle Jason” (who I wouldn’t trade for the world), the best husband in the world and the most creative little clan out there of my 5 little wonderfuls plus the most adorable nephews here in Arizona. We all enjoy spending family time together (although we are missing Lar’s family in Utah and Idaho).

Easter this year was a rough one. Lar’s grandfather passed away the week before and after a quick trip back to AZ, the escrow company didn’t have all of the paperwork together for us to move.  We had to live out of boxes for Easter weekend. We did still have our annual Family Egg hunt. Here are a few pictures.

Red White and Blue… Stars and Stripes Forever!!

This move is taking a toll on me. I am so tired with school and kiddletts and their school. Sometimes I feel like I need to clone myself, but I don’t have time for that either! 🙂 I did find the box with all of my bathroom decorations!!! So, Hello RED, WHITE and BLUE!!! The bathroom isn’t quite finished (It is a bit bigger than our last guest bath, so I think that I need a few more things on the walls.). I do need to find a shower curtain that fits a claw foot tub circular curtain rod. I also want to put vinyl back up like I had at the other house.