Archive for May 18th, 2011

Well, ok…maybe a little bit.  But who doesn’t have containers of peat pellets or piles of potting soil in various containers sitting around everywhere this time of year?  Now I admit, I do have a tendency to fill up the kitchen, both children’s rooms, the laundry room, top of freezer and refrigerator with vegetables, herbs and flowers this year.  I even found use for a old outside barbeque to hold a few pans.  But today I might have crossed the line when I attempted to sneak a few flower trays onto my daughters rarely used old slide set.  She looked, looked again, walked over and looked me straight in the eye as she said ever so calmly.  “Mommy…you can put dirt on your things, that’s mine!” .  I guess the only dirt allowed on her slide is if placed there by herself, as a hour later she had it covered , along with herself, in mud from a mud fight with her brother and a friend.

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I should be in bed, it’s late and I am definitely more then a little tired, but situation of a strange house and a sick visitor is not allowing for it.  So I figure I will do a couple posts to the blog and hopefully by time I finish things will have settled down again to let me sleep.

This is actually a “oops” recipe which turned out wonderful and which I will certainly be making many times again in future.  I had planned to add chopped walnuts, and at time was getting my daughter a bowl of raisins while trying to whip this quick bread together and deal with a bit more then chaotic house.  Thinking I had grabbed the walnuts, I instead dumped the raisins in the cake and gave her the nuts for a snack. Not that she minded, she was thrilled and certainly not going to spoil the treat by telling me of my error. Not that in end it made difference, everyone was happy with results. I’m not certain if I should classify this as a bread, or a cake honestly.  It holds elements of both, and can be served both ways.  In this picture I accompanied it with vanilla pudding as it was dessert for our dinner, but earlier that morning we had it with butter which worked out just fine as well.

Banana-Golden Raisin Spice Bread/Cake

2 cups MYO Bisquick  (recipe follows)

4 banana’s overripe and mashed

1 cup wheat flour

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/2 cup golden raisins

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp allspice

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4  cup milk or buttermilk

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Combine ingredients, I know many recipes say this first or that first with this I won’t, because often I end up inserting whatever I get my hands on next with quick breads.  The only definite to hit the bowl first, is the banana’s as I mash them before anything else in bottom.  Once you have everything combined, pour into a greased bread loaf pan, square cake pan (I used the cake pan for this), or individual muffin tins.  Preheat your oven to 425 and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden at edges and toothpick test comes out clean.

I sprinkled the top with a mixture of  sugar/cinnamon 5 minutes prior to pulling from oven.

MYO Bisquick Mix

4 cups flour

3 tbsp baking powder

2 1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp sugar

1 cup shortening  (or vegetable/canola/olive oil)

In large bowl or food processor combine, cutting in shorting until texture resembles fine crumbs.  Store in airtight container or baggy.

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