Banana Rhubarb Bread


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I was at my mom and dad’s house the other day for dinner. (They must have read my blog from my previous post about how I missed eating dinner with them. Thanks Mom!) My mom had made delicious lasagna and rhubarb crumble for dessert. As I was leaving with a full belly in tote my mom and dad asked if I wanted rhubarb. Well I have never cooked with rhubarb before. So the challenge was set. I immediately went to Banana Rhubarb Bread mostly because I had a lot of ripe bananas left at home. Well of course I took some and here are the results of my first attempt at using Rhubarb.  Now if I make this again I will add more rhubarb maybe 3 or 4 stalks instead of 2 ½ stalks. Although this is very tasty like it is I would have liked to taste more rhubarb.

I hope you try this bread it is very moist and it melts in your mouth. Enjoy!

Banana Rhubarb Bread

6 Ripe Bananas

2 ½ stalks of Rhubarb

2/3 Cups of butter melted

1 ½ cups of sugar

¼ cup of water

2 eggs

2 teaspoons of vanilla

2 teaspoons of baking soda

Pinch of salt

3 cups of flour

 

            Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice the rhubarb into small pieces. In a small sauce pan add water and a ½ cup of sugar then the diced rhubarb. Cook on low to medium heat until the rhubarb is soft. In the meantime take the 6 bananas mash them with a fork or a potato masher and add the melted butter. Then when the rhubarb is soft and has cool slightly add that to the bananas.

            Mix in the sugar, eggs and vanilla into the banana mixture. Sprinkle the salt and baking soda over the mixture and then add one cup of flour at a time until all the flour is added.  Pour mixture into 2 buttered loaf pans. Bake for one hour and then cool on rack. Then all there is left to do is grab your knife and slice and butter it up. 

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Hot Pretzels


Jon and I are going to be spending Memorial Day weekend at his family cottage with some great friends. Plus Jon’s Birthday is in a few days and one of his favorite snack foods is Hot Pretzels. So tonight I made a double batch so we can snack this week plus have some for the weekend. I am telling once you try this recipe you will be making these often. I first tried the Hot Pretzels when Jon and I went on a road trip with friends to the Novi Snow Show a few years ago. Our friends had a bag of them in the car and I think they were gone before we even knew it. So good! So thank you Tony and Tina for such a great recipe.

Hot Pretzels

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 Preheat oven to 210 degrees. Whisk the last three ingredients together in a large bowl. When whisked thoroughly add pretzels and toss until fully coated. Put the pretzels in a roaster or cookie sheet stir one more time. Put in oven and set timer for 15 minutes. After the first 15 minutes take out and stir and then return to oven for another 15 minutes. Do this about 3 to 4 times or until the oil mixture is soaked in. 

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I really enjoy the Hot Pretzels right out of the oven but they are very good cold too. I hope you try this recipe I know you will love it. Let me know what you think.

Bad Week


I had a bad week last week. I won’t go into detail but my patience with people was very thin and it was hard to stay to true to myself and be the Christian I want to be.  I was placed in a situation at work that required a lot of patience. Let’s just say I am not sure I handled it the way God wanted me to. But after the situation which seemed to drag on for days I read a Joyce Meyer devotional that seem to hit me right between the eyes. I just wish I would of read this before I had the situation at hand. Here is her devotional that I read.

“Walk with Boldness

Some people exude boldness, while others struggle with living boldly as a loved child of God. I had that problem until God showed me some important keys that helped me live boldly, and I want to share them with you.

1. Refuse to live in fear. Fear is an epidemic in our society. The Bible instructs us in Hebrews 10:38 to live by faith and not draw back in fear.

2. Put setbacks behind you. You are not a failure because you try new things and they don’t work out. You fail only when you stop trying. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and if you do, recover quickly and press on.

3. Don’t draw comparisons. Boldness will be impossible as long as you compare yourself to others. Boldness comes from accepting who you are and being the best you can be.

4. Be willing to take action. Search your heart and ask yourself what you believe God wants you to do, and then do it.

Pray over these four keys, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you live them out. Hold up your head and be filled with boldness.”

Joyce Meyer Devotional

I come to realize that everyday God puts us in situations where we can show his true love. I am taking last week as a learning lesson.  I am ready for the week ahead, ready to face my giants and hold my head up and be filled with boldness. I am prepared for the week ahead.

I had a very productive weekend which helped me work out some of the problems rolling around in my head.  My garden and flower pots are now planted. I planted my green peppers, Jalepeno peppers, Basil and Thai Basil, Dill, Sage and Rosemary. I also planted two cherry tomato plants in pots. Now it is time to sit and wait for the produce. I truly believe gardening is good for the spirit and the soul.  Here are some pictures of what my mental healing produced this weekend.

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