Banana Pancakes


I usually don’t have time in the morning to make breakfast. But this morning I did. So I decided to make Banana Pancakes. I love bananas in the morning. They fill you up and get you going. I decided that I would make my banana pancakes this morning because we have a full day of cleaning and maybe some painting to do this afternoon. But before I go on about my Banana Pancakes I must tell you how I got my new stove top. I did have a glass stove top until about 2 weeks ago a glass spice jar hit the glass stove top and shattered my glass top.

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But here is my new stove top. So pretty!

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So now onto the Banana Pancakes.

First I take one banana and smash it.

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Add a cup of Bisquick.

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Then I add 1/2 cup of milk, one egg, and add some Mexican vanilla.

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Mix it all together with a fork. The reason I use a fork is so that the mixture stays light and airy.

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I slice up another banana and then ladle the pancake mixture and place 3 to 4 slice on top of the pancake mixture.

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Flip and cook on the other side and there you go. Banana Pancakes so sweet and yummy. Give them a try.

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Just add butter and syrup.

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Banana Pancakes

2 whole bananas

1 cup of Bisquick

1/2 cup of milk

1 egg

1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Smash one banana and then add the one cup of bisquick, 1/2 cup of milk, one egg, and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Mix all together and then ladle on to a frying pan.  Cut the second banana into slices. Then place three to four on each pancake, cook for until you see the batter bubbling, then flip.

 

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Chicken Sausage Skillet


So I was bored tonight and decided to throw some stuff together and this is what was created. I had Garlic and Asiago Chicken Sausage, green pepper, and onions. Well that is a natural combination if I ever saw one but we can take it a step further. So I had some frozen peas and Montery Jack cheese.

First I  sauted the Chicken Sausage along with some chopped onions and green peppers. DSC_0061

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I added some frozen peas and some chicken stock.

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Once the peas were cooked through I added some more chicken stock and then I added in Minute Rice cups with Brown rice and Wild rice. I added just one cup along with about 4 ounces of Montery Jack Cheese.

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Weekend at Suttons Bay, Michigan


So this weekend Jon and I went to Suttons Bay, Michigan. We stayed on our boat for the weekend in Suttons Bay Harbor.DSC_0001

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I must say that this by far in all our boating adventures was my favorite Harbor to stay at. The people working in the Harbor were friendly and very helpful. The town is full of activity and things to do. We arrived late Thursday night so Friday it was foggy but yet the water was very calm so we decided to go to Charlevoix, Mi. which was by boat around 1.5 hours away from Suttons Bay. Here is a shot of the Charlevoix harbor.

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We spent the afternoon shopping and having lunch. Then we headed back to Suttons Bay and the water was very chopping on the way back. Yikes my bottom still hurts from all the pounding.

Saturday we went to Old Mission Lighthouse in the morning and hit some wineries on the way there and I picked up some of my most favorite wine. It comes from Pennisula Cellars and it is called Homework. You must try it. It is a sweet wine and so good.

At Old Mission Lighthouse Jon and I found a couple who would take our picture on this huge stone in the midst of where Lake Michigan should be at but the water level is so low we could sit on it. Plus you can see how foggy it was that morning.

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But on the way back home we stopped by Jolly Pumpkin Resturant and Brewery for Lunch. I love adult versions of mac and cheese and I am hear to tell you Jolly Pumpkin got it right. It was the best Adult Mac and Cheese that I have ever tasted. IMG_20130622_133507_403

It has fried pancetta and three cheeses and Parmesan crunch added to the top. I will be making my own version of this soon. I will post as soon as I figure out what the three cheeses are. It was so creamy and the pancetta added just the right amount of salt to the dish. I was in heaven.

Overall we had a great weekend on the boat, enjoyed some great food, and even got some sun. I even bought a kitchen souvenir which when it ships I will show you and brag it up.

A Day on Lake Huron


Sunday was a gorgeous day. Since nice weather has been hit or miss lately we decided to go for a boat ride from Bay City to Tawas City. It was such a beautiful day out. Right when we launched the boat we ran into the USS Edson (DD-946)

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You can actually go through the ship now. Someday we will have to board the ship and check it out. Half way out to Saginaw Bay we also saw some dredging going on.

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This was more interesting watching the process than the picture represents. A few miles out from the dredging we ran into the Appledore Tall Ship. It is so beautiful to see in full sail.

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So we had excellent weather on the the way to Tawas City, Mi. We missed the Formula boat races by 1/2 hour. Bummer! But we did get to see and hear one running. Very loud but very cool. Here is one that was still in Tawas Harbor.

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So we were starving after that 2 hour trip from Bay City to Tawas ride. Went up to Mr.Jack’ss Sports Bar and Grill. We decided to try a grilled sandwich. I had the Raspberry Grilled Chicken sandwich. It was delicious.

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The bread was like pizza dough grilled and then brushed with parmesan cheese and garlic and herbs. Then stuffed with grilled chicken and feta cheese and lettuce along with a raspberry vinaigrette. This sandwich was good. I would only change one thing. I would have use real grilled chicken not the Gordon Food version of grilled chicken. Other wise is was good. While we were eating we felt sprinkles so we decide we should head back home as soon as we were finished.

When we reached our boat on the docks we ran into one of Jon’s friends. He was leaving too. So we took off from Tawas back to Bay City and the water was rough. The waves were like 4 foot waves.

Here is a picture on Jon’s friend.

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You can see the waves are starting to pick up. Needless to say we it took us four hours to get home and the waves pounded us all the way back home. My back and butt was so sore but it was worth it to spend time in Tawas City.

Salmon and Polenta with Homemade Herb Butter


My herbs are doing so well in my garden that I need to cut some and use it. So I decided today that I should make a herb butter and that way I can use it all week. Here is what I cut this morning in my garden.DSC_0470 DSC_0471

I cut garlic chives, dill, sage, rosemary and regular chives. The recipe is very easy. Just pick what herbs you would like to use and then soften butter. I used two sticks of salted butter.  I chopped the herbs and then mixed them into the butter. I also added some garlic powder about a 1/2 teaspoon.

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Then roll the butter into a tube using the saran wrap.

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Then place in the fridge for a couple hours before use. The longer it stays in the fridge the flavors of the herbs get much stronger. But I could not wait until tomorrow to use it.

So I made salmon with lime juice. Then I sprinkled the salmon with sea salt and lemon pepper and stuck it in the oven at 400 degrees. This only takes about 10 to 15 minutes to cook.

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I bought some Polenta from the store yesterday and decided I would try that with the herb butter too. So I sliced it and put in some olive oil and fried it up.

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I wanted to try edamame beans for awhile now. I had a steamable bag and I microwaved according to the directions. Then I added them to a frying pan with lime juice, sea salt and pepper. Cooked until heated through.

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When the salmon was done I cut the herb butter thin and added it to the salmon and polenta.

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I am a Moscato girl so I found this Starlight Peach Moscato at the store the other day and had to try it. They make a strawberry and watermelon Moscato also but I decided to try them one at a time. I will keep you posted how they  taste but if they are anything like the peach I will not be disappointed. Very yummy.

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What a perfect dinner for two and so easy. I hope you try making your own herb butter. You will not regret it.

Where Did The Time Go?


This is week has gone by so fast. Where did the time go? Which is what I was thinking Thursday night while watching Jon’s niece graduate from High School.  She graduated with Honors and we are so proud.

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Where did the time go? I still remember my High School Graduation. I was so excited to get out and start real life or so I thought.  Saying goodbye to my friends was not easy but the sense of freedom was new and exciting.

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Tracy, Martha, Me and April 1987

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Martha,Tracy, Me and April 2012

But boy did life have other plans for me. I did not go to college, instead I wanted the freedom. I wanted the job. I wanted to get out of my parents house, I wanted to make my own money, spend time with friends and yes party a little too.  My ideas of real life were let’s say a little askew.  Two years later I was married, a mother of a precious little girl and pregnant with my second child. Two years after that, I was newly divorced and a single mom to two beautiful children. Life had other plans for me indeed. I struggled as a single mom, worked long hours and missed very important days with my children. I made many mistakes that I will have to live with for the rest of my life, but I would not change one single thing in my life.  It made me the strong person I am today. It brought me back to God and the meaning of family and God brought me Jon.

A few things I would like to tell KC on this day is to stay true to yourself, go to college and find out who you are. Study hard and look at this time as a new chapter in your life, one of many. Don’t rush into the next chapter of your life it will come soon enough. Enjoy this time of your life and treasure the small things as much as the big ones.  Call your mother and tell her you love her any chance you get. It means the world to her. Always remember we are here for you and you are not alone.

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