Friday, June 23, 2017

banana brownies

  • 3 medium, overripe bananas (approximately 1 cup or so)
  • 1/2 cup smooth almond butter (can sub for any smooth nut butter)
  • 2 T - 1/4 cup cocoa powder (more = richer taste)
  • 1
    Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small cake pan or loaf pan and set aside.
  • 2
    In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter. In a large mixing bowl, add the banana, nut butter and cocoa powder and mix very well.
  • 3
    Pour the mixture into the greased pan and bake for around 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.
  • For a smoother batter, add all the ingredients into a blender and blend well.
  • For the best texture, enjoy refrigerated.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

pineapple upside down cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the butter in an 8-by-8-by-2-inch square baking pan and set it over low heat to melt.
When melted, sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter
. Arrange the pineapple rings in a single layer on top of the sugar, making 3 rows.
Set the pan aside. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt, then sift once more. Set aside.
Using an electric mixer, mix together the shortening, granulated sugar, egg and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, beginning and ending with flour.
Stir only enough after each addition to combine.
Pour the batter carefully into the pineapple-lined baking pan and bake for 40 minutes.

Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center or pressing the cake lightly with a fingertip; if the impression springs back, the cake is done. Run a knife around the edges of the pan and place a serving dish on top. Invert the cake onto the serving dish. Leave the pan inverted over the cake for several moments to allow the syrup to soak into the cake.

 3 tablespoons butter
 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
9 slices canned pineapple in juice, drained 
 1 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
 2 teaspoons baking powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening
 2/3 cup granulated sugar
 1 large egg
 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
 2/3 cup milk

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Abusers who are aware enough to switch from their abusive behavior to their false mask quickly when there is a witness can choose to change their behavior – as evidenced by their false, charming behavior in the early stages of relationships – they simply choose not to."

Friday, March 24, 2017

BOOKS 2017

Christmas at Lilac Cottage, Holly Martin
Northanger Abbey, Val McDermid
The Day we Dissappeared, Lucy Robinson
I capture the Castle, Dodie Smith
How to fall in love, Cecilia Ahern
How hard can love be, Holly Bourne
Amelia Grey's fireside Dream, Abby Clements
Time and Again, Nora Roberts
Spin Cycle, Sue Margolis

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spinach quiche


• 1 pie crust (I use Pillsbury)
• 3tablespoons butter
• 1small onion, chopped
• 1cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed & drained
• 1garlic clove (pressed, using garlic press)
• 6 eggs
• 1 cup milk
• 2 cups shredded colby-monterey jack cheese
• salt & pepper


• Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
• Press pie crust into 9" pie pan.
• Pre-bake pie crust for about 10 minutes. Set aside.
• Sautee onion, garlic & spinach in butter until onion is soft - add salt & pepper to taste - set aside.
• In medium mixing bowl - whisk together the eggs & milk.
• Spread shredded cheese in bottom of pie crust.
• Spread spinach mixture over cheese in pie crust.
• Pour egg/milk custard over spinach mixture & cheese.
• Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. If crust starts to get too brown - cover edges with tin-foil.
• Slice & serve.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

“you’re supposed to be there for me no matter what”

"Many people stay in abusive relationships far longer than they would like because they keep remembering the good times and subdue the bad."

"Abusers tend to find people with bleeding hearts or a savior complex, and they will allow their partner to “fix” them in order to 1) make their partner feel like she or he is different and the only one who truly understands the abuser, and 2) (usually towards the end of the relationship) use this as a threat for why the partner needs to stay (i.e. “you’re supposed to be there for me no matter what”)."

Kendra Davis from Identifying Emotional Abuse before it Happens.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 10 minutes 
Total Time: 20 minutes 
Yield: 4 Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas Ingredients 

  • 1 1/2 pounds of shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced thin 
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced thin 
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced thin 
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  •  1 1/2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt 
  • several turns of freshly ground pepper
  •  2 teaspoon of chili powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of smoked paprika lime
  •  fresh cilantro for garnish 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine onion, bell pepper, shrimp, olive oil, salt and pepper and spices. 
  3. Toss to combine. 
  4. Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray. 
  5. Spread shrimp, bell peppers and onions on baking sheet. 
  6. Cook at 450 degrees for about 8 minutes. 
  7. Then turn oven to broil and cook for additional 2 minutes or until shrimp is cooked through. 
  8. Squeeze juice from fresh lime over fajita mixture and top with fresh cilantro.

banana brownies

Ingredients 3 medium, overripe bananas (approximately 1 cup or so) 1/2 cup smooth almond butter (can sub for any smooth nut butter) 2 T - 1/...