Best Banana Cake

banana cake

This cake melts in your mouth!  My sweet sister-in-law passed this on to me because it’s my niece’s favorite cake, and I want to be my my niece’s favorite aunt.

What you’ll need for the cake:

1 1/2 cups very ripe bananas (the kind your friend makes fun of you for still having in your house)

2 tsp lemon juice

3 cups all purpose flower

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 cup butter soft butter

2 cups sugar

3 eggs

2 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups buttermilk (if you don’t have buttermilk, add 1 1/2 tbsp of vinegar to regular milk)

What you’ll need for the frosting:

1/2 cup softened butter

8 oz softened cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

For the cake:

Pre-heat oven to 275 degrees and spray a 9 x 13 pan (make sure you don’t use a smaller pan, or the cake will fall and be mushy in the middle).  Mash the bananas and add the lemon juice – set aside.  In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt – set aside.  In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in eggs, one at a time and stir in vanilla.  Beat in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk.  Stir in bananas.  Pour into cake pan and bake one hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

For the frosting:

Cream butter and cream cheese.  Beat in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.


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Make-ahead Orange Salad

This has always been a go to for my mother-in-law.  So, naturally it is a comfort food around this house.  It is the weirdest, easiest and most delicious concoction.  Simply mix up the following ingredients after you have drained your pineapple chunks.  It is perfect for the holidays because it can be made the day before!


1 container of Cool Whip

1 box of orange jello

1 16 ounce container of cottage cheese

1 bag of mini marshmallows.

1 can of crushed pineapple or chunks of pineapple IMG_2379

DIY Laundry Detergent (Laundry Whip)

I enjoy doing things for myself.  I enjoy saving a bunch of money and making my own detergent.  I have tried powder, detergent and now….the whip!  Whip that laundry into shape.  I just had to say that.   I love this, it cleans my clothes, it makes me feel like I contribute to our family and it’s CHEAP!!

This is what you will need besides a little time…

IMG_4319   1 cup Borax

1 cup washing soda

1 Bar Fels-Naptha

4 1/2 cups water

I found all of these things in the detergent department at Wal-Mart.

You also need Mason jars, a funnel (optional) and a blender.

The first thing you need to do is grate the bar of soap.  Ebay has grated soap for sale.  Believe me, I checked.



During the process of grating, you need to get your water HOT in a large pan.  It’s ok for it to reach a boil, but don’t let it stay there too long.  When you are finished grating the soap put it in your hot water and stir.  You need to stay pretty close and make sure you are stirring frequently.  While the soap is melting melting, mix the 1 cup borax and the 1 cup washing soda in a bowl.  When the soap has completely melted, slowly stir in the borax/washing soda mixture.

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You will need to stir and make certain that all of the granules get dissolved.  You will be able to feel the bottom of your pan with your spoon to make sure there are no granules left behind.  We leave no granule left behind.

Make sure that the white film is not climbing the sides of the pan.  This means you are a good stirrer.

Take it off of the heat and  get ready to divide your mixture between two mason jars.  I use a funnel because I desperately need one.  I also make my own paint in mason jars, so I just happened to have one.

The mixture will not go to the top as you divide evenly.   IMG_4326


Seal those suckers up and turn them upside down.  They will need to sit for 4-5 hours.  Go get something else productive done, or not.



Then, this is the crazy fun part.  You need to get your blender out and take the bottom off.  I had no idea this unscrewed!  You can imagine my blender might just be a little nasty.  This is magical!  Screw the blender bottom onto the mason jar and then put it into the blender.

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This will take about 1 minute to whip up. I had to push the spoon in to unclump it a little bit.

Now, you have the finished product!  It looks like mayonnaise.  Make sure you get it labeled and out of the kitchen so it doesn’t end up in deviled eggs.

You only need to use 1 TBSP per load!  For an extra great scent I use they crystals at Wal-Mart.  They are on the same aisle with the other ingredients.

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Salvaging My Identity

I love our new book!  This week we are going to focus on  being content with what we have and where we are, because God can do great thing with our lives.  We are individuals with different backgrounds, funny quirks, and awesome personalities that He wants to use in a special place.  We are not going to obsess over our body image.  We should rather obsess over our relationship with Christ.  We are going to focus on spending time with Him this week, so He can make us beautiful inside.  Our concern is going to be pleasing God instead of other people.  Next week, we will discuss chapter 2.  I will be praying for you this week!!




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Best Stir Fry, Ever!



3 T Olive Oil

2 Garlic Cloves (minced)  You can use the minced garlic that comes from the jar.

1 1/2 cups water

1/3 cup Soy Sauce (Tamurai Soy sauce can be used)

2 cups whole grain brown minute rice

2 cups frozen stir fry vegetables


Heat olive oil.  Saute minced garlic. Cook until garlic is translucent.  Add water and soy sauce, and let them come to a boil.  Stir in uncooked rice and frozen vegetables.  Return to a boil. Reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.


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Best Hot Cocoa Ever!

IMG_3950 We woke up to a bunch of beautiful snow!  It looks like a snow globe out there!  I always make this cocoa for the kids because it gets rave reviews, and I remain their favorite mom for another day.  I want to preface this recipe with the fact that we have 5 people who like more than one serving of this stuff because it is in fact delicious.  So, I usually add a bit more water and milk and keep the amounts of dry ingredients the same.


1/3 cup unsweetened  cocoa powder

3/4 cup white sugar

1 pinch of salt

1/3  cup boiling water (If I’m running low on milk,  or if more kids that aren’t my own are going to be over here, I’ve been known to use more water.)

3 1/2 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup half-and-half cream


Start to boil your water in a pan.  Combine the cocoa, sugar and salt in a small bowlWhen the water is boiling blend in the cocoa mixture.  Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir.  Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes.  Watch that it doesn’t scorch.  Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil.   Remove from heat and add vanilla.  Divide between 4 mugs.  Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.


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I missed you today!

I have given out most of the books for our next study, “Salvaging My Identity”.  It is an awesome devotional that I have enjoyed even at my age.  I loved this week about having confidence in yourself because you belong to Christ.  I loved the acceptance day.  This quote was one of my favorites, “When we become completely focused on the acceptance of others, it’s all consuming and we lose sight of the fact that our Creator has accepted us completely in Christ!”  I loved image obsession day!  My favorite quote, ”  Instead of basing your beauty on impossible standards that a crazy world sets, true beauty can be found in holiness and choosing to set your standards based on the Word of God.”  And the book continues about failure, discontentment, and false expectations.  we will discuss it all next week!  Can’t wait to see you!

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Where it started

I teach a high school girls Sunday School class.  We all came in with New Year’s resolutions custom made of course for each of us.  As we shared what we wanted to see changed we discussed our strategy to be different.  We decided that we had to start somewhere.  Maybe it was a verse to memorize that would help us, or kind gestures toward others that would get things rolling.  And for one, just picking up those clothes out of the fuzzy chair.  All of us have dreams and things we want accomplished.  We have to start somewhere with a small step to change or to gain what we desire.  What is your New Year’s resolution and how will you begin?

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Here I Am!!

I finally made it through five excruciating days of starting a blog!  That was utterly exhausting.  In fact, I hope this is still here tomorrow.  Who knows?  I do feel like Rocky.  I’ve accomplished something!  This is just my trial run first blog.  So, I’m going to put on one of our all time favorite recipes, and then see if I can categorize it.  Why in the world would I take the time to read how to create my blog page.  I’m jumping in and figuring it out – kinda like putting a Barbie dream house together.  Now, this is recipe is from a very famous restaurant in our town.  So, really its famous to about 40,000 people.  Here we go!

Famous Chili  (Feel free to cut this in half or 3/4ths – wherever  your mathematical mind will take you.  I just make it all and freeze for later.

6lbs ground beef

3 (1 oz) packages of Williams chili seasoning

1 tablespoon crushed garlic

1 tablespoon cumin

4 tsp salt

1 sleeve of crackers crushed super fine.  (Put them in the food processor that you were going to use to make healthy food for that first child of yours.)

Brown ground beef.  Add the chili seasoning, garlic, cumin and salt.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Add 2 quarts water and craver meal:  Simmer for an hour

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