Thursday, July 19, 2012

Banana Blueberry Bread

1 1/4 cups sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) blueberries

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of one 9x5-inch or two 8x4-inch loaf pans with shortening.

In large bowl, stir sugar, butter, eggs, bananas and buttermilk until mixed. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt just until moistened. Stir in blueberries. Pour into pan.

Bake 9-inch pan about 1 hour 15 minutes, 8-inch pans 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes. Loosen sides of loaf from pan; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours, before slicing. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature up to 4 days, or refrigerate up to 10 days.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


I can’t even name all the service projects my family has done together through the years but if I have failed to teach my children to love and serve each other I have failed with MY LIFE’S WORK. If you can walk up to a stranger with respect, grace and love not knowing their sins and spend a day showing Christ’s love can you not do the same for those YOU LOVE? It’s hard I know this sinful world causes hurt but I want to live my life sold out for Christ and that means I chose forgiveness and love. I will give all I have cause I want to LIVE LIKE THAT.

I love the lyrics to "Live Like That" – by Sidewalk Prophets

Was I love
When no one else would show up
Was I Jesus to the least of those
Was my worship more than just a song

Am I proof
That You are who you say You are
That grace can really change a heart
Do I live like Your love is true

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Salsa for a Year

15 lbs. roma tomatoes, cored, peeled and chopped
2-1/4 lbs. jalapeƱos, chopped
3 lbs. onions, chopped
2 c. cider vinegar
3 T. plus 1 t. canning salt
25 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. sweet paprika
15 1-pint canning jars and lids, sterilized

Combine all ingredients in a 5-gallon stockpot. Stir well. Heat to a boil, stirring often; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Spoon salsa into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe rims; secure lids and rings. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. Set jars on a towel to cool for 24 hours; check for seals. Makes 15 jars.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

My Granddaughter

My daughter Britttany dresses my granddaughter Arileise in dresses most days. When I visit it is fun to pick what dress she wears for the day. We get lots of pictures text to us and these two are within the last 2 week. Arileise is 9 weeks old today.

"Pinkies up! We must be proper".

I think she is waving at me saying: "Thank you for the cute hat Nana".

Do you think she might like to have a Tea Party at Nana's some day?