My Mama’s Banana Bread

banana bread

Never dry, always moist! I promise!


1/2 C Softened Butter (1 stick)
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 C Mashed Ripe Bananas
1 tsp Lemon Juice
5 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 C Flour


Cream butter and sugar together. Beat eggs until light and add. Mash bananas and add. Add lemon juice. Mix baking powder, salt and flour quickly into mixture. Bake in greased bread pan at 375 for 45 minutes.  Use a toothpick in the middle. When it comes out clean the bread is done. Hint ****** – Touch the top of the loaf(yes, with your bare finger) – if it is “squishy” it will fall in the middle. Let it cook a few more minutes until the top feels more firm to the touch.

Okeechobee Magazine Article for Puff Balls


I was contacted by Okeechobee The Magazine to do a video and article for their spring issue. We settled on our most popular post which is Puff Balls. This video will show you step by step directions on how easy these really are to make and below you can read the full article. You will be a hit at the next party you make them for!


You can read the article below or click to read in a larger version on the Okeechobee the Magazine website.




See the recipes  for Puff Balls and Puff Ball Fillings below!

puff balls

11 ideas for puff ball fillings

Cherry Turnovers

Cherry Turnovers


1 pkg Pie Crust – the kind already made up, you just roll it out
1 can Pie Filling – any flavor you like


IMG_20141117_092147661IMG_20141117_093053978  IMG_20141118_093934376Let the dough sit out and become room temperature. Roll it out flat. Use a cup or glass to cut out circles. Take the leftover dough and make into a ball. Sprinkle flour on counter and roll out dough again with flour on a rolling pin. Cut out more circles. Repeat this until all dough is used up. 2 pie crusts make about 24 turnovers.
Place 1 cherry into the middle of the circle. Fold over. Push down the edge to stick together and use a fork to pinch the sides together.  take a drop of water and make the top a little wet. Sprinkle with sugar. Make a small slit on the top, this will allow the steam to escape and the filling won’t oooze out. (You can see in the pics I forgot to do this!)

It is easier to clean up if you place them on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Chicken Salad – Salad

chicken salad salad

I just love putting chicken salad on top of a salad! It’s filling and refreshing. Make a salad any way that you like and plop your favorite chicken salad on top. In this picture I used -

Salad -

Baby Salad Greens
Yellow Squash – chopped
Zucchini  – chopped
Tomato – chopped
Celery – chopped
Hard Boiled Egg – sliced
Home Made Croutons 

Chicken Salad -

1 Can of White Chicken Breast ( or 1 grilled chicken breast chopped up)
Celery – chopped
Dill Pickle Spear – chopped
Mayonnaise – to taste
Salt and Pepper – to taste

I plate the salad, place the egg on the side and plop a scoop of chicken salad on top. Sprinkle the croutons around. Now use whatever salad dressing you like. I like Ranch on this. Enjoy!

Holiday Sweet Potato Casserole

sweet potato casserole

Ingredients & Directions:

2 – 20 oz can of yams or sweet potatoes
1 C Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1/3 C Milk
1/2 C Butter
Blend these ingredients in a bowl with a hand held mixer.

Topping -
1 C packed Brown Sugar
1/3 C Flour
1/3 C melted Butter
1 C finely chopped Pecans
Mix together with a spoon

Optional – sprinkle mini-marshmallows over pecan topping.

Pour yam mixture into an 11×9 cooking dish. Sprinkle topping over evenly.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.



Holiday Cranberry Bread

cranberry bread

This recipe is a family traidtion for us, we make it every Christmas. Try it out with the whipped type of cream cheese, it is the easiest to spread on the bread.

We hope you enjoy this cranberry bread recipe as much as our family has!


2 C Flour
1 C Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
3/4 C Orange Juice
2 Tbs Oil
1 Egg
1/2 bag Cranberries


Combine all dry ingredients. Stir in all remaining ingredients. Add cranberries last (remember to rinse them). Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Take a toothpick and stick it in the middle, when it comes out clean the bread is done.

Picnic Cake

Picnic Cake


1 8oz package chopped dates
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cup four
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
6 oz bag chocolate chips


Mix chopped dates and 1 1/4 cup boiling water, stir and set aside.
Cream 1/2 cup margarine, 1/4 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar and 2 eggs. Then Mix in with dates.
Combine 1 1/2 cup flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 tsp cocoa and 1/2 tsp salt. Then Mix in with dates and beat well. Pour into greased and floured pan. sprinkle top with 1/4 cup sugar and chocolate chips. Bake 350 for 30 – 40 minutes.


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

pumpkin seeds

pumpkin seed snackAfter you have carved the pumpkin, don’t throw away the seeds. Pick them out of the messy pumpkin insides. Rinse them with water to get the slime off, drain with a colander. Fry in a non-stick pan on Medium heat with a little butter in the pan. Sprinkle with garlic salt to taste. It takes a good bit of garlic salt. Cook until crisp and not chewy. they should turn a golden brown. Great warm or cold. So good for you!

My Mama’s Apple Crisp

apple crisp

This is the actual picture of my mother’s recipe from her churches cookbook in 1975!



We do change it up some of course!


10 tart apples – Macintosh are great
3/4 C sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 Lemon or 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
3/4 C Water

3/4 C sugar
3/4 C Flour
1/2 C Butter


Slice apples into 11×9 baking dish. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add water and lemon juice. Top with topping and bake 400 degrees for 1 hour.
What she didn’t tell you in the recipe though was the two secrets to making the best Apple Crisp. I am going to share that with you now.

The First SECRET – double the topping. After all that is the best part!
The Second SECRET – use cold butter for the topping – its supposed to be crumbly not smooth like batter.


If you dont have time to make these try out our Easy Baked Apple recipe!

baked apples

Ham and Swiss Ciabatta


Thanks Kat for the suggestion!


Deli Ham
Sliced Swiss Cheese
Ciabatta Bread
Horseradish Sauce (find it in the deli)
Dijon Mustard


Take your bread and open them up. Place ham and cheese on the bottom slice of the bread. Wrap with aluminum foil. Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven and aluminum foil. Top with 1-2 slices bacon, lettuce and tomato. Take horseradish sauce and mix in mustard in equal parts. Spread on roll. Very yummy!