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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.

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.


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

Easy Baked Apples

baked apples

Have you ever bought apples only to find out they are pretty old dry and grainy? Well you can use them for baked apples!


  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar


Core an apple with your potato peeler. Place in a microwave bowl. Shove the butter down the center hole. Fill the rest of the hole with the brown sugar.

Microwave for about 2 1/2 minutes. Microwave 1 minute at a time and check for doneness. When the meat of the apple is soft it is done.
Prep time – 2 minutes – cooking time 2 1/2 minutes – total time – 4 1/2 minutes
Serves – 1 apple per person

12 Ideas For Puffball Fillings

11 ideas for puff ball fillings

pudding puff balls

1. Pudding

use dark chocolate pudding to fill puffballs then sprinkle confectioners sugar on top.

strawberry puff balls

2. Whipped Cream and Berries

cut up any kind of berries you like and mix into whipped cream. You can add a tiny amount of sugar if you like.

broccoli puff balls

3. Broccoli Cheese Spread

Cut the florets off of the stem and put in food processor. Or you can use a knife. You want them chopped very small. 1 – 12 ounce of cream cheese and 3 Tbsp ranch dressing. Mix it up together. This is a great filling for puffballs and also a spread for crackers.

chicken cheese spread puff balls

4. Chicken Cheese Spread

see recipe here

  1.  Ham Salad – Take leftover ham and use meat grinder or food processor. Add Mayonnaise, salt, pepper and sweet pickles chopped up.
  2.  Chicken Salad – I use the canned chicken – in the tuna isle – or use chicken breasts chopped up. Add Mayonnaise, salt, pepper and I like a little dill pickle chopped up.
  3. Egg Salad – Take hard boiled eggs and chop them up. Add mayonnaise,salt, pepper and either dry or wet mustard.
  4. Cream Cheese and Olive – Slice up some green olives and mix into cream cheese. This is an old Jewish delicatessen favorite.
  5. Whipped Cream and Chocolate – Fill with whipped cream. Melt chocolate. Cover with chocolate.
  6.  Crab meat – Use real or imitation. Mix with the whipped cream cheese. Add a little salt and pepper. If you like a little lemon.
  7. Tuna salad – Mix tuna with mayonnaise and add chopped celery, or chopped dill pickle, or chopped sweet pickles. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Bacon and Chive – See Recipe