Wednesday, September 2, 2015

~ Banana Crunch Cake ~

 Banana Crunch Cake 

This recipe was shared with me in the early 90's by a very special and talented friend at work. She was a fabulous cook and usually brought treats to us every Friday. We talked her into doing a cookbook for us with all the favorites and we paid for the printing. Such a treasure!  I think I've finally been successful in organizing all my cookbooks ~ and that's no small feat. :)  Love them and can read them like a novel!

Crunch Topping:
5 T. butter
1 small can Coconut
1 c. chopped pecans (I always toast them)
1 c. brown sugar  (NOT firmly packed)
1 c. uncooked oatmeal  (I always use the regular, not the minute type)

1 yellow cake mix
1 c. sour cream
4 eggs
2 large bananas, slightly mash before adding to the mixture

Combine all the topping ingredients except the butter. Melt the butter and then pour over the other ingredients and mix well. Set aside.

Combine ingredients for cake and beat at high speed of electric mixer for 2 - 3 minutes.  Spray a tube or Bundt pan with Baker's Joy. 

Put 1/3 of the cake batter in the baking pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the topping mixture.
Repeat this procedure 2 more times, ending with the topping.

This is the first layer of both.

Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 50 - 60 minutes. Of course, oven temps vary...mine was done at 45 min. Also, to avoid the topping burning, I tented a piece of foil over the cake for the entire baking period. You will see that the finished product is toasted but not burned. Cool upright in pan for 15 minutes, then turn it out. Turn the cake over so that the crumb mixture is on top.  When I first turned the cake, I placed a plate over the baking pan and once it was out, I then put another plate over the cake and turned it over. Does that make sense?  If not, by all means let me know!

You already know that I'm the worst at taking pictures while cooking or baking. I tried to do it right this time and still missed!  I honestly don't know why I didn't take a photo when sliced ~ I wanted you to see how pretty the layers are.  I get in a hurry and just forget!  My apologies ~

The cake is so nice and moist with the sour cream added and it makes a wonderful coffee cake to serve guests. I hope you try it and enjoy!

Joining ~

Monday, August 31, 2015

~ September Morn ~

This is one of my "loves" and I don't care if you tell! :)  He's been a favorite for as long as I can remember and the only performer that I've stood in line for tickets...beginning at 3 a.m.  My kids still tease me about cleaning house to the tune of "Sweet Caroline" a few others. :)

Neil Diamond

I consider September 1st as a beginning of fall ~ regardless of the temps around here!  My favorite season and a prelude to October, my favorite month. Cooler temps, crisp mornings, the scents of apples, cinnamon and other spices. Pumpkins galore, changing leaves, baked breads, soups and stews, wonderful candles, jackets, boots, funky socks and cozy throws. 

So...please take a few moments and listen to my guy!

Check the video here!

~ Friends vs Texas Friends ~

I know I complain about the Texas summer heat but hey, there's some good stuff too!  ;-)

FRIENDS: Never ask for food. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Always bring the food. 

FRIENDS: Will say 'hello'. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss. 

FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. And Mrs. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad. 

FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Cry with you. 

FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
TEXAS FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, playing dominoes or cards and just being together. 

FRIENDS: Know a few things about you. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you. 

FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
TEXAS FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowds' back-ends that left you. 

FRIENDS: Would knock on your door. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, 'I'm home!'. 

FRIENDS: will visit you in the hospital when you're sick.
TEXAS FRIENDS: will cut your grass and clean your house then come spend the night with you in the hospital and cook for you when you come home.

FRIENDS: have you on speed dial.
TEXAS FRIENDS: have your number memorized. 

FRIENDS: Are for a while. 
TEXAS FRIENDS: Are for life. 

FRIENDS: Might ignore this.
TEXAS FRIENDS: Will share this with all their Texas Friends and those who once lived in Texas. 

Monday, August 17, 2015

~ Monday Musings and an Apology ~

I know I've been MIA...just one of those times in the grief process. So many people say that "time heals" ~ no it doesn't!  I think that time allows for a few more days of smiles and sunshine...perhaps a night that you fall asleep without the tears and wake up with a more positive outlook.  A time of happy memories and laughter or doing something to honor the person you lost.  A day that you want to slap someone when they say, "I figured you're over it by now."  :(   A day when your gratitude list is long and positive and you feel your prayers are heard.

It is a horrible group to be in and you don't wish it on anyone!  Unfortunately, sometimes the other members of the group are the only ones that truly understand. They recognize that your moods can change in an instant and you really, really don't want to be a Debbie Downer.

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I just found a group of emails that were in the "Promotions" folder of my gmail account. Many were responses to posts here and I'm so embarrassed that I didn't know and haven't responded to you!  I do apologize ~  I guess I will have to check that folder and SPAM more often...there were a few in the SPAM folder too.

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In case you're not aware, I am so over this heat!  Of course you do remember when I complained about the icy cold temps last winter don't you?  :)  My favorite time of year is Fall and then Spring. We get a little breather here and hopefully, turn off the a/c for a few days as well as enjoy being outside!  One of my favorite things to do is to eat outside...or have coffee or a drink in the evenings and just relax. We have such a short window of time to do this so it's important to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself!

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Do you have any recommendations for dry skin? I feel like I've tried most everything. I've always had dry skin, however, the past couple of months it has been horrid! I've used moisturizer, coconut oil, creamy Vaseline, argan oil, Vitamin C & E and really thinking of trying WD-40. :)  The oils are causing break outs so I'm at a loss as to what to try next. Would love for you to share suggestions! 

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The new HomeGoods and Michael's had their grand openings yesterday. I didn't go ~ I don't enjoy crowds.  The parking lots were full. I have been to the new Kirkland's ~ very nice!  I had a gift card so I used it to buy a new lamp. Will try to get it photographed and share soon!  [ For those that are not aware, these new stores are within walking distance for me. :) ]