Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Jim!

Forty seven years ago, an amazing event occurred. The nicest guy I have ever known was brought into this world.

Happy Birthday to my husband Jim!

Jim has been in my life for thirty years making each day better and better. Anyone that knows him will agree that he is the kindest man- the best of the best!! Jim is an awesome husband and dad, but most of all, he is my best friend. I thank God every day for Jim. If everyone could have a person like him in their life, the world would be a much happier place.

Thank you Jim for being who you are. I hope you have a fantastic day!

I love you!

One more thing...

Jonas wanted to say he loves you too!!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Banana Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

I have two large three ring binders filled with recipes that are "keepers". While this is a good thing, sometimes recipes can be overlooked .  The other day I pulled out my trusty "Baking" binder and I came across this beauty of a recipe. I had forgotten all about this bundt cake. Which is really weird because each time I make it, everyone goes bananas over it. I think you will too. Next time you have overly ripe bananas sitting on your counter, don't monkey around- bake this cake!

Banana Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
Dash of salt
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease and flour a bundt pan.
Cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs and beat until a nice pale yellow. In another bowl, mash bananas and then mix in milk and vanilla. Stir in chocolate chips. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add nuts.  Alternate adding the banana mixture and the flour mix into the mixture of butter, sugar and eggs. Pour into prepared bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for ten minutes, then remove from pan. Cool completely. Sift powdered sugar on top of cake.

Photos by Heidi Blanchard

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pretty in Pink


I'm back! The past few months have been a whirlwind for me. I made the choice to return to school and obtain a college degree. I have been spending my time doing tons of homework, writing tons of papers, and studying, studying, studying!!! Guess what? My hard work paid off and I finished my first semester with a 4.0 GPA! Not too shabby for a 46 year old woman! 

Since I was writing so much and thinking so much, I haven't done much in the way of baking or doll making. However, I am ready to give the left side of my brain a break and get the right side back to work. Heidi (I know it's been a couple of months so I will refresh your memory; Heidi is my daughter) asked if I could make some cookies that she could give as a gift to her friend. This friend happens to like sugar cookies and the color pink so I went with the obvious choice of frosted sugar cookies. I don't know about you, but I love big, soft sugar cookies. However, finding a recipe that actually makes this type of cookie is a challenge. I have tried various recipes with not so satisfactory results. After I baked Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies  from Annie's Eats, my search ended. This recipe is a keeper. The cookies are BIG and SOFT. I thought the frosting was  a touch too sweet for my taste but I still found myself wanting to eat "just one more". I think you will too! Try this cookie recipe. You won't be disappointed.

Aren't these beauties pretty in pink?