The best banana muffins ever.

I hate the banana muffins in the store with the fake banana taste. I was buying a mix to make banana bread, it calls for 2 bananas. It is OK but I decided to go pull out my banana muffin recipe in my recipe folder. In fact I am going to make some today. I let the bananas ripen till they look brown. That way they are soft and so sweet.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup white sugar, 1 egg, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 3 ripe bananas (Mashed), 1 teaspoon baking soda.

I cut up the bananas. I slice them down the center and then cut them up in slices, not too thick, then I mash them in a bowl with a potato masher.

Mix the sugar, oil and egg until creamy and light yellow. It is easier to do this with a mixer. I went to Walmart and bought a $14 mixer to mix it up with. We have a nicer mixer but that thing is heavy and the cheap one mixes great and is very light weight to hold while mixing. I wanted a cordless one but I could not find one cheap. I hate the cord hanging off the mixer. I do have a big mixer, one of the giant Kitchen Aide ones but I put it away because it takes up too much room on my counter. It is heavy too. I only get it out if I decide to make bread.

After I mix up the sugar, oil and egg I add the mashed up bananas.

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Then I use the mixer to mix it all together. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Stir until completely smooth.

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I use an ice cream scoop to put the batter into a jumbo muffin pan. Fill it about 3/4 full. It only makes 5 muffins. I spray the pan with oil spray first.

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Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees F. Preheat your over before you start making the muffins. After 20 minutes I cover the muffins with foil, lightly put over the pan to keep them from getting too dark. I then cook them 8 more minutes. I live at a higher altitude so if you live at sea level watch them after 20 minutes and test them for being done with a toothpick.

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They taste so good after you let them cool.

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Slow cooker Turkey

We had a frozen turkey breast in the freezer. I love slow cooker chicken so I thought I would cook the turkey in the slow cooker. I let the turkey thaw in the fridge for a couple of days. I got the slow cooker and put it on the counter. I cut the breast into 4 pieces. and the turkey took up the whole bottom of the slow cooker. I poured 1/2 cup of EVOO (olive oil) into a glass bowl. Then I squeezed 5 oranges. I used a tsp of onion powder, 1 tsp garlic salt, 1 tsp Italian seasoning and a shake of Badia seasoning. It is a blend of spices. I love that stuff.

My son LOVES carrots. I buy a big bag of organic carrots at Sam’s club. I find those little pre peeled carrots had no flavor at all. They are easy to use but they don’t taste good.

My son helped me peel the carrots. He wanted 24 carrots in the pot. Then I got a bag of those small yellow potatoes and he wanted a lot of those so I peeled 12 of those and cut them in half and each piece in half again. I hate peeling potatoes. Carrots are not so bad but those little potatoes are hard to hold and are slippery. Next time I might get out my apple peeler I have. I wonder if it will work on a small potato. I have never used it.

I saw a You tube video where this guy put a bag of red potatoes into a bucket of water and attached a new toilet bush to a drill. He put the brush in the water and ran the drill and every thing spun around and around. He said to do that for one minute. When he was done all the potatoes were almost all peeled. I would love to try that.

Cook the turkey for 4 hours on high. It tasted so good. The meat is so tender and good. My son ate all of the carrots and potatoes after we got our portion. I had two pieces of turkey left over so I sealed them in those seal bags for turkey sandwiches.

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This is all the carrots and potatoes in the pot ready to serve.

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A good and easy way to cook turkey.

Weekend coffee share 5-14-16

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Hi, I am glad you stopped by for coffee. I have a fun exciting adventure planned for us today. Before we go through the star gate we have to get suited up.

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A glass helmet will be put over you face so you can breathe. We can’t stay very long on this planet we are going to go visit. It is far, far way from the sun but has the best shooting stars to watch. We go through the star gate and end up on this tiny planet. It is dark but we can see from the flash lights we have. The ground is black, like black iron and it is a little rough to walk on so be careful. Up in the sky there are shooting stars, big and full of color because we are pretty close. I hope they don’t come close to us. I didn’t think about that when I planned this trip.

We saw the stars so we went back home. I didn’t want us getting fried from a star smashing into us. Lets have coffee and I will tell you about my week.

I went to Sam’s club and they had 5 dozen eggs for $4.28. I bought them. When I got home I thought what am I going to do with 5 dozen eggs. I probably won’t eat them all but it was a really good buy at the time. That is 60 eggs so it comes out about 7 cents an egg.

Today I scrambled 4 eggs and mixed in a hand full of cheese and browned up half a tube of sausage. We (hubby and I) mixed the eggs and cheese in the sausage. I got a package of tortillas at the dollar store and heated some tortillas. We put the eggs, cheese and sausage into a tortilla and spooned a spoon of salsa over the eggs. Wrap up the tortilla and have a delicious breakfast burrito. It tasted so good.

The other day I tried making eggs in the mini rice cooker I bought. Wolfgang showed how to do it so I tried it. It did not work out so great for me. The rice cooker stopped cooking when the eggs were half way done. It would not click on for more than a few seconds to finish cooking. I took 3 eggs and put a little bit of cream and cheese in it and whipped it up. I added some bacon. You butter a piece of bread and lay it in the pot butter side down in the rice cooker. Then pour in you eggs. Cover and click on the rice cooker. I think it might do better with 2 eggs only. I put 3 in. After a while I just took it out of the rice cooker and  put it in a pan and cooked it for 10 minutes in the oven. It is not beautiful but it did taste good.

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I don’t think I will ever try to make it in the rice cooker again.

I got a new camera lens for my Nikon camera.

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The camera came with a 50mm lens. It is a really nice lens but I could not take great far away shots with it. This is a 70-300 mm lens. It does take nice far away shots. I got it on Amazon for $112. It is used but like new condition. It even came in the original box and it looks brand new. Good enough for me to take a picture with once in a while. The forest service was burning an area about 10 miles from me. I got a picture of that.

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They burn stuff so that it won’t be so bad if there is a fire. It made a lot of smoke though and the air is all smoky along the mountains now.

I went to the 99 cent store to buy some oranges because you can get a bag of 99 cents. When I was standing in line I saw Rocky Road dark chocolate candy bars. I LOVE marshmallow candy bars. I bought 6 of them because they are so hard to find. When I got home I grabbed one to eat. I noticed on the side that it said mint flavored. I do not like mint flavored chocolate very much and now I have 6 mint flavor candy bars. I ate one and the mint is not too strong but it is not my favorite. Those candy bars are going to last a long time around here.

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I do have a couple of chocolate ones though. Those are my favorite. The Hershey’s special dark with almonds are really good too.


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Weekly photo challenge: Dinnertime Miso soup.

The Weekly photo challenge is Dinnertime. My son loved eating the Miso soup at the Ichiban Japanese restaurant. He wanted me to make it. I bought him a package that you just put in water and it makes a bowl but he wanted me to find a recipe and make it. I searched the internet and looked at YouTube videos and found one recipe. The ingredients for it were sold at an Asian Market. First you have to make Dashi. It is made from dried kelp called Kombu and some Katsobushi which is dried Bonito Flakes.

I went into the market and told the clerk what I was looking for. She read the ingredients and took me to where the stuff was. It was a good thing because the writing on the bag was in Chinese and I could not even tell you what it says.

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Here is the back of the fish flakes bag. Try to follow those directions.

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I also got some tofu and miso paste.

To make it you take 4 cups of water in a pan and take one of the dried kelp pieces. I think it is sea weed. You put it in the water and heat at medium heat until just before boiling. Then you take out the kelp. It smells like the ocean.

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Next I measured out 2 cups of the Bonito flakes. Boys the bag stinks when you open it. It smells like a strong old fish smell. It smells awful. You put the flakes in the kelp water and let the water boil, then immediately turn off the heat. Leave it for 5 minutes and strain so you just have the broth. It is now Dashi.

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Cut up your tofu into cubes. My son cut up half a package but he said next time he only wanted a 1/4 package. A half is a lot. The recipe calls for 1 package. I used the medium tofu because the clerk said to use that.

Boil the Dashi and then add the tofu. Reduce heat to low and take 4 tablespoons of miso paste and put it in a little strainer basket and dissolve the miso paste into the Dashi.

You have to stir it around in the screen strainer until it dissolves. I guess it will break up the tofu if you just drop it in and stir it. Take care not to boil it.

Add green onions that you sliced up. My son cut up 2 but he said next time he only wants one. Remove from heat and eat.

I then made him some teriyaki chicken and rice and this is how it looks when it is all done.

The soup tastes pretty good. I am amazed something that good came out of those fish flakes. Who knew. My son ate almost the whole thing. I meant the whole pan on the stove, the 4 cups worth.

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Chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce.

I was watching the Food Network Sandra Lee show. See recipe for the chicken and sausage with blackberry reduction sauce. She made this recipe and it looked so good so I went to the store to get the stuff to make it. This is what I made.
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I bought chicken sausage. It is the sweet Italian seasoned one. It tasted so good. I saw fresh blackberries so I bought those to make the sauce. Use the frozen ones. There was not much juice in the fresh ones. I was lucky to get 3 spoons of sauce. The black berries splashed purple all over my stove, it was a real mess to clean. On the TV show Sandra has a all white kitchen, white stove and she was wearing all white.
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There she is cooking those blackberries on her white stove. She is clean, not one purple splotch in sight. My whole stove was purple, dotted, spotted.
I cooked the chicken in a stainless steel pan. My husband bought some new stainless steel pans, plus Sandra cooked her chicken in one. It got the whole pan black. It took me an hour to scrub that pan clean. My husband complained because there was hardly any sauce. I went back to watch the show on Sandra cooking it. She ended up with almost a whole cup of sauce. I got about less than 1/4 cup maybe closer to 1/8 cup.
I used zucchini for my veggie and peeled it. She didn’t peel hers and made her cuts long. She also had artichokes on her plate but I could not find any frozen artichokes in any store around here. It tasted really good, but next time I will use frozen black berries like she put in her recipe or even cranberries, that would be good too.

I made French bread

The other day I made a loaf of French bread. My husband was working outside and came in to eat. I had the bread on the table. He said “Did you go to the store today?” I said no, why. He thought I bought the bread. I told him I made it. Yesterday I made another loaf and took pictures this time. It turns out really good. I will put up the recipe for you too.
Here it is just made into a loaf let it rise. I brushed on some egg and sprinkled on some sesame seeds. I just thought it makes it took pretty. You don’t need them.
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Here it is all baked. It is really easy to make.
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Here is the recipe:
Old Reliable French Bread (for Kitchen aid mixers)

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/4 cup water warm 100 to 105 degrees
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
3 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (I used bread flour)

Disolve yeast in water and wait to froth, I added a pinch of sugar.
Put flour, salt, butter in the bow. and mix. Then add the yeast water. Mix about 4 minutes. Dough will be sticky. I added a little more water because mine was dry about a tablespoon.
Grease bowl and put dough in bowl turning to coat dough.
Cover let rise in a warm place. I turned on my over so it would warm the top of the stove, then turned off the oven.
After it rose, I punched it down and made a rectangle shape and rolled up the dough tightly from longest side, tapering ends, if needed or wanted. It was a little hard so I just pinched the end and tucked it under. Wet it a little with my fingers to make it seal.
Cut slashed across the top and spray clear cling plastic with oil and cover and let rise for another hour. I beat an egg with a spoon of water and brushed the top of the bread and sprinkled on some toasted sesame seeds. You don’t need to do it, if you don’t like them.
Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minutes. I ended up baking for 36 minutes to make the bread 200F degrees inside. I baked mine on parchment paper so it would not stick.
Cool on a wire rack. It tastes great. You should try it. I love making it.

Connie’s 5 grain bread

I looked all over the internet for a 5 grain bread recipe. I could not find it. I wanted to make a 5 grain bread because I went to Winco today. It is a grocery store that sells bulk items in the back. They have all kinds of grain and I got a bag of one called 5 grain. It didn’t say what was it it, but it looks like oats and who knows what else. I would have gotten more but they didn’t have higher ones. I found a bread book I had and just used the recipe for another bread but added my 5 grains to it.
I love the stuff at Winco, I got a little bit of dried milk and instant yeast and bread flour, that was 44 cents a pound. So I put the dry ingredients into my mixer. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer with a dough hook. You put the yeast in warm water with a pinch of sugar.

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I will show you pictures and at the end I will put the recipe I used in case you want to make it. It tasted so good when it was all done.
After the yeast foams up put it in the bowl with the other stuff.
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Turn it on to mix up. If it is a little dry add about a spoon of water. It it looks too wet add a spoon of flour. It will all pull away from the sides of the bowl and stick on the dough hook.
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Then take it off the dough hook and make a ball and put some olive oil in a bowl and put the dough in the bowl and roll around to get the oil on the dough.
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Let it rise for one hour or until it is double in size. Cover the bowl.
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punch it down and take out of bowl. I just kneaded a few times and the just flattened the dough and folded it into a loaf shape. I sprayed the pan with spray oil and put the formed bread into the pan.
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Then I lightly brushed on some water on the top and sprinkled some more of my 5 grain on top to look pretty.

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Cover and let it rise again for an hour. It only took 50 minutes to rise.
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I put a cup of water at the bottom of the oven for steam and heat the oven to 375 degrees F. I baked it for 30 minutes and the inside temperature was 202 degrees F. It came out beautiful.
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I let it cool on a rack and then sliced it to see. It came out great, nice looking inside an it tastes delicious. I put butter on a slice and ate it warm. It was so good.
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Here is the recipe:
1 cup warm water with 1/2 tsp sugar
2 tsp instant yeast OR 3 tsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tbsp. honey
3 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 tbsp. dry milk
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup 5 grains (I got this in the bulk food isle.)
Put yeast in water and left get frothy. Add ingredients into mixer bowl and then put it yeast water. Mix about 4 minutes. Add a spoon of water if too dry, add a spoon of flour if too wet.
Oil glass bowl put dough into bowl, cover rest 1 hour to rise until double.
Shape into a loaf and put into a greased loaf pan. Let rise again about 1 hour, covered. Uncover and bake in oven 375 F for 30 minutes or until it is 200 degrees F inside. Let cool and eat. ENJOY