November 27, 2009
November 25, 2009
November 24, 2009
I am not thrilled with my picture here, it doesn't do the dessert justice, sorry.
When I served this Sunday evening all I heard was ....Mmmmmmmmmm, a couple of OH MY! I got a Honey This Is Delicious from Papa, so needless to say it is a keeper.
8 buttermilk bread slices, crusts removed. ( I did not remove the crusts)
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 bananas, thinly sliced
2 large eggs
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 TBS. brown sugar
1 3/4 cups shipping cream ( I used heavy whipping cream, I am now trying to see how fat I can get)
Peanut Butter Streusel Topping (Oh Yeah)
Dark Caramel Sauce
1. Spread bread slices with peanut butter. top 4 bread slices with bananas and remaining bread slices, peanut butter sides down, pressing firmly. Cut sandwiches into 1 inch pieces; place in 8 lightly 8oz. Ramekins or mixture may be prepared in an 11x7 inch baking dish.
2.Whisk together eggs and sugars, whisk in whipping cream. Gradually pour mixture over sandwich pieces ; Sprinkle with Peanut Butter Streusel Topping. Place ramekins or baking dish in a 15 x 10 inch jelly roll pan. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hrs.
3. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees. Let puddings or pudding (depending on what you are baking it in) stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown, set, and puffed. Serve warm with Dark Caramel Sauce.
Peanut Butter Streusel topping:
Stir together 1/4 cup all purpose flour and 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar in a bowl. Cut in 2 TBS. butter ( cold butter, I wish the recipe would have specified this, it makes the streusel more crumbly) and 2 TBS creamy peanut butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles small peas. stir in 1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts.
Dark Caramel Sauce:
Cook 1 cup sugar in a 3 qt. heavy saucepan over medium heat 6 to 8 minutes or until sugar caramelizes, tilting and swirling pan to incorporate mixture.
Now this is a procedure that was new to me. I have never caramelized sugar before. It took longer then 8 minutes. I was freaked out because I thought I was burning it, therefore I didn't do it quite right.
When doing this don't be worried when sugar starts to brown, it is supposed to. Just don't let it burn. The sugar will start melting as you cook it, just keep tilting and swirling as the recipe says. Don't leave it on the burner unattended or you will screw it up.
Stir in 1 cup whipping cream. The mixture will bubble and harden, like a rock. Don't be alarmed.
Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture melts and begins to boil (about 5 - 7 minutes). Quickly pour sauce into a bowl; stir in 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Let cool 15 minutes. Serve warm or cool.
To make ahead, cover and chill up to 3 weeks. ( 3 weeks seems a little long to me) To reheat, cook, uncovered, in a microwave-safe glass bowl.
This is so good it is worth the time it takes to prepare!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you are a bread pudding fan you will love, love, love this.
November 20, 2009
It was snowing like crazy Saturday. During the game Papa yelled to my two sons "Hey your mom made chicken noodle soup last night, should I call her and ask her to warm it up?" He said the whole crowd yelled back "YES," as they all sat and shivered.
Izzy and I stayed home, she didn't want to nap........
However, this is where we found her.
Later that evening Zeke came over. Mom and dad went out for the evening.
Zeke has learned to turn on the water and is quite impressed with himself. (He wouldn't let Papa take his onesie off of his head.)
Also, wanted to share this flashback photo of Dad with Donny Osmond.
That's right, I'm droppin' names. Donny. Osmond.
The 70's star Donny Osmond of yesteryear....
Apparently Dad was working on a construction site for the Osmond Center (I think) in 1979. Donny would come to the site most days to check it out. Dad called Donny, "Don." Donny would correct him and say, "Actually, I go by Donny." This gave dad ALL the more reason to call him Don. So Don called him "Philly."
This photo is also bittersweet for anyone who knows much about Dad's condition called Ataxia that causes his body to deteriorate. It's good to remember him standing and healthy, but it's sad to know the freedom that has been robbed from him. But if you ask him how he's doing, he'll say, "Never better!" every single time.
November 16, 2009
You see Pooba and I are face book bud's and well she has been harassing me for a Banana Bread recipe, yes she can be a bully! I'm scared, she knows where I live. So here goes:
This makes a really good bread if I do say so myself.
I got this recipe from my daughter Taylor, who got it I believe from her MIL.
5 large very ripe banana's I know. You are thinking, but Nana when will I have 5 very ripe banana's all at the same time? Don't fret, you can freeze banana's. "What's that?" you say. Yes freeze your very ripe banana's. Mash them and put them in a baggie, Tupperware, or my favorite LOCK and LOCK first. Toss in freezer for banana bread later. Easy as pie. Now let's move on.
4 eggs, beaten
2 Cups sugar
1 Cup shortening
4 Cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 - 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)
Mash banana's well and add sugar. Mix in eggs and shortening with electric mixer. Slowly add dry ingredients, mix well. Spray 2 large loaf pans or 5 small loaf pans w/ nonstick cooking spray. (Pam) Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.
Enjoy!!! I hope Pooba will stop threatening my grandchildren now. Please Pooba. I have done all I can.
(like she really bakes anyway)
November 11, 2009
A leaf fight is always fun.
Henry loves it when the cousins come over. He gets so excited. Today when Chloe came by he was just as excited as when Izzy comes to visit. As you can see playing with Izzy is a totally different experience than playing with Chloe. I thought it so sweet that they can find so much joy no matter what the circumstance. Chloe radiates love, she therefore attracts it. I wish everyone I knew could see and feel that. I am especially thankful that her little cousins all feel it. They love her, want to include her and protect her.
Chloe came by today and well........ could that be any cuter?
November 9, 2009
1 Cup butter, softened
1 Cup sugar
1 Cup confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
1 Cup vegetable oil
1 teas. almond extract
3 - 1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup whole wheat flour
1 teas. baking soda
1 teas. cream of tartar
1 teas. salt
2 Cups chopped pecans
2 Cups English toffee bits
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add oil, eggs and extract, mix well. Combine flours, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt, gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in pecans and toffee bits. Shape into 1 inch balls, roll in sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets, flatten with a fork. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 - 14 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove to wire racks to cool.
November 3, 2009
To set this particular story up though I have to take you back to 1986. Through a series of unfortunate events my little family had to move from a "Leave it to Beaver" neighborhood to.....
"What's up Beaver Boy, you wanna buy some crack?" neighborhood. It was not a happy time.
Also I like most tall fat people. There is no way I can make that sound good so I will just shut up.