Sunday, December 21, 2008

Making Bread - #1 - Banana Nut Bread

This bread is my first attempt at bread other than friendship bread. I have not tasted it yet because it is still in the oven but it does smell wonderful. I decided to make this one first because BJ said I never make bread that he likes... He is a lie because he like the Friendship Bread... So I asked him what kind of bread he wanted and he said Banana Nut...

Banana Nut Bread
This is a moist, buttery banana bread loaded with banana flavor.
Cook Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons soda
4 cups flour
6 large bananas, very ripe, mashed
1 cup finely chopped pecans

Preparation:Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture. Stir in bananas and chopped pecans.

Pour banana nut bread batter into 2 well-greased loaf pans; bake at 325° for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. This banana nut bread recipe makes 2 loaves. This can also make 24 muffins that you will need to bake for 35 minutes.

Here is the website where I found the recipe...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Karen Kingsbury's Series Redemption

One of the things on my list is to read a Karen Kingsbury series. As I started looking through her books I relized I had read more of her books then I thought thanks to my days working at Lifeway.

I am a big fan of series. I like to read a book that draws me into the next book and keeps up with the life of the characters in the previous book.

Karen Kingsbury does a wonderful job of this in her books. She has several series out that actually build off of each other so not only do you have several books within the series you also have several series that go together. I guess you could say her 4-5 book series are mini-series in a big picture!

I thought I would start at the beginning with the Redemption Series that looks at the life of the Baxter family.

So last Wednesday I headed to the library. I first called Rachel to see if she had any of these books and she said this is probably the only ones she does not own because they were out while she was working at Lifeway and read them as part of our reading privledges there.

I went ahead and got Redemption and Remember and have them for the next few weeks. If I finish those before we head to Indiana for our Christmas trip I will get the next few books and if I haven't finished them I will renew them and keep reading.

So far in Redemption I have gotten into it. It is hard to make time for reading because when I actually like a book I don't want to sit it down which interfers with other needs of the house.

Redemption starts out in Bloomington, Indiana which is where BJ and I will be in less then a month so it has caught my attention.

I will let you know how it turns out.

Redemption:Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame shows up, she is more confused than ever.

Remember:Ashley Baxter has locked up her heart, convinced that no one — including God - could love her. Four unlikely people - Alzheimer's patients - find the cracks in Ashley's heart and slowly help her remember.

Return:Luke, golden boy and the Baxter family's only son, has walked away from everything that mattered most to him: his faith, his family, and Reagan, his only love. Devastated by the events of September 11, 2001, Luke decides that life is random, faith a fraud, and God a fantasy.

Rejoice:Brooke and Peter are struggling in their marriage when they are faced with the single worst moment ever. What was supposed to be a pool party for their two daughters and a handful of children ends in disaster. As three-year-old Hayley fights for her life, the Baxter family draws together, not even sure how to pray.

Reunion:Plans are being made for a family reunion. Nearly all the adult Baxter children have a reason to celebrate - except one. As the preparations get under way, a deadly diagnosis sends shock waves through the Baxter family and threatens to tear them apart.

November Bookstore Trip

The weekend before Thanksgiving BJ and I went shopping with mom and dad on several errands. We went for a few reasons... 1)they were looking for a birthday present for D'Lynn and 2) they were going to Lifeway!!!

I love Lifeway! Yes I know part of that is because I worked there but I also like it this time of year when they have all the Christmas stuff out and the Nativities out.

I also thought this would be a good time to get my monthly visit to a bookstore in.

While I was there I found they carried the "Brides" series in the bargain section.

I bought Texas Brides: The Rancher and the Runaway Bride / The Bluest Eyes in Texas on one of my first visit to the new Barnes and Nobles when Suzanne and I met to discuss my wedding cake.
I really enjoyed this book so I thought I would get another one to read and since they were in the bargain section at Lifeway (I think it was 2.99) I could not pass it up.
So I bought Carolina Carpenter Brides : Four Couples Find Tools for Building Romance in a Home Improvement Store. I going to start reading it but then decided I would start a different book instead.
Another month gone and another fun trip to a book store!

Learning lessons about blogging

As part of the 101 things is to work on my blogging skills.

With the help of Ashely I am going to attemp to work on my blogging. Since I knew Ashley knew how to make a line strike through words she could give some pointers. She directed me to google!

I am a fan of google and don't know why I did not think about using it before now. So after a little research I have the codes to strike through words.

So I can now take....

Learn how to draw a line through words off the list.