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sweets for my sweets

sweets for my sweets

i was snowed in and thus separated from my card reader this weekend, so here is a delayed shot of my valentines treats.

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banana bread lovin’


confession: i am a over-ripened banana hoarder. at the first sign of brown speckles, i think to myself, “yay, banana bread.” of course, i could buy bananas and let them ripen (instead of using them for oatmeal), but what’s the fun in that? something about rescuing what would be trash-able produce makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

i have tried other banana bread recipes but continually come back to this one. it’s from “the green cookbook,” as we call it in our house, from which most recipes call for lard or crisco. really? crisco in banana bread? this one, gladly, does not include shelf-stable animal fat and has received a few tweaks from me over the years. i even know it by heart now, something i never thought would happen. this time i added frozen blueberries, bc antioxidants are good for you and i dare you to show me something that isn’t better with blueberries. i also subbed applesauce for the oil and while i wasn’t overly excited about it upon first taste, the next day the bread turned sort of dense and really moist, without being at all heavy. delish. recipe below the jump.


“green cookbook” banana bread, spruced up by yours truly

1 3/4 c flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon

3/4 c sugar
1/2 c oil (or applesauce)
2 eggs

3 bananas (or however many you have)
1 tsp vanilla

measure and sift the first (dry) group of ingredients into a bowl, set aside.

in a mixing bowl, add the next three and beat until frothy (don’t over beat!) and add the vanilla and bananas. next add the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl gradually.

optional: fold in blueberries (or nuts, raisins, raspberries, etc) after everything is mixed together.

add mixture to a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for an hour. resist burning hands and mouth for a sample upon baking completion.

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“Whenever the possibility of leaving Chicago flashes through my mind, the thought that comes in my head first (right after the one about leaving my Chicago friends behind) is:

‘There would be a hole in my heart and stomach where food used to be.'”

-via amber: notes on urban behavior

i’ll be the first to say that this is completely realistic.


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completely candid

yes, this is how my brother eats. unprompted, candid and completely unapologetic. what’s he eating, you ask? get a load of this:

sunday, 1/17/10:

me: luke, did you know he (andrew) dips popcorn into nacho cheese?
luke: yeah, because it’s AWESOME.
me: i had just bought him a double cheeseburger, which he ate 20 minutes before.
luke: and?

i digress.

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Sunday night dinner will forever be bfd (breakfast for dinner).

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lakehouse escape

rule of thirds

i spent new years weekend with josh on lake horton in michigan. the closest town was jackson, and don’t worry, there was nothing to do there, either; exactly what i was hoping for. jackson does, however, have a winery, which i’ll write a post about later. our long weekend was spent playing lots of my bge (best gift ever), cooking all meals from scratch, listening to npr, watching the ice fisherman and enjoying the peacefulness. my kind of getaway.


his and hers

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cookie sweatshop


we take sugar cookies, well cookies in general, very seriously in the schroeder family. our cookies do not derive from the roll out, boxed or pre-made variety. in fact, hours go in to creating such delectable treats. those said hours could also have attributed to why my skinny jeans are extra tight today. but that’s another story.

this past sunday we dedicated a solid 5 hours to our infamous sugar cookies, by far the most painstaking of our traditional cookie spread. i’d give you the recipe, but then, well, i’d have to kill you. it’s a secret that came over on the boat. no, really, it did. they’re easily the best sugar cookies i’ve ever had and trust me, i never turn down the opportunity for a challenger.

we enlisted the help of brothers #2 and #3; number #1 was apparently wearing his teenager pants and was thus way too cool for cookie decorating. though he did say he had no problem eating them. funny how that works. it was a fun, EXHAUSTING day, complete with a piano break to amuse ben with christmas tunes.




piano break

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how to entertain teenagers

teenage leftovers

1) stromboli (oven to tummy time was too fast for a picture).

2) soft drinks. no diet crap.

3) chips. variety, please.

4) red velvet cake (see #1).

5) rockband (i was not allowed in the basement, i guess that means i really am old).

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warm and cozy

when the weather downshifts to the lower numbers, like clockwork, i crave soup. in the winter i especially like to stockpile as many varieties as my freezer space will allow. combine that with stresses of life catching up with me, this past week i simply HAD to cook something and that something was this grilled corn and potato chowder. i lack the know how to operate our grill was too lazy to grill the corn or potatoes so i just sautéed them. i also added some garlic as well as a red pepper to the corn mix for a little more veggie oomph. note: i used cayenne pepper and only added half of what it called for and was told that “you didn’t need that extra 1/2 tsp.”




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whip it

saturday we spent part of the day in owensboro, kentucky, for anna’s contest. upon seeing the “wonder whip” on the way into town, 5 excited adults proclaimed that we must stop on the way home. (isn’t their sign fantastic?) after sitting in direct sun for 3 hours, i wasn’t one to complain. though dean had the best pick with a homemade, real banana shake, i enjoyed my cherry version…and promptly felt like crap 35 minutes later. oh lactose, how i love thee. was the wonder whip worth my pain? oh yeah. bc they whip it. they whip it real good.

bonus points for anyone who knows what a “chuckwagon” is.

wonder whip




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