Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Cream Cheese Banana Bread

I found this recipe on the cutest blog many months ago.  My sister and I were texting back and forth late one night like we usually do and she said go check this site out.  So I did.  It is Kelly's House from Texas and she just blogs about fun simple things.  Well I found this recipe on that blog and have made it ever since.  Whenever anyone has this bread they always want the recipe.  It is moist and yummy.  I guess it is the cream cheese in it.  It also makes two loaves so you can share with neighbors.  Always like to share.  So here is the recipe and I will post a picture of it when it comes out of the oven.  Oh, and I never add the nuts.  Grew up with a mom who did not like nuts in anything so guess who never puts nuts in anything.  Like mother, like daughters.  Yup, my sister is the same and I am betting my girls will be the same.

Cream Cheese Banana Nut Bread

3/4 cup butter softened
1- 8oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3 cups self rising flour
3-4 medium sized mashed bananas
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 tea. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs 1 at a time beating until just blended. Gradually add the flour to the mixture, beating at low speed until just blended. Stir in bananas, nuts and vanilla. Spoon batter into two greased and floured 8x4 loaf pans. Bake for 50-60 minutes. (if it starts getting too brown, put some aluminum foil over the top. Remove from pans and cool on wire rack.
Makes 2 loaves. Recipe reprinted with permission.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


Oh if there was endless money, I would travel the world.  I would take my kids and family and just hit the sky and let go.

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Flight Attendant.  Everything I did i.e. career paths in school, interest tests, research for jobs, always Flight Attendant was first. That was my dream so I could travel all around.  I almost did when I had finished 2 years of college except that I had a scholarship to Utah State and felt like I could not turn that down in order to go to Miami, Florida and pay like $3,000 for a Flight Attendant school.  Oh I wanted to really bad, but something inside wouldn't let me take that leap.  I had the support of my parents though.  So off to Utah State to graduate in Business Education.  Then a friend of mine decided she was heading off to training to be a Flight Attendant.  We graduated together.  She told me to come along.  Oh I would have........but.........I was in love and about to get married.  So I am not a Flight Attendant, never have been and most likely never will be, but I am going to travel little by little and fill up my map.

I found this map on a travel website and put in the places I have been.  So as I fill them in I am going to update it.  I put in Japan even though I have not been but I am going so just had to include that because I am so excited.  Ok, so let's see if it comes up.

Happy Traveling Everyone!!!!!