Thursday, August 8, 2013

A New Cookie Recipe and A Few Things Crossed Off the List

Whew. Busy, busy. I feel like this has been the busiest summer ever! I've woken up each morning with a long list of to-do's, and by the evening, if I've accomplished half of them, I'm feeling pretty good about myself. Don't get me wrong. It has been a wonderful summer, and we've done lots of things, but it hasn't really been one of those long, lazy summers we used to have when we were kids.

The past few days, I've found a new recipe for cookies that is a definite "keeper", dry-packed a bunch of food storage items with my daughter, made a bunch of Activity Days pool party invitations, shopped for some wedding shower gifts, tended my sweet grand baby (6 months old now!) and tried to get my house ready for some guests this weekend.

First things first. The cookie recipe...

Frosted Banana Cookies (adapted from Sixsistersstuff)
Makes 56 cookies

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/2 c. shortening
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs
1 c. smashed ripe bananas (I used 3 bananas)
1/2 c. milk + 1 t. lemon juice (mix together before adding, or use 1/2 c. buttermilk)
1-1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3-1/4 c. flour
semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cream sugar, butter, shortening and vanilla until light and fluffy.
Add bananas and then mix in the eggs.
Blend in the milk/lemon mixture (or buttermilk). Add the dry ingredients until just combined. Do not over-beat. Stir in as much of a bag of chocolate chips as suits your fancy. (The original recipe didn't include chocolate chips, but I think it adds just the right flavor to the cookie when you bit into it. Plus, chocolate makes everything just a little bit better, doesn't it?)
It will be a sticky batter. Drop by tablespoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes, until slightly golden. Cool completely.

Cream Cheese Frosting
(one recipe frosts all of the banana cookies)

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. butter, softened
1 t. vanilla extract
3 to 4 c. powdered sugar (more or less until it's the consistency you like)

Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over cookies. Store covered in the fridge. Yummo.


We have an Activity Days pool party coming up next week, and we thought it would be fun to do a cute, girly invitation. When I saw the pink strawberry soda cans in the grocery store, I thought they'd be just the perfect thing. I made a quick invitation that says "Pop on over", along with all the basics. So easy to throw together with some purple and pink baker's twine to finish them off. 

And this is the season for weddings and showers, isn't it? We've got them lined up for the next month or so, and sometimes it's hard to think of something different to give for a shower gift. This particular one that I'm going to tonight is a "Grocery" shower, which is a really great idea. I decided to give this little conglomeration below..

You can see it all there... a case of cream of chicken soup, a casserole dish, a spatula, dishtowels and dish cloths, and a recipe for Chicken Enchilada Casserole, which includes cream of chicken soup as one of the ingredients.

And lastly, the food storage dry-pack canning. Linds and I went over to the dry-pack and canned the following:

3 cans  of dry pinto beans
2 cans of dry white beans
5 cans of dehydrated apple slices
1 can of dehydrated carrots
1 can of dry onions
4 cans of spaghetti
3 cans of dehydrated refried beans
3 cans of cocoa mix
6 cans of white flour
1 can of red wheat

To be precise, we didn't end up having to can each and every item. They had a few of them on the shelves, so we ended up having to can much less than we expected. It only took us about an hour or so. We actually had a great time and decided we need to have it be a family activity in the near future!

Now, I better get going. Those cans aren't going to get themselves on the food storage shelves. (oh, but wouldn't that be such a nice surprise?)

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