Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Whip It Up Wednesday -- Banana Zucchini Bread

I love banana bread and I love zucchini bread.  I had purchased bananas for my girls and then some zucchini to make bread.  Seeing as how the bananas were becoming overripe and I still hadn't made my zucchini bread I decided to combine the two.  So here is my first minor experiment in recipe adjusting.

Banana Zucchini Bread

1/2 C shortening
1 C sugar
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas
1 small to medium zucchini grated
1 C all purpose white flour
1 C wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 C nuts (optional)

Cream shortening, sugar, eggs, bananas, grated zucchini and vanilla together.  Sift in flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.  Blend all of your ingredients together, mixing in nuts at the end if you desire.  Pour batter evenly into  two greased/floured loaf pans.  Bake for 45 minutes at 350* F.  If making muffins cook at 350* for 35 minutes. 

Notes:  You can do this recipe with three bananas instead of the zucchini.  My original recipe called for 2 cups white flour but I have become of fan of putting in at least half wheat flour.  I also decided to add some cinnamon.  My loafs both stuck to the pan using spray so I would recommend the grease and flour method for this one.

Rating:  5 stars 
-I really enjoyed this one.  It was easy to throw together and cook despite the disaster in my kitchen (more on that later).  I like the mixture of flavors.  Also my girls definitely enjoyed this bread and were begging for more (you know the open mouth and "ah ah ah" type begging). 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Giveaway Begins...

I've decided that although this Giveaway is not the ideal of what I wanted to do that it's about time that I fulfill on my promise.  So I will be starting the clock on our first giveaway today.  The process I will be following is this.

-Every follower of this blog will be entered to win
-If you comment on this post you will get an additional entry
-I will posting about the giveaway on our Facebook page...if you like this Facebook post you will get an additional entry
-Anyone you refer to the blog or Facebook page will also earn you an additional entry
-Entries will end on March 24, 2012 at midnight (MST).  Drawing winner(s) will be announced on March 26th.

I will make a list of those who have been entered and assign numbers down the list and then use a random number selector to chose a winner.  The winner will be announced on Facebook and the blog and will then email me with their choice of items below and their address.

Giveaway choices:
-seat belt cover (a pair for infant car seat or one for adult seat belt)
-tiered plate (the green plate set or the hardware to make your own w/ plates not included)
-your choice of three hair accessories (felt or silk)
-fabric ball

So follow, like, refer and win something super great for yourself or someone you love.