Easy Banana Bread Recipe

You'll love this easy banana bread recipe!  It comes out so perfectly moist every time and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!

Easy Banana Bread

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You will love this easy banana bread recipe!  Not only is it completely moist and delicious, it takes just 10 minutes to prepare!  If your family doesn’t like nuts in their bread you can leave them out or replace them with chocolate chips!  The batter to this recipe is very thick and you may be tempted to add more liquid… trust me, you don’t need it.  This bread is perfect just as it is.  The mayo keeps it moist!

The key to making good quick breads is not to over mix the ingredients.    Once cooled serve it with Whipped Strawberry Butter or top it with an amazing Pecan Coconut Glaze!

Items You’ll Need For This Recipe

* Mayo/Dressing * Loaf Pan * Bananas *

Easy Banana Bread

Rating 

Ingredients
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  • 3 Medium Bananas mashed
  • ½ cup of Mayo/Dressing (I always use Hellmann's Light)
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
Banana Bread
  1. In a bowl mix together mashed bananas, mayo and egg. In a separate bowl combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and pecans
  2. Add flour mixture to wet mixture and stir just until combined
  3. Note: The mixture will be very thick, do not over mix
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan
  5. Bake 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
  6. Remove from pan and allow to cool completely.
  7. To make it extra yummy top it with Pecan Coconut Glaze!

More Recipes You’ll Love

* Triple Chocolate Banana Bread * Pecan Coconut Banana Bread * Banana Pecan Crunch Muffins  *

This easy banana bread recipe first appeared on Spend With Pennies Feb. 2013.  Updated July 2015. 

You'll love this easy banana bread recipe!  It comes out so perfectly moist every time and takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!
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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Zesty Slaw

Our Favorite! Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Zesty Slaw!  This is the most tender and delicious pork you'll ever make...  paired with a simple homemade zesty slaw, this dinner will have your family asking for more!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Zesty Slaw

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This is an amazing recipe for Slow Cooker pulled pork!  The best part is you just pop it into the slow cooker and let it cook all day… and then dinner is ready when you are!!  I literally can pull the pork using a spoon it’s so tender!

I do love that this recipe doesn’t use a traditional sweet store bought barbecue sauce.  The homemade sauce has so much flavor and is really easy to make!  If you’re not familiar with chili sauce, you have to try it.  (It isn’t spicy at all).  I use it in most recipes calling for barbecue sauce and mix the two 50/50 for an incredibly zesty flavor.  It’s also the best meatloaf toppingyou’ll ever have (mixed 50/50 with ketchup)!

The slaw is best if it’s made a couple of hours ahead of time!  Once this is ready, the pork can be left in the slow cooker on low making it the perfect party food!  This is always a huge hit with the whole family or an easy dish on game day!

REPIN SLOW COOKER PULLED PORK SANDWICHES

Items You’ll Need for This Recipe:

* slow cooker * chili sauce * pork roast * 

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Zesty Slaw

Rating 

Serving size: 6-8

Ingredients
Pulled Pork
  • 4 lb. boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 onion chopped
  • ¾ cup cider vinegar
  • ½ cup tomato ketchup
  • ½ cup chili sauce (like Heinz)
  • ¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup light molasses
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
Coleslaw
  • ⅓ cup light mayonnaise/dressing (I use Helmann's light)
  • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt (or regular yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon celery seeds
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 cups finely shredded green cabbage
  • 2 cups finely shredded purple cabbage
6-8 Rolls
Instructions
Pulled Pork
  1. Mix together onion, cider vinegar, ketchup, chili sauce (like Heinz), brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard and pepper
  2. Cut pork in half and sear in a pan on all sides
  3. Place pork in the slow cooker and pour sauce over top
  4. Cook on low for 8-10 hours or on high for 5-6 hours or until fork tender
  5. Remove pork from slow cooker, discard any large pieces of fat
  6. Shred using two forks
  7. Return to crock pot and heat through
Zesty Slaw
  1. Stir together mayonnaise, yogurt, vinegar, sugar, celery seeds, and ⅛ tsp salt in a bowl.
  2. Pour over cabbage and toss gently.
Sandwiches
  1. Place slaw on rolls and pile high with pulled pork
  2. Enjoy!

 More Recipes You’ll Love

* Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork * Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken * Slow Cooker Beef (for tacos or enchiladas) *

Our Favorite! Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Zesty Slaw!  This is the most tender and delicious pork you'll ever make...  paired with a simple homemade zesty slaw, this dinner will have your family asking for more!
This recipe has been adapted from Food Made Fast, Slow Cooker!
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Simple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes

I've made these SO many times, simple Oven Roasted Potatoes make a perfect side dish for any meal!  These are so easy to make! from @spendpennies

Simple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes…  My Standby Side Dish! 

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This is a very simple but delicious side dish that goes with pretty much any meat!  You can easily vary the seasonings to fit with your meal! These oven roasted potatoes are very easy to make as well, so you can have a delicious side dish with minimal work!

The soaking of the potatoes makes them very light and fluffy inside… but make sure they are dry before you add the olive oil so they roast instead of steam!!

 

Repin Oven Roasted Potatoes Here

 

This recipe calls for dried herbs but if you have fresh on hand, by all means, chop those up and add them in!  Enjoy!

Note:  Photo updated 8/31/14…  same delicious standby recipe..  new photo!  I’m still working on my photography skills and this one definitely needed some updating!  :)  Original photo at the end of the post!

 

Items you’ll need for this recipe:

* Potatoes * Olive Oil * Baking Sheet  *

Simple Oven Roasted Potatoes

Rating 

Serves: 6 side dish servings

Ingredients
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  • 2 lbs red or yellow skinned potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each dried parsley, garlic powder, rosemary, black pepper
  • coarse salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Scrub potatoes (do not peel them). Slice into even sized cubes about 1”
  3. If time allows, soak potatoes in cold water for 1 hour. (This removes starch and makes for a fluffier potato). Drain and dry potatoes if required.
  4. Toss potatoes, olive oil, garlic and seasonings
  5. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until browned and tender
  7. Serve with sour cream, fresh chopped green onions and bacon if desired.

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I've made these SO many times, simple Oven Roasted Potatoes make a perfect side dish for any meal!  These are so easy to make! from @spendwithpennies

Here are some more recipes you’ll love

* Pepper Ranch Potatoes * Cheesy Chicken Ranch Potatoes * Broccoli Cheddar Potatoes *

 

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Avocado Dressing and Dip

This  Avocado Dressing recipe is not only delicious, it's super easy to make!  Adjust the liquid to adjust the consistency and make a perfect dip for veggies & chips!

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This is one of my favorite homemade dressings!  Not only is it healthy and full of flavor, it just takes a couple of minutes to prepare.   This is the perfect dressing for a taco salad or tossed with crispy romaine, cucumbers and croutons (it’s amazing on top of any sort of Mexican dish too)!

If you reduce the liquid, this makes an amazing Avocado Dip for chips or veggies and I even spread it on sandwiches in place of mayo for a healthy kick!

Avocados are a true super food containing tons of nutrients, fibre and healthy fats!  Here are just a few of the benefits of enjoying Avocados:

    • Lowers cholesterol
    • Packed with vitamins including potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B6
    • Contain Fiber (keeps you feeling full)
    • Tastes delicious

Avocado Dressing and Dip!

Rating 

Serves: 1½ cups

Ingredients
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  • 1 ripe Avocado
  • ½ fresh Lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • seasoning salt to taste
For dressing
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk (see note below for substitution)
For dip
  • ¼ Cup Buttermilk or Soured Milk (see note below)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Adjust the amount of buttermilk to get desired consistency.
Notes
*NOTE: If you do not have buttermilk you can easily substitute it with soured milk.

Place ½ Tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar into a ½ cup measuring cup. Top with milk and let sit 5 minutes. Use to replace buttermilk in any recipe!
This  Avocado Dressing recipe is not only delicious, it's super easy to make!  Adjust the liquid to adjust the consistency and make a perfect dip for chips!
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How to make Map Envelopes! (Great summer learning activity!)

How to make map envelopes (plus where to get tons of maps mailed to you for free) !  This is a great summer project for kids to teach them to read maps, legends and more!

 How to make Map Envelopes!  (Great summer learning activity!)

With GPS, iPhones and all the other gadgets, my maps have been sitting around forever!  This craft utilizes beautiful maps from an old driving atlas. If you don’t have any old maps on hand, check your second hand store, they often have neat old atlases and maps!

You can also find tons of FREE MAPS here which is great for teaching the kids about different states!

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Not only are these very interesting to look at, they’re a great lesson for kids in the way of map legends and keys, roadways, topography, and geography!  Plus, it’s great to have them writing letters to grandparents, friends and far away aunties and uncles!

Handmade Map Envelopes

You’ll need:

  • A large map, at least 8′ X 10′
  • Scissors
  • Tape OR glue
  • Paper for address labels OR pre-made address labels
  • Stamps (optional, these also work great for in-home communications delivery! :))

Directions:

For a letter-sized envelope:

Making Letter Sized Map Envelopes!  Great learning activity!

 

  1. Take your paper and place it in front of you with the long edge on the side and the shorter edge at the top and bottom.
  2. Fold each long side in about one inch, press to make a crease.
  3. Fold the bottom edge up about 2/3rds of the way to the top, to create the pocket of the envelope.
  4. Fold the top edge down over the folded-up bottom, pressing to make a crease.
  5. Unfold the whole thing.
  6. Along the long edges, you’ll see a series of 3 sections created by your creases. Carefully cut out the bottom and top creased 1-inch side sections. Leave the middle one, that’s going to help create the pocket of your envelope.
    1. Making Letter Sized Envelopes
  7. Fold the creased middle side sections so they face inside again.
  8. If using glue to seal your envelope’s edges, apply it along each of them, then carefully fold the bottom section up to create your envelope’s pocket. Allow it to dry completely. If using tape, simply fold your bottom half up over the folded-in side sections and tape the edges closed.
  9. Fill the envelope with letters or such as desired. When ready to seal, apply glue along the edge of the top section and fold it down over the middle of the envelope, or fold it down and tape it.

For a card Envelope:

How to make card sized map envelopes! Great project for kids!

  1. Take your map and fold the bottom right corner up to the opposite side to form a triangle. Line the sides up carefully.
  2. There should be an approximately 3 inch strip at the top of your triangle. Cut this off.
  3. Unfold your triangle and smooth it out. Place it in front of you with the corners facing the top, bottom, and to the sides.
  4. Fold the corners at the side inwards until their tips touch in the middle. Fold to crease.
  5. Fold the bottom corner up and about 1 inch over where the side corners meet in the middle, forming the pocket of the envelope.
  6. Apply glue along the inside edges of the folded-up bottom corner section and press it down over the meeting side corners, or apply tape. Press to seal. Allow to dry completely.
  7. When the envelope is filled and ready to seal, fold the top corner section down over the middle of the envelope. Apply glue at the edges or tape to seal.
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Ground Beef Tips

10 Great Ground Beef Tips!!

Ground Beef Tips

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Ground Beef

PURCHASING

  • When buying ground beef, check the dates on the packages to make sure you are getting the freshest of the bunch!
  • Select a package from the bottom with the coldest temperature and be sure to keep it away from your fresh vegetables while shopping to avoid cross contamination.

STORAGE

  • Ground beef can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 days or frozen in an airtight package for up to 3 months.
  • 2 cups of cooked Ground Beef is the equivalent of 1lb. of raw ground beef.  (Great to know if you precook large batches and store it in the freezer).
  • Purchase a large package of ground beef and cook it up with some onions and garlic.  Once cool freeze in small portions!  You can pull it from the freezer and put it straight into a pan (no defrosting required)!  Just add taco mix, pasta sauce or other goodies for a speedy weeknight meal!
  • When you freeze ground beef, freeze it in a donut shape!  This allows it to defrost quickly and evenly.

COOKING

  • When browning ground beef a high temperature (although faster) can result in a dry product!  Moderate heat is a better option (but ALWAYS make sure ground beef is thoroughly browned).
  • Never press a burger while it’s on the grill, this squeezes out the juices resulting in a dry burger.
  • When you cook a burger, make an indent with your thumb on each side of the meat patty.  As the centre of the meat expands during cooking, this will result in an even burger without the bulge in the middle.
  • The leaner the meat, the less it will shrink.  Adding salt into the meat mixture can actually draw moisture out of the meat. If you want to add salt to your burger, it’s best to sprinkle it on just before it goes on the grill!
  •  Ground beef should always be cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees in order to destroy any possible harmful bacteria.

 More tips here

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Our Favorite Easter Recipes!

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Here are some of our TOP Recipes and Crafts for Easter!!  Don’t forget to RePin these!  Enjoy!

bunny butt cupcakes

Bunny Butt Cupcakes

 

sunflower peep cake

 15 Minute Peep Sunflower Cake

No Bake Rainbow Pie

No Bake Rainbow Pie 

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Baby Chick Deviled Eggs

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How to Dye Eggs with Whipped Cream

(a safer alternative to Shaving Cream Eggs)

Apple Glazed Ham.

Apple Glazed Ham

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Pretzel Chicks

 

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Nutter Butter Chicks

 

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Rainbow Jell-O Eggs

 

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Homemade Creme Eggs

 

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Treat Filled Yarn Eggs

 easter bunny sugar cookies

Easter Bunny Sugar Cookies

 

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Chocolate Covered Peeps Pops

 

rosemary balsamic ham

 

Rosemary Balsamic Ham

 

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Tissue Paper Eggs

garden patch carrot cupcakes

Garden Patch Carrot Cupcakes

 

blueberry french toast casserole

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

marshmallow flower cupcakesSpring Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes

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