Friday, May 13, 2011

Life as a house wife!

So today i was doing a ton of baking, mixing, and creating. and i thought it would be fun to share. First i made this yummy banana bread that my mom would always send to my brothers while they were on their missions. We love it! and it tastes amazing! pictures are soon to come!

Banana Bread
3 medium bananas (over ripe works best)
3 Tb melted butter
1/2 C chopped nuts (opt)
1 t baking soda
1 C Sugar
3 Tb sour milk (milk with a little lemon juice or vinegar)
2 C flour
2 eggs
1 t Baking powder
1/4 t salt

mash bananas, add eggs. stir soda in sour milk add to bananas and eggs. add butter and sugar. mix in dtry ingredients. can add 1/2 c choc chips and 1/2 c butterscotch chips.
bake at 350 for 50-60 min. will make one big loaf

baking tip. i have discovered that our oven here in Nampa is too hot. This causes the bottom of cookies, breads and cakes to be burnt while the rest is normal. to fix this problem simply place a cookie sheet or another bread pan underneath. it may take slightly longer to cook but it will cook evenly and not burn your baked goods.

Now the second thing i made was ranch dressing. I hate store bought ranch because my family always made our own. It tastes amazing and I have this recipe to a few people who hate ranch and had them converted. This makes about a liter of ranch so you can half it if you want. My family would just eat it on everything so that is why we made so much of it. I generally just keep most of it and then give 1/3 to someone as a gift.

The Goddard's Ranch dressing
1 qt buttermilk
1 qt mayonaise
2 t salt
2 t parsley
2 t onion powder
1 t garlic powder
1/2 t pepper
throw it all into a bowl and mix with a whisk. and refrigerate

Tip: I generally keep the mayo containers and store the ranch dressing in there and just label it RANCH. cheap storage!

Now later today i need to bring some food to a party. So I decided that i would bring White Chicken Chili and Snicker salad.

White Chicken Chili
1 medium onion, chopped
3 boneless chicken breasts, chopped
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 can of chicken broth (15 oz) [i use bullion cubes and it works fine]
2 cans of white means, drained [we also used pinto beans and it tastes just as good]
1 small can of diced green chilis
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper [you can add more if you like it a little more spicy]
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 cup sour cream
Saute onion, garlic powder and chicken in olive oil. Add all ingredients except whipping cream and sour cream and let it simmer for 15-30 min. [we like it a little more soupy so we do less time] add whipping cream and sour cream. serve!

you can eat it with chips, cheese, or tortilla strips.

Snicker Salad
2 apples
1 6 oz container of flavored yogurt (any flavor will work but we usually use strawberry or cherry)
2 candy bars (we use twix and a snickers)
1 c whipping cream
Whip the whipping cream into soft peaks, then fold in yogurt. Chop apples and candy bars into bite size pieces and fold them into the yogurt and whipping cream until evenly coated. Keep cold until you serve it.

So there you go. There is my day today! lots of baking and cleaning, mixing and creating. let me know what you think of these recipes if you try them!