Sunday, September 24, 2017

Honey Carrot Banana Texas Size Muffins


2 bananas
1 ½ cups shredded carrots
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cloves
2 large eggs
½ cup grapeseed oil ( used canola oil)
½ cup honey
¼ cup plain yogurt

1 tablespoons vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Prepare muffin pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, smash the bananas with a potato masher or fork.  Stir in the shredded carrots.

Sift the dry ingredients together over  mixing bowl and stir to combines.

Whisk two eggs in a small bowl

In a separate bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine the oil, honey, yogurt, and vanilla.

Add the liquids to the large bowl, and stir/fold until combined.

Pour the batter into the prepared muffin pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a thin knife inserted deep into the muffins comes out with moist crumbs

Let cool for 10 minutes before removing the bread from the pan.  Continue to cool on a wire rack.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Nana's Salisbury Steak

My grandmother would make her own bread crumbs, I like panko.

Gabe loves potatoes thus I served the Salisbury Steaks over mashed potatoes.


1 pound hamburger meat
1/3 cup bread crumbs ( I used panko)
1 teaspoon ketchup
1 teaspoon mustard
 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder

2 packets Brown Gravy Mix
2 cup hot Water
1 teaspoon Ketchup

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

For cooking patties in skillet:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter


Combine hamburger ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with your hands until ingredients are incorporated. Form into patties.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Cook patties on both sides until no longer pink.

Whisk together gravy mix and water until well blended.

Whisk in ketchup and Worcestershire and pour over patties in skillet.

Lower the heat and allow to simmer until gravy warms and thickens.

Remove patties from skillet and serve

Friday, September 8, 2017

Meet Harvey and Irma

Celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary tomorrow

 That's some category 5 love <3 

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Chickpea Salad with Carrots and Dill


2 cans chickpeas (15 ounces each), rinsed and drained
2 cups grated carrots 
⅔ cup chopped celery 
½ cup thinly sliced green onion 
⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 medium-to-large clove garlic, pressed or minced
¼ teaspoon salt

Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. dry dill ( didn't have fresh)


In a medium serving bowl, combine the chickpeas, carrots, celery, green onions. Set aside.

Prepare the vinaigrette- combine the olive oil, 2 tablespoons of the vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper in small bowl. Whisk until blended and pour all of the dressing over the chickpea mixture.

Sprinkle with dry dill


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Houston has millions of people rooting for you

People helping people- that's what it's all about.  You're supposed to help others in need regardless of race, religion, creed, class or sex. Just help one another.
If you want the world to be a better place, it has to start with you.

400 Billion gallons of water fell on Houston over the weekend. I can see how there comes a point when a few more gallons won't change your mood.

I hope your spirits keep going up and your water levels settle back to normal.