Sunday, January 24, 2010

Stitching and Stewing on Sunday

Most of you know that I would rather cook than bake, but I've been wanting to try this recipe for Pineapple Banana Bread
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple, drained
2 cups mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

I just couldn't bring myself to put that much oil in the batter so I substituted applesauce for most of the oil...

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. In another bowl, beat the eggs, oil and vanilla; add pineapple and bananas. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.  I doubled the batch to make enough for everyone!

And since I had the oven on, I baked a pie for my friend, Kari. It is her birthday today.
Line's week in Hawaii went by quickly.  She had a fabulous time and I am looking forward to seeing her pictures. 
Her flight brought her into Fargo this afternoon so we made the trip there to pick her up.  My project for the car (after correctig papers) was to crochet dishcloths.  You know...when the winter dulldrums set it, these cheerful yarns just make me happy.

My friend Karren crochets beautifully and is going to teach me how to make this sweet round pattern.

If you have watched the news and weather, you know that we have been having ice and snow here in the midwest.  About an hour down the road, we came upon emergency vehicles. We stopped and we were told there was an accident up ahead.  After about a 25 minute wait, we were allowed to proceed...



We got to see Emily and Jake for about 20 minutes.  We collected Line and her suitcase, and started for home.  It was pretty slow going...
This was going south...when we still had some daylight.

Here the road is pretty clear...but do you notice the snowflakes are not coming straight down...
In fact, the wind was so strong, that once it blew us into a skid...
Going west...At times we were driving in nearly a white-out...The road was white...the ditch was white and the blowing snow was white...


We were very happy to see the lights of home...


Kathy said...

Love, love, love your new layout!! Very nice and very easy to read. What a trip. Living where it snows can be pretty nasty at times.

My son lives in Colorado and couldn't even go where he was suppose to go this weekend because the roads over the mountains were closed.

Glad you got back safely. The baked goodies look awesome.

Willoughby said...

The bread looks amazing! I can almost taste it!

Just reading about your hazardous drive made me anxious! I'm glad you made it home safely! I hate driving in white outs and on ice. Living in Michigan, I can hardly avoid it. We've had warmer temps and rain for the past few days, but it's supposed to drop down into the 20's over the next few days. I dread the possibility of icy roads.

Busy Bee Suz said...

The bread looks/sounds delicious!!!!
Glad you all made it home safely, I just can't imagine traveling under conditions like that!!!

Cathryn said...

I like your version of banana bread and I need to try it out! I like crocheted dishcloths myself--prefer them to sponges.

I'm glad you made it home safely, despite the hazards of the weather and the road.

Suzanne said...

Your bread looks delicious. I'm glad you arrived home safely. Those roads look treacherous -- no fun at all!

marie said...

I ams o going to try that recipe! It looks so yummy ~ I've been on a pineapple kick lately so it will be perfect!

The weather has been something this year ~ so glad to hear you made it home safe. I sure hope that truck driver was okay. Yikes is right!

Your blog looks so nice - love the chanegs.

Nancy said...

Your baked goodies look really yummy! That weather looks awful. We've had it "ok" down here the past few days, although it's dreary and no sun.


Oklahoma Granny said...

Great new layout! I've copied down your recipe. It sounds so yummy. So glad your family made it safely home.

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

Your pie looks yummy! I am so glad you made it home safely from the airport! I hope you can share some Hawaii pictures, I will live vicariously through Line :0)