Banana Bread

I hate food waste, it makes me crazy.  I try so very hard to use everything in my pantry, freezer, and refrigerator.  Some weeks are better than others.  This week, we had four bananas that just did not get eaten. I swear sometimes the hubby does this on purpose so I will be forced to make him banana bread.

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Thankfully it is super easy to throw the batter together, and 22 minutes later you have warm, moist, flavorful muffins to eat.

I used this recipe from Simply Recipes.  It called for 1 Tbsp of brewed coffee.  I gotta tell you, I was skeptical, what was 1 Tbsp of coffee going to do for this recipe….Oh, I was so very wrong people!  It really did enhance the flavor of the muffins – who knew…well apparently the folks at Simply Recipes and David Lebovitz.  I am a convert, a true believer, and I will be adding a bit of coffee to my banana nut muffins from now on!

My coworkers were thrilled with the unexpected midweek home baked treat.  I left some at home, of course, but the rest went into the office to be devoured with morning coffee.  It made me happy, I was able to use up my ripe bananas, the hubby got a lovely treat and I got major brownie points with the office staff – a perfect trifecta!

 

Corned Beef Hash

The supermarket had an incredible sale on corned beef after St. Patrick’s day so I picked one up, intending on having it for dinner the next night….best laid plans of mice and men…

Anyway, I ended up tossing it in the freezer after yet another change of plans.  Fast forward a few weeks, the hubby would be home for dinner, but I wouldn’t be.  I pulled the beef from the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge.

The night before I was to serve it, I made a batch of coleslaw and picked up a loaf of rye bread.  In the morning, I put the corned beef in the crock pot, with some spices and a bit of water.  I let it slow cook all day.  When dinner came around, all the hubby had to do was assemble a reuben sandwich for dinner.  He was thrilled.

Two days later, I still had some corn beef left in the fridge so I decided we would have breakfast for dinner and I threw together a quick corn beef hash.

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I peeled and diced two potatoes and put them in a pot of water to boil.  While they were cooking, I diced up half an onion and a bit of the leftover corned beef.  I started sauteing the onion and beef, then added the potatoes when they were fully cooked.

All I needed to do after that was toast a bit of bread and fry up a couple of eggs.  Easy, tasty, and simple dinner.  It was the perfect way to end a long work week!

Creamed Dried Beef on Toast

Sometimes you need a decadent breakfast to fuel you for the day.  I have been craving creamed dried beef on toast for a while now and I decided today was the day!

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This is a picture of the hubby’s plate.  Three eggs, creamed dried beef over toast and hand grated hash browns.  It was a thing of beauty, if I do say so myself!

For the cream dried beef, I saute the beef in butter until it is a bit crispy.  I add in some minced garlic and let that cook for a minute.   I sprinkle it with some flour and deglaze the pan with some Sherry.  Once the Sherry cooks out, I add milk and bring it to a boil.  I turn it down to a simmer and let it cook for about 20-25 minutes before serving.  It is, without a doubt, a heart attack on a plate, but what a way to go!

Snowstorm Breakfast

The nice thing about a snow storm during spring break – we usually get the day off.  I was able to catch up on a bit of sleep and since the hubby was home, I made a big breakfast to start off the day.

Nothing like home fries, eggs, bacon, and toast with a nice cup of tea while the snow falls from the sky.

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My favorite thing about late winter snow storms – the snow, typically doesn’t hang around for very long.  So it is pretty to look at and gone before it can annoy me, whoo hoo!

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and yes, those are Christmas lights on my deck.  Yes, they are still up, don’t yell at me, that’s the hubby’s job – go give him hell….

Sunday Morning Breakfast

Is there anything better on a Sunday morning than a leisurely breakfast of eggs, bacon, potatoes, and homemade buttermilk biscuits? Yeah, I didn’t think so either.

I usually make home fries, but this weekend, I wanted hash browns.  Lucky for me, I didn’t wreck my knuckles on the grater!  I cooked a half pound of bacon that I had picked up at the local butcher in the oven.  While that was cooking, I slide a pan of homemade buttermilk biscuits in as well.

While the bacon and biscuits cooked in the oven and the potatoes were sizzling away on the stove top, I set the table, and pulled out some homemade blueberry jam.  I made the jam this summer from berries grown locally.  It is SOOOOO good, if I do say so myself!

All that was left to do was cook off some eggs, make a cup of tea and indulge.  Which I did, happily.  Here’s hoping you have a relaxing (and filling) Sunday morning breakfast planned at your house today.

Sunday Morning

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When your day starts out this cold, rainy, and dreary,  you need a really awesome breakfast to get you motivated.   This morning I decided to throw caution to the wind, skip our standard breakfast of of over easy eggs with toast and potatoes and make some French Toast.

The hubs leaves for a business trip today so it will be our only meal together today.  I picked up a loaf of brioche bread yesterday, one that was sliced slightly thicker than standard bread.  It made for a delicious French toast.

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I’m pretty sure the hubby ate his weight in French Toast, but since he will probably not get lunch today, all is good.

My plan for the rest of the afternoon involves a nice cup of hot tea, a really good book, and my fireplace.   Happy Sunday!

It took longer than expected…

But the hubby fell off the wagon.  He insists he will continue to be a pescatarian for the rest of the month of January, but he could no longer ignore his need for hops.  I figured he’d quit before now, so I can’t say that I am surprised.  He left this morning for a business trip to a town known for great seafood (which he loves!) so he may just keep his promise to not eat meat, only time will tell.   He intends on watching the football playoffs at one of his favorite breweries so there is definitely beer in his immediate future.

Before he left, I made us a quick breakfast, nothing fancy, just eggs, toast, and potatoes.  Simple and satisfying.  I LOVE TOAST. What is it about crunchy bread, drenched in butter that makes me so very happy? Anyway, I love when I have time to make eggs for breakfast.  During the week I usually have a yogurt or container of cottage cheese at my desk with a cup of hot tea, but on the weekend, I get to indulge in creamy eggs, buttery toast, and fried potatoes.  It is a beautiful way to start the day.