Brown Bread!!


No I don’t mean like Whole Wheat bread…I mean Brown Bread, this is a sweet or quick bread and bake in a CAN!!  


Yes I said a can…you know a can that veggies come in or soup 

I grew up having brown bread in our house my Mom would make this as well as my Grandma…I don’t think I ever thought it was odd baking it in a can…I was a kid it was a cool thing 🙂

Wikipedia says – 

New England or Boston brown bread is a type of dark, slightly sweet steamed bread (usually a quick bread) popular in New England. It is cooked by steam in a can, or cylindrical pan.
Brown bread’s color comes from a mixture of flours, usually a mix of several of the following: cornmeal, wheat, whole wheat, graham flour, or rye, and from the addition of sweeteners like molasses and maple syrup. Leavening most often comes from baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) though a few recipes use yeast. Raisins are often added. The batter is poured into a can, and steamed in a kettle. While most variations are quick breads, and can be made in less than an hour, several commercial brands are available. Brown bread is somewhat seasonal, being served mostly in fall and winter, and is frequently served with baked beans.

I really had forgotten about this Brown Bread until I read this blog “A Small Insight”
Lucy call it “Mamma’s Fruit Loaf and when I read this post and saw what it was, I immediately thought of Brown Bread 🙂 

So go to her blog and check her out and her recipe for her Mamma’s Fruit Loaf 🙂

All  know is that I really was not a big fan growing up, but now this stuff if great and I like mine with butter, now my Mom likes her’s with cream cheese.  So its up to you on which way you eat it, its also good heated in the microwave 🙂

My recipe here is is made with a couple of can, I also used small paper loaf pan, easy to give as gifts and I made some today for our office and I used a Bundt pan and it just came out so nice…perfect with you were having people over for coffee or tea, it’s perfect.

Now I did compare my brown bread to the ‘Can” kind you find in the store and let me say, I thought the store bought one was very dense, dry, very little raisins compared to mine.  And the flavor well I am sorry to say it was just plan awful…sorry if you like it, I just didn’t care for it 🙂

Store bought






Raisins and water in a small sauce pan




add flour, salt, baking soda and bran/bran buds to bowl 



Mix together

cream butter and sugar





stir in egg and vanilla





add dry mixture and stir a little




add raisin mixture



Fold to combine



pour batter into your containers






this is the can



this looks so good



this is store on left and mine on right



You can see that mine has so many more raisins



Both buttered and ready to eat



Out come, like I said did not care for the store bought, took one bite 😦

Mine oh it looks so good!!!!


Brown Bread Recipe

1 1/2 -2 cups raisins
2 cups water
1 cup Bran or Bran Buds Cereal
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp. butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

4 – 16oz. cans (fill 2/3 full)- bake for 35-55 minutes, small loaf pans (fill half full) – bake 30 minutes, large loaf pan (fill half full to 2/3’s) – bake 40 – 50 minutes, bundt pan (whole recipe) – bake 45 minutes.  With any of these just keep an eye on it, when you stick a toothpick or skewer in bread it should come out clean, it then is done.   Cool upside down on a cooling rack.

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees

In a small to med sauce pan add water and raisins, bring to a boil over med-high heat, once it boils, remove from heat and set aside for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl add flour, bran/bran buds, salt and baking soda, stir to mix…set aside
In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar for 1 minute, then stir in egg and vanilla, then add dry mixture, stir it a little and raisin mixture, fold to fully combine.

Pour into your WELL greased or spray baking container, and bake.  Let cool enough to handle and then you can dig in 🙂

The Bundt pictures





Savory Tomato Cobbler!!


IMG_20130809_142435Okay so my Dad has a ton of Tomatoes…wait let me capitalize that “A TON” from his garden…I think he gets like 20 a day 🙂


So I was thinking what could I make…hhmmmm oh what about at Tomato Cobbler!! 

Now this turned out in my mind just okay, after I made it I tasted a piece and thought I could make it better for sure 🙂

I then hopped in my car to take the over to my “food tasters” my “parents” 🙂

And they absolutely loved it!!!!!!!!  I was so surprised but very happy.

When I went to the office the next day someone brought in a huge bag of fresh roma tomatoes from somebody’s garden, and as people were in our kitchen getting the tomatoes 🙂  

Pat one of the many Great Men that work in our Corporate office, said “Oh I just love tomatoes”…I then said well you would love this new recipe that I came up with, I’ll take some of these tomatoes here and I will make it and bring it in for everyone to try.

So I did…and well as I’m sitting here typing this I have getting lots of emails and people stopping by and telling how good it was and can I get the recipe 🙂  Mostly from all the Great Women in our office 🙂

I am so happy that everyone loves it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Now I did change it a little from the first time I made it today so here is the recipe!!

Ingredients – added fresh basil – not in picture



score your tomatoes


boil your water


add tomatoes


peel tomatoes




chop or squish tomatoes add to a colander to drain, keep juices


add melted butter and sugar together




add flour, seasonings, salt, pepper, baking powder mix


then add cheese and fresh chopped basil


add milk



mix together


baking dish I used


add batter to baking dish


smooth out


add tomatoes


then 1 cup of juices from tomatoes




add basil and cheese and bake till melted


this is the one I made of the office, didn’t take a picture till it was almost gone 🙂




Recipe – Savory Tomato Cobbler

I used a 2.75 qt. baking dish   Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees


1/4 cup sugar
1/2 stick butter, melted
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 tsp. Southwestern seasoning, **See Note below
1 tsp. Italian seasoning,  **See Note below
3 tbsp. fresh basil, chopped, plus extra for topping
1 2/3 cup fresh Parmesan/Romano cheese, shredded, divided  ***See Note below

1 3/4 to 2 cups tomatoes, skinned and drained

Spray your baking dish really good

Boil water in a large pot, score your tomatoes on the bottom with an “X”
Once water in boiling add tomatoes and boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute depending on size.
Pull them out and take a paper towel to pull skin off, then core and place in a colander over a large bowl.  Add all tomatoes to colander then squish with your hands to release all juices, let drain as long as you can or over night in the fridge.  (you will need the juice)

Batter – in a medium bowl add sugar and melted butter and stir to combine, then add flour, seasonings, salt, pepper, basil, cheese, baking powder and mix and fold to combine, then stir in milk.  This will be sticky, once combined then spread out evenly into baking dish.

Top batter with tomatoes, then use 1 cup of the juices from the drained tomatoes (if you don’t have 1 cup add cold water to make 1 cup)

Pour over tomatoes the 1 cup of juices, then bake for 1 hour,  once done you can top the cobbler with some more fresh chopped basil all over it and then sprinkle the rest of the cheese all over as well.  The cheese will melt a little or you can return to the oven for a few minutes more to melt.  Let set for 10 minutes before serving.

****Seasonings note – the southwestern blend that I used had a combination of cumin, garlic, oregano, cilantro leaves, coriander and chives.  To make this I would take a heaping 1/4 tsp of each, that would make up what you need for this recipe.  Or you can just use Italian seasoning entirely for this recipe.

****Cheese note – in my pictures I have Parmesan and Romano cheese, you do not have to use both you can just use Parmesan cheese.  But Please…you must you fresh….you can shred a wedge or you can buy in a tub already shredded.

DO NOT use the Non-refrigerated kind in the Jar!!!

This dish would be great with a nice big salad!!  I hope you will give it a try!!!  Enjoy!!


Banana Bread!!!!


Okay who doesn’t like Banana Bread 🙂


I love Banana anything…cakes, muffins, cookies, bread, ice cream, yogurt, candy!!!  

Oh and have you seen the **NEW** Dole Dippers, slices of bananas dipped in dark chocolate and FROZEN can you say

YUMMMMMMMMYYYY!!!!!!   download

I can, I have had them and they are addicting, they even have them with chopped almonds sprinkled on top too 🙂  They come 6 packages in the box, 100 calories a package, so well worth it 😛

So have a pack of those so when you have a slice of this Banana Bread you will not feel so guilty 🙂

So we’ve all had the few bananas sitting on the counter that are slightly or way past their prime…right 😛

I think what most people think of when that happens to the bananas is….BANANA BREAD TIME!!

So here’s my Banana Bread recipe 🙂  Hope you enjoy it!!




whisk together, four, salt and baking soda



add bananas to bowl and mash


then add sour cream and vanilla to bananas


mix together


cream butter and sugar


for about 3 minutes



add egg yolks


beat to combine


fold in half flour mixture




then add banana mixture and rest of dry






beat egg whites just until frothy




fold into batter, but don’t over work it




I used mini loaf pans, you can also find paper baking loaf size too, for easy gift giving





Then bake and done



This recipe is so moist you will never use another 🙂



1 stick of butter, softened
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. sour cream
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

pans – 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 loaf pan, or mini loaf pans or small bundt pan.

In a small bowl add mashed banana, sour cream and vanilla, mix to combine.

In another small bowl add flour, salt and baking soda, whisk to combine, set aside.

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl for about 3 minutes, then add egg yolks and beat until combined.
Fold in 1/2 of dry mixture, then add banana mixture and the rest of the dry.

In a clean dry bowl add egg whites and beat for about 30 – 45 seconds just until frothy, then fold egg whites into the batter.

Just until combined, try not to over work the batter.

Bake for regular size loaf pan 45 minutes to 1 hour, mini loaf pans about 30 minutes, check by inserting a toothpick in the center and comes out clean.



Asian Flank Steak and Chicken Wings with homemade BBQ Sauce

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This is a re-blog from last year but with grilling season still going strong is a great recipe for grilling out.

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer 🙂


This is the Flank Steak and Chicken Wing with homemade BBQ Sauce recipe I used when I grilled out with some friends and made the Mac and Cheese in the electric pressure cooker (previous blog)

I love this marinade I use is all the time!


1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tbsp. whole peppercorns, or just ground black pepper will work too
Mix everything in a ziploc bag, place your steak inside and refrigerate up to 24 hours.  Grill about 7 minutes per side, for medium rare, slice thinly across the grain.

I made this steak sauce to be served with the steaks as well, but then I divided it and to half, I added a 1/4 cup more of brown sugar, stirred that in and used it as a BBQ sauce for our Chicken Wings…so good!!

BBQ Sauce/Steak Sauce

3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 cup shallots, minced
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves

Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan, heat over medium-low heat, bring to a bubble, and then reduce to low, cook until shallots are tender, 15 – 20 minutes.  Let cool, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Remember if you want to make half a BBQ Sauce, divide and add 1/4 cup brown sugar to half the mixture.

My go to veggies that I just love so so much are green beans, jicama and onions, I think I could eat that combo everyday.  All I do is clean and break the green beans, peel and slice the onions and the jicama you peel that like a potato, then I slice it and cut into matchstick like pieces (they kind of look like french fries). 

I toss all of together with a little olive oil and some salt and pepper, grill them in a sitr-fry basket until the desired doneness…I like me veggies with a little bit of crunch still.  You can also saute these up in a skillet if you don’t want to use the grill.

I really do love jicama, I first had it many years ago in mexico, I thought it was potato, but I quickly found out it was this big root vegetable like a potato.  I use jicama in my soups in place of potato, it really is go much better for you, I also will eat it raw just like carrot sticks.  It’s also great in salad or adding a crunch to salsa, if you have never tried jicama please go to your local produce dept. and ask them for it, you will not be sorry…Enjoy!!!

“Goodies Box” for July

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A Goodie Box!!!  Who doesn’t like a Goodie Box 🙂

A box that comes to you each month with Goodies in it to surprise you…I love it!!

Well I have been so fortunate to be chosen to receive thus kind of box each month as long as I blog and review each item…Well I said “Of course, it would be my Pleasure” 😛


First you too can get the same box ($7 per month) so you can too get to taste and enjoy the same products Check them out here

Okay here we go

The box and wrappings are all made with recyclable materials 


What’s inside – Wow I like what I’m seeing


a drink and snacks


Okay so I am really liking whats in the box, I have seen some of these items around
but sometimes you don’t really want to buy somethings just in case they turn out
not so good 🙂

Okay so lets start
1.  Crunchmaster –


These crackers were very very good, extremely crunchy, I thought they had a good flavor, along with everything you see on the package they are also Sugar Free, Vegan/Dairy Free, low saturated fat and Og Trans fat.


These crackers are a great snack, I would totally buy them and if anyone has to eat Gluten Free I so recommend these crackers.   Check out their website (above) for other products they sell.

2.  Cosmos Creations –

So the front of the bag says “Heavenly Morsels of Baked Corn with all Natural Ingredients you can Pronounce”  I like this 🙂


As you can see from the picture again Gluten Free, among other things, I did like these little cinnamon crunchy little puffs of goodness 🙂  I liked that the fact that I really did feel like I was eating popcorn without the Hulls or Kernels…YAY!!!


These Crunchy good snacks come in 4 flavors – Cinnamon Crunch, Caramel, Sea Salt & Butter and Salted Caramel,  I’m wondering if the Sea Salt and Butter will taste like Buttered Popcorn 🙂
I hope these some in a snack pack size, because eating the whole bag could happen if you did not portion it out…so if you buy the big bag….which I do recommend this product 🙂  Scoop some out into a bowl first 😛

3.  Glaceau Fruitwater –

Okay so now I bet your thirsty by now, well I really did like this Fruitwater 😛


This water was refreshing, bubbly and the flavor was not over powering, so many flavored waters the flavor is so strong and they are so sweet at least to me.  I like sparkling flavored water, but sometimes it hard to find, that’s why I really do like this one, they also have 5 flavors, Black Raspberry, Lemon-Lime, Watermelon Punch, Strawberry Kiwi and the one I had Orange Mango.  Also Zero Calories, 20% of the recommended daily value of vitamins b5 and b6, magnesium and zinc, and 50 milligrams of green tea extract.

This one is a buy for me can’t wait to pick up a few 🙂

4.  The Better Chip – Jalapeno with Sea Salt –



I absolutely LOVED these chips, they were very crisp and firm like, they would hold up to a thick guacamole or a cream cheese dip with out breaking.  The flavor was fantastic, spicy with just the right amount of sea salt, what I also liked about these chips was the fact you could see pieces of jalapeno.



They come in other flavors too, Fresh Corn with Sea Salt, Spinach & Kale with Sea Salt, Sweet Onion with White Cheddar and Red Pepper with Salsa Fresca.

I totally would buy these, I think they are great just on there own or with salsa or any other dip they would be just fantastic!!!

5.  Gimbal’s – Cherry Lovers –



I must say when I first saw the package I was so excited because I really love Cherry flavor in anything chewy 🙂



I opened up that package and quickly sorted them out into flavors, there are 9 flavors in this package, once sorting them all, I was not pleased….flavors and how many – Chocolate Cherry – 1, Kiwi Cherry – 2, Cherry Cheesecake – 2 or 3, Cherry Vanilla 0 or 1 (it was was to tell with color but when I tasted it, I still was not sure if it was Vanilla or Cheesecake), Cherry Daiquiri – 2, Cherry Cola – 2, Bing Cherry – 2 I think, Wild Cherry -2 I think, Black Cherry – 9.

Let me say some of these were hard to tell which was which



All and all I thought I did get one of each flavor, but after tasting each color, I am really not sure, Bing Cherry and Wild Cherry looked very much like the same 😦

I’ll say this Gimbal’s has other candy to choose from 🙂



I just don’t think I would choose the Cherry Lovers, matter of fact I brought the rest of them with me to the office and they are still in a baggie in my desk drawer 😛  Cherry was the flavor, I just was not impressed 😦

So this months Goodie Box was 4 to 1, I think that is pretty good 🙂
Can’t wait to get August’s box!!