Sunday, February 22, 2015

Facebook and Recipies!

Facebook is a popular free social networking website that allows registered users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends, family and colleagues. The site is available in 37 different languages. 

Originally designed for college students, Facebook was created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was enrolled at Harvard University. By 2006, anyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address could join Facebook. Today, Facebook is the World's largest social network, with more than 1 billion users Worldwide.

I will admit I like Facebook and use it often. Sometimes just to browse, see what friends or family are doing, what is new, and also recipes. I have gotten many great recipes off Facebook. Who knew?? 

Today, yes today, I made Banana Bread Brownies. A recipe I got from a Facebook post. (from a friend) I just happen to have three rotten (or should I say very very ripe) bananas on hand, so this is the perfect recipe for today.

Banana Bread Brownies

1-1/2 c. sugar
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 eggs
3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 c. butter
4 c. powdered sugar
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk

Heat oven to 375 degrees. grease and flour 15x10 inch jelly roll pan. for the bars, in a large bowl, beat together sugar, sour cream, butter and eggs until creamy. blend in bananas and vanilla extract. add flour, baking soda, salt and blend for 1 minute. stir in walnuts.

spread batter evenly into pan. bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. 

meanwhile, for frosting, heat butter in a large saucepan over medium heat until boiling. let the butter turn a delicate brown and remove from heat immediately. 

add powdered sugar, vanilla extract and milk. whisk together until smooth (it should be thicker than a glaze but thinner than frosting) using a spatula, spread the brown butter frosting over the warm bars. (the frosting will be easier to spread while the bars are still warm.)

enjoy the yum warm!!

I used a 13' x 9' pan. And although the recipe calls for "sour cream", I read it as sour milk,  like you add to banana bread when you make it. (to make sour milk just add a bit of vinegar to milk, let set and it will sour) It all came out good and was so delicious warm out of the oven! 

So see bloglings, there are many uses for Facebook. I have found a lot of high school classmates, keep in touch with family and get to see all of my nieces and nephews children grow. And don't forget the great food!!

Do you Facebook? 

Always fun to meet new friends and people from around the World.
Have a great week bloglings!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winter's Beauty

A Winter Memory

Fresh-fallen snow, untouched by man, tops bushes fence and tree;
The strong, gusty wind, whirling it 'round, improves and enriches its beauty.
It sauntered down in the silence of night, leaving a scenic delight;
Now, in the sun, it dances and winks as we drink in the wondrous sight.
This is a picture-post-card scene - winter at its best;
It leaves a mark etched in our heart of when winter was our guest.

Winter Beauty

Oh yes, it is Winter in Michigan!
Roads are mushy and slippery.
You have to leave much earlier to get where you are going, to be on time that is.
Every year it is a big thing on the news here in Michigan. Oh no! There is snow out there! Ha, like that is news? We live in Michigan after all.
But the kids do so enjoy it and can't wait after the first snow fall to get right out there in it and play. The sleds emerge from their resting place from over the Summer and are loved once again. 
It is a beautiful sight, no matter of all the bad things you may hear.

Winter driving in Michigan

The official first day of Winter is December 21st. I am thinking we may be totally buried by then!! I have been hearing people predicting that we are going to have a horrendous Winter like we had last year............ they may be on to something!

(the colors and size of test went crazy in this post! can't figure it out! haha, Winter joke on me.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

First Winter Storm 2014

Michigan isn't known as Winter Wonderland for nothing!
Today we got our first Winter storm and got about a foot of snow. Bitter cold temps and strong blowing winds. This does not make good driving conditions. You get white outs and then cannot see anything, not the road or where you are going. Days like that I take the back roads to work instead of the freeways. Freeways are wide open spaces and get lots of white outs and slick black ice on the roads. 

 even snow plows get stuck

 Ada Covered Bridge

 picnic anyone?

 snow to the top of my boots

here is hoping everyone is safe and warm ........