Easy Banana Bread Recipe

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 12 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups finely chopped nuts

Cream the butter, sugar and eggs. Sift the salt, baking soda and flour. Then in a separate bowl mash the bananas. Add the bananas to the creamed mixture and stir thoroughly. Mix in the flour and the finely chopped nuts. Pour the mixture into 4 well-greased bread pans and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

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I just received the All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation) – White . I was so excited to see what all this Amazon Echo Dot would do. Let me tell you I am so impressed by this. I can ask Alexa to play music, give weather update, turn lights on/off, dim lights, wake me at 6am and play Jeopardy’s six question.  All I had to do was download the app and conect to wifi . The Echo Dot is a great addition to any home and with it being hands free it really comes in useful. I like the easy of use and far-field voice control. This would make a great present or stocking stuffer.

Copper Health Copper Knee Sleeve

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I have stuck to my fitness routine for almost two months now. I even have commit to at least five days a week to the treadmill and yoga. All of this does make my knees a little sore. I  have read a lot about copper compression sleeves and thought that I should give them a try.  I found Copper Health copper knee sleeve  for a great price and decided to add this to my treadmill routine. After only one use I could tell a huge difference and will use this brace every time I run. I could tell a huge difference in not only the swelling that I usually have is gone but the pain is gone also. If you are looking for a copper sleeve that will help with pain and swelling than you should give Copper Health copper knee sleeve a try.

Baked Potato Soup

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  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 pounds baking potatoes
  • ½ pound yellow onions
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 baked potato
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 ounces cheddar, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons scallions, for garnish
  • 1 sprig dill, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a heavy 1 ½ gallon crock pot, heat chicken stock. Add thyme, salt and pepper. In a food processor, puree raw potatoes and onions. Add to stock. Simmer slowly for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Add whipping cream and diced baked potato. (If soup becomes too thick, then with water). Sale and pepper to taste.

Optional: Ladle hot soup into an oven proof serving bowl. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon and onions. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted.

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 8oz raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor

 

  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • Butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 cups cinnamon sugar

In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

Orange Glazed Sweet Potatoes

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  • 5 medium sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Bake sweet potatoes on a 400 degree F oven until they can be pierced with a fork. Coo, peel and cut into 1 inch pieces. Place cooked potatoes in a 2 quart covered baking dish. Combine orange juice, butter, brown sugar and spices in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until sugar and butter are melted: pour over potatoes. Bake covered at 350 degrees F for about 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake another 10 minutes.

Bloomin’ Lasagna

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  • 12 lasagna noodles
  • 4 cups leaf spinach lightly packed
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup ranch dressing, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) pasta sauce, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and cool. Mix spinach, cheeses, ¼ cup ranch dressing and seasonings in a large bowl. Set ½ cup of pasta sauce aside. Pour remaining sauce into greased shallow casserole dish at least 10 inches in diameter. To assemble flowers, spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of cheese mixture on each noodle and roll up. Place flowers, curly side up, in casserole dish. Mix remaining ranch with pasta sauce, drizzle over each flower. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until heated through.