Sharing a happy thought

27 04 2009

I’m very sad this week that our travel plans have changed and the kiddos won’t get to see their grandparents. The best remedy to cheer yourself up is to do something nice for someone else. So we’re having a giveaway…

This week, you can win a mystery care package of good things. Not sure yet exactly all that’ll entail, but I’ve started with a potluck stack of 50+ unexpired coupons. I also put in some true lemon packets, since I love them. I’m sure I’ll put some chocolate in the package too! As the comments add up, I’ll add more to the package.

How to enter: Leave a comment. (something cheerful is much appreciated!)     Giveaway is now closed. Check here for the winner.

Five additional random ways to enter: (leave a separate comment for each)
1. Leave a comment on any other post on our blog. Leave the name of the post in your comment here.
2. Visit A Full Cup and comment with the name of the forum you find most useful. (I’m “massachoomommy” and I love the Price Chopper Forum!)
3. Follow me on twitter. Leave your twitter id in a comment.
4. Comment with the name of a favorite blog & tell us what you like about it.
5. Comment with the name of your favorite cookbook. (Looking for new recipes!)

I’ll close this giveaway to comments on May 1st and pick a random winner from eligible comments. I will email the winner and post it here. Winner has 3 days to confirm.  US addresses only, please.  Thanks!

Visit the Springtime Giveaway Carnival at Heavenly Homemakers to find more giveaways this week.

Better Banana Bread

10 08 2008

Bananas seem to be the theme of recipe related posts these days. Well, I was craving some banana bread but wanted to see if I could make it a little healthier. I adapted a recipe from one of my favorite books- Favorite Recipes From Quilters by Louise Stolzfus (the recipe’s on pg 84). Here is my version. I had some misgivings about how it would turn out, but it baked up beautifully and tasted great. Too great actually, there’s none left for me to take a picture of!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

½ cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1TBSP cornstarch
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
2 tsp baking soda
3 ½ small to med bananas, mashed
¼ cup chocolate chips (and/or chopped walnuts)

1. Cream applesauce and sugar, add egg and vanilla and mix well.
2. Sift together dry ingredients. Add to batter, alternating with bananas. Mix until dough is moistened.
3. Fold in chocolate chips and/or walnuts and pour into greased loaf pan.
4. Bake at 350 for approx 60-70 minutes, or until done.

Note- can cover bread with foil if top is browning faster than it’s baking.

Who can resist anything with chocolate? And the great part is that the only fat (other than the chocolate of course) is from one egg. Not bad!