Monday, August 22, 2011

What do you find worth the money?

We all love to save money, but yet some of us still have a strong urge to buy certain things that is worth spending the extra money on. For example, my favorite and most well-loved kitchen item happens to be the Reynolds WONDERFUL slowcooker liners! To me buying a pack of them (they come in a pack of 3 or 4 bags for $1.28 which equals $0.32-$0.42 cents per a disposable bag) is in my personally opinion - TOTALLY worth it!!! I hate soaking slowcookers and scrubbing them, but I LOVE using my slowcooker because it's a huge timesaver! Therefore, I will spend the $0.40 cents on a bag! Besides, I'm sure you could probably find some coupons off of ebay or in your local newspaper from time to time that will allow you to buy your favorite kitchen tools for less!

Now it's time for you to share! What are some of your favorite handy-dandy, I can't go without, time saver, kitchen tools?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Banana Caramel Pecan Bread

Ready to be put into the oven!

I got this recipe off of a friend's blog and decided to give it a try.

Caramel Pecan Banana Bread

2 cups flour

1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

2 ripe large bananas

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup vanilla yogurt

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/3 cup chopped pecans

half a package (5.5 oz package) Werther's chewy caramels, chopped

In large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In medium bowl, mash the bananas. Add the eggs, melted butter, yogurt, and vanilla and combine well. Lightly fold the wet ingredients into the dry mixture until just combined. Don't overmix.

Pour batter into greased 9-inch loaf pan. Sprinkle the chopped caramels and chopped pecans over the top of the batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes until bread is golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

The finished product!
I'll wait until my husband is home before sampling, but it sure looks good! :)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Easy Yummy Pumpkin Cookies!

~Pumpkin Cookies~
What will you need:

  • Yellow Cake Mix (or spice cake)

  • 1 large can of pumpkin

  • Raisins, nuts and/or chocolate chips

  • Spices (if you use a yellow cake mix)

Mix 1 can of pumpkin with 1 box of cake mix.
Because I used a yellow cake mix (I didn't have a spice cake on hand) I added several shakes of cinnamin, ginger and cloves to my pumpkin and cake batter. Add your raisins, nuts and chocolate chips to taste in the batter.
Scoop spoonfuls of batter onto a cookie sheet (I LOVE airbake pans)

Bake at 350F for 18-20 minutes.