Southern Girl Creations

Friday, July 29, 2011

Banana Bread

I know there are hundreds of thousands of banana bread recipes out there, but this is my favorite.  I have a bad habit of not eating all the bananas up that I buy.  This is mainly due to the fact that I will not eat a banana once it gets a brown spot on it.  It is totally a texture thing. So, once they have brown spots they go into banana bread or banana freeze(I will do a post with this recipe it is so good).

Banana Bread

3/4 Cup Butter
1 1/2 Cups of Sugar
4 Eggs
3 Cups of Flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons of salt
1 1/2 Teaspoons of baking Soda
4 Bananas
1 1/2 Teaspoons of Vanilla

Grease and Flour 2 loaf pans. Cream butter sugar and eggs.  In separate bowl combine the dry ingredients Flour, Soda, and salt mix well.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter sugar and eggs mixing well as you go.  Mash the bananas with the vanilla and fold into your batter. Pour batter evenly into your two loaf pans and Bake at 350 degrees for 45 - 60 minutes.  or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hidden Treasure...

Can you see the Hidden Treasure in this picture?

Or this one (different angle)

One more try...

Ok... let me give you a little history and then I will reveal the treasure. 

My great aunt Dean will be 90 years old this week.  She has crocheted most of her life. I don't think there is any way to ever find out how many table cloths, afghans, doilies, etc... that she has crocheted over all those years. 

This is Aunt Dean in the center with her son and Daughter.  This was taken 2 weeks ago at our Family reunion.

Aunt Dean brought 3 garbage bags of yarn and thread to the reunion to give to my Mom.  She said that her hands no longer let her crochet and she thought that Momma might get some use out of it.  Much to our surprise found in those three bags were 3 smaller bags of crocheted flowers. 

What a treasure! Look at this it took me almost 2 hours to lay them all out on my table. (click the picture for a bigger view)

There are big ones and small ones and some chained together and some crocheted on rings

There are solid colored ones and some with two and three colors. 

There are some made with cotton thread.

some are made of yarn.

I can only imagine the countless hours Aunt Dean spent making all of these flowers.  I have been so in awe of all of them I have left them spread out on my table for a week.  Every time I walked by and stopped to look I found something I hadn't seen before.  They are just beautiful.  A real treasure.

Happy Birthday Aunt Dean.  Thank you sharing your treasure with us.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Blueberry Crumb Cake

I had several cups of left over blueberries that had been glaring at me every time I opened the refrigerator door. I think they were saying "Hey Lady do something with us before we go bad". I started hunting for a recipe and came up with the following after combining a few that I found in a couple of different cook books.  I had to combine different recipes because I seemed to be missing at least one ingredient from each separate one and I had already made up my mind that I was going to stay in my comfy clothes and not fix my hair or makeup all day.  So, I was not going to the store. 

This turned out so good.  I think that it is my new favorite blueberry recipe.

Blueberry Crumb Cake

5 Tablespoons of butter
3/4 Cup of granulated white sugar
1 Egg
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Cups flour
2 and 1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 cup of milk
2 Cups of blueberries (washed and patted dry)

Crumb Topping
6 Tablespoons of butter
1/4 cup of granulated white sugar
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of flour
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Combine the dry ingredients of the cake except sugar and set aside (Flour, Baking powder, Salt).  Cream together the butter and sugar.  Add the egg and vanilla to the butter and sugar mixture.  Alternate adding the milk and flour and mixing well.  Gently fold in your blueberries.  Pour batter in your greased baking dish. 

Mix together your topping ingredients.  I used a pastry cutter to cut these together.  Make sure it is nice and crumbly.  You may even have to get your hands into it.  Sprinkle this mixture over the top of your cake. 
batter.   Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. 

I had to have the first piece while it was still warm it is sooooo good!  Add a little butter on top for a extra treat! I ate it for breakfast...  Eating something called "cake" for breakfast sounds bad but it  has made smile today...

p.s. I am really excited about my next post.  I will give you a hint... It is a true treasure!