Friday, December 29, 2006

A Recipe (found on

This is a great recipe for banana squares. I found it on the internet a couple years ago when I had some bananas that were at the make banana bread stage but I wanted something that was quick and easy (the actual baking takes 45-50 minutes). Anyway, I baked some today and thought maybe somebody would be interested in the recipe. I have not been able to get the soft peeks with the egg whites and it still turns out delicious. The boys love them as do I. Mark has never tried them, though.

Here it is:

Title: Banana Squares
Categories: Breads, Fruits
Yield: 12 Servings

----------------------------TASTE OF HOME 4/5/94----------------------------
2 Eggs; separated
2/3 c Shortening
1 1/2 c Sugar
1 c Mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 Medium)
1 1/2 c All-purpose flour
1 ts Baking soda
1/4 c Sour milk
1/2 ts Vanilla extract
1/2 c Chopped walnuts, optional
Whipped cream and sliced Bananas; optional

In a small mixing bowl, beat egg whites until soft
peaks form; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream
shortening and sugar. Beat in egg yolks; mix well. Add
bananas. Combine flour and baking soda; add to creamed
mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each
addition. Add vanilla. Fold in egg whites. Fold in
nuts if desired. Pour into a greased 13x9x2" baking
pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes. Cool on a
wire rack. If desired, garnish with a dollop of
whipped cream and a few banana slices.

* = To sour milk, place 1 tsp. white vinegar in a
measuring cup. Add enough milk to equal 1/4 cup

From: “Taste of Home” Magazine Posted by: Debbie
Carlson (PHHW01A) - Prodigy

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Movie Review * * * * *

Mark and I had a date night last night (12/22) and we went and saw "Night at the Museum". I really enjoyed it!! I thought it was a fun movie. I thought Robin Williams did a great job in his role as Teddy Roosevelt. The highlight for me I think was seeing Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke in it. I don't want to go into specifics and spoil it for anybody. I have to say that Mark did not care for it and that seems to go along with reviews that I read that seemed to be 50/50 on like/don't like.

I did not realize how high the movies had gone. It is $9 for each to get in and another $15 to $20 I think for pop corn and a drink for both of us. Needless to say we will figure something out a little cheaper the next time we get a date night (they are few and far between). Any questions about this movie? Feel free to ask. And if you see it let me know what you think of it.

Cheryl---> I give it 5 stars. Mark---> gives it 2 stars (does that make it 3 1/2?)

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

I added something... a post back in November, the 10th to be exact. I thought I would let you all know in case you don't go back and look at the old stuff.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Old Faithful

Here's my story about this part of my trip to Yellowstone.

We arrived at Old Faithful and set down to wait for it to spout (for lack of a better word right now). Little did I know we would be waiting about 30 to 60 minutes. So we waited and waited and waited (it seems like a very long time when you have 3 boys who have been sitting in the van a few hours before). Finally, it erupts (for lack of a better word, again). It was pretty cool. We go back to the van and I strap John in his seat and then I have my own Old Faithful when John gets sick. This is just the beginning...

Monday, December 18, 2006

Nostalgic Christmas

I love these pictures of old cards I found on the internet somewhere. I hope you all will like them, too.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Yep, another link. This is an awesome company to do this.


Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Santa's Secret Wish

I hope you all don't mind me sharing links with you. Here's another one.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Christmas in 2 weeks

Mark wrapped Christmas presents yesterday and put them under the tree. Luke and Matthew told me that mine was the biggest and so I had to look! Mark is pretty sneaky I didn't even know he had shopped for me. I know Mark probably put a smaller package in a big box. Mark tells me the boys should be able to handle it for a couple weeks and then I say "yeah, THEY can handle it." I could hardly wait to open my presents when I was growing up and it hasn't changed a whole lot now that I am older. So I am going to be in suspense for the next couple weeks. I'm not complaining, mind you. Cheryl

Thursday, December 07, 2006