February is to cheetah, as March is to turtle: The Best of March

I have a feeling you’re tired of hearing it, but man was March long. Whereas February was a breeze, I felt like March was three months long before the first week was over. Whereas. Does that remind anyone else of the analogy  questions we used to have on tests in school?

Pop quiz!

  1. Apple is to fruit, whereas carrot is to ___.
  2. Coffee is to cup, whereas soup is to ___.
  3. Stinky is to Beaker the dog, whereas adorable is to ___.

Answers: vegetable, bowl, and Little K.

What? You’re saying that last one wasn’t on your ACT test? Well it should have been. Look at how sweet my baby boy is. I’ve got more Easter pictures on the way too – that post is coming soon! And guess what! It involves eggs. (Are you surprised?)

Anyhow, what were we talking about? Oh yeah. March was long. I think part of it had to do with the fact that we’re all hungry for Spring and it just doesn’t seem to come. And Easter screwed me up this year. We did Easter in Wisconsin with my family and whenever we see one another we always part ways telling the other when we’ll see each other again. It only happens once a month or every other month, so we like to remind one another that we’ll see them again soon. Well I think we left off in February saying “see you in a few weeks for Easter!” A few weeks was two months. But, finally, Easter came and went, and with it March. So, without further ado. Here is the best of March!

Best of the best: The two total package recipes this month! Chocolate chip banana bread and Baked Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce.

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Test Drive (Savory Ricotta and Scallion Scones)

skipaheadI hope it finally feels like spring is on it’s way where you are. It definitely is peeking out of the shadows this week in Minnesota. All of the snow is starting the melt, leaving dead grass, road sand, and winter litter in it’s wake. I’ll take it though. A few weeks of brown and dirty is alright by me; I know that green and rainy is not far behind!

Last night I texted E and told him “family walk at 6.” It was a tiny bit chilly, but we took Little K out for a walk. The pups stayed home since this was our first “test drive” of Little K’s new ride, but we’ll bring them along next time for sure!

I did my own little test drive made these savory scones a few nights ago, my first attempt at making a savory bread. Although they were very tasty, I don’t expect I’ll be making them again in the near future. No sir. The spring bug got me. Salads, and fruits, and dinners on the grill for this girl! These scones are perfect with a bowl of soup on a rainy or snowy afternoon.

Savory Ricotta and Scallion Scones

Overall: four-star

I was really happy with how these turned out. Beautiful presentation, easy to make and yummy. I think they could have used a teeny bit more pizazz, next time I think I’ll add a little more paprika or even some cayenne pepper. (Recipe here, from Girl versus Dough on Tasty Kitchen.) Continue reading

Sinuses Revolt! (Chocolate Chip Banana Bread)

For the love of all things furry, when will I be able to breathe through my right nostril again?! I need balance in my life and thereby, balance in my nose. Either both nostrils need to be plugged or neither. If you hear about some madwoman on the news tonight screaming about “equality for all nostrils”, that was me.

Fortunately I do have some relief when I’m sleeping:

Think I could lay down on my desk and work? Totally acceptable, am I right?

Since I haven’t been feeling great for the past couple of days, I haven’t been in the mood to cook much. I did get around to making some comfort food for myself, though – sadly – I couldn’t taste much of it.

Judy’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Overall: five-star

We have another “total package” recipe on our hands! A very easy quick bread to make, but a nice added sweetness with the chocolate chips. I would say you could even serve this as a dessert with some coffee. (Recipe here, from Taste of Home.)

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10,000 calories per day is about right, isn’t it? (Caramel Banana Bread Pudding)

Happy March!


With the impending blizzard, I decided E and I could use a little hibernation food. I went through my recipes and came up with Caramel Banana Bread Pudding. It’s the first recipe submitted to the website, thanks Vicki! [No, it’s not my mom who submitted the recipe! Nuh uh! No way! No how! Ok. You’re right. It was my mom. But hey, help a girl out and submit one yourself! Seriously, I need some new recipes – tell me what to make next!]

I read through the ingredients and immediately realized this was going to give me diabetes. It’s bread, layered with chocolate and caramel, topped with more caramel. Oh, and butter. But, to be fair, there is a banana some where in there too. So, that cross cancels some of the sugar, I think. With that in mind, I did some quick math and realized that my daily calorie allotment is 10,000*. So really, this is like diet food.

* Note: I should mention, math is not my strong suit.

Caramel Banana Bread Pudding

Overall: three-star

You have a decision to make. This is not a cheap recipe. It’s not a fast recipe. It’s not an easy recipe to make. It’s definitely not a healthy recipe. But it tastes amazing. Does that negate all the previous downfalls? (Recipe here, from EveryDay with Rachael Ray Magazine.)

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Hey girl, I’ll eat that soggy Pecan Rhubarb Bread

eHeyGirl3My man’s a trooper. His very favorite ingredient is rhubarb. He just loves it – but I can’t seem to cook with it. My cobblers are always runny, my pies are always spongy. Yet I soldier on! I set out to make rhubarb bread from one of his favorite cookbooks, The Joy of Rhubarb, for my valentine. Somehow it didn’t turn out like I’d hoped. I baked the majority of the batter in a loaf pan and it was soggy and almost looked raw in the middle. The rhubarb was just so dense and had so much moisture that it kept the bread from rising. The second I pulled it from the oven and saw that the top had sunk in, I knew something was wrong. The remainder of the batter had been baked in a mug and I cut into that and found beautiful rhubarb bread. Success! So I dished up the good bread for E and the soggy bread for me. He quickly got up for seconds though and came back with the soggy stuff. Smiling, he said, “Yeah, it’s not quite right. But I’ll eat it! It still tastes ok.” What a guy.

I know I’ve got a good one, so when I saw the “Hey Girl, Link Party” over on Decor and the Dog, I knew I had to give my hubby some props. (If you’re behind-the-times on the hey girl memes, this is what I’m talking about.) So, without further ado (because I think I’m a little late to the Link Party on this. Perhaps fashionably late?), here his my very own Ryan Gosling look-alike.

eHeyGirl2 eHeyGirl1E’s so encouraging and patient, he truly doesn’t mind doing the dishes or eating a cold dinner because I had to take photos. Happy Valentine’s Day to my Valentine. Both of them. 8474252978_3593911019_o

Pecan Rhubarb Bread

Overall: three-star

Neither loaf had the whole package. The larger loaf was soggy in the middle. The mug loaf was less flavorful.

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