The first R is for Recipe.
Here is the recipe for the coffeecake I made yesterday. Picture is on yesterday's post, scroll down.
Banana Berry Crunch
1 10 oz package frozen sweetened strawberries or raspberries, thawed
4 teaspoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup margarine or butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 ripe bananas, mashed ( 1 cup)
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon margarine or bitter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1/3 cup chopped nuts
Grease a 9x9x2 inch baking pan and set aside.
In a saucepan combine undrained berries and cornstarch. Cook and stir till thickened and bubbly. Set aside.
In a small bowl stir together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, soda and salt, set aside.
In a medium bowl beat 1/2 cup margarine till softened. Add 2/3 cup sugar, eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla and beat till combined.
Stir in flour mixture and beat till just combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan. Spoon berry mixture on top.
Combine nuts, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and I tablespoon margarine. Sprinkle over berry mixture.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm. Makes 9 servings.
The way this was written I wound up using almost every bowl in the kitchen. Many dirty dishes! Next time I'll read ahead and combine steps. The recipe calls for peanuts, but I used walnuts and most any nuts you have on hand would work, or you can omit the nuts entirely. The berries I had were unsweetened and the final cake was tangy, but we like it that way. Mine took longer than 35 minutes, more like 50, so keep checking it.
The result.... very good, would make again.
The Second R is for Recognition
There is a blog I read that I keep telling myself not to read anymore, but like watching an accident, I keep going back again and again. The reason I want to stop is because it's whiney. I have a problem with grown ups who make decisions, then whine about them constantly.
After reading that blog this morning a light bulb went on in my brain and I went back and reread my last post. I think I sounded whiney, too. That is not what I want my blog to be and I recognize that I have to watch myself when things aren't going my way, that I don't start feeling sorry for myself on the blog and exposing all of you to my self pity.
The Third R is for Resolve
I thank all of you for putting up with me lately and I resolve to change my attitude and write out 100 times, "I will not whine".
My blog is my journal, but I've invited all of you to read it. The least I can do is to keep it readable. No, things don't always work out the way we want them to, but I'm a grownup now and I make my decisions and have to live with them.