Monday, September 10, 2012

The Three Rs

Today I want to address the 3 Rs. They aren't the ones you're expecting.

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 eggs
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.

My notes:
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.


Anonymous said...

Add a fourth R, for reality, sometimes things just make you whine, Dad says half the fun is in whinning about everything to see how others react, and he is so good at it.

Your Furends
Susie & Bites

Pees; thanks for the recipe, looked good and sound good, maybe THEYwill give us some.

Marjie said...

I don't find you whiny. Sometimes we are more critical of ourselves than others are (the obvious exception being the blog that strikes you as whiny). Having 10 dogs in a thunderstorm does not sound like a walk in the park to me, so whine away about not sleeping if you wish. Happy Monday. And thanks for the coffee cake recipe.

Ruby said...

I'm with Sidebite, sometimes a little whine is good! If it makes you feel better, I didn't get the impression you were whinning. Not at all.
Sometimes you just have to let it out (hopefully not at both ends at the same time!!) BOL



Jo's World said...

I hate to get you all whiney again, but where do the mashed bananas go in this recipe?

I have learned so much from you about pups, the world, knitting I just don't care a bit if you need to rant a little. Its OK for you and its really not that often until this dog gut infection came along and I would just go nutz if I had to keep things up with a bunch of squirters (10) and vomiters. So you are my hero, like it or not.

I thought the Dog Mom of the Year would cheer you up and it must have! By the way, you don't have to publish this if you don't want to.


scotsmad said...

Will try that recipe. Looks good.

We never have the impression that you are whiney...

But we find we've stopped some blogs that just seem to NEED something from their readers.

xXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Ann Oon said...

I don't find your blog whiney at all... sometimes its really ok to whine/rant on your own blog. You have all the right to do it.

Thanks for the lovely recipe :) i shall try it. My love to every furry in your household!

Mitch and Molly said...

We didn't think that your last post sounded whiney at all - you're just telling it like it is.
Thank you for the recipe, Sue!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

parlance said...

I just re-read yesterday's post to see if it sounded like whining. It doesn't. One of the good things about the blogging world is that we can get some good out of bad things that happen. Not only did you get to spill your frustration at the difficulties you're going through, but people like me come along and read about it and thus learn from your experience.
For instance, I was reading over on Johann's blog about a close encounter with a really bad tick, and I now have a better idea of how fast I would have to act if my Penny showed the same symptoms.
So feel free to whine every now and then, lol. It's good for you and good for your readers.

gMarie said...

Hmmm - I'm with the others, I didn't find that post whiney at all. Realistic - yes, whiney - no.

Thank you for the recipe. It looks like something I could actually make and that JB would enjoy. g

Nichole said...

hmm, sorta wondering who they whiner is and wanting to see the train wreck first hand (come on now...we all know we love that now and then, lol).

I never find you whiney... I adore your posts and how much you share.

The recipe sounds delish!

SissySees said...

Add me to the list... I didn't "hear" whines! I can't wait to make that recipe either.