Banana Bars

Have you ever made something that you expect will be pretty good…

and then–to your surprise–find that is waaaaay better than that?

This sweet little Banana Bar is that kind of recipe. I made it and frosted it and set it on the counter, pleased in the assurance that it would be a happy little dessert, for later.

Then…something interesting happened.

I took a bite.

Umm….guys–we’ve stumbled on a banana heaven masterpiece here.

No, I mean it. The kind that you may not want to share unless you’re more mature than I apparently am.

Make it. You’ll see.

Banana Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, soft

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Frosting:

8 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 butter

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat  oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add in bananas and vanilla. in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Do not overbeat.

Spread batter into a greased 15×10 baking pan. Bake for 22 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack.

For frosting:

Beat cream chees and butter until smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Spread over cooled bars.

 

Banana Bars
 
:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, soft
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ½ butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Add in bananas and vanilla.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir into creamed mixture. Do not overbeat.
  7. Spread batter into a greased 15x10 baking pan.
  8. Bake for 22 minutes.
  9. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  10. For frosting:
  11. Beat cream chees and butter until smooth and fluffy.
  12. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  13. Beat until well blended. Spread over cooled bars.

Magical New Neighbors

Pretty cool to wake up one day and find that you have…

lovely new neighbors!!

They even put up a little porch lamp….just like mine!

Awwww…

Fingers crossed that they love it here and stay FOREVER!!

 

Yummy food.

Allll…

the…

fabulous…

beautiful…

forever…

FAMILY.

Oh, and I almost forgot.

There were even a couple of balloons.

Perfecto.

Patriotic “Paper” Chains

Remember getting those little packs of paper strips  with one sticky side and one regular side? We’d spend all afternoon making them into the most lovely paper chains to hang around the room. My daughter also makes beautiful count down paper chains for people that have a big event coming soon. Point is–we LOVE paper chains around here!!

So, when I saw a pattern for a more PERMANENT “paper” chain to crochet–I was smitten!

This is the first thing I have made in a long, long time that actually made me giggle as it was coming together. Isn’t it adorable?

The minute this one was finished and hung, my mind started spinning with other color scheme posibilities. Autumn, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter, Valentine’s Day, Easter. Groundhog Day. Harry Potter’s Owl’s Birthday. I could be doing this FOR EV ER. Heh, heh.

No end in sight.

Send Cheetoes.