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A Little Something Sweet ~ Mini Banana Loaf

Hello friends,

I remember when I was growing up my grandmother always had to have “a little something sweet” after eating dinner.  She believed everything in moderation and never over ate, but she loved her sweets. She would also proudly remind me that the most she ever weighed was 120 lbs, and that was when she was pregnant with her twins, my mother and uncle.

I haven’t seen 120 lbs since the birth of our first son, but I also believe everything in moderation.  Sunday dinners are my favorite meals to cook and sometimes I too like to have “a little something sweet” after eating.  

Recently while looking through the clearance racks at Walmart I found these Welcome Home Brands Mini Baking Pans.  They are made from oven safe paper and are a perfect size for “a little something sweet” dessert.

Mini Banana Loaf

 I cooked chicken and collard greens for dinner and then decided to make some Jiffy Banana muffins using the mini Baking Pans instead of a muffin tin.  Following the box directions I filled each mini pan with 1/2 batter without pre-greasing which wasn’t necessary. After putting them on a baking sheet, they were placed in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for approximately 15 minutes.
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Mini Banana Loaf

The mini banana loaf removed easily from the pan, there was no scorching and the bread was delicious, which was made a little more so when topped with banana slices and cherry sauce – just “a little something sweet!”

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How about you, do you like to have “a little something sweet” after dinner?

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Slow Cooked Rosemary Lemon Chicken

Hello Friends and Happy Slow Cooker Saturday

I hope you all had a fantabulous Friday and are now enjoying a super Saturday. Slow Cooked Rosemary Lemon Chicken is perfect for a Sunday dinner so you can relax after church and not have to spend the afternoon in the kitchen.

Slow Cooked Rosemary Lemon Chicken

 With just a few ingredients this is the makings for an easy peasy, cheapie meal. You will need 1 lemon, sliced into rings, a few sprigs of Rosemary and a small to medium chicken rinsed and patted dry.

Remove and discard the neck and giblets or you can freeze them to be used in another recipe.

Rosemary Lemon Chicken


Using a sharp knife cut slits into breast and thighs of chicken then stuff in a few Rosemary leaves.  Put lemon slices inside bird’s cavity and two under the skin covering the breast.  You can add onion, garlic and a few more sprigs of Rosemary if you wish then place into the Crockpot.

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 Pour in 1 cup of chicken broth, I didn’t have any broth so I used two bouillon cubes dissolved in hot water.


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Cover and slow cook for 6 hours, after which you can remove and place in a baking dish.  Place chicken in a preheated oven on 350~ for an additional 15-20 minutes if you want to brown the skin.

Browning the chicken is cosmetic only, you can simply remove the skin, slice and serve.

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Chicken is falling-off-the bone tender and can be served with rice or pasta and vegetables.

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 Slow Cooked Rosemary Lemon Chicken

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No Cook Weekend

Hello Friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

The weather was absolutely gorgeous and not having to cook gave me more time to be outside and enjoy it.  Saturday I was set up at Dutch Country Farmer’s Market, and although there was a lot of foot traffic I didn’t do as well as expected.  I did manage to sell a lot of books, some household items and a few pieces of jewelry, but the clothing that did not sell was donated to Goodwill.  Hubby and the boys chose Chinese Takeout for dinner so it was Shrimp Fried Rice, Steamed Vegetables and Chicken Mei Fun.

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Today we all worked outdoors, hubby and the sons on the lawn and cars, me with setting out the patio furniture and cushions before doing the weekly grocery shopping.  I knew I wasn’t going to cook a Sunday dinner so instead we went to Farmer’s Famous Fish for sandwiches and fries.

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It was another busy weekend for them with customers lining up and waiting from the time they opened to several hours after the published closing time of 3:30 p.m.

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Customers anxiously waiting for a Farmers Famous Fish Sandwich

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My outfit of the day was a maxi dress and cardigan which was perfect for today’s weather.

Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!

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Friday Foodie Feature

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

I’ve decided to add something new to the blog – drumroll please…..


You know that I love to cook and in some circles am considered a Crock Pot Queen (sike), no really I just like sharing food finds on Instagram so decided to bring it to my blog.

Today’s 1st Friday Foodie Feature is

Mama Mae’s Lean Mean Collard Greens


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On Sundays when I was growing up my grandmother would always cook a big pot of fresh collardskale, or mustard greens, a tradition that I have continued with my own family.  Collards were always the chosen green but I have since discovered kale which is healthier has a sweeter taste and is good when used in a breakfast smoothie.  The tradition of having vegetables with dinner also hasn’t changed but when I don’t feel like cooking fresh I’ll use canned or frozen.

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I like trying new products especially if they are within my budget which was the case with the Mama Mae’s items at Shoprite.  The good thing about Mama Mae’s Lean Mean Collard Greens is that they can be cooked in the microwave, on top of the stove or in the oven but the best thing about Mama Mae’s greens are the ingredients.

  • collards
  • water
  • onions
  • garlic
  • sugar
  • dried turkey stock
  • roasted turkey juices/fat
  • yeast extract
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • liquid smoke

They tasted homemade because they basically use the same ingredients as I and contain no hard-to-pronounce artificial flavors or seasoning.  The box states there are approximately 2 1/2 servings per package which was accurate, they are also low in fat and 50 calories per serving.

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Mama Mae’s products are manufactured locally in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and if you like greens, I highly recommend trying them.  I look forward to trying some of the other Mama Mae’s items.

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I was not financially compensated for this post.  I purchased product with my own money.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.