Banana Banana Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
  5. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.
  6. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
  7. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Make-Ahead Butterhorns

Make-Ahead Butterhorns

(makes 32 rolls)

  • 2 Tablespoons dry yeast, heaping
  • 1/3 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
  • 9 cups flour, divided (you can use any mixture of white or whole-wheat flour you’d like)
  • 2 cups warm milk (110-115 degrees)
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar (we substituted sucanat)
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3-4 Tablespoons butter, melted

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add 4 cups flour, milk, butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Beat 2 minutes or until smooth.

Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto floured board and knead lightly. (Or, knead in mixer until sides of bowl are clean, then knead two more minutes.)

Place in a greased bowl, turning dough once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (1-3 hours).

Punch dough down and divide into four equal parts. Roll each part into a 12-inch circle and brush with melted butter.

Cut each circle into 8 pie-shaped wedges. Roll up each wedge for wide edge to tip of dough and pinch to seal. Place rolls, top down, on baking sheets and freeze. When frozen, place in freezer bags and keep frozen until needed.

To bake: Take out as many frozen rolls as you’ll need and place them on a greased baking sheet. Thaw for five hours or until doubled in size. Bake at 375 degrees until lightly browned (about 8-10 minutes). Brush with melted butter as soon as they come out of the oven. Remove and serve immediately or cool on wire racks.

This was printed from Money Saving Mom®:
URL to original post:

Fluffy Peanut Butter Icing


Fluffy Peanut Butter Icing

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons milk, or as needed
1. Place the butter and peanut butter into a medium bowl, and beat with an electric mixer. Gradually mix in the sugar, and when it starts to get thick, incorporate milk one tablespoon at a time until all of the sugar is mixed in and the frosting is thick and spreadable. Beat for at least 3 minutes for it to get good and fluffy.

Peanutty Ice Cream Pie

serves 8

1 1/2 oz crispy rice (cold) cereal
4 T reduced fat peanut butter, divided
1 T honey
2 Cups vanilla non-fat frozen dessert

Mix 3 T peanut butter and honey in a small bowl. Heat on high in microwave for 20 seconds. Stir in cereal and mix well. Press mixture in bottom of 9″ pie plate. Chill. Slightly soften ice milk and blend with remaining 1 T peanut butter. Spoon mixture into pie crust. Freeze pie. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving

Per Serving: Calories 115; Total Fat 3 g; Saturated Fat 1 g; Cholesterol 1 g; Sodium 113 mg;
Total Carbohydrate 19g; Dietary fiber 1g; Sugars 10g; Protein 4g

Epic Banana Bread

Submitted by Chuck Cady


1/2 cup butter
3 oz cream cheese
1 cup brown sugar
2 ripe bananas
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and flour 1 loaf pan.
  3. Cream butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar until light and fluffy in large bowl
  4. Add mashed banana, sour cream, and egg and mix until smooth. Set aside
  5. In small bowl, add dry ingredients. Whisk until mixed.
  6. Add dry ingredients into large bowl. Hand mix until moistened, about 50 strokes. Batter will be lumpy, this is ok.
  7. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 60-65 minutes.
  8. Leave in pan for about 5 minutes, then turn loaf onto cooling rack to cool.

Homemade Liquid Laundry soap

An “all natural,” quick an easy way to make laundry soap using three main ingredients.

Large Batch of Detergent:
1 Bar 
Fels Naptha –
1 1/2 Cups 
Arm and HammerWashing Soda
1 1/2 Cups 
4 1/2 gallons of water
6 one gallon containers with lids. If using smaller containers, you will need more.

Chop the bar of 
Fels Naptha into marble size pieces and melt over medium heat in 2-3 quarts of water. (This takes @ 30 – 40 minutes). Once melted, add in the washing soda and borax. Simmer 3-4 minutes, making sure powders have dissolved. In a 5 gallon bucket add one large pot of HOT water. Add your soap mixture to the bucket and stir well. Add more hot tap water to within 2 – 3 inches from top of bucket. Stir. Using a funnel, while mixture is still hot, pour into empty containers. Old laundry containers, Clorox, and vinegar bottles are heavier duty and great to use. I initially used rinsed out milk containers until I had enough of the other bottles. Leave about 4 inches of head space. Place lids on top. Wait 24 hours for detergent to set up before using. You will need to shake the bottles quite a bit to break up the chunks of detergent that will form after it sets up. Detergent will stay a little clumpy. Lightly shake bottles before each use.

Use 1/2 cup detergent for regular loads. 3/4 to 1 cup for heavily soiled.

For Front Loading Machines: Use half the amount. This is a low suds detergent.

Small Batch of Detergent:
1/3 bar Fels Naptha
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup borax
1 1/2 gallons of water.

Use a 3 gallon bucket.
Melt the soap in 2 quarts of water and then add your washing soda and borax. Mix til dissolved. Add 4 quarts of HOT water to your bucket. Add soap mixture to bucket and mix well. Pour into smaller containers. Let set up for 24 hours. Shake before use.

Cost of Ingredients
Fels Naptha: I pay $1.06 per bar. Use one bar per five gallon bucket
Arm and Hammer Washing Soda: I pay $2.99 per box. This will make approximately 4 – 5, five gallon buckets of laundry soap.
Borax: I pay $3.15 per box. This will make approximately 6 five gallon buckets of laundry soap.
So if you purchase 5 bars of Fels Naptha, one box each of the washing soda and borax, you can make five (5) gallon buckets of laundry soap for about $12.00. This makes the cost of each five gallon bucket $2.40. 

One 5 gallon bucket makes approximately 144 half cup loads of laundry. This comes out to less than 2 cents per load!!

I love this detergent. In my opinion, it works just as well as the name brand detergents. I have many friends and relatives who also like this detergent. We are a family of four and a 5 gallon bucket lasts me quite a while. I make this detergents about 2 – 3 times per year. It takes less than one hour each time I make it.

No Bake Reece’s Peanut Butter Bars

1 1/2 C graham cracker crumbs
1 lb (3 1/2 C) powdered sugar
1 1/2 C creamy peanut butter
1 C (2 sticks) real butter, melted
1 12oz bag chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark, you pick!)
2 tsp shortening
In a large mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and peanut butter and butter and beat until combined.  Press into a parchment (or waxed paper or foil) lined 9×13 pan.
Place chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each one, until melted and smooth.  Pour chocolate over peanut butter mixture and spread out evenly.  Place pan in the fridge just until chocolate is set and then cut into bars.  Tip:  If the bars chill until the chocolate is too hard to easily cut, use a sharp knife and score the cuts first, then gently cut through.  Can be stored in the fridge or at room temp.  They will stay firmer if stored in the fridge.
*Tip:  Love this tip from one of you readers!  Instead of adding shortening to the chocolate topping, add a scoop of peanut butter.  That will prevent the top from getting solid and it will taste yummy!