Sour cream banana bread… Double batch!

I’m sure we have all had a bunch of bananas sitting on our counter and after a week come to realize that no one has eaten any of them… and they’re all getting extremely ripe. So here is a great recipe for you to try….my family just love it! Grab a bunch of ripe bananas about 6 to 8… this is just perfect for this double batch of sour cream banana bread.

Enjoy!

In one bowl beat together…

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of vanilla or almond extract
  • 10 heaping tablespoons of sour cream
  • 2/3 of a cup of vegetable oil

After this is thoroughly mixed add in your 6 to 8 ripe bananas and whisk or I like to use an electric hand mixer to thoroughly mixed it together.

And then in the second bowl mix together…

  • 2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 cups of flour

Optional items that you can add could could be a half a cup of dried cranberries, dried blueberries, walnuts, or even chocolate chips.

Combine your dry ingredients with your wet ingredients and gently mix together.

Grease to 2 bread loaf pans, place them in a preheated  oven on 350° for 45 to 50 minutes

Let stand for 10 minutes and pop out the banana bread from the bread loaf pans… Place on a plate cover until it cools off.

Make sure you lightly cover it even when it is still warm, so that the bread does not dry out.

Add a little butter… peanut butter… or your favorite fruit jam and enjoy this delicious homemade bread.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

“Menu” Math for special Needs……what is out there for basic teaching material?r

We are a homeschooled family and love to learn new ways of teaching just about anything.  Having someone with special needs and teaching them has been interesting and also challenging at times!!!! One of the uniquenesses that our son has (or as we like to call them) is Autism and ADHD.  Now he also has a few other uniqueness….and roll them all together and you never quite know what you will have when you try to teach him.

Trying to teach the simplest things can be a big hurdle and we need to look around and always find new and different ways to approach things.

Our one goal has been as he gets closer to adult age is basic life skills.  How can he function the best he can in the “real” world as he get older? When he wants to be with his friends….how can he maintain as “normal” of a life as he can?  What can we do to assist him in learning how to feel like he can fit in?

We needed to make a list of areas in life where we needed to help him fit in the best he could.  One area we thought of would be when he goes to a restaurant.  I think we take things for granted and just maybe assume that reading and understanding a menu is the “norm”.  Well in fact I found out that it is not.  So in my search around I actually found math workbooks called “menu math” and we just love them!!!

Real life math…..with real life restaurant menus, it doesn’t get better than this.  We choose places that we frequent to make this as real and normal as we could.  Chick-Fil-A, MacDonald’s etc.…. here a few samples of what we choose below.  Stay tuned as to how we apply these in our homeschooling in my next blog.

Here are a few links to some places where I was able to purchase some great “menu math”… Let me know if you find any other great resources in the comments below.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:menu%20math

https://www.rempub.com/menu-math

https://www.amazon.com/Menu-Math-Grades-2-3-Martin/dp/0439227259

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Sandwich Bread in a Bread Machine

Simple and easy is the way to go for a working mom or any busy person. We just love the smell of bread baking in our home and more importantly we love to eat a warm loaf of homemade bread!!! But how in the world do you find the time to bake it? #breadmachine

Years ago we purchased a bread machine and used it once or twice. I decided to dig it out a few months ago and try it again. We just love it. We are trying all new types of bread and are having so much fun.

Here is a simple and easy sandwich bread recipe for you to try! Whether a peanut butter and jelly or a yummy ham and cheese…..you will certainly enjoy this bread.

  1. So let’s get started!!!  What you will need is….
  2. For a Large loaf (1 ½ to 2 pound)
    • 1 cup of lukewarm milk
    • ½ cup lukewarm milk
    • 3 tablespoons of butter
    • 3 ¾ cups of Flour (I use unbleached)
    • 3 tablespoons of sugar ( I usually omit this and use Honey instead)
    • 1 ½ teaspoons of salt
    • 1 ½ teaspoons of active dry yeast or I use instant Yeast
  3. And for a Small Loaf (1 pound)
    • 2/3 cups of lukewarm milk
    • 1/4 cup lukewarm milk
    • 2 tablespoons of butter
    • 2 1/2 cups of Flour (I use unbleached)
    • 5 teaspoons of sugar ( I usually omit this and use Honey instead)
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt
    • 1 teaspoons of active dry yeast or I use instant Yeast

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Dehydrated Banana’s…YUMO!!!

How many times have you been left with bananas that you justdidn’t know what to do with, or you saw a good sale and wished you could buy abunch of them… no pun intended, and keep them for future use. I know somepeople like to freeze them for smoothies etc., but here’s another great idea.

Why not dehydrate them? I was blessed with a dehydrator forChristmas… So now I am in my kitchen trying things fast and furious to see howthey turn out.

This was one of my first attempts. I saw a lot of recipes whereyou could dip the banana slice in lemon juice, but I decided to go completelynatural and they are absolutely delicious.

  • Peel the skinsoff, and I also sliced off a little bit off of each end.
  • Then slice eachbanana into quarter inch slices.
  • Lay them on thetrays so that they are not touching each other, otherwise they will end upsticking together.
  • Depending on yourdehydrator’s instructions… Set your dehydrator to the correct setting forfruit. My dehydrator is just one setting. Or you can place them in the oven ona baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Turn your oven on to the lowestsetting and let it dehydrate that way.
  • My banana slicestook about 12 hours in the dehydrator and about eight hours in the oven todehydrate completely. From everything I understand they need to be dry, not wetto the touch, and leather like in feel.
  • They will stick alittle bit to your trays when they are done… but with a little tug they peelright off.
  • Store in anairtight container, a mason jar, or a storage bag.

A great way to have a healthy snack… Or add to your oatmeal inthe morning.

Comment below if you have ever hydrated bananas and what yourexperience has been. Have you done it with or without lemon juice… addedcinnamon or honey? I’d love to hear from you!

From Lynn’s kitchen…

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Hands on Events for Autism….NO JUDGEMENT ZONE!!!

Well we are here and sitting at a museum with about 200+ Autistic kids and their families. WOW!!!!! This is an adventure to be with so many family and now friends that we have made.

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It amazes me while I sit and watch the differences in each individual who has autism or on the spectrum! My son for example has changed so much that next to most of these kids he almost seems average. There are families with kids having meltdowns of all ages. Kids wearing head phones to lighten the sounds and other kids walking in circles or having stemming issues. But all in all to watch all these levels get along and come along side of each other with NO JUDGEMENT!!!!!

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YES… I said no JUDGEMENT!!! Just the other day I had someone tell me point blank to “put him on a diet”. My son is far from needing a diet….his only thing is …is that he is tall. Then only a few days later I have someone tell him right to his face “did your head fall in a bucket of paint”. Yes he tinted the top of his hair red… and I ask you where is the crime in that?

What a JOY to be part of this awesome support group here in New Jersey!! We have been part of this group for about 5 years now. Some of the events have a charge and some are FREE like this one tonight.

Tonight our kids can run free through the hands on museum designed with sensory play stations of all kinds. From a restaurant to a climbing wall, a TV station to a doctors office, a pet shop to a nature center.

Our sons favorite is the basketball and dinosaur room.

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If you are not part of a support group you need to be!!!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Planner Overload….

Let me start by saying that I just love all my planners and I love planning. Recently I have found myself in a “planner overload”. I would not pick up my planner for days or even a couple of weeks.  I became so “planned out” and almost felt done with my planner.

Then a few weeks into this….I missed sitting and writing in it. I missed confirming my schedule or just making some notes in it.  I began to realize that my life had become so crazy busy and so overwhelming in general that I hadn’t even noticed how bad it had gotten. Then I realized it wasn’t my planner but just time in general that had become too busy and crazy and that I needed to slow things down and regroup.  In doing this, I found that I needed to simplify my life in any area that I could.

Throughout the year I will switch from a ringbound, to an A5 Filofax, then to a mini or a Travelers Notebook …. and I enjoy them all.  My planner is not only my “dailies”, but my calendar and also my journal, notebook, and A-Z files for just about everything that I do.  Sticky notes and stickers have become my best friends as well and all the bells and whistles that you can add to your planner.  But when life is busy this stuff is busy too to look at….or at least in my mind.

So what is a “Planner Girl” to do…..I decided to go simple for a while and use a Dollar Tree basic planner and planner inserts that I came across.  They are basic and just perfect for where I am in life.  I found that the simplicity of it keeps my mind clear of business in my planner and a basic and simple calendar helped too.

Someday I am sure that I will find myself back using my “chunky” planners with all the perks and goodies …. but for now simple is better for me.

How about you….do you change-up your planners? What makes you decide to change things around?

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Instant pot… Turnip

I absolutely love having turnip at our Thanksgiving meal and or Christmas holiday dinner table. This year I found some nice large turnips at one of the Amish farms, and as much as I love turnip I dreaded the thought of having to cook it once again.

So this year I decided to give it a try in the Instant pot. Never again will I boil it on the stovetop for what seem to be an endless amount of time.

Here is how I cooked it…

It is called Turnip or waxed Turnip

Cut the outer skin off very carefully with a sharp knife

Continue to cut until you have a clean turnip.

Once clean… Rinse off and start cutting into cubes.

Try to cut into similar sized pieces.

Give it a nice rinse.

Pour into the Instant pot and add a 1/2 to 1 cup of water, depending on how much and how large your turnip is.

Use manual pressure at 4 minutes, once done use the rapid release.

I use a plastic measuring cup in place of a steam cup when I do a rapid release.

Open the lid and carefully check with a fork to make sure they are as tender as you would like.

I add one stick of butter, and salt and pepper to taste.

Use a potato masher to break up the turnip to the consistency that you like.

Pour into your favorite bowl and enjoy as a delicious side dish.

Lynn A. C. Wilson Resume of a Mother

Crock Pot or Stove Top Onion Soup…..YUMO!!!

A cold night…you are just coming home from work or a long day… and you want a nice warm bowl of soup?  That’s what I like to do on a Fall or Winter evening.  But normally I find that I don’t have the time to whip something up on the day that I want it. So instead I  make large batches of soup 4 – 6 times  a year and freeze them for when I need a quick hot meal with not a lot of fuss.

Onion Soup….so simple to make and so simple to enjoy!

Here is my recipe that I make…I hope you enjoy this!

(BTW this recipe is very forgiving….so a little more of this and a little less of that, based on what you have in your pantry is fine)

Ingredients:

  • 2 bag of onions (3 – 5 lbs)
  • 2 containers of Beef Broth (homemade is better if you have some stashed in your freezer)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ stick of butter
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tables spoons of parsley or basil (your choice)
  • My secret ingredient is Marmite – one heaping teaspoon
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bay leaves

Directions:

  • Melt butter and garlic in a sauce pan
  • Once melted, add onions (slice onions very thin)
  • Add spices to onions
  • Sauté onions until a gold brown
  • Pour onion mixture into crock pot and add broth and bay leaves for 2 hours on high or on stove top on low for 2 hours.
  • Take out the Bay Leaves
  • Grab a bowl, pour in some soup, get some bread or crackers and enjoy!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Instant Pot Mac & Cheese

I happened to see this recipe on “Jamerrill Stewart” YouTube channel the other day and it looked yummy so I decided to give it a try.

I wasn’t sure about making pasta in the instant pot… But she said her kids liked it so I figured why not try.

I will leave the recipe below… And pictures of each step I took. I will tell you my husband had three bowls of it, and my youngest son who is a very picky eater… came out said “this is to die for”. So I guess if you were to ask me if it was good… There is your answer!

  • 2 pounds of macaroni
  • 2 cans of evaporated milk
  • 8 cups of water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 cups of cheese – of your choice
  • 1 stick of butter
  • Stewed Tomatoes – optional

1. Pour 2 pounds of macaroni into the instant pot.

2. Add 8 cups of water

3. Add salt and pepper to taste

4. Close lid, set to seal, set on manual for 5 minutes.

5. As soon as it is done… Do a quick release

6. Open immediately

7. Stir in your two cans of evaporated milk, one stick of butter, and your 4 cups of cheese. Stir gently until it is all mixed together.

8. Add one can of stewed tomatoes if you like an extra yummy taste… And any extra salt and pepper you need.

9. Grab a big bowl and spoon and enjoy!

This is definitely designed for a large family meal… or if you have a small family like mine you’ll have lots of leftovers for snacks and an extra meal or two during the week.

This is a quick pic of each step.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother