1 stick softened butter
1 c. sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan; set aside. In an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until smooth.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix until just combined. Add bananas, sour cream, and vanilla; mix to combine. Stir in nuts and pour into prepared pan.
Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Let rest in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
My grandma always liked to put a “dollup” of sour cream into her baked goods, she believed it kept the bread fresh and gave it a better texture.
Spicy Fish Tacos with Corn and Radish Salsa
Ingredients for Salsa
2 cups cooked corn kernels
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup diced radishes
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1 c. fresh cilantro leaves, chopped fine
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Juice and zest of one lime
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all the above ingredients together and set aside
6 Tilapia filets
Weber N’Orleans seasoning
Place fish on a broiler pan and drizzle with olive oil. To your taste, sprinkle filets with garlic powder, N’Orleans seasoning, Italian seasoning and salt and pepper. Broil on low until fish is cooked through and flaky
I like to use corn tortillas ( street taco size )
Place fish, corn salsa and fresh avocado on top. Add fresh cilantro, sour cream and your favorite salsa. ENJOY!
Over watered – Is that really a thing? Those of you who know me know that I love to work in my garden and take care of my house plants. It is very common for me to have friends ask me questions about caring for plants so I wasn’t surprised when I received a text from a friend asking me to call her about her house plants she recently purchased. She asked me why her indoor plants were dying even though she was watering them every day. So I told her they were dying BECAUSE she was watering them everyday. It’s hard to imagine, but a plant can die from too much of a good thing.
So this got me thinking, as Christian women, can we be overwatered? Can we be saturated with all of the “good christian” things that we become less useful to the purpose God has for us? Oliver Wendall Homes has a famous quote that says “ Some people are so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good.” You might not agree with his sentiment but I do think it offers us something to think about.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love a good devotion, podcast, and I follow other Christian leaders and love what I can learn from all of it, but I have started to ask myself some questions and I challenge you to ask yourself the same –
Am I too consumed with my ministry work that I forget to nurture my relationship with God?
Do I surround myself entirely with Christian friends and then I don’t have space for new friendships or investing in others who don’t yet know about God’s love for them?
Do I find myself more interested in reading books, listening to podcasts and following social media accounts than spending time in God’s word?
Honest answers will be required from us all to be able to challenge ourselves not to over water ourselves with good things that could unintentionally leave God out of the equation.
This is a great reminder to keep our priorities intact by pursuing God, pursuing others, and pursuing personal growth. The proper order is important and the intention nestled in our hearts is always the key to a vital relationship with Christ.
Easy Chicken Pesto and Linguine
Preheat oven to 400˚F
Place chicken breasts in a baking dish, Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste
Drizzle with olive oil
Spread pesto on each chicken breast *( see blog for fresh basil pesto recipe)
Layer sliced Roma tomatoes on top of the chicken
Sprinkle with grated mozzarella cheese
Cover dish with foil and bake for 40 minutes
Prepare Linguine according to package directions, drain pasta and stir in homemade pesto to desired flavor. Top with chicken breast and sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese.
3 c. fresh basil leaves
1/3 c. pine nuts
1/3 c. grated parmesan cheese
3 cloves garlic, pressed
1/2 c. olive oil
fresh lemon juice ( 1/2 lemon, squeezed)
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
In food processor or blender pulse fresh basil, pine nuts, cheese, and garlic until nuts are ground. Add olive oil, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper
Fresh pesto is kept fresh for about a week in a sealed jar in the refrigerator
- I typically will harvest the fresh basil from my garden and double this recipe
Great on pasta, bruschetta, grilled fish and chicken ( see blog for chicken recipe)