Kids update and a recipe or three

Well Eric’s already had two lacrosse games – on Saturday they won 6-0 and today they lost 16-0. I was at Saturday’s game and really enjoyed watching them (especially Eric of course). Most of the kids on the team are on the young side for the league (it’s 6th-8th grade) and most have never played the game before, so it was nice to see them win. Unfortunately today was another story – I didn’t get out of work in time to make it to the game but Terry told me the other team – who apparently is far more experienced – literally ran circles around them. It was a very one-sided game, partially because apparently the coach on the other team left his starters in the whole time. You’d think when it’s such a blowout he’d give the other guys some playing time – thank goodness Eric isn’t on that team, it’s a shame when the teammates have to compete against each other for playing time!

Justin will be in a school play in March – unfortunately I won’t be here but it is still a few days before Terry leaves for Switzerland, so he will get to see him. Terry’s parents will also be here so that will be enjoyable for them. Justin is such a sweetie – he volunteered to give me a backrub tonight (something I really need since I took up kickboxing) and I realized that he wanted to do it solely because he knew I would like it. Gosh what a great kid!

Eric is a great kid too – though with him approaching year 15 he’s hardly a kid anymore. He’s got a female “friend” that calls the house now – though he actually made the outgoing call tonight. Ahhh….. and so it starts.

I just realized I owe a couple of recipes – here are some I made at Christmastime. All five-star recommendations:

* Exported from MasterCook *

Banana Crumb Muffins

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 10 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Breakfast

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 each bananas — mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1 each egg — slightly beaten
1/3 cup butter — melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375*F (190*C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

In large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 1/8 cup flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle over muffins.

Bake in preheated 375*F oven for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of muffin comes out clean.

Yield:
“10 muffins”
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* Exported from MasterCook *

Easy Oven Brunch Bake

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:20
Categories : Breakfast Pork & Ham

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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4 Each eggs
2 Cups milk
1 Teaspoon Dijon Mustard
3 Cups French Bread — cubed
8 Ounces Cheddar Cheese — shredded
1 Cup Mushrooms — chopped
1 Cup Red Pepper — chopped
1/2 Cup Green Onion — chopped
1/4 Cup Bacon Bits
1/4 Cup Ham — chopped

BEAT eggs, milk and mustard in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add remaining ingredients; stir gently to mix well.

POUR into lightly greased 12×8-inch baking dish; cover. Refrigerate several hours or overnight.

PREHEAT oven to 325°F. Uncover baking dish. Bake 45 to 50 min. or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.

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* Exported from MasterCook *

Toll House Bundt Cake

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 20 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Cakes & Frostings

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
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2 3/4 Cups flour
2 Teaspoons baking soda
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vinegar
Whole milk
1 Cup butter — softened
1 Cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
4 Each eggs
12 Ounces miniature chocolate morsels

NUT TOPPING:
1/4 Cup butter — softened
2 Tablespoons sugar
2/3 Cup finely chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, make nut topping. Combine butter, sugar, and nuts; mix until crumbly. Spoon into well greased and floured 10 inch fluted tube pan. Chill while you prepare cake batter.

In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Place vinegar in 1 cup liquid measure. Fill with milk to 1 cup line; set aside. In large mixer bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, and vanilla; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy (3 to 5 minutes). Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Turn mixer to low. Gradually add flour mixture, 1/3 at a time, alternately with milk. Gently fold in miniature morsels. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes. Loosen edges of cake with spatula. Immediately invert on cooking rack. Cool cake completely.

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