Saturday, August 23, 2014

Grandma's Banana Bread

I remember making this bread with my mom when I was a child.  Whenever there were left over bananas at our house, they were turned into this bread.  I do not eat bananas but boy do I love this bread!  This recipe was handed down to my mother from her mother.  I still have the recipe book my grandmother used with the original recipe written with an old fashioned fountain pen.  Today, I still make this bread on a regular basis and will pass the recipe on to my daughter someday.  Do you have a special recipe that reminds you of your family?

Grandma's Banana Bread

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 med.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups flour
1/4 cup nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl 
Scoop into 1 large or 3 small greased loaf pans
Bake at 350° for about 1 hour, until golden brown 

Mama’s Losin’ It
This post was inspired by the Weekly Topics at Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop and has been added to the weekly post linky on that site.  If you are looking for a few new reads, click the button and see who has linked up this week.  I always find some great blogs there.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Funny: My Problem With Caffeine

Found this adorable coffee cup today.  I think it says it all....  

Yup, that's me.  I admit it.  
"Hi, I'm Janet and I have a coffee addiction".


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What Is Checkout 51?

Checkout 51 
Many new money saving apps for phones are now on the market, but when it comes to ease of use and having products listed that I actually purchase, my personal favorite is Checkout 51.  Before I head to the store, I check the app and purchase what I need from the list at any store I choose to visit.  Often Checkout 51 has fresh produce items on the list!! When I return home, I open the app, snap one photo of my receipt, check the items on the list that I purchased and submit.  Then I set back and let the "free money" accumulate in my account for buying things I was already going to purchase.  By the end of the year, I will be able to buy several Christmas presents from cash earned for buying items like bananas and bread that I purchase each week anyway.

Click here to checkout Checkout 51 offers

Checkout 51 is currently available in the United States and Canada.  

Steps to Saving with Checkout 51:
1) Browse the offers that are updated every Thursday
2) Purchase the products from any store
3) Take a photo of your receipt to submit your purchase
4) Get cash back!


What Social Media Channel Do You Neglect?

You have heard it said, "You can't be all things to all people," well, I also believe you can't be all things to all forms of social media.  Maybe there are people out there who can "do it all." Are they really doing all of it well??  

A few years ago, I had the opportunity to speak at the Upper Midwest Social Media Conference.  One of the comments I made was that Google+ was the "ugly step-child" of my social media accounts.  I paid little attention to the new medium and only used it when I needed something that could only be found there.  

Fast forward to today.  Every day the face of social media is changing with the speed of light.  Two years ago, we had barely heard of Pinterest and Instagram was something only iPhone users could access.  Both of these "new horizons" have been game changers in social media.  

As I look at social media today, I try to do a few things and do them really well.  I have decided to leave Snap Chat, Vine and Reddit to the younger set.  I do still occasionally dabble in Stumble Upon, Tumblr, Live Journal and Four Square but these are minimal efforts at best.  I will continue to focus on what I consider to be the "Big 6" -- Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google +, and Instagram.

In the past few weeks, I realized that I have seriously neglected YouTube in the past few years.  Today I spent some time reorganizing my playlists, changing my channel description and following a few new people.  If you are on YouTube, I'd love it if you'd give me a follow.  If I get my following up, I might start posting something original again, since I haven't posted anything myself since the Dallas fan videos I made in 2008.

Follow me on my "Big 6" and leave me a comment below about where you'd like me to follow you back.  


Wordless Wednesday: End of Summer Colors