Homemade Shout

This is what my kitchen looks like.....
Can you even call that a kitchen? My mantra right now that I continually repeat in my head is, "It will be amazing when it is done. It will be amazing when it is done...."

I could blabber on for pages on the struggles of cooking for my family right now, but I'll just smile and lie......

:-) Everything is right on schedule and I've made some wonderful meals right in the middle of it all :-)
Since little to no cooking is coming out of my kitchen right now, I thought it was a perfect time to post my next laundry recipe. Yep, I use it and love it! And again, I just use my old Shout bottle to store it in.

I've posted many recipes over the years which resulted in messages saying how much you love them. Should I be offended though that all of those emails pale in comparison to the response I got about the homemade laundry detergent recipe?

This is a baking/cooking blog after all! I guess I should just be happy that you are trying stuff out, even if you can't eat your results.

Homemade Shout Pre-treater
(Makes about 30 fl oz)
2/3 C Dawn dish detergent
2/3 C ammonia
6 Tb baking soda
2 C warm water

1. Mix together all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Using a funnel, pour into an old Shout bottle or other spray bottle.
2. To use, shake the bottle well because the baking soda does settle to the bottom. Spray as you normally would on a stain then launder. Do not use on anything that will be washed with chlorine bleach due to the ammonia!

Low-Fat Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Let the demolition begin! After 6 years of living in my dysfunctional kitchen, we finally began work on our new kitchen over the weekend. I even got to buy a new dishwasher!!!! I've been without one for 6 years and you can imagine the amount of dirty dishes our sizeable family produces.

We are trying to do the work in stages as much as possible so we can keep using the kitchen. I am dreading the day the sink gets torn out. It is being moved to a different location which means I'll be without a sink for at least a couple weeks. The massive bag of paper plates from Sam's Club is waiting in the pantry.

I know the finished result will be amazing and so much better for our family and catering jobs. It will test every ounce of patience my Father in Heaven has given me to make it to the end. Pray for me!
Did you ever think you would see the words "low fat" on my blog? I hope I don't lose any readers over it :) This is the only way I make banana bread in my house. All of those bananas and applesauce makes the bread so moist and tender. The kids don't even know it is wheat flour with only a smidge of oil. You could even throw in some ground flax seed if you wanted, but be sure to reduce the flour so it isn't too dry.

Low-Fat Whole Wheat Banana Bread
(makes 1 loaf)
3 C whole wheat flour (you can use wheat pastry flour for a lighter texture)
3/4 C sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 very ripe large bananas, mashed
1/4 C low fat plain yogurt
2 large eggs
2 Tb canola oil
6 Tb unsweetened applesauce
1 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray your loaf pan with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, beat together the banana, yogurt, eggs, oil, applesauce and vanilla.
3. Add the flour, sugar, soda and salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold dry ingredients into the wet just until combined. Do not overmix.
4. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 55 minutes. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely. Wrap in plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight before serving.