Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dear Daughters: A Special Kind of Cooking

Dear Daughters,

There is a kind of cooking that takes place in a kitchen that is the best kind.

It usually happens on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon when things feel easy and slow and simple.

It becomes the perfect time to whip up something special with what you have on hand.

It may be a pan of brownies because you have a mix on hand, or a chocolate sheet cake with chocolate icing because you have Hershey's cocoa in the pantry, or it could be Cherry Dessert, one of our favorite Ranch Recipes.

Cherry Dessert  
I did this last Saturday before the Aggie game.
I baked banana bread from this simple recipe in La Pinata.
yield: one loaf (I always double the recipe)print recipe

Banana Bread

This is a simple, easy recipe.


  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbs. milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  1. Beat the oil and sugar together.
  2. Add the beaten eggs, bananas and mix well.
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the first mixture.
  4. Add the milk and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Add the milk and vanilla and mix well.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees in a loaf pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray for approximately 1 hour.
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I had the ingredients on hand.
I had the simple Saturday.
I hope you will remember this special kind of cooking.

I love you. I am planning our Thanksgiving menu.
That is very special cooking!

Love, Mom

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Stacey said...

Mmmm, I just happen to have some bananas that need to be transformed. :)

Brenda said...

That cherry dessert looks like one I used to make back in the seventies. I think I need to start making that again now for the grandkids.

Shannon @ Belle Bleu Interiors said...

Laura, I love these posts! You sound so much like me about your love of cooking. I love making special things on the weekends for my family. It is the best time! I just made that cherry dessert last week. It is one of my family's favorites! I hope that you have a happy and blessed day!!!

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

Sweet post Laura! Simple comforting recipes are the best! Therapeutic in fact!
Happy Monday

quakerhillfarm said...

What a great way to keep recipes and remind your children of the very best things in life! love it.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love this! I do the same thing. I have learned to have certain staples in my baking cupboard so that I can bake on a whim. The cherry dessert and banana bread sound delicious!

Jeanie said...

Well, I may not be one of YOUR dear daughters, but I do love doing exactly what you do -- cooking on a Saturday or Sunday, a lazy day, smelling good things and the oven toasting up the house. It looks delicious, Laura.

NanaDiana said...

Hi Laura!!! I am not sure why your blog dropped off my sidebar. I just saw your face and, because I was gone from blogging for quite a while, I thought you had quit posting. Anyway- I saw your face and thought THERE SHE IS! It is so nice to see a post from you. There is nothing more special than mom/daughter cooking/baking. I hope you have a wonderful week. xo Diana

Pam Richardson said...

Such a sweet post, Laura and banana bread is such a comfort food! Pam @ Everyday Living

Creations By Cindy said...

Dear Laura, I always enjoy your Dear Daughter's blogging. Especially with having three daughters of my own. You make me smile and laugh. Thanks for the recipe too. YUM! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

September Violets said...

I have to agree with you about cooking up something special on an easy, slow day. That's usually Sunday in my house. My husband will cook up the main meal, and it inspires me to bake a tasty dessert to go with it. The cherry dessert looks great, and I LOVE banana bread :)

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Laura, I love days when I can bake as I find it so relaxing. Plus there is nothing like home baking to fill a room with adorable aromas.
I love cherries and I love banana bread... hits on both counts for me.
Enjoy your day.
Best Wishes

Pat said...

Oh, dear friend, I do remember the Saturday bake somebody happy days!
Now that retirement is here, any day can be a "bake somebody happy day"!
Thank you for a trip down memory lane!
Cooler days of Autumn are "perfect" for baking!


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