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Random Tuesday: Mid-February Edition

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I've been drinking booty-loads of tea lately:  loading up on the fluids!

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  I hope you're keeping warm today.  Let's get on with the randomness!

I'm blessed with some very sweet friends who've made the flu a little less horrific by sending me all kinds of goodies, flowers, and comfort food.

Congratulations to Shelley for qualifying for Regionals the last weekend in January.  She'll compete later in the month, and our hope is that she'll qualify for zones.

Congratulations to Shanley Belle for her second book's release.  Shanley has also been nominated for a Best Series award in a large Yahoo group.  Yay!

Speaking of books, Shanley texted me this yesterday.  It made my day!

Shelley has been practicing a lot with her team, so I baked the girls a peanut butter banana bread one Saturday morning for their afternoon clinic.  The beauty is that the recipe makes two loaves!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread


3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
3 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
2 cups mashed very ripe bananas (6 medium) 
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, if desired
2 teaspoons vanilla


1.  Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or non-stick pans). Grease bottoms only of 2 (8x4-inch) loaf pans with shortening.

2.  In small microwavable bowl, microwave peanut butter and butter uncovered on High 30 to 45 seconds or until butter is melted. Stir until mixture is smooth.

3.  In large bowl, beat sugar and eggs with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute or until blended. On low speed, add peanut butter mixture; beat well. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Add flour mixture alternately with sour cream to peanut butter mixture, beating on low speed until blended. Stir in bananas, chocolate chips and vanilla until blended. Divide batter between pans.

4.  Bake 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 2 hours.

I found this recipe on the Betty Crocker website here.

I don't know about you, but I'm giving up winter for Lent.  So over winter....I'm ready for spring!  I found these lovely napkins on the Terrain website.  I really wish we had a Terrain store here in Central Alabama!

Will you be decorating for Spring soon?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Fun post! Are you feeling better? I'm glad your friends are taking care of you.

    Your girls are both rock stars! I kind of think I know why though. :)

  2. You must be very proud of your girls! This bread recipe looks yummy, so I copied it and will try it - I love quick breads! Glad you are feeling better!! And I am also ready for winter to be gone - today we had snow, ice, rain, flooding and now the slushy mess is freezing! YUK

  3. Ricki Jill I am glad you are feeling better, having the flu is miserable! The sweet gifts from friends I am sure were enjoyed. I love your fun and colorful tea cups and your new napkins are happy looking. Go Shelley! Looks like a yummy sweet treat but I'll save your recipe since I gave up candy and sweets for Lent. Spring is right around the corner.

  4. I am so glad you are feeling better! Your accomplished daughters are so inspiring. I love the cartoon -- too true isn't it? When I was a single chick, I did without a ton to buy books.

  5. Congrats to Shanley Belle! Wow, the second book out already. Good for her!
    Also, that banana bread looks delicious. I may have to make that with my sourdough starter next week! :)
    I hope you're feeling better...a beignet (or a king cake) will definitely help you heal.

  6. Guess what!! My son got it with the bug over Valentine's.

    Love all the goodies you received.
    Yippee on all the good news!

  7. Those linens are beautiful - I've never heard of Terrain.

    The peanut butter banana bread sounds awesome.

    Congrats to both your girls.

  8. Congrats to Shelley!! I have to admit that cake is odd with the baby in the middle. Being from Calif. we have no idea about Mardi Gras out here. Pinning your recipe.

  9. Hope you are feeling better, the flu is just awful. The bread looks so good and that pan! Dreamy!

  10. Soooory, I am late with comments, had a little trip to the beach. Sure hope you are on the mend and feeling like yourself. Shelly looks so cute, congratulations to her. The bread looks delicious, I'm sure it was a hit. Take care RJ………..


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