Mary Madalene

My Grandmother’s Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

WahmReviewer Mary Madalene

When I was younger, I remember that I was always helping out in the kitchen either with my mom or my grandmother. I remember having a lot of “baking parties” when I would spend the night or weekend with my grandmother. Since she lived out in the boonies we needed something for her to entertain me with and that’s when I started to learn to bake.

I would always stand there on the stool beside her at the counter. I would watch her grab all the ingredients that she would need and she would let me add them in to the bowl one by one. I also remember sitting in front of the oven after everything was mixed and in there prepared pans for them to bake in the oven. I would sit there so intently watching and waiting, watching and waiting, so that I could be the first person to smell the wonderful aromas as they baked.  I also loved how she would always give me that very first piece of banana bread each time she made it. It would be so very warm and I would always slather it with butter ( I love the taste of butter and loved how it made the bread even more moist as it melted).  I want to share this recipe with you, so that you can in turn enjoy her favorite Banana Bread just like I did while growing up.

Grandma’s Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

  • 4 ripe bananas – mashed
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 cup of butter or maragine (melted)
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp of vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In a bowl combine bananas and sugar and mash away
  2. Add in the eggs, melted butter, vanilla, nutmeg and raisins, then stir to combine.
  3. Next add in the salt , and baking soda, and then add the flour 1 cup at a time until throughly mixed.

 

#bakersdelight Making the #bestever #bananabread Almost ready to go in the oven. #baking #banana #raisins #foodie

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  1. Line the Loaf Pan with Parchment Paper and pour mixture into the pan.
  2. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour; test with a toothpick inserted in the middle of the loaf when it comes out clean you can take it out and place it on a rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan.

And we have a #winner. Here’s the result #bakingdays #bakersdelight #nomnom #bananabread #smellsdivine

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Now isn’t that just melt in your mouth delicious? 

Rodan + Fields Independent Consultant Britney Harper #changinglives #skincare

I must say that I was ecstatic when Britney reached out for me to do a review on her products. She is a Level 5 Leader with Rodan + Fields. Rodan and Fields are the same folks who made Proactive. If you have problem skin, you’ll want to listen up to this! These doctors created the ONE and ONLY dominant GOLBAL Acne treatment which is sold in 181 Countries TODAY.

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Britney sent me a sample of Rodan + Fields, Micrio-Dermabrasion Paste along with a blue and silver capsule. The serums are in Rodan + Fields Anti-Aging line (REDEFINE) and the paste is in our Enhancement line.

Before I post my experience with the samples I wanted to touch base on a few things. I have learned such a great deal with Britney in the short amount of time. She knows her stuff. She was all smiles and ears listening to the question that I had, and answered them all which made me feel well connected with her.

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When I opened up the package, she had 3 items for me to try, along with her business card, and directions on how to use them.

Directions: Serum filled capsules, and a sample of paste. Little tiny presents that you must not waste.

Exfoliate first, then rinse and pat dry. Next comes the blue capsule, spread over the entire face but avoid the eye.

Finish off with half the silver capsule, over the lips this you must spread. Save the rest to apply the very next day. I thought heck this seems easy enough! Off I go for a “pamper me night”. I took Cosmetology in high school and loved the fact that I could now say that I know how to do a proper facial, and I had some great directions from the samples she sent.

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Rodan + Fields will launch in Canada is in August of 2014; I know as soon as it comes to Canada what I will be getting for a Early Birthday present. *Hint Hint*

 

For more information on any of the products or how to sign up, please get in touch with Britney.

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Website: britneyharper.myrandf.com 

Email : rodanandfieldsteamharper@gmail.com

My first experience with Caramel Matcha Green Tea

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

WAHMReviewer – Mary Madalene Yaroscavitch

 

I can honestly tell you that I have not tried Matcha Tea before this review. 

Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan. It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years.

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Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique rich taste, an initial vegetal, astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness. Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style, whisked with water, is a full-bodied green tea. The intensity of the experience compares to one’s first taste of dark chocolate or red wine. When added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler. It adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, latte, savory sauce or pastry.

Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. It is sugar-free, an ideal drink for diabetics and others wishing to reduce their sugar intake. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

The company offers special size 10g of naturally flavored green tea powder ($10 value). Enough to make 5 drinks.

4 calories per serving.

You can buy the product here and check out what else they offer:

http://www.redleaftea.com 

From RedLeafTea.com –

For those of you interested in trying our Matcha before buying it, you can request a FREE sample from us! We are so confident that you will love it, that your first samples is on us! Unfortunately, due to high cost of shipping we can no longer afford to pay for shipping. Each month we will be giving away a different flavor to sample, so if you want to try our different flavors, all you have to do is request it!   Remember, there are no gimmicks or hoops to jump through. Before you know it, your sample will arrive and you will have a fresh batch of Matcha to enjoy! 

If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. Don’t forget to share this amazing, monthly sampling opportunity to your family and friends!”

 

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

Lap Log from Bamboosa

This week, I am going to tell you about an American-made product that you might not know you need, but I’m going to tell you… you need it. It’s a Lap Log, made in South Carolina by Bamboosa. A Lap Log is a cylindrical bean bag (buckwheat hull bag, actually), sewn into an organic cotton twill cover, which has a pocket to secure a hand-sanded repurposed wood insert that holds your iPad,Kindle, Nook, or any kind of tablet.  It rests comfortably on your lap and adjusts simply on any surface.  It is light, comfortable, even kind of cuddly.  I loved it the moment I got my hands on it.

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My Lap Log arrived in a nice sturdy box, and when I opened it up, I got a pleasant surprise. The Log was nicely wrapped in tissue paper with a discreet recycled paper sticker on it. Because the Lap Log comes in a variety of colours I was able to choose the one I liked the most! Would you love to see it? Okay, here it is!

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The one I received for this review is called Orchid Blooms. I love the flowers, what can I say, anything with flowers in a great item in my books! Each Lap Log is around 11″ X 6″, though the dimensions may vary slightly because they are handmade. The width of the interior of the wooden insert is 0.625 inches, so anything under that will fit.

I really wanted to test the Lap Log in many different places. From the Hair salon, in the car with my kidlets , letting others try it. To the library and more. I got some awesome reviews from clients and other family members how nice it is to be “handfree” while still being able to see the screen on their lap, on their desk to the floor and coffee table. I know my own daughter wanted to “keep it “ for herself . I think I just might have to get her one for her birthday in a few months.

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Would love to find out your opinions as well, I would love for you to go to their website http://www.thelaplog.com and tell me 2 of your favorite items , what color, or prints would you love to see in your house?

Have any questions? Come check out there you tube video on “How to use your Lap Log” http://www.thelaplog.com/pages/faq

 

You can find them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/LapLog

Twitter, twitter.com/thelaplog

and on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/company/bamboosa

 

Relish! Online Meal Planner #foodie #schedule #mealplanning

WAHMReviewer – Mary Madalene Yaroscavitch

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Relish! Was founded by Ann Bender and Karen Hutcherson, two busy Colorado mothers that found themselves in what’s for dinner trap. Both women love to cook but didn’t have time to sift through cookbooks and magazines for evening meals and what’s worse, found themselves at the grocery store several times per week.

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Using the Site

Relish’s philosophy is “A weekly menu planner aimed to help busy families put wonderful meals on the table every night. No sloppy casseroles or expensive kitchen blunders. Instead look for everyday food…with a gourmet twist.”  I can whole-heartedly agree that the service lives up to their philosophy.

The web-based interface is very easy to use, and it’s handy that you can access it from any computer.  Each week, new menu items are featured (usually around 10 different entrees) for you to build your weekly menu from. You can choose from a new list of delicious recipes. Choose kid-friendly, quick, simple-gourmet and vegetarian options. Edit the side selection, build your grocery list (add and delete from the list.) 

Overall I was able to make my menu, print out a weekly list on what I needed to buy; it served our family well and will continue to do so. You will notice substantial savings by sticking to a list! A Relish! Subscription is only $7 per month!

Make sure to check out their Website , and tell me what you think ;)

 

 

 

Relish! The thought! Enjoy tomorrow!

 

SwaggerTags #identificationtag #knowwhereyourthingsare

WAHMReviewer – Mary Madalene Yaroscavitch

SwaggerTag is an identification tag that reflects your personality and helps you keep track of your gear. By customizing SwaggerTag with your own photo, image or logo, you can let everyone know it’s your stuff. You decide what personal information to include and yourSwaggerTag reveals the information only if it is opened. Water, weather and impact resistant, with strong attachment points and ties to ensure it will stay with your gear, SwaggerTags are available in six distinctive colours.

Swagger Tag

It’s a neat little gadget! Whether you want to make sure your kids’ backpacks or sports bags are identified, or you have a family member or friend who’s a frequent flier, there’s sure to be someone on your list who would love to be surprised with one of these!

SwaggerTags are so awesome, I like to use them for more than just travel! How about your child’s backpack. Picture a 7-year-old looking for their Hello Kitty backpack amongst the 20 others in the classroom. You get the picture. The SwaggerTag retails for $3.99 and each is water, weather and impact resistant.

Connect with SwaggerTags on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and there website.

I received these products for free to base this review on. All thoughts and written words are my own.

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Get your Blog Organized with this #Bloggingplanner

Wahm Reviewer – Mary Madalene

I received this product for free to base this review on. Like always all of my opinions are my own.

 

From day one my blog has been something to put my words out there in the blog universe.  A few months have gone by now and I can honestly tell you that it was hard at first to get the words down on paper or on here. The reason being? Because I didn’t know where to start, I know I wanted to get those thoughts out there, I didn’t have a set schedule. I honestly started with what I knew best. Product Reviews. When it comes down to it I didn’t have the appropriate planner or scheduler to help me put my idea’s in order with what I wanted to write about.

Now mind you I wanted to have a space to talk about spirituality because it means something to me. I wanted to share what I knew about it and how I can help other’s know about the different religions, because well I find it fascinating.

I have been looking around for blog planners and a scheduler for the past little while and I was having a hard time trying to figure out which one I should go with. I also had many questions. Would it fit in with my blog? Who should I go with? Where will I start? and finally How will it help me?

52 week blog success planner

I look at a few different bloggers to get some of their feedback on which is a good one to have, and everyone that I talked to said to try Simple and Vanessa. I did read a review on my friend’s blog http://www.mommiesquietplace.com and I approached Vanessa if she would like to have another review done. I was really excited when she said YES! Down below is my review on her 52 Week Blog Success Planner.

 

This is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted something that I was able to easily interpret. I wanted something that I could easily print off and keep in my binder or be able to edit and save my ideas right in the editable document.

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I knew I found the JACKPOT. The jackpot that would help me run my blog more smoothly and with ease.

It even helps to know who is networking with you on your social media accounts. Who’s following you , who has engaged with you the most. Now mind you will have to use your brain power here to write down those who have had that engagement on your many different social media accounts (if you want to that is, but I suggest that you do so you can know about your readership).

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It has also helped me to write down my goals a few weeks prior so  I know exactly what content I want to create, what day to post them, and where to share them.

Now with being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (since a young age, and extends into my adulthood),  I needed something to keep me on track and organized or I would be all over the place and this has really really really helped me out. I can not stress that enough. So I want to thank you again Vanessa! It has been a pleasure getting to know you and be able to use your 52 week planner 🙂 .

Simple and Vanessa offer some great deals on other items in the Etsy shop such as the Blog Success Planner that I have, or customizable logo and banners, to complete Blog Design at an excellent price point.

I know in the future I want to get a logo and banner made up and sometime next year I know I want an overhaul done on the blog. I know exactly who I will be going to. I’ve looked around at a lot of theme’s and their price points and love that fact that Simple and Vanessa is really affordable and in my price range (and I don’t have to worry about coding or a lot of the “back-end” stuff).

Now most of you are probably saying : Where can I find her?

You can find her here:

Website

Etsy

Facebook

Twitter

Pinterest

 

Now for you my dear readers are you looking to start your own blog? Well then this 52 week Blog Success Planner will help you from day 1.  Vanessa is also offering you a discounted code to use on your purchase of the Blog Success Planner. Use BFFLOVE at checkout to get $3.00 off!

Trust me you will want to do this as well , when you sign up for Simple and Vanessa’s email subscription you will also get a 4 week blog and social content calendar as well! Now how cool is that? Sign up here and stay tuned for any new items she comes up with.

 

What do you use to stay organized for your blog?