Aliens Don’t Eat Quiche on their Birthday

(I went to a small blogging seminar hosted by our local paper the other evening, and it was mentioned that your post title is very important in SEO (search engine optimization).  I fail at catchy titles, so bear with me if mine are totally corny!  This one isn’t going to win me any prizes!)

Today was a TOTALLY lazy Saturday.  I had the day off, and we had no plans.  I love a day like this from time to time.  I love when I am not Tara’s source of entertainment (or of late, I’m more just the mode of transportation).

Speaking of driving, I took Tara and a group of friends to the movies last night.  They saw Transformers, while I chose to be in a different theater on the other side of the building, and watched Super 8.  It was a great, made me jump in my seat, movie.  This is a JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg movie at it’s finest in my opinion!

Tara is off for the night at a friends house, and it is so very quiet around here.  I should use the time and be productive, as I did very little today.

As for the rest of the weekend, no plans right now.  I’m guessing I should probably see if there are fireworks around on Monday, since I’d have to go alone tonight (but is that really a bad thing?)  I work Sunday evening. Monday, the 4th of July, is not only America’s birthday, but also my mother’s 87th birthday.  We usually keep the celebration of both low key these days.  I will find a nice meal to prepare and I’m thinking an angel food cake, with fresh berries will be the dessert.  A light and patriotic colored dessert!  My brother and his family sent Mom another beautiful arrangement of flowers – Teleflora’s Sunrise Sunset arrangement.  I think of all that she has received over the years this is my favorite.  I love the bright colors, and gerberas are my favorite.  It was arranged by Lansdale Florist.  It looks like the cube “vases” are the “in” thing right now!

I  caught up on some DVRd shows, and watched “The Birdcage” with Nathan Lane and Robin Williams OnDemand.  I love that movie!

I needed to find something to make for dinner. Looking in the “fridge”, I found a package of TransOcean Crab Classic.  Before you go calling it ‘fake crab’, surimi seafood is a blend of wild caught Pollock and King Crab Meat.  It is a great source of Omega-3.  It gets the thumbs up from the American Heart Association and the Marine Stewardship Council.  We have a great dip we make using it, however, that was not going to cut it for dinner.  When I went to the website, and clicked on the Lite and Healthy recipe link, this one quickly caught my eye, as we had some left over broccoli in the fridge!  There are quite a few others I would like to try. There’s even a printable $1 coupon!

This dish is so easy, I had only the pie plate, two measuring cups and a fork to clean up from the preparation.  From the time I looked up the recipe to the time it was on the table was about 45 minutes!

Crustless Crab Classic & Broccoli Quiche
INGREDIENTS
4 oz. Crab Classic Flake Style
4 eggs
1 cup 2% milk
1 1/2 cups grated reduced fat cheese (Swiss or cheddar)
1/2 cup Heart Smart Bisquick
2 cups chopped broccoli (frozen, thawed)
1 small onion diced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
DIRECTIONS

Heat oven to 400°F. Sprinkle broccoli, 1 cup of the cheese, Crab Classic Flakes and onion into a greased 9″ pie plate.

In a bowl, combine Heart Smart Bisquick mix, milk, salt, pepper and eggs until blended. Pour this mixture over ingredients in pie plate.


Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake 1 to 2 minutes longer or just until cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes.

Makes 8 servings (We actually had what would be considered two servings for our meal, as I served it only with a side of Mandarin Oranges).

NUTRITIONAL INFO
(per serving)

Trans-Ocean

Calories
160
   Calories from Fat
70
Total Fat
8g
   Saturated Fat
4g
   Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
125mg
Sodium
520mg
Total Carbohydrate
13g
   Dietary Fiber
1g
   Sugars
3g
Protein
12g
Vitamin A
15%DV
Vitamin C
35%DV
Calcium
40%DV
Iron
6%DV

Thanks A-Latte for stopping by! Martha

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Holy Hoagie

Good morning!  I woke up with a bit of a headache, and realized I had not had my “daily grind” yesterday, no coffee, uh oh!  I promptly made myself a cup and took a couple Migraine Relief pain killers, and I’m all good now,

i just saw on the news that Wawa is sponsoring the building of a 4 1/2 ton hoagie at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia today (1/2 Italian, 1/2 Turkey).  It is all part of Wawa Welcome America.  Hats off to Wawa for honoring our soldiers and hometown heroes.  Wawa is also helping the community by sending 5,000 hoagies to the Philabunance Food Bank!  I think if i weren’t working, I would try and head downtown today!

Who can believe that it is almost the end of June?  I can’t.  Only 179 shopping days until Christmas!  In the retail world it is almost time for back to school supplies!

This evening you will find me transporting the teens to Regal (Tara and her friends) to see Transformers 3.  I may take advantage of a free ticket that I have and go see Bridesmaids while I am there.  I’m not really interested in seeing T3 and I can’t use my free ticket to see it anyway!  (updated – we didn’t go until Friday and I saw Super 8 which was totally awesome)
 
I am still doing well on my ‘healthy eating’ challenge.  The challenge is with myself, and I am proud to say 16 days into it, I am winning.  It is said that it takes 21 days to make things a habit, so I am well on my way.  Planning for the times I am out of the house, at work, errands, outings is the biggest key for me!  The Reeses Peanut Butter cups, etc that sit on my counter all day long have not tempted me even once this week. I ♥ SparkPeople

I made a really simple soup to take for lunch this week, I found several versions on the Spark Recipe site.

Five Ingredient Soup
1 can refried beans
1 can black beans (drained)
1 can corn (drained)
1 can diced tomatoes (Rotelles with chilies gives it a little kick)
1 can chicken broth (I used beef, that’s what I had opened)
Mix them all together in a pot, heat until refried beans are no longer thick and soup is hot.

I was able to get 5 generous 1 cup servings out of this. Approx 115 calories, 1 gm of fat, 6 gm of fiber and 7 gms of protein.  I could vary depending on the specific brands you use and the type of refried beans.

The church bells are chiming 7am, and my friend the cardinal is singing his heart out, so I think it is time for me to say good bye for today!

Make it a great day!

Sorry no pics.  The most interesting thing I took a picture of yesterday way my green jello at lunch!  Only 10 calories!

Thanks A-Latte for stopping by! Martha

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Blogless in Philadelphia…

well, not really blog-less, but no time to blog.  I honestly don’t know where the days and weeks are going. I don’t feel like I have stopped moving since I blogged last Friday.

Yes, I got a new camera, a Nikon P500.  It was more comfortable in my hand than the Canon XS30is I was planning on purchasing.  I wanted this camera to be comfortable for me as well as Tara.  I was happy with it’s performance over the weekend.

Yes, we did go away for the weekend – I ran errands when I got home from work at 4:30, found a hotel (it was not easy, had to stay two night), threw stuff in a bag and headed out by 6:40!  We arrived at our hotel a bit before 11pm.  This was after I had been awake since 2:30am! We did not meet up with Rick’s family.  It just didn’t work out this time.  It reminded me how much I like the MD/DE shore areas, and I found a new place to love.  Assateague Island National Seashore.  I had never been, and can’t wait to go back and spend more time!  Ponies, ponies, ponies, as well as birds, waterfowl and other wildlife.  I made it back home in time to go to work at 4pm, worked until 10:30pm and turned back around to be back at work at 8am.  I worked on Tuesday too.  Both busy tiring days!  If you have a desk job, working 8 hours on your feet is tiring.  I worked hard mentally for all my years with AT&T, but being on my feet for an 8 hour shift (only sit at lunch for the most part) makes for a tired Martha when she gets home!

Wednesday was my day off, but not very restful.  I had things to do around the house, some shopping to do and I cooked a dinner that I hoped Tara would eat.  She has gotten SO picky.  I scored with a shrimp with garlic and butter sauce over pasta and Cheese Garlic Biscuits (like Red Lobster’s).  She loved them both, and is in fact, having left overs for breakfast!  I couldn’t give you the recipe for the shrimp and pasta, I just threw things together until they tasted right!

The biscuits were simple, and I will make them again, I think I might add a little extra cheese.

Cheese Garlic Biscuits (from www.cooks.com)
2 c Bisquick
2/3 c milk
1/2 c grated cheddar cheese
1/2 c melted butter
1/4 tsp garlic salt

Mix Bisquick, milk and cheddar until a soft ball forms.  Beat vigorously for 30 seconds.  Drop by balls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.  Mix butter and garlic and brush on rolls while still on the pan and hot.  It made 10 biscuits at the size I made them, which was approximately the same as Red Lobster.

Coconut Malorie – our hotel “suite” it was nice.  I could live there (just me!)

Our view of the Bay

An Assateague Pony

Sunset – Assateague Island

Walk to the beach

Egret – taken from our 3rd floor room.  Zoom, zoom, zoom!

 Well, Tara is up getting ready for school, so that is my queue to finish up.  I wake her up at 6:30ish, get her something to eat, and then she actually gets out of bed around 7:10 to get ready.  Luckily she has been doing that part on her own for the past couple of weeks.  I have not had to fight to get her to go to school, and I am THANKFUL!  Not that there is not drama, and some crankiness if I try and talk to her or push or too much, but way better than we were doing a couple months ago!

Hopefully I’ll make it back for Friday Fragments.  You can check out some recent pics I’ve taken over on my photo blog.
Thanks A-Latte for stopping by! Martha

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Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs….. or Martha was finally in the mood to cook!

Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Meatballs (from All You magazine) – These meatballs gets a thumbs up from me.  I liked the texture of them, and with a bit of different seasoning/spices they could be used in place of those made with beef in many dishes.  I served with broccoli slaw and Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries.  It made a nice lunch before going to work.

  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast (tips suggest 93/7 version)
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (do not use instant)
  • 2 cups BBQ sauce (I used a 16 oz bottle and with the one cup of water the directions say to add, there was a lot of sauce…)

Warm oil in s small skillet over medium high heat.  Add onion and celery and cook, stirring until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.  Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer.  Transfer mixture to a small bowl and let cool.

Place turkey in a large bowl.  Add onion mixture, egg and oats.  Use your hands to gently but thoroughly blend ingredients.  Dampen hands lightly and form mixture into about 20 meatballs, each 1.5 inches in diameter

 
 Pour a small amount of sauce over bottom of slow cooker.  Add meatballs, top with remaining sauce.  Pour in 1/2 cup of water.  Cover and cook on high until meatballs are cooked, 3.5 to 4 hours.

Per serving 275 calories, 16 gm fat (depending on the type of ground turkey) 2 g fiber, 17 g Carb and 17 g protein

Here is a plate I made for Tara… she does not like broccoli slaw, so I made her sauteed spinach and rice.

Thanks A-Latte for stopping by!

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Recipe – Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets

Pecan Crusted Turkey Cutlets
Time – 35 minutes
Yields 4 servings

We had these for dinner tonight and they were so good, I wished we had doubled the recipe so there were leftovers.  Tara even loved it!  I didn’t get a picture, my mother prepared it while I was out with Tara!  It was such a pleasant surprise, as earlier in the day I was dreading dinner, I just didn’t know what to make, until I remember my mother saying she had sampled this recipe at GIANT.

1 1/2 package turkey cutlets
1 tbs minced garlic
2 shallots, finely chopped (we used regular onion)
2 tbls olive oil
1 c pecans, finely chopped
1/2 c plain or seasoned bread crumbs (we used plain panko bread crumbs)
salt & pepper as needed

Preheat over to 350F
Season the turkey breast cutlets with salt & pepper and set aside
Combine garlic, shallots and olive oil in a small bowl and mix well until combined.  Rub the garlic shallot mixture over each side of the cutlets.
Mix the pecans with the breadcrumbs and dredge each of the cutlets in the pecan breadcrumb mixture until well coated on both sides.
Place the cutlets on a lightly greased shallow baking pan and bake 25-30 min or until turkey is no longer pink and reaches an internal temp of 165F
Serve immediately.

Tonight we served them with couscous and green beans!

A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness!

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Recipe – Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Since this morning’s post was a little “lame”, I thought I would share a recipe today as well.  I had roasted a chicken on Sunday, and was looking for something easy to do with the leftovers.  Tara loves it with rice and gravy, but that gets a little old!  I also had several bags of frozen veggies none of which was enough for a meal.  I used up those in place of the bag of mixed veggies the recipe suggests.  My other change, was that I used Cream of Mushroom soup in place of Cream of Chicken.  It was what I had in the pantry, and Tara’s choice of creamed soup! 

The “pie” was tasty, but probably not “hearty” enough for those with big appetites, even supplemented with a salad or extra veggies, I don’t think it would really feed a family of four for dinner. Were I to make it again, I would add more chicken.  The biscuit toppig was a little “overwhelming” to the filling with the amounts of the ingredients in the recipe.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie (Betty Crocker)
1 2/3 cups Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers™ frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
1 cup cut-up cooked chicken
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1/2 cup milk
1 egg
1. Heat oven to 400°F. In ungreased 9-inch pie plate, stir vegetables, chicken and soup.
2. In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients until blended. Pour into pie plate.
3. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crust golden brown.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft) Heat oven to 425ºF.
 
 
 

Blessed with Grace

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A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness!

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Recipe – Leftover Christmas Ham?

Do you have Christmas ham leftover you want to use up?  We did.  I found this recipe on line and made it for dinner tonight.  It was good, Tara really liked it. (It had noodles… she loves noodles!)  It was quick and easy.  I forgot to take pics.

Ham, Noodles and Peas Casserole
6 oz. egg noodles
4 1/2 tsp. flour
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 tsp. sage
1/8 tsp. each of nutmeg and pepper
1 1/2 c. milk
6 oz. ham, cubed
2 c. or 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen green peas
2 tbsp. (1 slice) white bread crumbs (I used 4 tbsp of crumbs made with left over Italian bread, and I think it could have used a little more to cover the top of the casserole – it’s personal preference how much topping you like!)
2 tbsp. butter or margarine


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Cook noodles according to package. Leave out salt. Drain, set aside.
In saucepan or skillet add flour, mustard, sage, nutmeg and pepper. Slowly whisk in milk and set aside.
Put noodles, peas (I microwaved for about 2 min before adding), and ham into shallow baking dish.. Pour milk mixture over and mix well.
Cover with foil. Bake 10 to 15 minutes.
While baking melt margarine in saucepan and add bread crumbs, brown slightly.

Uncover, add bread crumbs, cook 10 to 15 minutes longer.

A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness!

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Friday Fragments, Give Me Your Best Shot, Weekend Reflections, VGNO and Virtual Cookie Exchange

Friday Fragments?

Friday Fragments is hosted by my Mrs. 4444, a place were we can do a brain dump or defrag our brain for the week!

Who can believe that Thanksgiving has come and gone? Wooosh, that is how I feel time is moving right now.

We had a nice Thanksgiving. Breakfast at my mom’s church in the morning (also the church in which I grew up), relaxing at home, and then dinner at my nephew and his girlfriend fiance later in the day. We all brought something to share for the meal, so it was not so much work for anyone.

We are roasting a turkey today. I’m using the Champagne Turkey recipe that Stacy shared over at Random Thoughts. We just happened to have a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator that I have no clue of it’s origin! (EDITED to add – the TURKEY was FABULOUS… no picture, I was out at the movies when it was done, and my mom had it all off the bone!)

I’m watching my niece’s boys today – all three 8,9 & 14 – It is so much easier to keep the little guys entertained when we can be outside at a park. Today is just a nasty day outside. When it is like this I wish it would just SNOW! It’s about 10 degrees too warm for that though! They are playinig Wii right now, and in a bit we will go see Planet 51. At least the two little guys and Tara. I suspect the 14 yo will stay home an play XBOX. (Edited to add – Nope he went with us to see another movie, but the paper had a wrong time so he had to suffer through Planet 51… “it was not even funny”. The other three liked it, and what parts I didn’t have my eyes closed for or I was not playing a game on my IPHONE were funny!)

I decided today that I could no longer put off looking for a job. My year’s salary is starting to run out… and I can’t live on just my pension, I need something to supplement! Part time would work, but I actually found a job on line that is at the company my sister works for, only 5 min from home, that is very similar to several jobs I did for AT&T. If I would get the job, it would be a miracle, or one of those things that was meant to be since it is the first time I have looked on line for a job, but really I think it would be PERFECT. We shall see what happens. I will head out on Monday and do some other applications too for your basic grocery store, drug store, etc locations that are close by if they are taking applications. I would actually like to find a job that is off hours. Let the hunt begin!

Give Me Your Best Shot and Weekend Reflections.

Give me your best shot at Better in Bulk

Lolli hosts GMYBS over at Better In Bulk. Stop on over by clicking the button above and check out the adorable photos she has posted today and other participants.

Weekend Reflections is hosted by James, although he and Vicki are jet setting in Europe, we are still able to enjoy some reflections shots. Click the button above to visit1
These photos were all taken in Charlottesville, VA. I have posted a couple on my “New Adventures” blog, but I thought they would be perfect for Weekend Reflections as well! The top one I just loved the window, but if you look close there are tree branches reflected. This was taken in the shopping are of Charlottesville. The other two photos were taken at Monticello.



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I’m not sure if we are partying at Ann’s tonight, but I for sure am stopping at the Wine & Spirit store on the way home from the movies. I think I will need something this evening. I will return and edit if there is something to play along with tonight!

There is also a Virtual Cooke Exchange going on …. I thought I would play along. I don’t know if I can come up with 25 recipes for each day, but I do have a few favorites. I have not baked yet this year, so I won’t have “original” photos (at least not this week!) Looks like I’m the first one to post today! Hopefully everyone is out shopping!

These are a favorite… this recipe and photo are from Hershey Kitchens

  • 48 HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand Milk Chocolates
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup REESE’S Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Granulated sugar

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.

2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar; place on ungreased cookie sheet.

4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4 dozen cookies.

 

Have a fabulous day!

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Recipes of the Week – Easy Ravioli & Bacon and Shoo Fly Cake

The Krazy Kitchen has welcomed “girlichef” to it’s contributors, and she has posted a great recipe for Quick Italian Chicken Strips. I figured what better time to share the dish I prepared last night!

My mom baked a yummy cake the other day and I am sharing that recipe for “What Did you Bake today”
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I was innocently enough reading through some tweets yesterday, when “LOVEMYPHILLY” tweeted about a quick easy, three step dinner. I just had to look. The recipe looked delicious, and I had NONE of the main ingredients. So on a very soggy Friday 20 minutes before I would normally start putting dinner together, I ran to the market! It was so worth getting out of my jammies. (Yes we had a lazy day at home, and I totally enjoyed it) Mom and Tara liked it too. Tara didn’t like the green onions, she picked them out. I guess I need to chop them SMALLER!
Quick and Easy Ravioli with Bacon (from LoveMyPhilly)

Ingredients
2 pkg. (9 oz. each) refrigerated cheese ravioli (I used cheese & spinach ravioli)
1 cup milk
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened (I used light, didn’t want to chance that FF might not melt the same)
1/3 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
2 cups frozen broccoli florets
2 green onions, chopped
4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled
Instructions
COOK ravioli as directed on package. Meanwhile, cook milk, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese and seasoning in large saucepan on medium heat 3 to 4 min. or until cream cheese is melted and mixture is well blended, stirring frequently.
DRAIN ravioli. Add to ingredients in saucepan along with the broccoli; toss to coat. Cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 5 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.
ADD onions and bacon; stir. Cook an additional 2 min. or until heated through, stirring occasionally.


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I’m editing to add another recipe to go along with What did you Bake today. Again, I did not bake this, my mother did. I didn’t get a photo either.

(picture from roadfood.com)
Shoo Fly Cake
This recipe for an easy moist molasses cake that tastes just like the Amish favorite Shoo Fly pie without the crust. Because it is so good, and there are only two of us, we sliced it into servings, put two serving each in a zip loc bag, and then froze those pieces separately. This way, not tempted to eat it all in a hurry. Tastes just as fresh and yummy when thawed!

2 sticks butter (or marg.)
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
1 cup molasses (we use dark, but regular works too)
2 cups boiling water
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease & flour a 13” x 9” x 2” baking pan

Cream the butter. Add sugar, beat well. Add flour and combine thoroughly. Take one cup of this crumb mixture and set aside for topping. In a separate bowl, mix molasses with water. Add baking soda. Add molasses mixture to dry mixture until dissolved. Pour into prepared pan. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.

Have a great day!

Check out Tempt my Tummy Tuesday for some other great recipes!

Blessed with Grace

Martha

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What Did You Bake Today – Strawberry Bread

Kristen posted a great recipe for Southwest Biscuit Casserole over at The Krazy Kitchen for “What did you bake today”. I thought I would share a recipe for Strawberry Bread that I tried last weekend. I had some strawberries I wanted to use up and I was happy I tried this recipe!

Strawberry Bread Recipe
This is strawberry bread will make your mouth water, I guarantee!
Ingredients
– 3 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 2 cups sugar
– 1 cup shortening
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon cinnamon
– 4 eggs
– 2 cups strawberries, sliced
Directions
Combine flour, salt, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Beat eggs. Add eggs, shortening , strawberries and bread dough enhancer.
Stir until all ingredients are moistened. Spoon batter into 2 well-greased 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes. Test and keep baking until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes.
Put upside down and let cool on racks. Serve while still warm. You can store the strawberry bread in the fridge for a few days.

Have a great day!

Martha

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