Monday, May 2, 2011

Primary Colors

Dress: Down East Basics, Cardigan: Urban Outfitters, Necklace: Spool No.72

 At church on Sunday, due to my incredible conducting skills, I was asked to lead the music in Primary. That's right, I got to dance and sing with 4 little kids, 2 of which refused to participate and 1 that was too young to do more than mimic. I taught them two whole lines of a song to sing for mothers day next Sunday. They are going to be so cute!
Sunday night we had some friends over for dessert and games. We learned a really fun game called hand and foot. Since we we hosted I made a Banana Cream Pie.
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, flour, and salt. Add milk in gradually while stirring gently. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture is bubbly. Keep stirring and cook for about 2 more minutes, and then remove from the burner.
  2. Stir a small quantity of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks, and immediately add egg yolk mixture to the rest of the hot mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes; remember to keep stirring. Remove the mixture from the stove, and add butter and vanilla. Stir until the whole thing has a smooth consistency.
  3. Slice bananas into the cooled baked pastry shell. Top with pudding mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 12 to 15 minutes. Chill for an hour.

I made a different type of crust using flour salt and vegetable oil. 
 It was different but really good with the banana cream. It was more like a cracker crust and I didn't have to roll it out.

Walking home on this warm spring day I was inspired to bake healthier. Okay I just wanted to try making Granola Bars. Its still like 160 calories or so per bar but it looks healthier. 

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, brown sugar, wheat germ, cinnamon, flour, raisins and salt. Make a well in the center, and pour in the honey, egg, oil and vanilla. Mix well using your hands. Pat the mixture evenly into the prepared pan.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the bars begin to turn golden at the edges. Cool for 5 minutes, then cut into bars while still warm. Do not allow the bars to cool completely before cutting, or they will be too hard to cut. 

1 comment:

Julie said...

Okay, so you hit on one of my HUGE weaknesses. I really have a thing for banana cream pie. Oh my, my, my. YUM!
Very cute on the outfit, and way to go in Primary. Only four kids--that'd be SO TOUGH.