An Unusual and Fun Cookbook

I just got a new cookbook. It’s called Desserts in a Jar by Shaina Olmanson. She blogs over at FoodForMyFamily.com.

Why jars? Because you can make individual desserts that look really cute and homey and taste great!

There are so many interesting recipes here, including kid-friendly things like peanut-butter-cup cupcakes, fruit desserts like apple pie and lemon merengue pie, and even frozen desserts. I can’t wait to try banana splits in a jar!

Shaina gives tips on how to choose your jars, decorate them for a nice presentation, bake safely in them, and much more! I think this book will get a lot of use at my house!

The winner and some thoughts about cookbooks!

We hav e a winner–Liz (Isaac’s mom), two great cookbooks are coming your way: Candy Construction by Sharon Bowers and Cookie¬†Swap by Sharon’s friend Lauren Chattman! Enjoy!!

Sometimes the best cookbooks aren’t found in bookstores! Our family friend Paula Klein visited a few weeks ago, and I was very honored that she brought me a copy of the cookbook she compiled for her loved ones. She’s an awesome baker, and the book is full of her tried-and-true recipes!

This one is so good that her husband, Roy, says he’s mentioning it on her tombstone. (I think he’s joking!!)

Paula’s Banana Bread (A recipe good enough to be carved in stone!)

1 stick margerine

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3/4 cup mashed ripe banana

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/4 cup flour

Mix the ingredients in the order they are listed. Put in a greased loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.