Banana Bread

Banana Bread
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2⅓ cups mashed overripe bananas
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture and pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  4. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, take it out of the pan and cool on a wire rack.


Italian Meatloaf

Bill loves this meatloaf.  However, when trying to get it out of the pan, the bottom did stick a little (so you may have to spray the pan down first).  It also drained off the grease while it was cooking (about half way through and again when I pulled it out of the oven).


Italian Meatloaf
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup dry bread crumbs (I'm going to try a full cup next time I make this)
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Italian-style seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained (I used the ones with basil and oregano flavoring)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, eggs, bread crumbs and ketchup. Add in the Italian-style seasoning, oregano, basil, garlic salt, diced tomatoes and cheese. Press into a 9x5 inch loaf pan, and cover loosely with foil.
  3. Bake 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

Stanley Degreaser Concentrate

For 70 years, Stanley Home has been offering quality cleaning, home, and personal care products to North American homes and families.   That is why I was happy to try out there new Degreaser Concentrate.  It is four times more concentrated than leading cleaners and powers out tough grease build-up and stains wherever they’re found. Since you use less, you save more, for better results!  It is safe for septic systems, biodegradable, and phosphate-free.

The best part is that you can use a degreaser in really any part of your home.  In the kitchen, you can clean stainless steel sinks, spray on dried food on your counter top, and spray on top of your stove for quick after dinner cleanup.   In the bathroom, you can use this to clean your shower and your tub, clean ceramic tile, and even use it to soak your combs!  The degreaser can be used in the laundry room to remove lipstick and make-up.  I love that you can use it to clean kids toys and even your walls!   You can even use this on your grill and your garbage cans.

There are just so many uses for the Stanley Degreaser Concentrate that I could go on and on and on about it.  However, does it really work?  We tried it on several different things in our house, and it worked every single time.  The added bonus is that I’ve learned how many uses there are for degreaser!

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