Carrot Nut Bread, Date Nut Loaf, Orange Bread, and Chocolate Banana Bread:

Good morning to you all. How are you guys today? Welcome back to Miz Judi’s Kitchen once again.

We had a new baby last Friday, and the mama had taken it off away from the other cows. Well, yesterday ole Deb couldn’t stand it, so she walked off out in the woods, and found them. She had Red take the mama some hay, and shortly after that, they came out and joined the other cows.

We’d been a little concerned because this mama has some big, I guess the proper description is “teets,” but shoot, I just call em tits?? With this being the case, we normally try and watch those little fellers pretty close, only to insure they are getting a drink as they need it.

Sometimes with them being so big, the little calf cain’t suck, so we watch to make sure they’ll be fine. If not, we pen the mama and put the baby to her, or if that doesn’t work out, then we’ll bottle feed them. 9 outta 10 though, they figure it out for themselves.

Well, like I said, the mama did bring him out to join the rest of the cows, and that little joker got out there jumpin around and kickin his heels, and it was quite evident that the little thing was getting its share of the milk! No problem!

Deb was tickled pink when the mama came out, and she saw that it was doin just fine! She really gets attached to all these farm animals, our dogs, and even the wildlife that drifts in and out. Shoot, there’s times she acts as if she kinda likes me too! You did catch the “there’s times,” right?

We’d told you guys we were putting up the greenhouse, and we got to work on it yesterday, again. This thing is comin along pretty good, and we’re almost ready to pull the plastic for the roof, and hang the curtains.

We won’t make it before Deb’s cookout, but hopefully by Tues. or Wed. of next week, we’ll be windin the outside down. Then it’s build a few beds, a few benches, run micro-jet for the water, and run power to it. After that…it’s time to start some plants!

We’re sure getting excited and really lookin forward to getting this project completed. I tell you guys, the Good Lord surely blesses Deb and I! In regards to Deb, I can see why he blesses her, but I still get stumped from time to time tryin to figure out how he can even like me! LOL!

Honestly though, you only have to ask him, and he will come into your heart. I’m in no way, shape, or form the, “perfect guy,” far from it, but through all my short comings and faults, I know that he does indeed love me, and there’s no doubt he walks with me as well…

Well, today ole Deb and I got up with a dern sweet tooth. We tried to shake it off, but sweet breads, cakes, and such just seemed to be stuck on our brains this morning. We just decided that if that’s the case…why fight it? LOL!

So, let’s go on and fire off the cook stove, and see what comes out!

Carrot Nut Bread:

  • ½ cup corn oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups un-sifted flour
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup chopped nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir together oil, and sugar. In large bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon; stir into corn mixture. Stir in carrots. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in nuts.
Turn into greased 8-1/2x 4-1/2x 2-1/2 inch loaf pan. Bake on 350 for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Date Nut Loaf:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup self-rising flour
  • 1 pound pitted dates
  • 1 pound pecan halves

Combine eggs, sugar, and oil; beat well. Add dry ingredients, mixing well. Fold in dates and pecans. Prepare pans by greasing with shortening and flour, or spray generously with Pam. Place in 5 small 7-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4 inch pans, or one large pan.

Start In cold pans and bake small pans 30 to 45 minutes (large pan 1-1/2 hours), on 300, or until bread begins to shrink from sides of pan, or springs back from touch, and is nicely browned.

DO NOT overbake. This causes the dates and nuts to become hard.

Orange Bread:

  • ¾ cups orange rind, slivered
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/3 cups orange juice
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Remove thin orange rind and cut into very thin slivers. Combine sugar and water; add rind; stir constantly over heat until sugar is dissolved. Cook slowly 5 minutes. The peel and syrup should measure 1-1/3 cups. Add butter; stir until melted. Add orange juice and beaten eggs.

Sift dry ingredients together into mixing bowl. Add the orange mixture and mix just enough to moisten ingredients. Batter should be lumpy.

Bake in a greased and lined loaf pan, 9x5x3 inch, on 325 for 1 hour and 15 minutes. Turn on rack to cool.

Chocolate Banana Bread:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed, ripe bananas
  • 2/3 cup flaked coconut
  • ½ bag semi-sweet chocolate

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Pour into a lightly grease 9x5x3 inch loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes on 350. Cool 10 minutes. Refrigerate overnight, then slice.

Bill and Sandy sent us an e-mail the other day. It had several sayins on it. One I particularly liked. It stated that I had reached the “snapdragon part of my life. Part of me has snapped…and the rest of me is draggin!?

Then I received another e-mail, and this had a very poignant question… “IF a man stands up, and shouts in a roomful of politicians, “YOU LIE,” how do they know which one he’s talking too?”

You guys have a great day, and God Bless. Deb says to keep a smile on your face, and one in your heart!

Dub and Deb

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