The Pioneer Woman’s Banana Boats

Have you watched an episode of The Pioneer Woman on the Food Network yet?

I love it!

I love how real Ree Drummond is…

I love how she cooks food I would feed my family…

I love that she home schools her kiddos & shares about it in one of the episodes…

I love that her show isn’t just about food, and isn’t a reality tv show,

but that it’s about a real family, working hard every day on a ranch in the middle of nowhere…

and it’s about a Mom (Ree) who loves to cook good food for her family & friends.

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So, after watching a few episodes of The Pioneer Woman on demand this weekend,

I rushed over to the  Food Network website

and pinned some of her recipes that I would like to try…

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One of them was for her Banana Boats…

In the episode where Ree makes the Banana Boats (Pioneer Creek),

she is preparing a meal to take down to the creek where her kids

and their Grandma are camping out…

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I decided to try them out on my family – who all love bananas!

First, I looked around the kitchen for our toppings…

The Pioneer Woman used chocolate chips, carmel chips, marshmallows & graham cracker bits…

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I found chocolate chips, caramels (which I chopped into bits), walnut pieces

and Nature Valley Granola Thins with peanut butter…

We started by slicing into the banana, about 2/3rds of the way through…

then you just add your toppings!

My kiddos tried a little (or in some cases, a lot!) of everything…

Pack it nice and full and then fold it up into a piece of foil…

We wrote each person’s initials on the outside so we would be able to tell them apart…

Then we popped them into a 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes…

They’re not extremely pretty when you take them out of the foil…

but boy we’re they tasty!

And they were devoured in minutes!

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Cooking Space ~ Houseworks Holiday Plan

I’m ready to move on to Week 10: Cooking Space Week

as I am keeping up with the schedule at Organized Christmas.Com

If you are just joining me and would like to see what we worked on in Weeks 1-9,

click the Houseworks Holiday Plan link in the Categories box on the right side of the page.


This Week’s Focus:


Inspiration from the Web:

Kitchen Declutter: Cut Clutter in the Kitchen

Menu Planning: Save Time In The Kitchen

Holiday Baking Solution: Make It A Specialty

Save Money on Holiday Meals




This Week’s Houseworks Checklist

Get down and dirty with a kitchen clean-up! American Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners put new emphasis on the household’s kitchen. This week, we tackle kitchen clutter, cleaning and organization

Moving shelf by shelf, cupboard by cupboard, take on kitchen clutter this week. Using the STOP clutter method, bring food preparation workspaces to a lean, mean, efficient state.

Once clutter is conquered, a kitchen clean-out is in order. Rout out the grime and corral the crumbs for a sparkling holiday kitchen.

Don’t worry about pantry, freezer or refrigerator just yet … we’ll turn to food storage areas next week.



This Week’s Holiday Prep Checklist

Organize holiday recipes. It’s November … do you know where your seasonal recipes are? Dig out the recipes you use during the holiday season, and add them to the holiday recipes planner. Thanksgiving Day is too busy to waste time hunting for the Green Bean Casserole recipe.

Plan Thanksgiving menus. If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving feast, it’s time to make a menu plan. Use a menu planner form, and delegate, delegate, delegate!

Plan holiday baking. With recipes out, make a list of baked goodies you’ll make for the holidays. Our holiday baking plannerform is a good place to start.

Buy containers for freezer meals, baked goods or kitchen gifts. Holiday-themed disposable containers are available now. Double up on freezer food storage bags, too; they’ll do triple duty this month.

Order Thanksgiving turkey.

Bake any fruitcakes or Christmas cakes which require mellowing. Now’s the time to bake the Christmas cakes! You’ll have eight weeks to mellow them before the season.

Do a tabletop check. Inventory serving pieces, stemware, china and flatware. Check store flyers for sales. Will you be ready to set a pretty holiday table?


Taste Of Home Magazine ~ Oct/Nov 2010

I  just received my latest Taste of Home magazine (Oct/Nov 2010)

and it has some great recipes &

decorating ideas…

Here’s a few of my favorites:


Halloween Candle Jars…





Monster Cupcakes…




Carmel Apples







Upside Down Apple Pie




Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Brown Butter – Yum!!!

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