And, since I rarely have to cook (thank you to my mother-in-law and sister for that!), I contribute to the meal in my own, special way… dessert.
I get giddy just *thinking* of what dessert I’ll make, and Pinterest is my enabler. 😉
Luckily, there’s a No Frills in my neighbourhood to help me execute my crazy plans. I was so excited to find they had all of the staples I needed for my holiday baking – including PC Organics unbleached flour and PC Organics sugar. (The best part of my shopping trip (other than easily finding everything on my list) was the bill… I had enough PC Plus points to get over $100 in free groceries! Woo hoo! Did I mention I love getting free groceries?)
So, here’s the plan…
This year, I’ve decided to bring some yummy banana muffins for a quick, easy weekend breakfast. My mother-in-law loves cooking big breakfasts for everyone, but this year I thought she might like some help, because in addition to making Thanksgiving dinner, she’ll also be elbowing for a chance to hang out with her newest grandchild, who was born on Wednesday. (Welcome to the world, Myles… we love you!)
When I mentioned this idea to my kids, they were horrified. (“What’s a key lime? I don’t liiiiiike that!!”) So, before I added the key lime to the cheesecake mixture, I separated the batter and made a few chocolate ones (shown below) for the kids.
I’m excited to share these recipes with you!
Great-Grandma’s Banana Bread
(I make this recipe as muffins… they make a good breakfast on-the-go!)
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar
6 over-ripe bananas
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees F if you use a convection oven). Grease two glass loaf pans (or put muffin papers into two muffin tins). Cream butter and sugar together; add eggs and mashed up bananas and thoroughly blend with mixer. Add dry ingredients until just mixed. Divide batter evenly between pans and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
Tip: baking time for mini-muffin tins is around 15 minutes
Yield: 2 loaves or 24 regular sized muffins
No-Bake Mason Jar Cheesecake… Two Ways!
2 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
Key Lime Filling
16 oz cream cheese
Same as above, but delete the key lime juice and yogurt and ADD hot chocolate powder to taste
Optional: garnish with more graham crumb mixture, chocolate flakes or whipped cream… or whatever you like!
Yield: 12 – 250 ml / 1 c. mason jars
Tip: Make average mason jar lids look pretty by decorating them with sticky-backed shelf paper. I found this pretty blue one at my local hardware store, then I had my daughter cut the circles out with our 2.5″ diameter craft punch. It adds a nice touch to an otherwise ordinary jar!
Do you have a traditional Thanksgiving recipe you love? If so, feel free to share it in the comments below. I love trying new dishes!!
Wishing you all a very Happy (and sweet!) Thanksgiving!