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Lending Money Out, I Need To Learn To Say No

August 28, 2011 By: Lynn Category: Bad Habits, Discipline, Feelings, Frustrated, My Husband, My Views

I have a BIG problem!!  I am the one and only  person that I know to sabotage my own happiness.  I let people walk all over me not intentionally and in turn I get hurt and it’s no-body’s fault but my own.  I lend money out, and I need to learn to say no. Do you have a problem saying no to people?

My husband is always saying that I have a lot of bark at home but no bite with my friends or family.  On a regular basis whether I am busy or can’t do something, I seem to always find ways to rearrange my time and schedule to help someone in need;  in turn always get screwed over in the end.

Have you ever loaned someone money when you really don’t have enough to lend and are promised the money back in a speeding time and then either never get it back or there are 100 and 1 reasons that they just can’t get it back to you until next pay then you still don’t get it. Or they forget to pay you back? Who forgets to pay somebody back money? Makes no sense, but that is what happens to me.  And I have no courage to ask for the money back, because in my mind they don’t need the extra stress on there shoulders of me asking for my money back.  I just don’t want to cause anyone distress.  Yet, it causes me all the stress in the world.

I am maternity leave right now, and anyone that has been on unemployment insurance know that you hardly make any money, so it’s harder budgeting and in turn extra money kicking around isn’t in the books.  But I still seem to help people.  And for every $20-$100 dollars that I’ve got floating around out there is another dollar that I would have to enjoy time with my children or buy the essentials of life.

Do you have anyone out there that owes you money?  How would you resolve the situation without looking like you are broke and need the money back or making the borrower feel stressed about giving you the money back that they may not have?  I need your help!

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Simple Moist Banana Bread Cake With Delicious Creamy Frosting

August 25, 2011 By: Lynn Category: Food For Thought ~ Recipes

Ladies and gentlemen I have found the recipe to the most amazingly easy, quick, moist banana bread cake with a delicious creamy frosting that you will EVER eat.  This cake will be sure to have your family and all of your friends asking for the recipe.  I have been making this cake for a while now and am excited to share it with you.  This cake is a pleasant twist of home and succulent.  This cake is not too rich and because there is fruit in it, you won’t feel too bad having a second piece.

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

Baking Time: 40 Minutes

Freezing: Excellent

Serves 12 +

Preheat oven to 350° (180° C)

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1¾ tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1¼ cups Granulated (White) Sugar
  • 1 cup Mashed Ripe Bananas (2 Large)
  • ½ cup Softened (Room Temperature) Butter (Easier To Mix In)
  • ½ cup Buttermilk (You buy this in the milk section of the grocery store)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Add, sugar, banana, butter and buttermilk.  Beat with electric beaters on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Beat at medium speed for 1 minute.  Spread batter evenly in prepared pan(s).
  2. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes in pan(s) on rack, then remove from pan(s) and transfer to cool completely.  When cool completely; then frost.  see Below.

 

Banana Butter Frosting

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup Softened (Room Temperature) Butter (Easier To Mix Together)
  • ½ cup A Ripened Mashed Banana (About 1 Large)
  • 4 cups Icing Sugar
  • 1 tbsp.  Half-and-Half (10%) Cream (You buy this in the milk section of the grocery store)
  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, mashed banana and half of the icing sugar on medium speed with electric mixers, until creamy.  Add cream.  Add remaining icing sugar gradually, beating until smooth and creamy.
  2. Makes about 3 cups of frosting.
  3. Enough to fill and frost a 9-inch, 2-layer cake.
  4. You can garnish this cake with dried banana chips, nuts or a flower seen above.  If you plan on eating the whole cake the same day as it is baked, you can add a layer of sliced bananas between the cake layers.

 

Tips:

  • This cake can be prepared in two 8-inch round pans, greased and floured or two 8-inch square pans which  cuts 18 perfect pieces.  This cake can also be prepared in a 13 x 9 inch cake pan, just increase time of cook by 5 minutes.
  • If you don’t have buttermilk put 1½ tsp. of vinegar or lemon juice in a measuring cup and fill with milk to make a ½ cup.  Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir.
  • The riper the bananas, the better the flavor.  Ripe bananas also give a nice texture and appearance to baked goods.  The dark flecks scattered throughout are very attractive.  If your bananas aren’t thoroughly ripened then mash them at the beginning of the recipe and let stand while doing the rest of your preparation.  This will allow them to age a bit faster.
  • If this cake is not consumed the same day, make sure you keep it refrigerated as it has milk products in it.
  • Don’t forget to lick the beaters, you can’t beat the feeling of your youth and enjoying the creamy taste of frosting in your mouth.

I hope that you, your family and your friends enjoy this light, moist and big on banana flavor recipe and please come back and tell me what you think of it!!  It’s a hit in my house, how about yours? 

 

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How Do You Start Writing Or Blogging After You Have Stopped For So Long?

August 22, 2011 By: Lynn Category: New Beginnings

 It’s a well know fact that if you stop writing, even in your diary or journal that you probably will not start again; so the question is, how do you start writing or blogging after you have stopped?    In my case it is the challenge of having the time and motivation.  In the past year I have had another baby.  I had a beautiful baby boy and today he is in the 9th month of his life and is in all reality a ball of energy.  What a difference between a boy and a girl, hence the lack of time.

Writing is a hobby that takes alot of time and dedication, I would personally love to have one of those recorders that you can talk into.  It seems to me, like my best thoughts come to me when I am laying in bed at night….and of course I have no desire to get back up to write about the genious (to me) thoughts that I had let alone the title.

When I came back on here I went through some of the website/blogs that I use to have in my cache (favorites) and I would say that 55% aren’t writing anymore.  It’s hard to say why not, but at least I wasn’t the only one in a rut called the “hectic stimulus of life.”

It’s been so long since I wrote and I am so nervous that I have “lost it.”  My common sense plus sense of humour.  So you will have to bare with me, the articles may start off slow, but I will get into it again.

Have you ever stopped something in the past that you wish that you could have continued?

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