Monday, February 27, 2012

Banana Nut Sheet Cake

"Learn to say 'no' to the good so you can say 'yes' to the best."

I seem to hear this quote often.  How about you?  I believe this is true and we have been called to serve a new mission.  We aren't moving to New York City this time.  We will live at home, do some traveling, and a great deal of computer work.  My husband and I will coordinate the IDAHO Area Boise Church-Service Missionary Group for the next three years.
One of the things I love most about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the opportunities that we have to serve.  Church Service Missionaries (CSM's) do much of the humanitarian work for our church through out the world.  They serve in canneries, institutes, distribution centers, storehouses, temples, mission offices, family history centers and in so many more ways. CSMs must be 55 and older and serve for at least 8 hours a week.  Recently we helped to facilitate a call to a couple who will organize and conduct Red-Cross blood-drives in their state.  As I look at the best opportunities in my life, serving our Heavenly Father and my family are two of the things I truly love.  Both bring such joy.  I am very thankful I can help further the Lord's work and serve along side so many wonderful missionaries.   I'm excited about all we have to learn while being close to our family and I don't have to move again.  I get to live in our comfortable home!  It's a win-win!!!!

Our Family, December 31, 2011, Boise Idaho            
(photo by Jeremy Johnson)
I have made so many sweet blog friends and shared a bit of myself here.  I really hate to say, "Good-bye!"   Still blogging can't be at the top of my priority list.  February has been filled with preparations and training and we have more to come in the weeks ahead in Salt Lake City.  Just know that March is going to be a huge month for me.  My hope is that I can occasionally share something yummy and give you a glimpse into our work.  Please stop by and check to see if there's something new just for you.  We need to stay in touch!


I wish I could gather all of my blogging friends around my table for a warm cup of herbal mint tea and offer you a bit of another sheet cake my family loves.  With an abundance of ripe bananas, I often make and serve this...it never lasts.  It's perfect when your bananas are black and you're down to the wire!

Banana Nut Sheet Cake
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 medium overripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar, then add the eggs, sour cream and vanilla. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, then stir in nuts and bananas.
Spread batter into a greased 15 x10 x 1 inch pan. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool and frost. Cut into squares.



Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3-3/4 to 4 cups powdered sugar
In a bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Gradually beat in powdered sugar till creamy and smooth.  Spread on cooled cake.


Serve with lots of love,

20 comments :

  1. I would pout if I were not positive that your calling is far, far better than being my personal source of recipes in Blog Land. I just shouted you out yet again on my blog today, in fact. I used one of your marinades to improve a recipe.

    I'll always keep my eyes open for new posts.

    You have a beautiful family. How perfect is that picture? They are standing on the "Rock". I lift your new ministry for grace and success in all that you do.
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    And I still pray that God sends some recipes my way too. (He says, "you have not because you ask not," right? Hugs. )

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  2. And I love that quote! And the recipe looks yummy too.

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  3. Sweet Debbie is one of the many reasons I have not had the courage to delete my blog! Thanks so much and be watching for a salad just for you....

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  4. I LOVE this recipe too, it's a really good one! God bless you as you do His work..and it is the most JOY we can be part of outside our families, and this picture of your family is just awesome! :)

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  5. I would be so sad not hearing from you, and hope you will find time to post, if only infrequently! I immensely enjoy your sweet, sweet heart that shines through every one of your posts!

    Best wishes to you and your husband!

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  6. The cake looks really great and I wish you all the best with your new adventure! Take care and I look forward to seeing a post from you when you have the time:@)

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  7. Best of luck....I am glad I found your site....your inspiring in the kitchen and in the heart. Good luck!

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  8. I will be stopping by whenever there's a recipe or a family photo from you!! In the meantime, your church is so lucky to have you!! HUGS!

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  9. Even though I knew this it still makes me cry.
    I can't believe I was so busy or dumb or something that I didn't just follow you around like a puppy while you still lived in Iceburg!!!!

    I'm so excited for you and the adventures that are ahead for you.
    You'll both be so fantastic!

    HUGS!
    Love banana cake!

    Oh by the way...I love that family picture! You should be so proud!

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  10. What a beautiful family you have Renee! I'll miss your frequent posts but you are doing something much better! Wishing you God's richest blessings as you begin this new adventure!

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  11. What a wonderful adventure you will have ahead of you and what wonderful people to be in charge of such a wonderful cause. You will look back on this time with such a sense of appreciation for what you are doing.

    Enjoy and the recipes can wait until you are less busy :)

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  12. I baked this yesterday and it was excellent! Thanks for sharing it.

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  13. THis sounds like such a great recipe. I know you will be wonderful on this new mission! I hope you will share the things you are up to! Joni

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  14. I have a spice cake right now but as SOON as it is gone, I will make this . Mr. Sweet loves this kind of cake sooo much.
    Much good luck on your new mission.
    hugs, bj

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  15. Congratulations on your mission call and how wonderful to be able to stay at home too. We have neighbors who are serving a mission at the Provo MTC and get to stay at home and they just love it! Will miss you, both on blogging and Pinterest! Lots and lots of love!

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  16. I wish you all the best in this new adventure you have ahead of you, Renee. What a blessing that you can continue to live in your home that you love. I will miss you on Pinterest.

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  17. What a fantastic way to serve! We are excited for you!!

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  18. I wish you the best.
    Thanks for sharing such a yummy recipe!

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  19. Hi Renee - or should I say Sister West? I love your blog. I am so glad I found it and that you shared it with me. What a great picture of your family. It is beautifully done, the photos are magnificent, and the food looks amazing. I hope you will be able to post every so often. It was great to meet you and your husband.

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  20. I know this is a huge blessing for the two of you...and soooo many will be blessed by your mission. I do hope that you'll find time to share something great when you can! I also ask that you NOT delete your blog...we all love it. :-)

    God bless and keep you!
    xo
    Pat

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I read each and every one and they make me sing! renée

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