I hate fruit roll ups. There I've said it. I prefer my fruit to at least somewhat resemble it's origins. These are so easy to make and they keep well refrigerated. They are great cold or hot. Just make a bunch and see how long they last.
375 degrees F
340 calories per serving
Growing up in a small prairie town in the hot summer with not much to do, one tends to remember very specific childhood aha moments. My older brother was a bit of a mystery to me as he was 16 years older and either in college or married ever since I could remember. When he came home, we had loads of fun. Especially when he cheated at playing cards, but that's another story. One day while outside we were eating watermelon and he started to put salt on his. I thought, whoa! Who puts salt on fruit? He said try it, you will really love it. Well, he was right. Salted watermelon was just like putting salt on raw potatoes or tomatoes or cucumbers right from the garden. It helps the flavor dance on your tongue. So I was inspired to combine a few salty ingredients with some watermelon. Perhaps this salad will become your aha dancing tongue summer moment.
About 140 calories per serving.
There are those mornings when you want to make something good for your kids that doesn't take up all of your time. Here it is: Caramelized Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. The secret is in how the pancakes are assembled in the pan which makes the bananas caramelize and the chocolate melt just right. It took me years to perfect this - that's the real secret. Enjoy!
Most recently I have been consumed by the power of Simple. Yes. Simple. Frequently I volunteer to help out communities and individuals in need. I see it as a part of the "stay at home ethos". Unfortunately, I've found that in certain instances my "business strategy" background gets in the way of the "stay at home volunteer" culture. (Yes, it is a whole subset of behaviors.) So in order to minimize the "no good deed goes unpunished" outcome, I objectify Simple. Meaning, I make the simplest outcome the object of my volunteerism. This way, you don't get bogged down in messy process and the misperception of jockeying around for position or power. Look to the best outcome possible, gather up your ingredients, and make the best darn dessert you possible can - and be quick about it.