Weekly WordPress Photo Challenge: SWEET

And all of the good stuff goes particularly well with coffee!

Home made pound cake … it’s a razor’s edge from being lethal!
Banana bread


  1. Donnalee February 14, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    This looks great and is sending me to rummage in the kitchen for good stuff. Thanks (maybe)–

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    • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      I don’t have a lot of sweet stuff in the house. First because Garry is a very limited sweets eater. A little goes a long way for him. And I don’t need the pounds. But I love fruit and this time of year, it’s hard to find any good fresh fruit. The stuff they are sending up from Florida and California is pretty pathetic when we get it. So much of it is also obvious GMO’d that it doesn’t even LOOK like fruit used to look — or taste like it either. So I have dried fruit and a few cookies. Unless I get inspired to bake.

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      • Donnalee February 14, 2018 / 4:39 pm

        We are not big sweeters–my husband has diabetic tendencies and I just don’t like it anymore. I would rather have something like fruit or dark chocolate with very little sugar added, or organic oatmeal with a little coconut sugar or something. I do like pooundcake, lemon especially, and I used to love good buttercream icing on cake, but I just don’t really bother with it now. Yuck for gmo stuff–so bad and so poisonous.


        • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 9:20 pm

          None of us really KNOW that the GMO stuff is poisonous but we all suspect that there’s something seriously amok with food that no longer looks like it should — or tastes like it either. The strawberries these days are huge and tasteless — and they go bad in 24 hours. the oranges have a skin so heavy, by the time you peel them, there’s no fruit left. So you are paying for the peel, really. Grapefruit is SMALLER than the GMO oranges. That’s just not right. It may not be poisonous, but it certainly doesn’t taste very good.


          • Donnalee February 15, 2018 / 9:47 am

            Well, I do get inflamed and ill when I have gmo wheat, but not when I have organic, so to me that is a confirmation there is something bad for me. By poisonous I mean not-right, having bad effects on the organism and environment. It has not been a good experiment with this planet and inhabitants, I feel.


            • Marilyn Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 12:29 pm

              I know that the GMO fruit spoils twice as fast as “real” fruit and tastes half as good. It has never, to the best of my knowledge, actually poisoned me … but there’s immediate and then there’s long term. I tend to wonder if the food value is there, too. When they strip out other things, how much of the nutrition goes with it? One way or the other, food looked normal and tasted a lot better a few years ago. I even understand why they do it. It isn’t only profit … it it also to make places that usually won’t grow this crop more amenable to the altered new seeds … but that doesn’t make it healthy. In essence, I’m with you.


              • Donnalee February 15, 2018 / 12:31 pm

                I hope for the best all around. There are so many layers of it that we may never know.


      • Garry Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 2:34 pm

        BUT…I absolutely LOVE your pound cake! Wearing Yoga Pants can be deceptive…..


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 12:30 pm

      If you like dried fruit, Amazon has a great collection. So does Trader Joe’s, if you have one in your area (we don’t, but I wish we did). But of course, they are now Amazon too.

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      • EmotionalNotions February 15, 2018 / 12:32 pm

        Thank you. Ours is about 50 min away. Worth the trip in the summer.


      • Garry Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 2:35 pm

        I stole a piece of your Ginger. Yummy!


  2. swo8Leslie February 14, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    Looking good Marilyn. We have a galactobourico for dessert. We’ll probably go out for dinner.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to you.


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 4:28 pm

      I have some cold rice and shrimp which sounds like Chinese fried shrimp to me! If we had better restaurants — but we don’t.

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      • Garry Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 2:36 pm

        Marilyn, the Shrimp ‘n rice was DEE-lish. Like everything you cook.


  3. angloswiss February 14, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I have reduced my sweet intake due to my diabetes and have got used to,using less sugar over time


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 5:28 pm

      I’ve got hypo-glycemia, so ditto. I use fake sugar in coffee and Garry has pre-diabetes too, so there’s not a lot of sweet stuff. Every once in a while, I get an urge to bake something. Banana bread or corn bread, typically … neither of which are particularly sweet. I don’t really MISS sweets, either. Which is funny, because when I was younger, I adored chocolate. Funny how tastes change, isn’t it?

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      • omniclassic February 14, 2018 / 7:16 pm

        You can take cinnamon. I use a product, from Natrol, that contains Cinnamon, Chromium & Biotin to help the body naturally process sugar. I’ve been doing it for about 10 years after I was told I was pre-diabetic. I’ve been good ever since. There are many ways to skin this cat.

        Avoid Metformin and other diabetes meds with bad side effects if you can.


        • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 9:22 pm

          The ONLY place I use sugar replacement is in coffee. Anywhere else, i use sugar because you can’t bake with fake sugar, no matter what anyone says. Sugar isn’t just a flavor. it’s also a texture. We deal with the sugar issue by not eating it. I buy 5 lbs of sugar and it lasts me years. I wind up throwing it away because it has become hard as a rock.


          • omniclassic February 14, 2018 / 11:57 pm

            Well if you use the cinnamon combo, I mentioned, you won’t have to worry about the sugar so much. I personally can’t stand the plastic, chemical, sugar substitutes which attack your liver, kidneys and other internal organs. So even tho I really like sweet things I have cut down my intake drastically which has its own benefits, one of which is I have become really sensitive to overly sweet things. So, my intake is rather moderately conservative, and NO chemicals. I even hate the taste of Stevia which is supposedly derived from natural sources. I read somewhere that Agave isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. I also read that Honey is metabolized differently so is healthier, or so the statement proclaimed. Won’t touch aspartame so no “yellow”, “pink” or “blue” packages in restaurants. Ditto, 5 lbs of sugar (usually “raw” or “turbinado”) will last me a long, long time, years.


            • Marilyn Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 12:04 am

              Yup. Five pounds lasted me three years. But don’t believe the nonsense about honey. It’s just sugar.


      • Garry Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 2:37 pm

        Funny, indeed. I still love those salty pretzels.


  4. michelle February 14, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Great winter comfort foods. I love coffee and banana bread anytime, too πŸ™‚


    • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 6:32 pm

      Banana bread is what I do if I have at least two, preferably three, big overripe bananas. I used to make it more often, but there’s just two of us, so not so often now.

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      • Garry Armstrong February 15, 2018 / 2:38 pm

        YOU make great ‘nana Bread. And, smells WONDERFUL.

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  5. Covert Novelist February 14, 2018 / 6:56 pm

    I love making banana bread. A loaf is gone as immediately as it leaves the oven, roflmao. Everyone here loves it and with 8 people, well, it just goes fast! I am not a sweet tooth person either. When I bake, it’s usually something healthier than cake or pie. Although birthdays of course are the exception. I’ll make a cake every now and again for those occasions. But that looks really yummy.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong February 14, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      When there were more people in the house, baking made more sense. These days, with just the two of us, we either eat a lot more of it than is entirely healthy, or it gets old before we finish it. But sometimes, i just feel like baking.

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      • Covert Novelist February 14, 2018 / 10:51 pm

        I’m with you. If it were just my son and I I wouldn’t bake much because we end up tossing to much or freezing it for another time.

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  6. Globug February 14, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    There is nothing in the world that doesn’t go well with coffee.

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