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I have said this lots of times, but it’s still very true, it’s hard to make a really good friend as an adult woman. I have a handful of friends from my childhood, and some from when I was a young adult, just learning the ropes of what this world is all about. There have also been people that used me for what they could get, and then poof, out of my life. I am not easy about letting people in now, I mean, really into my life enough to share my real thoughts, secrets, and sorrows. Those people know who they are and I am truly blessed because of them. When my youngest son Jonathan started playing soccer years ago, not only did I make a new friend with one of the other moms, I got a whole family! I love these ladies dearly, and truly would do anything for them, as they have done for me. Today’s recipe is from one of these wonderful ladies. Our kids played soccer together from elementary school until their senior year together.


When I moved here to McCleary, I knew it was going to be different than anywhere else I had ever lived before. It is a very small town just outside of Olympia. It is where my great grandparents first lived when they got married back in 1916. They do a lot of things in small-town schools, that definitely never happened at bigger schools as I went too. There are booster clubs for every sport, club, and graduating class, and there are also Team Dinners. I had never heard of a Team Dinner before. It is basically a dinner provided by a player's family for the whole team, and in our case, the Varsity, and the JV team together. One team dinner, every week of the entire soccer season. Each week at a different parent home, where 40 ravenous teenage boys will come into your house and eat everything in sight! Linda and I did two of these dinners together and it’s where I first had her addictive recipe for Banana Bars with Cream Cheese frosting. I now use her frosting for my red velvet cake too! It’s just so good! This recipe is usually baked in a 10x15 cookie sheet, and that’s great for a large group, but too much for just us, so I make the recipe and use two smaller pans and freeze one for later. One of the many benefits of Polish Pottery, you can bake and freeze in it!

The bars are being served on a round 13 inch Frosty and Friends serving tray, regularly $108.99 and on sale for 20% off for $86.99. I have made these for multiple functions, and everyone always wants this recipe because they are so delicious! It will be four years since the boys graduated this June, and I am so glad that we all still get together as a family for holidays, special events, shopping trips, and just a cup of coffee!

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From my heart to yours, Smacznego!

Linda’s Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt

Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups butter or margarine
  • 1 8 oz block cream cheese
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Cream together butter, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add powdered sugar till light and fluffy.

Preheat oven to 350
Mix butter and sugar till light and fluffy, beat in eggs, bananas, and vanilla. Combine baking soda, flour, and salt. Add into creamed mixture a little at a time mixing well until all combined.
Bake in a 10 x 15 x 1, flowered and greased baker for 25 minutes. completely cool before frosting. I sprinkle chopped nuts or decorative sprinkles on top.