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Almond Sweet Bread

Now, I wonder how long it'll actually last...this bread is SOOO good!

Now, I wonder how long it’ll actually last…this bread is SOOO good!

Creaming the butter and sugar

Creaming the butter and sugar

Beating in the eggs and almond extract. Chopped almonds waiting to be incorporated

Beating in the eggs and. Chopped almonds waiting to be incorporated

I forgot to take the pic BEFORE I put these in to bake but whatever...here they are as they begin to bake...

I forgot to take the pic BEFORE I put these in to bake but whatever…here they are as they begin to bake…

A closer look...I like to show a lot of detail

A closer look…I like to show a lot of detail

Almond Sweet Bread

1 1/3 Cups Butter, softened

2 1/2 Cups Sugar

6 Eggs

1 Cup Sliced Almonds, toasted & finely ground

2/3 Cup sliced Almonds, toasted & coarsely chopped

1 tsp Almond Extract

1/4 tsp Cinnamon

2 2/3 Cups All-Purpose Flour

2 tsp Baking Powder

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat 3 8-inch loaf pans with non stick spray.

2. I a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a mixer til light & fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, til well combined. Fold in the finely ground almonds, almond extract and cinnamon. Blend in the flour and baking powder.

3. Sprinkle the coarsely chopped almonds into the bottoms of the loaf pans.

4. Spoon the batter over the almonds. Bake for 55-60 minutes or til a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

5. Then you can either cool (and serve) them in the pans or, if you prefer, cool them in the pans 10 minutes. Then, loosen the edges with a knife and turn them out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

*Can be served plain or with a dollop of Cool Whip or a dusting of confectioner’s sugar.

**RECIPE AND PHOTOS BY RENEE’S GOURMETS**

Birthday Ice Cream

My friend Cami just turned 13. (Congrats Cami!) A few weeks ago she and her family were here visiting. I had made some of my homemade ice cream while they were here. She mentioned that that’s all she wanted for her birthday…so here ya go Cami!!! Happy (belated) birthday! I hope you enjoy your ice cream! 🙂 And, I expect to receive a pic of you eating it…I’ll put that here on my blog too! (Yes, the recipe IS posted on here!)

Cami's Birthday Ice Cream :)

Cami’s Birthday Ice Cream 🙂

Beer Chicken and Rice

My plate...mmmmm!

This recipe makes a lot. If you don’t need/want a lot, you can half it (halve it?), or use the full recipe & freeze the other half for later.

Pour in beer and water. Bring to boil then simmer 1 hour.

Pour in beer and water. Bring to boil then simmer 1 hour.

When simmering, leave pan lid slightly ajar.

When simmering, leave pan lid slightly ajar.

When done, take chicken out of broth. Debone & cut into pieces.

When done, take chicken out of broth. Debone & cut into pieces.

My plate...mmmmm!

My plate…mmmmm!

Beer Chicken and Rice

8-10 Chicken Legs (10 if they’re small)

2 (12oz) Bottles/cans Beer

2 1/2 Cups Water

1 1/2 Cups Jasmine Rice (or your choice)

1/4 tsp Granulated Garlic

1/8 tsp Dried Basil

Pinch of Thyme

Salt to Taste

1. Cut all visible fat off the chicken and most of the skin, leaving some to help with the broth. Pour in beer and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Remove chicken, debone and cut into bite sized pieces.

2. Measure the broth. If necessary, add more water to make 4 cups liquid. Add the garlic, basil, thyme and salt to taste. Bring the broth to a boil and add rice. Reduce heat to low. Simmer approximately 14 minutes or til the rice is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed.

3. Add chicken pieces and cook til heated through.

~Results vary depending on the type of beer you use, so experiment to see what you like best. For this, I used Michelob Ultra~

**Recipe and Photos by Renee’s Gourmets**

#chickenandrice #easy #maindish #ArrozConPollo

Journal of My Trip to VA

I’d like to share a few pics with you of my recent visit to Virginia to see my mom & family. I went by myself (gasp!). It seemed to go by really FAST but I enjoyed every minute of it and wouldn’t trade it for the world! Not only was it EXTREMELY AWESOME to see my family and some “old” friends but it was a very welcome break from all I have going on at home! 🙂

 My lil sister picked me up from the train station and the next morning we went to Va Beach. It was SO nice and relaxing!!! (Even though I had to borrow Allie's sunglasses cuz I had a migraine.) I loved being in the salty air and sunshine, listening to the waves!

My lil sister picked me up from the train station and the next morning we went to Va Beach. It was SO nice and relaxing!!! (Even though I had to borrow Allie’s sunglasses cuz I had a migraine.) I loved being in the salty air and sunshine, listening to the waves!

This is the Boardwalk. The clouds were really pretty that day!

This is the Boardwalk. The clouds were really pretty that day!

Pretty waves

Pretty waves

The tide started coming in and I ended up getting my (rolled up) pants legs wet! Oh well...

The tide started coming in and I ended up getting my (rolled up) pants legs wet! Oh well…

Another pretty view...

Another pretty view…

Allie & I looked for seashells...these are just a few of what we found. (Allie found more than me...I was too busy taking pics and videos!!!)

Allie & I looked for seashells…these are just a few of what we found. (Allie found more than me…I was too busy taking pics and videos!!!)

After some relaxing time at the beach, we rode by Johnson's Mill Pond on the way to Mama's house. It's beautiful here! Mama hated that Daddy took us to swim in "that nasty water" so much every summer. But, we loved it!

After some relaxing time at the beach, we rode by Johnson’s Mill Pond on the way to Mama’s house. It’s beautiful here! Mama hated that Daddy took us to swim in “that nasty water” so much every summer. But, we loved it!

Daddy always brought us here in his truck. We'd usually ride standing up in the back with the wind whipping through our hair. (I'd never let my kids do that! LOL)

Daddy always brought us here in his truck. We’d usually ride standing up in the back with the wind whipping through our hair. (I’d never let my kids do that! LOL)

During the week at Mama's, I made these Lemon Oatmeal Scones with Lemon Glaze and put them here on my blog. (VERY yummy!!!)

During the week at Mama’s, I made these Lemon Oatmeal Scones with Lemon Glaze and put them here on my blog. (VERY yummy!!!)

While I was there, I also got to spend some MUCH NEEDED sister time with my big sis Lisa too...got to spend the night with her...we had a fun time and got in some laughs! :)

While I was there, I also got to spend some MUCH NEEDED sister time with my big sis Lisa too…got to spend the night with her…we had a fun time and got in some laughs! 🙂

I had a great week but I guess it had to end sometime...This is Mama & me, saying our last goodbyes (for now!) and getting in a few more hugs! Although the train was really late on my return trip, I did finally get home (Thanks Carey!!!). It's always nice to get away for a while. I LOVE my family BUNCHES and I missed them as soon as I left! But it's ALWAYS nice to get home to my hubby and daughters!  ~Renee~

I had a great week but I guess it had to end sometime…This is Mama & me, saying our last goodbyes (for now!) and getting in a few more hugs!

Although the train was really late on my return trip, I did finally get home (Thanks Carey!!!). It’s always nice to get away for a while. I LOVE my family BUNCHES and I missed them as soon as I left! But it’s ALWAYS nice to get home to my hubby and daughters!
~Renee~