Monday, September 27, 2010

a new chapter

walking home with their friend viola
it's true. my kids attended public school for the first time today. they enjoyed it. i had a hard time with it. but sometimes change is necessary. our family has a few distractions going on now that hasn't allowed me to put the time into homeschool that i would like so we decided that it was for the best that the kids attend school for a bit while we work on the distracting issues. no, our issues aren't anything for others to be concerned with at the moment. we will deal with them and life will go on. and it will be a good life.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

banana cake

i have been making and eating this cake a lot lately. in fact, i am eating it right now. what? i had to cut a piece to take a picture...
and i've had a few people ask for the recipe so i thought i would share it with everyone. it's super easy and yummy!
original recipe found here
Frosted Banana Bars
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt

Mix butter and sugar. Add eggs, mashed bananas and vanilla. Mix well. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Spread onto a greased jelly roll pan and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes (sometimes longer). Cool before frosting.

1 stick butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt

Mix really well and add a little milk if it's too thick. Spread onto cooled bars. I like to put mine in the fridge for a while before eating just to help the frosting set (but you certainly don't need to). Then I slice a piece and put it in the microwave for like 10 seconds so the cake isn't too hard. Then I store it in the fridge.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

stumbled upon...

a cool decorating/design blog and this awesome bedroom. i love everything about it. someday i will have a room just like it. check out the blog here.
i've really been in the mood to create lately. have i done so? of course not. but the desire is there. i scrapbooked for the first time in ages on friday night and fell in love with it all over again. i just crave the creativity. and i was pretty dang proud of the pages i made too! now if i can just keep it up. and carry it over to other aspects of my life...decorating my home, cooking, projects for the kiddos. i'm just happier while being creative. 
"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment."
President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

an attempt at healthy living

Since turning 30 I've noticed a change in the way my body handles food. I don't digest things the same way so my portions have had to become smaller. It's sad. I love food. Love it. A lot. It's my "thing." Some people smoke, I eat. And what I eat has had to change. Cut down on the sugar (I am a baker people...this has been difficult!) and add more fruits and veggies. Growing up we always had veggies with dinner and I actually eat almost any vegetable put in front of me but then I married a man who refuses to eat almost any vegetable and I've slowly stopped trying to force Mark and the kids to eat them. However, I've found a solution. My mother-in-law actually told me about the spinach smoothies a month or so ago. They are so good! You mix fresh spinach, a banana and whatever other fruit you like in a blender and drink a healthy smoothie. It's awesome. And the kids love it. And Mark drinks it. It's become what I have for lunch (mostly because sandwiches make me bloated so this is a great solution). My favorite is (in the order it goes in) spinach, banana (never forget the banana cause it adds natural sugar and makes it a smooth consistency), fresh pineapple, frozen strawberries and frozen mixed berries, like blackberries and raspberries. Oh, you also want to put some water, 8-12 oz, in the bottom of the blender before you load everything in. Trust me, it's great. The more you drink them, the more you're going to want to cut back on the fruit and add more greens. But for now this works great for us. And I feel much better having one (or two) of these a day than meals that make me feel bloated.  
before (this one also had frozen cantaloupe (not a fan) and frozen grapes (really good)
Just a side note on the sugar - I've eaten a treat, like peach cobbler or carrot cake, almost every night too. So I'm still working on that part. Probably won't ever give it's just too yummy! But the portions can just be smaller. 

Also, I made quiche a few weeks ago and have become addicted to it! I have spinach coming out of ears lately. But when it's yummy then why not. The recipe I used is located here. I added more bacon and some onion to give it little more Mark's request. My kids aren't fans of it (mostly Ethan) but they are slowly getting used to it. Or at least I thought so. Ethan and Liv were playing a game where they were imagining gross things to eat and Ethan said, " My meal has barf, dead birds, ants and Mom's quiche in it." So maybe he'll never become fan after all. But I think it's pretty dang good!