Barb’s Banana Bread

Happy Easter!

Wow, it was 1 year ago that Mike proposed to me and we celebrated with our families at Easter dinner.  How time flies! This year we just chilled and had a relaxing brunch at his brother and sister-in-laws house.  We enjoyed bloody mary’s, mimosa’s, and coffee and then a meal full of blueberry pancakes, ham, fruit salad, arugula salad, bacon wrapped sweet potato fries, and home-made banana bread. 

The food was amazing but it obviously left me feeling frumpy and blahhhhh.  Not cool.  This will be my last hurrah before I get back on a more clean, paleo{ish} diet.  Tomorrow will be full of fruits, veggies, and way less carbs! 🙂

Pinterest Fail

I wanted to bring a healthy treat for brunch and was really excited to try a recipe from Pinterest but somehow it didn’t turn out as planned.  The recipe says to dip strawberries in vanilla greek yogurt and freeze.  Simple, right?  Well this is the pic’ from Pinterest:

And this is how mine turned out:

How did I mess this up?!  And does anyone know how to make these?? 

Since I couldn’t bring this crap to the brunch today I decided to try out my mom’s (aka Barb) delicious banana bread recipe.  It’s not the healthiest option but everything is alright in moderation. Plus, it would go really well with a side of fresh fruit salad.

Barb’s Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 large well beaten eggs
  • 2 cups flour (I used 1 cup all purpose flour + 1 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 overripe banana’s

Directions:

1) In a large bowl, cream together sugar, melted butter and eggs.  In another bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. 

3) Next add the banana’s to a third bowl and beat together until creamy. (I used a hand mixer)

4) On a low mixer speed, alternate adding the dry ingredients and mashed banana’s into the original bowl with the egg mixture.  Mix together until well blended.

5) Pour into 2 greased, regular-size loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 35-40 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool and enjoy.

Mmm mmmm!

Saturday.

Hello, hello!  Since I was in Belgium the past week and will be moving into our NEW HOUSE in less than a week, I was up bright n’ early trying to check things off my to-do-list.

First up, actually writing out my to-do-list.  

 I also caught up on the last episode of RHBH (I’m obsessed) and tried out the green juice from Blue Print.  It was actually pretty good. 🙂 The rest of the morning was spent running errands with Mike and by 2ish I was finally able to lace up my ‘sneaks and hit the streets for a much-needed run.

I headed out towards Castle Island and then looped back around the water.  The plan was to go for a long 8-9 mile run but I wasn’t feein’ it so instead completed a quick 4 miler.  

Even with the beautiful weather, I just wasn’t in the mood to run….  I guess I’ll attempt another long run later this week. 

Around 4 I decided it was time to whip up a Wine Smoothie.  And yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds!!!  I found the recipe on this blog and have been meaning to make it for a couple of weeks now.  Since the weather was gorgeous and I needed to squeeze in some fruit for the day, why not make it today?

In the mix: 1 cup of frozen smoothie mix and 1 cup of white wine.  Blend and enjoy! 🙂

Seriously, this drink is da bomb!

OK, time to get ready for dinner w/ Mike in the South End…   Have a good night everyone!  And Happy Easter!

Hallo from Genk! PS I suck at blogging lately……

Hallo guys!

Sorry I’ve slacking in the blog world…..    I’ve been busy, busy working in Belgium and haven’t been online too much.  Basically I suck as a blogger lately.  Buuuut I will make up for it this weekend when I’m back in Boston.  Not sure how but I’ll find a way. 🙂

In the meantime, here’s a fun fact for you about Belgium:

Belgium is trilingual.
If you’re in the northern part, Flanders, you speak Dutch, so you say: ‘hallo.’
If you’re in the southern part, Wallonia, you speak French, so you say: `bonjour.`
If you’re in the small German speaking part (southeast) , you say: `gutentag.`
If you’re in Brussels which is officially bilingual you can speak Dutch or French (but most people only speak French).

Belgium has two languages, depending on the region. They speak French and Flemish, so you would say either Bonjour (French) or Dag (Flemish)

**And they all speak English!!  That’s 4 languages!  Crazy, right?**

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How’s your week?

How’s the weather where you are?

It was a chilly 4 degrees celsius and wiiiindy day but at least the sun was out 🙂