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!

Snowed in means more time on Pinterest…….

Well it doesn’t look like my 11 miler will occur this weekend……..

So instead my workout will include shoveling out my car and Mike’s car (he’s stuck in Hotlanta; yeah poor guy…. ) and shoveling off the sidewalk and front steps.  And I’m sure I’ll be bored to death by noon so I’ll also do a workout from OnDemand to keep me occupied and distract me from day drinking. 😉

And since I have nothing exciting happening around here, I’ll instead show you some random but awesoooooome idea’s/workouts/quotes/items that I’ve pinned to my boards on Pinterest.  Hope you like ’em!

Looking for an inexpensive Valentine’s Day idea for the hubby?  Grown up hot chocolate, mmm!  And instead of white marshmallows you could add pink ones.

Here’s a simple, yet cute idea for breakfast on V-Day or breafast for dinner:

Sweet and salty?  Yes, please.  These are super easy to make (I made similar ones for Christmas) and they’re great to snack on or bring in for your coworkers.  I found them on Indulgy.com along with some other great recipe’s and craft idea’s.

Don’t these cookies look amazing?!?  They’re a little harder to make but I’m sure they’re worth it.  The recipe is from the Smitten Kitchen.

And here’s a couple “no equipment needed” workouts.  Maybe I’ll do one today.

Sometimes I do the “Anywhere” workout and combine a bunch of the days for a really hard, sweaty workout!

And lastly, this is how I feel everyday today:

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Did you get any snow from Nemo?  How much?

I think we have about 2 feet in South Boston

Are you on Pinterest?  What have you been “pinning” lately?

 

Random stuff from Pinterest

It’s snowing!

And I’m sitting in bed trying to motivate myself to workout…..  running and the gym have taken a back seat this week while traveling for work took over.  So I’ve only made it to the gym twice.  And they weren’t even hard workouts. 😦  Do you notice that when you workout for a couple of days in a row, it’s easier going to the gym?  And when you take days off, it’s sooo much harder getting your butt in gear?  Well, that’s been my problem the last couple days.

So what do I do when I really need motivation?  Pinterest, of course!  Seriously, what would I do without this site?  I’m searching the site right now and “pinning” a ton of inspirational quotes to my “Fitness Motivation!” board.

Here’s one of my favorites:

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It always puts it perspective for me….    just 4%!?  I can handle that!

I’m a sweaty mess after a run but not always after a gym workout.  This quote below is a good reminder that I shouldn’t just power-walk on the treadmill and lift a couple weights.  I need to have a plan at the gym and really PUSH IT!

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Here’s a couple more fun, random items that caught my attention:

Woof!

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Good to know!

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Do you use Pinterest for motivation?