Friday, February 27, 2015

Just in case you are wondering...

Our new trailer house, you might recall, was delivered some time ago.  It is set up and tied down, but that is all.  We are patiently waiting for the utilities to be hooked up, for the skirting to be put on, and for the final cleaning and inspection.  It looks very nice sitting out there, but is cold and bleak inside!  Here is a view of the kitchen from the front door entrance.  The green things on the floor on the left are a couple of shutters that will be put up.  The floor is all vinyl, throughout, which I requested.  I don't like taking care of carpets.  It looks so much like wood.  I am very pleased!  We have the components to make a 5-foot "island" with a bar on one side where we can sit on stools and eat, if we wish. The other side has cabinets and drawers.  This is taking a lot longer than we thought it would, but it doesn't matter, really.  Hopefully, the weather will be a lot nicer when we do actually move in.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I made some Banana Bread today....

I had 3 very ripe bananas sitting on the counter, so I made some of my really yummy and healthy Banana Bread.  Here is my recipe:


Pre-heat oven to 325 F

1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup honey
2 eggs
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 Tablespoons flax seed (freshly ground- I do it in a little coffee grinder)
1 teaspoon powdered kelp
1/3 cup hot water
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, lightly toasted in a skillet  (If you don't toast them, they turn green when baked.)

Sift the dry ingredients together.

In a separate bowl, mix the oil and honey.

Add the eggs and mix well.

Then, add the bananas and mix well.

Now, to the banana mixture, add the dry ingredients (not the sunnies yet) alternately with the hot water and mix well.  Then, mix in the sunflower seeds.

Butter a medium sized loaf pan, and spread the batter in it.  Bake for 55 - 60 minutes, and test with a toothpick that you stick in the middle of the loaf.  If it comes out clean, then the banana bread is done.

Cook for 10 minutes in the pan and then on a cooling rack or towel (have you ever noticed that some recipes you read say, "a clean towel?"  Good grief!  Do they think we'd use a soiled towel?) 

When cool, slice, wrap and keep it in the fridge.  Serve with butter.  Oh, my, this is good!

Of course, the kelp powder and flax seed are optional.  And you can change out the flour and sweetener if you wish.  This is just the way I prefer to make it.  If you don't use the flax seed, then reduce the hot water to 1/4 cup.

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