Monday, February 23

Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread

We always have bananas in the house and occasionally there's always those 2 or 3 that become overripe and get tossed and I hate it. I try to incorporate them into our meals somehow like peanut butter and banana sandwiches or throw some in a bowl of oatmeal but since I've been baking lately I looked up some banana bread recipes. I love bananas but I'm not a fan of banana bread so I looked for recipes that included cinnamon (because cinnamon makes everything taste better) and found a Cinnamon Crumb Banana Bread recipe that is to die for.


Ingredients

1 egg
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup margarine, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 overripe bananas, mashed
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon


With a paddle attachment blend egg, sugar & vanilla. Next, margarine. Finally, buttermilk & bananas. Sift together the remaining dry ingredients and slowly add to mixer. Once everything is well blended spray loaf pan with non stick spray and pour in batter.


Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt

I mixed all the ingredients together with my hands so that it clump. The first time I tried this recipe I mixed it with a spoon and it became very smooth and I had to roll it to make it more Crumb like, if the makes any sense.

Bake at 350F.

 Remove the bread immediately from pan after removing from the oven and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.

Sprinkle on some powdered sugar and you're done.

This recipe is great for beginners and tastes like its from the bakery. For the full recipe go to littlebitsof.com

Monday, February 16

DIY: Crate Bookcase

Auden needed a bookshelf bad. Half of his books would be stacked on his floor and the other half were on his brothers bookcase. I didn't want to get a plain white bookcase from Ikea so I searched periodically for a vintage one that had some character but had no success. So when I came across this pic on pinterest...
 It seemed simple enough to do and was the look I was going for. So I sent my husband a pic and he picked up the supplies from Home Depot that day.


I did one coat of the stain and let it dry overnight.


The books are on top to weigh down the back of the bookshelf some while the wood glue dried.




All products and tools were purchased at Home Depot.
Post any questions below in the comment box.


Sunday, February 15

Recipe 3 of 50: Cajun Spiced Tilapia w/ Tomatoes


Ingredients
  • 5 fillets of Tilapia
  • 2 1/2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3/4C green peppers, diced
  • 3/4C onions, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of cajun seasoning
  • 1tsp olive oil
Full recipe is on www.skinnytaste.com

Cook onions and garlic in olive oil until soft.

Add green peppers, tomatoes and cajun seasoning. Cooked for about 3 minutes.

Lay fish over tomatoes and cover.

I flipped my fish after maybe 10 minutes then cooked for an additional 5-8 minutes. I sprinkled some parsley over fish and served immediately.

My mom joined us for dinner the night I made this and said she could eat it everyday. It has a nice kick but is not too spicy and I actually added extra cajun seasoning. This one is definitely a winner!


Current Obsession: Crate DIYs










We love these diys so much we are in the progress of completely a crate bookshelf and coffee table. Our diy projects will be posted soon.

Wednesday, February 11

Recipe 2 of 50: Lemon and Garlic Tilapia



Ingredients: 
4 fillets of Tilapia
1tbsp Oregano
3tbsp Parsley
6 cloves of minced Garlic
2 1/2 tbsp Margarine
4tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice (2 small lemons)


1. In a small sauce pan melt margarine.
2. Add garlic and sauteed for 1-2minutes
3. Add 3tbsp of lemon juice and remove from 
4. Spray dish with cooking spray and add 1tbsp of lemon juice
5. Place fish and cover with garlic butter then herbs
6. Bake at 415 degrees for 17minutes



The fish was perfect just a little lemony. The only adjustment I'm going to make is the amount of lemon juice. I'll use 2tbsp rather than the 4tbsp that the original recipe calls for. But will be making this again. It was perfect for lunch but will keep it in mind for nights I want to cook something light and quick.



Friday, February 6

Busy Raising A King

Nowadays you can find mugs with all sort of cool sayings and pictures (which only contributes to my mug obsession). I'm always looking for owls mugs for myself and unique mugs for the boys. I think I actually need to reorganize my cabinets so that I can have two shelves for mugs only.
One mug I've been waiting to get my hands on for a few weeks now is my "Busy Raising A King" mug by Joy Jon'e. She first came out with an adorable "Busy Raising A Queen" shirt and later on added the saying onto a mug. Us parents with boys who follow her instagram and blog felt left out and made requests for "Busy Raising A King" products. She followed through and two weeks ago announced she had Busy Raising A King mugs available to purchase. The second I saw her instagram post I was emailing her to purchase mines.


I absolutely love the style and of course the positive meaning. It's funny because the other day Kamari said he had a King size bed and I told him he didn't. He insisted that he did so I asked him why did he think that and he says, "Because it's fit for a King." The biggest smile grew on face and I chuckled heartily. I just want to rear him in a way that he becomes a honorable man who takes charge of his life. If one day he is to marry I want him to be a husband who his wife lovingly respects him. If one day he is to be a father I want him to be a father his offspring looks up to and admires. I want him to value all the things he obtains in life; from knowledge, love and material things. I want him to be  exemplary. To be the change he wishes to see. I don't want him to believe he needs a title to reflect the person he believes himself to be. I want him to add value to his name and teach him that this is done by investing in himself. I agree with Lena Horne who said, "You have to be taught to be second class; you're not born that way." I need him to know that he will be labeled but by his actions he proves who he is.

Okay those were my thoughts for today :) Go purchase your mugs over at www.joyjone.wordpress.com

PS I of course want the same for Auden. Watching Kamari grow into a young man just puts everything I want for him into perspective. It was hard to imagine that one day he'd reason on matters and voice his opinions and he does this daily at the age of 7. These school years I feel are the most tender, so I hope I motivate him to continue to grow and build on the beautiful personality that he has. Along the way I hope Auden observes and embraces the person he is to become.