Sunday, 15 April 2012

Babies, Hunger Games, and Banana Bread!

What an amazing weekend!  I'm just gonna get right into it:

Friday:  Woke up around 7:30AM, had a workout, did some bookkeeping, and then went to meet my friend's 2-day old baby girl, Audrina.  This is their second child.  Their son, Zachary, is 20-months old.  Both of them are too cute for words! (Note: I used to have pictures inserted here, but when I transferred my blog, they got lost :()

Friday night I worked till 1AM getting a marketing email sent out.  iContact and WordPress were both doing funky things, but I managed to work around it and get it to work!  PayPal Merchant Services and I are actually starting to get along, the Add To Cart buttons participated wonderfully.

Saturday:  Slept in till 8:30AM, had a workout, did some marketing, did some banking... and then at 6PM drove to the theatre for the 7PM showing of THE HUNGER GAMES!!! I wanted to get there at least an hour early, just to make sure we got the best seats in the house.  The ticket-ripper guy laughed at me when I asked if there was anyone else in the theatre yet. The early bird gets the worm!! Or the overly excited girl gets the best movie theatre seats. And I do mean overly excited.  I was dancing around all day, cheering "I get to see The Hunger Games tonight!"  Don't judge me. 

It was such an amazing movie, I was very impressed.  I'm usually disappointed, as are most people, with the inconsistencies that movies have in comparison to the book.  The one major thing that I found inconsistent was that they didn't go into much depth as to how much Katniss was 'pretending' to care for Peeta.  If you hadn't read the book and weren't a very intuitive person, you would easily get the impression that she fell in love with him.  In contrast, it was neat to see the Capitol's perspective and all of the technology they use to control the Games.  It's a movie I could watch over and over, just like I could (and have) read the books over and over.

Sunday:  Slept in till 8:30AM and watched an episode of Grimm. Then I headed to my parents' house to dogsit their Golden Doodle, Louie, who isn't a fan of being alone.  He's very cute though, so it's not a hard job.  Louie and I went for a 40-minute walk around the park near my parents' house.  I came back and made a huge pot of curry so that my Mom wouldn't have to make dinner when she got home, and now I have dinner already made for myself tonight, too!

When I got home, I got a huge hankering for banana bread.  I had remembered seeing a delicious, healthy recipe, on Chocolate Covered Katie.  She has some amazing recipes that are all fairly healthy.  She has a lot of fat free, sugar free, gluten free, and nutritional recipes.  I chose the Fat-Free Banana Bread.

Fat-Free Banana Bread
(Makes 10-12 slices)
  • 2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat, brown rice, oat, etc.)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt 
  • 1/3 cup nondairy milk (I used coconut milk)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup (I used Agave)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 stevia packet (I swapped for some honey, I dislike stevia.)
  • 1 and 2/3 cup tightly-packed, mashed banana (measured after mashing)
  • 1/3 cup berries of choice, or more banana (I used some applesauce instead)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients, and mix well. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients and mix into dry. (Mix by hand, and don’t overmix.) Pour into a greased loaf pan and cook for around 50 minutes. (Tip: If the top is cooked but the inside is still gooey, put tin foil over the top and continue to cook.)

After removing from the oven, let cool for ten minutes before slicing. After the first day, this bread is best stored in the fridge. Or cut into slices and freeze for later.

I've already had two pieces.  I love where it says in the directions, "or freeze for later." Riiiiight, like all of this isn't going to be devoured right now tonight.

Just have to make some Quinoa to go with the curry for tonight, yum yum!

Love Jacqui xo