Saturday, June 30, 2012

Saturday Snapshots

Happy weekend! Me and the bro are heading down to my grandparent's tomorrow. See you there!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Luna Bars and Random Thoughts

Say whaaaa????

Right. So as mentioned yesterday, I was having a minor meltdown due to the fact that my computer was having major difficulties. (That's what the 21st century will do to you.....)

The Internet would stay connected for 5 minutes, then disconnect, then connect again....over and over and over. I clicked every button there was I surveyed the situation, abandoned hope, published my post, and turned off the evil machine.

Later that evening, I see Reibs working on the computer (not to mention it's working really fast!), without a problem.

*Rolls eyes* Computers really do hate me.

I take credit for adjusting the Internet receiver's position when I went into the kitchen.

Now, here I am, writing one of my favorite posts of the week....WIAW! Also mentioned in yesterday's post, I took no pictures of any meals this week!

Luckily the theme is Sensible Snacking. :)

*Quick Story*

Last week I was quite distraught over the fact that I couldn't seem to find my precious Chocolate Chunk Luna Bars at any stores! (Me? Drama Queen? Never!).

Mom and I were out into town, and we came across a small grocery store called "Natural Foods." We browsed around, and while being mesmerized over the crazy-sounding health foods (live natural sprouted seed bars? Huh?), I came across the manager's choice marked-down shelf.

Lo and behold, the Luna Bars were on it! Nooooo!

*Flash forward* <----never shoulda left that island

Yesterday, we took a "quick" trip to Target....and looky what I found on the shelf.


I contained myself and did not blurt out, "Yes!" while giggling in front of the pharmacists. I am a composed young woman.

I think it's obvious that a recent snack was a Choco-Chunk Luna Bar.

They're very yummy accompanied with a glass of milk or Java.

Perhaps Professor Trelawney can read my coffee grinds...

Also purchased at Tarjay:
Mixing print with solids....crafty!

Okay, I must admit - this is super (pun intended) addicting. Like, when J and I saw it, we jumped up and down and squealed with excitement. We could be related.

Methinks I have a crush on Lego Robin.....I always like the sidekicks.

Though, Christian Bale Batman is pretty attractive.......
Holy Batman, Batman!

Anyhoo, after playing Lego Batman for three two one hour, my love for Just Dance was rekindled!

Lerv it. 

Other random events:

I will ignore the Buzz Lightyear towel in the background.

 Don't let that smile fool you. Pure. Terror.

Anyone else watch this show?
 Other random snackages:

Serving size was not done justice with this picture.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Technical Difficulties

Sorry about the last post...I've been having major technical difficulties for about a week now, and the laptop is toast. Computers enjoy giving me grief.

Sooo....I totally lost track of time, and WIAW snuck up on me! Oops. Pretty much every day I told myself, "Oh, you can photograph tomorrow, there's still time."

I actually write my post the day before I publish it, because I've been having such a hard time with the desktop. Dumb technology.

However, since there will be no cooperation from my computer, I can't upload any pictures until further notice. UGH!

I hope this doesn't last long. We shall see!

Lo siento, amigos.

Does anyone else have major technology issues?!

Friday, June 22, 2012

It's Aliiiivveee

Random story:
There is one big difference between the Hermana and I that I haven't discussed yet.

Cooking and baking.

I, the responsible motherly angel child, love to cook and bake and take on motherly responsibilities whilst the Madre is at work.

Reibs? Not so dishes isn't exactly her forte.

So Madre called yesterday to have one of us help start prepping for dinner, Rebekah (somewhat uncharacteristically) volunteered to saute the onions and bell pepper, because I was in the middle of getting ready.

Well well well.

I decided I should probably go check on her to see if she hadn't, um, burnt anything down, and this is what I was greeted with.

(Note: Picture does not do justice to the mess and microscopic bits/large chunks of onion in the bowl.)

"Jessica. Jessica. Jessica!! My eyes BURN!!!!!!"

Baby steps.

In other news, I got my bake on today!

I was rummaging through organizing the fridge when I came across this lovely gem:

If you don't make any sudden movements, it won't wake up!

No, as suggested by my brother, this isn't poop.

It's BaNaNaS!!!!!!!!!!

These lovelies were mashed a couple of weeks ago, as I was intending to bake them into something the next day...then I forgot about them. This is what they looked like before:

Two weeks in the fridge: all the better to bake.....

Bananas, my love
You make me Banana Bread
You're so delicious.

(Like my haiku? It kind of has the potential to be a really creepy love note....)

I got this recipe out of a Breadbecker's Cookbook - it's kind of like a Whole Foods for baked goods. They sell whole grains, and you can grind them fresh, and certain mixes, like an Ezekial Bread mix. It's pretty awesome.

So, you start out by (preheating your oven to 350* F) and combining the dry ingredients: 1 3/4 cup freshly milled flour*, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, and 1/4 tsp of salt.

*Substitustions: I used about half freshly milled soft white flour, and half All-Purpose flour. I'm sure that All-Purpose flour would work, or whole-wheat, but I've never tried it. Perhaps it would be a bit denser with Whole Wheat?

In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients - 1/4 cup neutral-tasting oil (I used canola), 1/2 cup honey (I used Sage), 3/4 tsp vanilla, 1 egg, 1 cup mashed bananers.

Eww...looks like a brain.

Then, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. I had to do this manually because the electric mixer was occupied by cookie dough - so if you have an electric mixer, add the wet slowly into the dry.

I was informed by Reba that "That is the grossest thing ever." Thanks, Rebekah, thanks.

Make sure to get the bottom too, stir stir stir, and your batter shall look like this:

Pour it into a greased 1/2 lb loaf pan.

Pop it into the oven and let it bake for 45-50 minutes! I actually doubled the recipe after taking pics for the single recipe, because it only makes one pan. Believe me, you'll probably need more than one.

And, assuming you're like me, your kitchen will probably be a disaster.

Luckily I have two feline helpers. :) the bread bakes, the whole house will smell like honey and bananas!

You know it's perfect when it has a golden/honey colored top, the house smells like the nectar of God, and a dry spaghetti noodle comes out clean from the middle.

I see chunks of banana in there!

Woah, sorry for the blurred picture there. Sometimes I don't pick up on the quality because of the small camera screen.

There will be a variation of this eventually....perhaps in muffin form? *Laughs excitedly to self*

Oh, Banana Bread.
Why are you so scrumptious?
Get in my belly.