Another week begins! I can’t believe how quickly last week flew! How was your weekend?
We went for a walk and Snuff found her first fall leaf.
Then, a neighbor saw us walking down the sidewalk (I let Snuffy walk on the sidewalk like a “big girl” when we’re in our neighborhood) and gave Snuff a flower from her flower bed.
I checked the mail upon arriving back home and I found an early birthday “gift”
Nice but, I don’t usually buy salon products. Sweet of them to send it though. However, this is a reminder that my birthday is quickly approaching! What does that mean to you? NO MORE BLURRY PHONE PIX!!
Snuffy and I took a long overdue trip to Trader Joe’s. We went to Whole Foods and Wal-Mart (gasp!) as well. Some of you may know by now that I tend to shop at at least three stores for the best deals. Usually those three stores are Kroger, Whole Foods and Wal-Mart because they are all so near one another. But, on Saturday we were going to be right accross the street from Trader Joes’s. I got a coupon in the mail for a FREE pair of VS panties, no purchase required! Naturally, we had to go to VS. I also got fitted for a bra while I was there. Everyone should seriously get fitted. I have gone twice . The last time was right after I went back to school and I had lost a lil weight due to the new stressful schedule. This time I measured at at 32 instead of the 34 before and I went up a cup size. Amazing what ten pounds can do. I do look better with the ten pounds on. But, how did I go down in circumference and up in cup size? I don’t know, but, I’ll take it! I will probably continue to buy 34’s though just because I don’t like the tight feeling.
I didn’t snap pix of everything because much of it is redundant week to week. As you know from last week, I packed Snuffy’s lunch on the days when I knew the food would be processed to the extreme and full of unhappy meats. Well, I felt I may be taking it too far. I didn’t want to be a crazy, overprotective mama. So, I didn’t pack on Friday. Yup, I let her eat beef pot pie. The result? She apparently ate almost half the beef pot pie and she had …errrr…major tummy issues (you know what I mean) . So, now the overprotective mama is back. I will be packing for her almost everyday. So, we had to get some more Snuffy lunch goods! The toddler room has no fridge and no microwave. So, in order for Snuff to eat when the other kids eat, I have to make sure her food will keep well in her lunchbag with an ice pack. I also have to pack things that don’t have to be heated.
Snuffy eats string cheese (from happy cows 🙂 at least once everyday. In fact, “cheese” was one of her first words.
Trader Joe’s has these organic fruit cups for the same price I usually pay for the regular fruit cups at other stores! Today, I asked Snuff what she wanted for lunch and she grabbed one and said “fruit!”
Lara Bars for kids!!! They were way less than a buck each too! Uh Oh I’m starting the LARA habit early….
Normally, I just give Snuffy her Veggie Dogs plain with some fruit and Cheddar Bunnies. But, I thought for lunch she may want to have a bun like the other kids. Plus, since it IS a veggie dog and she has been known to steal veggie dogs straight out of the fridge, she could eat it without it being warmed…right?
When I saw these initially, I thought, “Those are definitly NOT real peas and they are probably full of preservatives, fillers and good marketing.” But, I was wrong
INGREDIENTS: GREEN PEAS, CORN OIL, RICE, SALT, CALCIUM CARBONATE, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C).
It’s not stellar but, it isn’t THAT bad. I think they’re pretty darn tasty too!
I’ve seen these around the blog world and the ingredient list is great! So, I thought if I heat one in a pan to crisp the edges, I could put it on a bun for Snuff’s lunch…I hate that they don’t have easy access to a microwave. I know they probably could microwave her food. But, I have this image of her sitting there, waiting, watching all the other kids chow down…
This was something that I had been meaning to pick up everytime I go to Trader Joe’s. I always forget! I can’t wait to try it!
Obviously, a Whole Foods find. I love that they have their own brand of organics. To clear up confusion, I don’t need EVERYTHING WE EAT to be organic. Most of what I buy is not organic. I do, however, need food to be free of “extras”. I prefer that foods be free of chemicals, preservatives, additives, unhappy animal meat (happy animals are sometimes okay), and non-food substances.
Anyway, the ravioli was inexpensive and Snuffy loves it!
Since Mallard was away all weekend, I wanted to bake him something to welcome him back home. It’s true, you know: the way to a man’s heart is most certainly through his stomach!
I settled on banana bread due to our over-abundance of over-ripe bananas.
I modified a recipe from my most used cookbook
I used these to modify
Bake: 55 minutes
- 2 cups all-purpose flour I used all whole wheat pastry flour
- 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 eggs, beaten I used cage free
- 1-1/2 cups mashed banana (5 medium)
- 1 cup sugar I used turbinado
- 1/2 cup cooking oil or melted butter or margarine I used melted Earth Balance
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts I omitted these for Mallard
- 1 recipe Streusel-Nut Topping (optional) I didn’t take them up on that option
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. I baked at 330 for 1 hour and 15 minutes 🙂 Grease bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of one 9x5x3-inch or two 7-1/2×3-1/2×2-inch loaf pans; set aside. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in center of flour mixture; set aside.
2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, banana, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts. Spoon batter into prepared pan(s). If desired, sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter.
3. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes for 9x5x3-inch pan or 40 to 45 minutes for 7-1/2×3-1/2×2-inch pans or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean (if necessary, cover loosely with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overbrowning). Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on a wire rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing.
4. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices)
5. Streusel-Nut Topping: In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour. Using a pastry blender, cut in 2 tablespoons butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/3 cup chopped walnuts.
So we started with our bananas
and we moved right along.
Everything was going well until I decided, after 25 minutes, that the bread was not cooling quickly enough for me. So, I ran a knife around the edge of the loaf and turned it upside down on a plate…rookie mistake. I know better than to rush things. I used to bake at least twice every week! But, for some reason I had to hurry things along.
What did I do? I scraped the piece from the loaf pan and replaced it on the inverted loaf. I let it cool. I sliced it .
Mallard still doesn’t know that I am a Banana Bread failure 🙂
I also made Snuff a Banana Bread Pudding by modifying the same recipe. Yes, we had LOTS of over-ripe bananas! We usually go through them like water but, for some reason, we just hadn’t been feelin’ them last week.
To modify the recipe to make Banana Bread Pudding, I lowered the flour to a cup of Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, I added 3/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce and I cut back on the baking powder. I baked it at 300 until it was set…I’m sorry I don’t remember how long it took.
It was a hit!
Yes, she was covered in ‘nana stickiness after this and yes, she did get a bath immediately after her tasty treat 🙂
Today, I started with yoga as has become my favorite Sunday tradition. I love it. I feel so good after yoga. I have a long day of studying ahead! Mallard got back before I left for yoga and took over the parenting post. I have an Anatomy and Physiology exam coming up in two days!!! I have zero study time other than today!
Shout out to my little sister, Jillian, who turns 16 in 16 minutes !!
Happy Birthday, Aunt Jilli!
Do you buy your hair products at a salon? I bought my flat iron from my salon but I haven’t bought other salon product since I moved so far away from my mom’s salon and I use mostly earth-friendly products.
If you are a label-reader, have you been surprised by the ingredients in any of your favorite foods?
What do you pack in your lunch? Spill it, ladies!! and err…I think I have one guy reader, so you spill it too! 😉
Show your body some love!
Like the seasonal Starbucks menu, all things must change. But, before we get to those changes, how was your Labor Day weekend? Mine was fairly mellow. We bought Snuffy some new shoes at the outlet mall on Friday, I worked Saturday, then Sunday we went to Babies R Us to look for baby gifts. I swear everyone seems to be expecting lately!
While we were at Babies R Us, we found these !
Snuffy gave them 5 stars! I tried the pomegranite flavor and it was awesome! I like things really sweet and these certainly fit the bill.
Mallard asked for more carnivorous creations this weekend…another Giant Pizza Roll
I used a refridgerated pizza crust because that’s what the crazy man prefers!
I spread about 1/2 cup of sauce onto the crust and topped with mozzerella.
Then I added Mallard’s favorite pizza topping
I rolled it all together and pressed the seams of the dough tightly closed. Then, I scored the top and sprinkled more mozzerella
I baked at 425 until it was dark golden brown (Mallard’s preference)
I couldn’t even get a pic before Mallard cut into this bad boy!
Now for the changes at hand…
First of all, Snuffy’s babysitter is due…well, today with her third child. So, Snuffy will have to go to the daycare center near our home for a few weeks. She has been there before for two days while our regular babysitter was on vacae. She seemed to do fine. But, they don’t provide the MOST nutritious meal. Sure, there is usually a fruit or veggie involved. But, snacks include “juice” made of non-organic fruit and who knows what else. Sugar cookies and preservative-filled grahams are other frequent snack stars. The meals are okay by dietetic standards. Some of the meals I would prefer not to give my lil one: BBQ pork because I don’t know what kind of chemicals and “crap” are in the sauce and in the meat. The other meal that I don’t really want to give Snuff is their ravioli as I’m sure it’s generic canned …junk. So, I wanted Snuffy to have a nutritious lunch without feeling like she is not getting what the other kids have. Solution? Same idea, different version!
On Ravioli Day (tomorrow) I packed Snuffy the same meal on the menu only in a junk-free version
Snuffy kept asking for bites as I was packing her lunch. So, she tried this cold (I felt like a bad mom). But, she loved it! I have to say, it’s not bad. Yes, it’s a bit more expensive than Chef you-know-who. However, she can get at least three meals out of a can since she eats it with a fruit and a vegetable! For her lunch, I packed a Snuffy serving of ravioli, a serving of peas and a serving of oranges. It was exactly what was on the menu for the other kids 🙂
She even got a cool , new lunch bag that she picked out!
When I bought it, I didn’t look at it closely. I thought it was an eco-friendly BUILT lunch bag like mine. But, looking closer, I noticed that the tag says it’s made by BUILT but I don’t think it’s made of eco-friendly materials…lunch bag fail.
Oh well! I also got Snuffy some an alternative to the unhappy pork with mystery BBQ sauce
Whole Foods had a coupon for this in The Whole Deal this month so it was an easy and inexpensive alternative!
I also packed some junk-free snacks for Snuffy to keep at daycare.
These were another change for Snuffy. She love them though! She was on a hunger strike on Sunday until I opened a box of Bunny Grahams!
You must know that Snuff can’t survive without Cheddar Bunnies
She’s cool like that
As I had told you in a previous post, I have been in a bit of a food rut lately.
So, I took advantage of the Whole Deal coupon for these
I swear I have seen these on Jenna’s blog. But, I can’t seem to find the exact post.
And now for NEW NUT BUTTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had some samples of this from Starbucks a few months ago and I really liked it! I didn’t want squeeze packs though due to the waste of packaging and I finally found it in a jar!! Plus, I haven’t been able to find Mighty Maple anywhere! Does anyone know what is going on with that? It was my fave. But, Justin’s Maple AB may replace it.
And now for the star of the show
I didn’t even know this existed until I saw it on the shelf! I can’t wait to try it. Reviews to come!
If you have read my blog lately, you have seen how much I love my nut butters.
(Dark Chocolate Dreams+Cashew Butter+Naturally More)
You may also notice that I almost always pair nut butters with fruit and veggies
Well, I have been having some major tummy aches in the mornings. I have begun to wonder if it has anything to do with my last snack of the evening which is usually nut butter and fruit or veggies. I know that it’s not the best thing to be eating in the evening. But, it’s become a staple in my evening unwinding. Digging deeper, I found some info on food combining while reading Gena’s blog. According to food combining guidelines, fruit should be eaten by itself and on an empty stomach. Could this be the source of my tummy troubles? The guidelines list vegetables as “neutral” which means they can be combined with any of the other food groups. Am I destined to eat my nut butters with celery and carrots for the rest of my life? I sure hope not! But, I suppose I owe it to myself to change up the routine and see if bad food combining is the issue. I am tired of feeling bloated and crampy in the morning…and NO I AM NOT PREGNANT. I have an IUD for those of you who are wondering. I won’t be having any more children any time soon as it lasts up to 10 years!
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I picked up some new bars to try. I’m just not a bar person. I went through a phase when I ate a Kashi Go Lean Chewy bar every day when I went back to work after maternity leave. I don’t now if I got burnt out on bars or I just like “real” food? Either way, my days are so long most of the time that it’s not feasable for me to pack food for that long of a time period. Also, there are so many bars on the market that are made with natural ingredients and no “junk”. So, I thought I would give these a go.
And I picked up this guy on a whim
Hmm..75 percent organic, 100 calories…we’ll see how it goes.
I also made an effort to reduce my risk of breast cancer
NOW FOR SOME BIG BLOG NEWS
I have been working with someone on a blog makeover! The new and improved Whole Body Love will be up and running within a few weeks! I will keep you updated.
Many of you have read about my anticipation of my birthday and the “birthday fairy”
It’s obvious that the camera on my phone is just NOT cutting it! I’m sure you noticed that all my pics are blurry and dark. So, after speaking with the “birthday fairy” , I was informed that I will be getting a camera for my birthday. I thought I may have to compromise on the camera I want. But, since Mallard’s job is going decently well, I get the camera I want! This means that after the nineteenth, there will be much better pictures on my blog. In fact, once I get my new camera, I plan to photograph almost all of my eats and do more experimenting with new foods and recipes! So, be prepared for food porn!