Thursday, April 29, 2010

Banana Bread

Here is a banana bread recipe adapted from The Good Housekeeping recipe book.

Banana Bread
1 3/4 C. all-purpose flour
1/2 C. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. mashed banana (2 ripe bananas)
1/3 C. applesauce
2 large egg whites
1 large eggs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Evenly grease a 9" by 5" metal loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a medium bowl, mix bananas, applesauce, egg whites, and egg until well combined. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture just until flour mixture is moistened. Pour batter into prepared pan.

*now this is where I change it up just a teeny tiny bit. Sprinkl 2-3 Tablespoons of raw sugar.*

Bake until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean, 40 to 45 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely on wire rck. Makes 1 loaf.

I love the crunch that the raw sugar gives the crust. mmm-hmmm!

Oh and did I mention it's low-fat? Uhhh....maybe not, out of fear nobody would read my post. lol.

But me adding the sugar topping and smearing with yummy butter probably negates the low-fat part. Oh well!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sequin onesie

My brain has been oozing with onesie ideas for Ry-pie but I've been totally slacking on getting them done. Here's the first installment of my onesie revamp.

This can be pretty time consuming. The perfect time for tackling this was after the kids went to bed and I was watching t.v.

Various sequins (sizes and colors to your liking)
hand sewing needle and thread
disappearing ink pen

First, I drew the image that I wanted to appear on my onesie.

I took the needle and threaded the sequin. To really secure the sequin to the onesie you can pull the needle up through the sequins once. (I took these pictures on a onesie that I didn't draw my picture on).

then down over one side of the sequin

then up again through the same sequin hole and down on the other side

so it will look like this

Did that make sense? I hope so, because it was kinda hard explaining. Do this, outlining your entire picture. And continuing on the inside of your graphic. (Alternating colors if you wish).

The sequins can be threaded real tight and close together or a little haphazard like mine.

Intsa-bling for baby!

And a little bootie-bling too!

Mod Podge shoes

Mod Podge shoes? That's exactly what I thought.


You can get all the details here from Ashley at Make It and Love It.

I got these puppies at Target a few months ago and have yet to wear them. I mean, they're not hideous, but not the cutest pair of flats I've seen. But hey, they were $4.97....that's right! $4.97!!! And I'm a slave to bargains, so I bought them anyways. I didn't actually buy these with the mod podge idea in mind but I sure am glad I found it because I don't think they would have ever been worn otherwise.

These are the shoes

This is the fabric

This is them finished

Mod are AMAZING!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

CalJ's Bday party

I've been stressing about Caleb's party for a couple weeks now. It's the first "friends" party that he's ever had. And I just wanted to make sure that all the kids had fun.

SUCCESS! Or at least I thought it was.

I was running around like a crazy person so I didn't take hardly any photos. Josh took some great ones but not nearly as many as I would've liked. But here are just a few of my baby boys trash party.

First....the invites

I was so, so, so excited when I got these. Oh My Gluestick custom made them for his trash/recycling theme and I was so pleased.
And some decorations...

I made these banners following the tutorial from my good friend Kimberly, who happens to have a hilarious blog.

Caleb and his trash tee made by yours truly.

All the kids got there very own Trash Claw 3000

And I totally wish I could take the credit for a lot of these ideas...but I can't. I got a lot of them from here.

The kids blew bubbles using plastic bottles with the bottoms cut off, covered with socks and dipped in bubbles.

Then they made little grass heads with googly eyes. I'll post a pic later when the grass head sprouts.

And they of course played.

Caleb's cake kinda got the shaft. I had wanted to decorate it real cute like a landfill with trash and flies. But we couldn't find any flies and I ran out of time to do the rest. I just added crushed up oreos for dirt and a worm leftover from the treat bags (yup, I only had ONE worm left, lol). The decorating (or lack there of) still tied in with the theme at least....sort of compost heapish.

His loot...

And a trash accessory for mommy...

And I totally forgot!!!!
I had made these personalized bottle caps for all the kids and can't believe I spaced giving them out.

And I think this face says it all.

Most importantly is that he had a good time.

Happy birthday baby boy! Mommy loves you.

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