January 30, 2013
This week I like:
1. Listening to the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack on repeat.
2. That tomorrow the weather forecast for our town is a high of -8*. Brrr! Stay warm, neighbors!
3. Being safe. We had a scare while driving the icy country roads on our way to church on Sunday. Praise the Lord for His safekeeping.
4. The Endless Alphabet app. One of the few apps to keep her attention. Something that she'll come sit (and stay) on my lap for! We love to play this to keep her mind off growing molars. It's free for a limited time.
5. The John Piper Daily Devotional app. For the past few years I've read Spurgeon's Morning & Evening every day, but this year we've discovered this app and LOVE IT. It's really wonderful. The devotionals are short, sharp, and penetrating. I feel like I'm really learning new things, which is a feeling I miss. I recommend it. (Go get it! It's awesome!)
6. It's snowing and blowing this minute. School was 2 hours late because of the roads yesterday.. perhaps more school closings in the near future?? (I'm hoping so hard for this.)
7. Chicken thighs + roasted carrots & sweet potatoes. This meal, all the time.
8. (from Hadley) Monsters, Inc. Oranges. Hugs.
9. Warm banana bread for the cold, dark days. (see recipe below!)
10. Taxes are filed. New stocks bought. Lots of things to discuss at the dinner table.
11. Throwing on my clothes in front of the blasting space heater every morning.
12. NBC's Parenthood. I've been slowly making my way through old seasons of this show with our Amazon Prime. Does anyone know where I can find Season 4 for free?

Oh, dear. I feel like I'm always posting about banana bread. Here's the thing, I usually bake once a week, and 75% of the time I choose to make banana bread. So it's on my mind quite often. :) I love it so much that I worry if I make something else, I'll just end up wishing it were banana bread. Now you know. And you know that I've got plenty more banana bread posts in me.

This recipe is my favorite of the past year, but I tweaked it the other night. I added rice flour to the mix and reduced the coconut flour, making a taller loaf that is slightly more fluffy. That meant I could cut back on the eggs. I also omitted the coconut milk, because my batter looked wet enough without it. It came out luscious and nutty and just way too good. I kept cutting slivers away from the loaf, because I made myself stop after a couple pieces.. but I couldn't stop.

Gluten Free Banana Nut Bread
4 large ripe bananas, mashed
4 eggs
1/4 cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
1/3 cup honey (or raw/coconut sugar) 
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup rice flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt, heaping
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In a small pot, melt together the coconut oil and honey. Let cool for a minute. In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, eggs, honey & oil mixture, and vanilla. Sift coconut flour into the bowl and add in remaining dry ingredients. Blend well. Scoop into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350* for 45 to 55 minutes. 

p.s. Thanks to everyone who commented yesterday and gave me things to think about for the shop! You are so encouraging! Love you guys!


sarah {on the brightside...} said...

I have never made anything with coconut flour or rice flour... But this looks so good!! And I love that you make banana bread so often, it is one of my favorites too!! :)

Laura @FoodSnobSTL said...

I am trying to find season 4 for free too! We have Amazon Prime, but it costs money on there right now too.

You seem to have a really good attitude about cold weather. It makes me infintely fussy.

Anneliese said...

snow day here! and banana bread is on the docket! i only have about half a stick of butter...so i'm going to use coconut oil in my recipe so i have the butter for spreading.

going to download both of those apps now--or when i come across my phone. and miss H, i too love monsters inc...but the boy here thinks its to scary. we can only watch fun, happy, no sad things here :)

Nessa Bixler said...

I love banana bread!! We haven't made any in a while because I can't keep enough bananas since my daughter has discovered banana ice cream!

I broke down and paid for hulu plus for a month to catch up on Parenthood. It isn't free, but it is $8/mo and really easy to cancel - just a few clicks when you are signed into your account and done. We did this for one of my husbands shows early last year.

erin elizabeth king said...

I need to try your new recipe! I loved the old one so I'm sure we're in for a treat : ) Get your tissues ready for Parenthood! I think you might have to pay for this or do the free trial to see the whole season here: http://www.hulu.com/parenthood?src=sem-plus-google&cmp=507&gclid=CLvz-ODvkLUCFfSlPAodgikAnQ

Julie said...

I am a huge Parenthood fan as well. You can find the last 5 or so episodes for free on nbc.com or hulu.com. For anything older you'll probably have to break down and do the hulu plus or amazon prime thing. It is worth it, though! Such a great season. I'm pretty sure I cried during each episode.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I love the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack

Amanda said...

There's a Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack?? So excited!

And oohhh, I love Parenthood! I hope you can find season 4; it's so good! (Be ready to cry.)

Abby Jenness Stempien said...

Try CokeandPopcorn.com for season 4 of Parenthood.



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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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