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
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!