How to Make Use of Bad Bananas and More Stolen Tips and Tricks

Ok, maybe not bad bananas, just overripe ones, they are the sweetest you know! Oh, and I call them stolen tips and tricks because I find these great little nuggets of information on Pinterest, or Instructables, or other peoples blogs…

Anyhoo, next time you have a couple of bananas laying around that look like they are ready for the trash heap, don’t do it!! Instead, make use of your brand new mini-muffin tin like I did, and create a delicious breakfast or snackable banana nut muffin (or 24)! I got the recipe from The Real Food Dieticians on Pinterest because I wanted a grain free/Paleo option and I was in a hurry. Normally I comb my own pins for a recipe, but I literally typed Paleo banana muffin recipe into the Pinterest search bar and these are what I got! Win-win!

Used my own pics

These tasty little morsels used the perfect amounts of nut flours in that they were not grainy feeling, but more like bread texture like you want a muffin to taste/feel like on your tongue. There is literally no sweeteners save for the bananas in them and they are just perfect! I modified the recipe to include walnuts instead of chocolate chips, took my own pics and voila!

Looking pretty good on this plate

I had to borrow some eggs from my sweet next door neighbor, so she is definitely getting some muffins in return. I also shared some with my dad and Sean yesterday and I will eat the rest for the week’s breakfast. They are ok on the counter up to 3 days but will keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (not gonna last that long!) I cannot reprint her recipe, so if you click on the link up there, it will take you straight to her recipe page!

Be sure to give them lots of water too!

I was talking to my grandbaby’s mom the other night and she said she was not taking to cows milk so well, so I told her she might ask the dr. if she could use nut milk instead. That made me wonder if it was safe for one-year-old babies so I looked it up. The results were surprising! Every site I looked at said regular cows milk is the best source of protein, calcium, and calories for toddlers 1 to 3. They are supposed to get 500 mg of calcium per day, which can be in the forms of milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese etc.

The reason you don’t want to feed them coconut milk (as the primary milk source) is that the extra calories may make them feel fuller so they may not eat the other foods they may need. Also, it has less protein than cows milk and very little calcium. Pasteurized goat’s milk is an ok but very expensive alternative to cow’s milk. (I know from experience, her daddy had to drink it). Don’t give them too much fruit juice at this stage either, it causes diarrhea, tooth decay and excess weight gain.

So what should I tell her? Try to put the milk on cereal, or give it as a snack in a cup with other foods, try some cheese, yogurt, or cottage cheese and don’t stress if she isn’t drinking bottle after bottle of milk. That baby is healthy, just look at her! Sprinkle cheese on her veggies, choose desserts (low in sugar) that are made with milk like puddings and custard. From time to time she can have nut milk in a small quantity, and personally, I don’t agree with the soy recommendation. I’m not a fan of soy, but that’s a post for another time.

 

My last tip is on the current diffuser blend I’m using (smells so heavenly) to make the house smell like fall and also keep the allergens at bay. It is taken from Real Oil and I love the blend and how it makes me feel. I use my own oils but they have oils for purchase as well. I have not tried theirs yet but I may in the future. The blend was what they call Home Sweet Home and you put these in your diffuser:

3 drops of Frankincense

2 drops of Cinnamon Leaf

3 drops of Grapefruit

3 drops of Orange

Omg! it not only makes the house smell wonderful, it also clears up the sinuses and helps relieve stress and anxiety. Frankincense alone has so many other benefits, just be sure you are using quality oils, 100% pure, therapeutic grade,  please. You can find many of their other wonderful diffuser recipes by clicking the link. (I am not affiliated with Real Oil btw)

That’s all I have right now just so you know, Barbara made it back home safe and sound, Claudette is feeling great and my son Sean had dental surgery yesterday and I should probably check on him later. :0 Dad and I need to go pick up his repaired hearing aid and I have so much to do before 3:30 when we go do that, so bye everyone and I’ll see you next time on the patio!

 

Banner Days and Fall Ways

Yesterday was a banner day as the dogs BOTH used the doggy door and ended up in the pool room together. Let me explain. I have been using this week to not only work my butt off on my freelance goals but to train my dogs to use the new doggy door my husband installed. Which means they have to unlearn where they used to go out and learn to go through the game room/pool room/man cave. Luckily, the doors can be closed so what I do is put them outside (through the doggy door) and then after putting their water and food and a snack in the room, I shut the doors and go on about my work. Well, Wednesday, Whiskey finally “got” it and came in by herself with no coaxing. Not Brandy though. 🙁

It’s tough going but they will eventually get it together. I think my youngest is on to something when he says they know how to do it, they just want our attention. They want us to get up and show them where to go, which is what I was trying to avoid, that and getting up and down at night letting them out to go potty!

Wednesday was also a good day with Dad. We ate lunch and I took him to the bank. When we got home, instead of heading straight to the pool table, we went out front and picked two bags of pecans. It seems like all it took was one cool night and they started falling. Now I have pecans to use and/or share with more on the way. His entire front yard is covered in pecan trees!

Dad picking pecans

After a while of picking, you know the good ones from the bad just by the weight of them in your hand. The squirrels and bugs have had a go at them so many of them are bad. And when they still have “jackets” on, they are usually bad.

One bad pecan
Pecans on the ground

I love picking pecans because it takes me back to my childhood when we picked them from my grandparent’s orchard every Thanksgiving at the family reunions. All of us cousins in a friendly competition to see who could please Grandmother by picking the most. Oh, and there was the dime a bucket she gave us also.

I’ve been so busy around the house and office I have not taken the time to decorate the mantel, I really need to change it up for Halloween/fall. I thought maybe I might do the front yard this year also…we will see. (I get tight with my money this time of year, birthday week is coming up, then Christmas arrrggghhhh!) I’m never ready.

I felt so productive yesterday but not in the area of writing. I got lots of other things done. Of course yesterday I could rattle them all of and it was a list as long as my arm, today I remember one thing, I made my oatmeal “muffins” that aren’t muffins at all. They are individual servings of oatmeal, frozen and ready to pop in a bowl, heat up and eat.

They turned out pretty, no? It’s because I used the silicone cupcake liners like I use when I make egg cups. Seriously, they make everything so easy, they just pop right out! Easy peasy and clean up is a breeze! Work smarter not harder right?!

I also attended a webinar by Dr Axe. It was good, but I’d heard most of it at the seminar I recently attended. Anyway, the bottom line was, he wanted to sell me on becoming an essential oils coach. I can’t afford that school right now and honestly, I’m not sure that’s what I want to do. I need to concentrate on one thing at a time here and my plate is already pretty full.

Later, I got hungry and had this, my favorite lunch: half a granny smith apple, with cashew butter (my newest love) and some sweet potato chips. Yum!

My favorite snack/lunch

That’s a little over a teaspoon, so creamy and delicious. Not much sugar either, two TBS have 3 grams and I barely had a teaspoon. Not crazy about the fact that it’s made with safflower and palm oils, but I’m not gonna stress about it either. It also has 4 grams of protein and 10 grams of carbs. Plus, it’s a healthy fat. I believe this is pretty healthy eating on a basic level. (not a hamburger right?) So, today maybe I’ll have a smoothy made with the bone broth protein I bought from Ancient Nutrition and feel even better about myself, lol!

Sorry I have not been doing the flash fiction Friday thing, hopefully I get back in the groove soon. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

 

Day 73-Falling Acorns

One of the oak trees in my front yard
One of the oak trees in my front yard

Last night, or should I say early this morning, I got up to let the dogs out and the wind was blowing hard, the air was moist and I could have sworn it was about to rain. As I lay back down and tried to fall asleep, I was startled by the sounds of several acorns first smacking the roof and then rolling off. Had I not heard them rolling, I would have mistaken it for hail, but we never even got a drop of rain. Maybe tomorrow!

Well, I’m tired, I’m going to go make sure dinner is done before it’s time to watch Survivor! Any other Survivor fans out there? Night all, see you manana, on the patio! 😴

Day 63-Free Days-Autumn Delights

Aahh Autumn, the cool crisp air, the falling leaves and the ability to wear our boots and sweaters-NOT! Not today anyway, the temp currently is still 81 degrees and we had to turn the air back on. However, we can-and did-get to enjoy the flavors of fall today at dinner when we had some delicious baked acorn squash, grill baked pork tenderloin and a nice salad. I handled the squash, fixing it like I’ve been taught since going Paleo, smeared with grass-fed butter, sprinkled with some coconut sugar and pumpkin pie spice, then a nice tsp of pure, 100% maple syrup drizzled over each half, baked for an hour in the oven. Talk about something so good it could have been dessert! It could easily replace my beloved sweet potatoes if they weren’t so darned easy and cost effective to make. Dave was the usual grill master and turned out an excellent roast, moist and tender with yellow bell peppers and onion baked alongside for flavor. The meal made us feel like it was fall anyway.

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It has been a busy weekend and we have a few more things completed in the master bedroom to report. First, Dave installed the base (cause it’s all about that base ya know), then we headed out for the great rug hunt, finally finding one we liked at Home Goods as well as some new bedding. We still need some king sized pillows to go with the new mattress and box springs we found at Sam’s and don’t have our headboard yet, but it’s coming along nicely. I decided on aqua and white bedding for a pop of color, I think it’s a nice contrast to the gray. I’m going to make you wait until it’s all done to post pics-sorry! 😉

I also started a couple of projects, an Autumn wreath, inspired by one I saw and pinned after viewing it on Home Talk, the artist is from Across the Blvd. She combined autumn with a coastal twist, I’m putting my own spin on it, I’ll post pics when it’s finished. I should have been done today but lacked a few pieces to finish it up. My second project is one I hope I have the patience to complete, my crocheting needs a lot of practice, but I’m attempting a baby blanket for my son’s girlfriend’s nursery. She is due this month or next-I have to work fast! They are going with a strange, yet evidently popular theme (I found stuff all over Etsy) for the nursery-A Nightmare Before Christmas. The colors are lavender, lime green, black and white. Hey, don’t hate the player, hate the game. Young people these days have waaaay different tastes than we did. Anyhoo, I couldn’t be 15 hours away for today’s baby shower, so I decided to try my hand at a home made project for her nursery.

With my Mother-in-law just coming back into town today and all the other activity going on, we decided to forego family dinner today and just had a relaxing meal and watched our Cowboys win, woo hoo!! Go Boys! It’s been a nice, productive weekend and although the weather has warmed back up for now, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. What makes for a special Autumn for you? Feel free to share in the comments and if you would like to view the wreath I’m copying creating, check out my Pinterest page, you’ll also find a version of the baked acorn squash (don’t worry Steph, I didn’t forget you!) that I changed up by subbing the brown sugar with coconut sugar. Not sure yet what I’m blogging about tomorrow, come back and you’ll find out! 😉

Day 59-What If….Week-I Got Into Fall

What if I was inspired to enjoy the cooler temperatures and finally acknowledge that fall is here by redecorating my fireplace mantel? I guess it would be a start, and I did that yesterday, going by the local thrift shop armed with my handy dandy $10 off of $20 coupon, to peruse the shelves for autumn decor. I came away with some rust colored, battery operated candles and some fake but lovely fall foliage to grace my shell and glass bead filled vases. Along with that, I purchased two cute little wooden pumpkins to go with the look. In the center is my own candle, the one I light each night in the campaign to Light up Medium, Light up the World. Here is a photo of how it turned out-I hope to add more as the mood (and my pocketbook) strikes me.image

Although I never want summer to end, I am looking forward to all the activity this time of the year brings, festivals and fairs, birthday week for us come October, my dad’s, son’s and best friend’s are all in one week. The same week used to be my Aunt Connie’s and my father-in-law Robert’s, and they will never be forgotten. Then it will be the start of the holidays, kicked off by Halloween and then Thanksgiving and Christmas. Again, we still miss those that have passed on, holidays are hard without our loved ones, most recently my mom, dad-in-law and brother-in-law, however we cherish their memories and try to move on, enjoying the time with family, and friends, making the choice to celebrate life’s new joys like the fact that one of our sons has a new baby due soon, another has a renewed relationship with his girlfriend and my brother has started a new job.

Fall also means it’s time to think about breaking out the boots and sweaters, stoke fires in the fireplace and begin to cook more autumn style meals like soups and stews. (Love my crockpot!) For now, I get to wear shorts for a few more days but it’s coming, that final change in the weather that signals the true arrival of fall.

There will be more people to shop for in the coming weeks with Christmas around the corner because there is new people in my life. I do love shopping and the quest to find the perfect gift, however, sometimes crafting the perfect gift is also a possibility and I am inspired to break out my jewelry supplies, crochet hooks and yarn and whip up something creative. This makes me realize that time is short and I need to get busy, so I’d better start planning and crafting soon!

I hope you are all planning to tap into your crafty side as well, share your ideas and projects if you’d like, and comment below about what you like best about fall and the upcoming holiday season. Also, don’t forget to vote! We can’t complain, or improve the situation if we don’t choose to vote. Please also remember to light your candles and join me and hundreds of others in the campaign to shed light into the dark and end the madness that has been going on all over the world. Please check out all the fabulous stories on Medium discussing the subject and see how powerful the words are that are being written. Just go to Medium.com and look for the Light It Up campaign.

I’m off to spend time with my dad on this glorious, sunny day-enjoy your day and I’ll see you all later on the patio! 😎