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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mama Red's Banana Bread Recipe

If you are looking for a great recipe to use over-ripened bananas, then this one is for you!

 This is by far the easiest, and best tasting banana bread recipes you will ever try!  I have used this recipe for YEARS, and it turns out amazing every time!  My Mother-in-Law even told me that this recipe was better than hers, and she is a great cook!

Before starting this recipe, make sure you have very ripe bananas.

I don't like them to be any more brown than this, but you can use them if they are almost black too.  Frozen bananas can also be used for this recipe.  

I also look for the tops to begin to separate, usually a good indicator that they are perfect for banana bread.  Three very ripe bananas equals about one cup mashed, which is what you need for this recipe.

What You'll Need:

2 & 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
3 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 egg
3/4 cup milk (I use fat free or skim, but 1% or 2% works too)
1 cup mashed bananas (3-4 very ripe bananas)
1 cup nuts (optional) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together until moistened.
Bake in greased loaf pan for 55 to 65 minutes.
Check center of loaf with toothpick to see if done.
Cool outside of pan on cookie rack or plate.
Serve warm with spreadable butter.

Mmm!  Delicious! 

 Other variations include adding:

Chocolate Chips
Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin puree/filling

Saturday, July 6, 2013


Since it's been an ETERNITY since I've had a blog post, I decided it may be time to finally sit down and get one out there.  I mean, I pay for this website, I might as well use it :)

I wanted to take some time to introduce my son, Kellen!  He's the light of my life.  He was born in February and our lives have been forever changed.

When I was pregnant, my mom always warned me that my life would never be the same.  I would always brush it off, thinking that there was no way she was right.  Boy, was I wrong.  My life as a mother is so rewarding and difficult at the same time.  To this day, I am still amazed how a person can function on literally less than 3 hours of sleep.  The human body is an amazing creation when you think about everything you put yourself through as a new parent.  

I shouldn't complain too much, I have one amazing baby.  Not to toot my own horn, but he is seriously so happy and content.   People who meet him often have a hard time believing how relaxed he is.  Maybe it is because Matt and I are so laid back...who knows.  Either way, I am beyond thankful to have Kellen in my life.

The transition into motherhood wasn't very easy for me at first.  I had a hard time letting go of my "selfish" self.  The first few weeks of being a new parent are so tough.  Sleepless nights, worrying about EVERYTHING, feeling like you are being swallowed by housework and taking care of this tiny person you created.  I am so thankful for my husband for being EXTREMELY patient with me.  He is an amazing father, and husband.  

Now that the hubs and I are almost five months into this parenting thing, it's much easier.  We love our little family.  One of our favorite time of the day is when Kellen wakes up in the morning.  It's like the minute he sees your face, his just lights up. 

Oh, and you may wonder how we came up with the name Kellen.  The whole naming process was LONG and drawn out.  Matt was very into the name game.  He spent countless hours on baby name websites, researching the perfect name.  (Did I mention he is an engineer, and researching is like his favorite thing to do?) 

Two weeks before Kellen was born, we had finally narrowed the boy names down to a select three.  We decided to share the possible options with our family to get their opinion.  After that, we had narrowed it down to two, but it still didn't feel right.  Maybe because we were convinced we were having a girl, maybe because we just weren't that thrilled with our final selections.  I was getting so irritated with Matt stressing out over a name.  Then one night, 5 days before I was due, he came to me and said "Kellen."  And we knew that would be the right fit.

Funny thing is that when we first started to look at names, Kellen was the first boy name that we both agreed on.  Then for some strange reason, we decided we didn't like it anymore. With us, it always seems to be that the first decision is the right one. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Etsy Finds - Nursery Ideas

Since the hubs and I elected to NOT find out the gender of our baby, this leaves me with the choice of trying to decide what is "gender neutral" for the baby.  We already painted the walls a light green, which we were planning on doing to that room prior to pregnancy, just in case we needed it to be a nursery in the future. 

Most people have responded with positive remarks regarding our decision to not find out the sex.  But most of the comments are "Have fun with yellow and green!"

What's so bad about yellow and green?  Sure, it isn't the typical pink or blue, but there are still many, many options when it comes to designing a nursery! Even if I had found out that the baby was a girl, I wouldn't have painted the walls pink anyway.

I frequently look through ideas on Pinterest and Etsy to find that perfect balance.  Here are some of my favorite ideas I have come across thus far. 

Pictured above is an ADORABLE diaper caddy made by BaffinBags on Etsy.  I have ordered things from this shop before, and they are always made with care.  The attention to detail is amazing, and her fabrics are so cute. 


I love these prints.  Perfect for the elephant theme I am going for.  I love the use of gray and yellow.  I think it would compliment the light green we chose for a wall color. 

There are oodles of cute vintage dictionary prints on Etsy.  I found a number of ones related to elephants.  This is one of my favorites.  I can't decide if I like the look of the vintage prints over the prints I mentioned above.  Either way, I think I would choose three prints to hang above the dresser in the baby's room.


How cute is this little gem from LemonTreeStudio on Etsy?  I kind of want this game for myself!  A definite item to buy for baby as they get older!

That's about it for now, I love suggestions for ideas, so if you have any let me know!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sharing the Baby news!

I could sit here and type out this LONG explanation of how we told...but if you are really interested, just watch the video!

It is a little boring at first, but be patient, the good part happens soon enough :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

We're Expecting!

As you can tell from the title of this post, the hubs and I are expecting our first child in February!  We couldn't be more excited for this joyful event that is going to happen soon in our lives.  

We have been trying to have a baby for quite some time now.  I always thought growing up that getting pregnant would be very easy, I come from a very fertile family.  My Grandma had ten kids, my Mother had four, and there have been many, many, more on both sides of the family.  I didn't know of anyone having any sort of infertility, so naturally I just expected it to come easily.

That's not what happened.  I struggled a lot with accepting the fact that you couldn't just get pregnant immediately.  It seemed so easy for everyone else, and by saying that I emphasize the word "seemed."
When you do decide to start to plan for a family, you realize quickly just how frustrating and disappointing it can be to try to get pregnant.  

In the beginning I put entirely too much stress on myself and the hubs to get pregnant.  I had the mentality that I decided I wanted a baby, and I wanted it NOW.  But after months of not being successful, I began to realize how challenging this whole process can be.  I talked to my doctor frequently, wondering if there was something wrong with me, which there wasn't.  After the normal tests, I quickly found that there wasn't any reason as to WHY I shouldn't get pregnant, but I wasn't having any luck.  After months of trying, and stressing ourselves out, we finally decided to let go.  

We decided to focus our attention on other things.  Our relationship.  Our quest to finding our first home.  We also shifted our focus on running our first 20 K.  I felt like I was finally in a good place.  I had let go of all the resentment I felt toward wanting a baby so badly.  I was two pounds away from reaching my weight loss goal on Weight Watchers.  We had purchased our first home, and were closing one chapter of our lives, and opening an entirely new one. 

I found out I was pregnant on June 8th.  I know this because, I took a pregnancy test at 4:00 AM that morning before I went to work.  We were going to a wedding the following day, and I just had a thought that maybe I should test just to make sure I wasn't pregnant.  I was expecting the results to be just the same as they had been for the past year, negative.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at the two lines staring back at me, clear as day.  I literally said "Oh, Holy shit."

Could it be?  Was this the real thing?  I grabbed the test, woke the hubs up, and just shoved it in his sleepy face.  We both couldn't believe it.  The whole day at work, I couldn't concentrate on anything else.  I was so happy.  A few weeks later, I got confirmation from my doctor that it was the real thing, and even my nurse was elated.  There had been so many phone calls between us with disappointing news that it was so good to hear something positive.  We waited until 10 weeks to share the news with our families.  The only person who knew was my Mother, and it was killing her to keep such an important secret. 

I am so excited for this journey and how it will enrich our lives.  Can't wait to meet you Baby W! 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

We Bought a House!

As you can tell from the title of this post, the hubs and I purchased our first home last month.  We decided to buy a house around January, and had been looking online and going to a few random open houses here and there for awhile.  We finally decided to track down an agent, and start looking more seriously.

Prior to looking for a house, I thought I knew what I wanted.  That quickly changes when you see house after house, and begin to realize what you are really looking for.  This also goes along with accepting things you cannot change, and looking at a house for what its worth, not what it looks like cosmetically. 

We looked at probably 15 houses with our agent.  I became frustrated with the home search since most of the houses we were immediately drawn to sold so fast we couldn't even schedule a showing.  We came across our house and looked at it one Saturday morning before we were going out of town.  As soon as we walked in and toured the house I knew that this was the house I wanted. 

Prior to finding this house, we were pretty sold on a much older home that wasn't exactly what we were looking for, but it was the best thing we had seen.  We were on the fence with that home because it was in a much older neighborhood, and we were worried there wouldn't be many young families around in ten years.  Our current neighborhood does have a lot of older couples, but there are also a lot of younger families so it balances out. 

After looking through the house, I was convinced that I wanted it.  The hubs wasn't so set on it, but we decided to give the seller a verbal offer to get through the weekend until we could sign the formal offer on Monday.  They accepted the verbal offer, but wanted to get it in writing before committing.  They had previous offers had fallen through the cracks.  So long story short, after a few weeks of going back and forth with the sellers, we got it all squared away and the house was ours! 

Woohoo!  Our first home!  

A few things we quickly learned from becoming first time home owners is that it is EXPENSIVE.  I am pretty sure that my time spent at Home Depot, Lowes, and other hardware stores was equal to the amount of time I spent at work for the week.  I love hardware stores.  But I am sick of them!  Luckily that has started to slow down a bit, but the projects are never ending.

The home was owned by a much older couple, and it needed a lot of TLC.  I am glad that the hubs and I could look at a house, and know that with hard work and lots of time, it can become everything you want it to be.  

I want to share a few pictures of what we have been doing.  I will share before and after pictures of the house at a later date, but here are a few teasers.  

We have painted the ENTIRE house.  Except for the kitchen, every room has been repainted, including ceilings.  This picture is an example of how discolored and gross the ceilings were in the house.  The bright white is the new ceiling paint, and the yellow is the old.  Gross right?  We even repainted our entire walk-in closet because it was so discolored.

This is the railing from the stairs coming down to the main floor.  See the black dirt in the middle?  That is caked on, from years of hands running down the railing while coming down the stairs.  I was so grossed out by this.  I would have never thought about cleaning something like that, but with a little 409 it came off.  Still, something about cleaning off dirt and cells that belonged to someone else is just nasty.  

New Carpet!   We had all the carpet replaced upstairs and on the stairs going to the upper level.  The carpets in the main floor were cleaned for now.  We want to knock down a wall or two in a few years, so we decided to live with the carpet until we know exactly what the game plan is.  Let's just say the carpet we removed was N-A-S-T-Y.  New carpet is pricy, but my oh my does it make a world of difference.

The house may have needed some serious TLC, but the landscaping is beautiful.  There are Lilies all over.  I have about five different colors.  They all popped right after we moved.  Lilies are my favorite flower, so this makes me very happy!  

This picture was actually a card that our good friends gave to us when we moved in.  My friend knows how much I love Wizard of Oz so when she saw this card, she knew it was perfect!  I told her I was going to frame it, and I did!  It is sitting on our fireplace as a reminder that "There is No Place like Home."  :)


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