Happy birthday to our dear papa and loving husband.
The kids were home today due to a snow day and so having breakfast together and having a just a bit more time for the gift opening ceremony was special.
There were many little notes and drawings filled with lots of birthday love. The sweet, homemade little gifts are the best!
We celebrate you especially today but each and every day is a reason for us to be thankful for you! We love you and pray that we may have many more special years together.
- Johannes and I went to IKEA last night to pick up some odds and ends for this home and we decided to purchase a bookshelf unit for all the books that we have collected over years – we’ve always wanted to display them and we found a perfect spot for them here
- it was nice to have my brother over this week – I spent most of the day with him on Thursday, visiting a bookstore, enjoying some lunch at a soup cafe and strolling through the mall – it was nice to catch up with him
- Ava and Isabella had a sleepover at their cousin Priscilla’s house this week – it was Priscilla’s birthday and they had a lot of fun they said, sleeping in one bed, however, I think they need to catch up on some sleep this weekend
- we found little mouse droppings – ahhh! I can’t handle the idea of these little rodents living with us but the kids refuse to let us do something about it – they have hidden the mousetraps we bought and are hoping they can lure them into their playfort so they can be pets – Noah especially can’t understand how we could possibly do anything to these “little animals of God’s creation” – so it’s a real struggle, folks
- today is a busy day for both Johannes and I – Johannes is going to tackle putting together the IKEA project with most of the kids around (what a great man he is!) and I have to volunteer at the thrift store where a huge, winter blowout sale is being held this weekend so I’m thinking it will be very busy which I love – I might take Ava and Isabella with me for a few hours as they love to play with the used toys, dress-up or watch old VHS movies in the warehouse while I’m working
- we have two birthdays next week!! – Johannes and Isabella – we’ll be eating lots of cake
- I’m planning to paint an old, wooden desk this week – it fits perfectly in a little corner in our kitchen right by a window – I’m excited to have my own bright, little space to organize the mail, school papers and other stationary things
Do you have a busy weekend planned? I hope it’s a lovely one!!!
So yesterday was National Banana Bread Day. I wasn’t aware that this day even existed but when I read about it somewhere in the world of social media yesterday morning, I decided I liked banana bread days and that they really should be honored.
I picked up this recipe book by Lise O’Brien at a garage sale years ago – it is very dated but has some of the most delicious everyday recipes in it. I have the banana bread recipe memorized and have made it over and over.
So, if you’re craving an easy-to-make, gooey, yet fluffy slice of banana bread, scroll down, find out how I’ve been making mine and go bananas!
Easy Banana Bread
- 1/2 cup Miracle Whip Salad Dressing (Hellman’s mayo works well too)
- 1 egg
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. each baking soda and salt
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F. In mixing bowl, combine salad dressing, egg and banana. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into greased 9″ x 5″ greased loaf pan. Bake 60 min.
note: I often divide batter in two small loaf pans and reduce baking time to 40 min.
- our niece got married to her handsome groom yesterday and it was a beautiful day – they both looked stunning, the bride adorned in one of the most beautiful wedding gowns I’ve ever seen – it was a day filled with so much love, joy, family, emotions, laughter, tears and beautiful singing
- the kids spent hours making, naming, and playing with their sock snowmen – thanks to my niece who patiently helped them along – meet: Oscar, Blizzard, Frosty, and Suzy (pictured above)
- it is cold! Temperatures dropped down to the mid-20s.
- I found some beautiful, knitted pillows in the clearance section at Winners one night this week – that yellow color is perfect for our grey couch
- I took Isabella to emerge one night this week with so much pain in her ear – an ear infection it was and she’s feeling so much better again
- oh, and it’s Valentine’s Day this weekend! We are planning to cook and enjoy a late, candle-lit dinner after the kids are put to bed tonight
Wishing you a lovely weekend!
Happy Wednesday to you! I thought to emerge from the towers of moving boxes that are filling our house to quickly pop by and share something mouth-watering we have enjoyed recently.
I came across this recipe when trying to decide what to do with two pork tenderloins that have been living in my freezer for a while. While we don’t often eat pork, this recipe was so successful that I prepared it again for a friend who recently had a baby.
With basil being one of my favourite herbs, and that combined with lemon and garlic, resulted in a flavorful, zesty pastse. This is very easy to prepare and the cream sauce is so savory and delicious. (*I doubled the recipe for two tenderloins)
I followed the recipe almost precisely, however, I added an additional step: before placing the meat into the oven, I seared the tenderloins in a Dutch oven, using some butter for just a few minutes. I saved the searing juices and added the remaining paste and heavy cream to the pan to prepare the sauce.
We were amazed at how tender the meat was. It pares well with roasted/mashed potatoes and any type of vegetable, or serve it on a bed of rice along with a salad – an easy, yet delicious and complete meal idea for any day or occasion!
I hope this turns out for you as well as it did for us!
I’ll be back on Saturday with our “snaps of the week”, but for now, I’m going to organize and clean our fridge!