Where do I start...the snow day that almost was! In typical Charlotte fashion, meteorologists predicted 8-10 inches of the fluffy white stuff.
Wednesday night it looked like it could happen...
But Thursday morning came and it was clear; a lot of fuss over nothing. I did get to work from home so that's a plus!
I did a little cold-weather food prep this week-- in anticipation of the "mammoth" snow storm. I made chili and a nice deep-dish apple pie as a special little treat...yum! I cheat a little bit and use refrigerated dough for my pie crust (recipe here I just add spices). I can't stand rolling out dough so this is my compromise : )
I put my mixer to good use this week and made some Chocolate-Chip Walnut Banana Bread for my ladies group Thursday evening.
This is the easiest recipe (and only requires one bowl) if you have a KitchenAid Mixer. It was a hit with the group!
Spiced Chocolate-Chip & Walnut Banana Bread
3 Over-Ripe Bananas
1 egg, beaten
1/3 Cup Butter, melted
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1/8 Tsp Ground Cloves
1/8 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
1 & 1/2 Cup Flour
1/4 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 Cup Walnuts
To your mixer...
1) Add Banana & Butter and mix gently until smooth
2) Pour in Baking Soda & Spices until combined
3) Pour in Sugar, Egg, and Vanilla Extract until combined
4) Gently add in Flour until combined.
5) With a Spatula fold in Chocolate Chips and Walnuts
5) Pour batter into a buttered bread pan. Bake 1 hour at 350F
Tip* Let cool completely before removing bread from pan.
Ever seriously regret a purchase? Brad and I made an impulsive buy on a mattress in July and we have been regretting it ever since.We bought it at an outlet where all sales are final --big mistake. The bed is unusually worn for being so new; admittedly, I work from it on occasion, but to indent to this extent is ridiculous. I often find myself rolling towards the center since the bed is so sloped. Brad has complained a lot of back pain...so yea, bad purchase! The worst part is we still paid a decent amount for it...the thought of replacing a few months later makes me cringe. Does anyone have a particular mattress they love? We need to be smarter the next go around, which I have a feeling will come sooner than we had hoped.
I am a big fan of La Croix and drink at least one per day. I try to avoid soda so this gives that carbonation taste that I love but in water-form. I just read on a Blog that there is a new flavor, Pineapple Strawberry; how good does that sound?! I am going to head to Target this weekend to see if I can pick up some of that deliciousness.