Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hearty Banana Bread

This is my new favorite banana bread--healthy and easy to throw together.

Hearty Banana Bread
adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family Cookbook
  • 1/2 C. applesauce
  • 1/2 C. honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C. cornmeal
  • 1/2 C. rolled oats (or I've also used quick oats)
  • 1/4 C. wheat germ
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2-3 ripe bananas (tip: don't premash, just break in half and toss in the blender!)
  • Chopped nuts, optional
Mix applesauce and honey. Add eggs one at a time, beating well. Combine dry ingredients. Add to honey mixture alternately with bananas, beating well after each addition. Add chopped nuts, if desired. Pour into greased loaf pan (single batch makes 1 loaf). Bake at 350 degrees for 50 min - 1 hour or until loaf tests done.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Significant Endeavor

2015 started off with a bang for our boys:

Silas started eating much better (i.e. we had a few skirmishes and Mama won). He transitioned from formula to whole milk (the grocery budget is sighing in relief). And yesterday he started trying to take a few steps.


Justus is potty-trained! We started the afternoon of New Years Day, kind of on a whim. And three days later, he's a pro: dry even at night! (I think it paid off to wait until he was almost three....he was definitely ready!)

I had such a productive Saturday afternoon while Silas napped and Bryce & JD were gone.
In the evening, I was marveling at how nice it felt to just have one child for the afternoon.
Bryce said, And you want more? We laughed.
And then he said, What did we do before we had two boys?
Together we said, We did a lot! And then we laughed some more.
I thought about it for a second and then said, more seriously, But it's a significant endeavor.

Parenting. Two boys. Hopefully more someday.
It is an endeavor. Def: a strenuous effort.
It is significant. Def: important; of consequence.
It is an honor.

And, as Bryce reminded us, one to which we will give the rest of our lives, most significantly the next 20-30 years. Oh my.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)