Healthy Banana Bread

I’ll keep this short and sweet today. Remember my healthy pumpkin bread recipe from the other week? This bread contains the same basic ingredients, remains healthy with every bite, is still served best with a side of milk or coffee, and only requires swapping out a few ingredients. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 and can be served as breakfast or a snack for the entire family. What more could you want? 😉


Ingredients:

  • 3 very ripe medium-sized bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



What to do:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large-sized bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir together and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl combine all wet ingredients and whisk. Add to dry ingredients and whisk together. Grease pan (I used butter) and pour batter into a loaf pan. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until you can stick a toothpick in and it comes out clean.


 

Friday Favorites

We had a date night last night, finished the second week of school, and have a long weekend! 🙂 Please and thank you! 🙂

One.In my What’s Up Wednesday post, I talked about my newfound obsession with podcasts. What are some of your favorite podcasts?! I spend a lot of time in the car, just based on my commute…so I’m all ears! 🙂

Two.I also talked about one of my favorite restaurants in this post. If you are close to (or want to take a little vacay) to Cape May, New Jersey, do yourself a favor and visit the Blue Pig! It’s a farm to table restaurant and their food is SO tasty!

Three.Urban Southern reached out to me about writing an article for their blog from a teacher’s perspective. I was so honored and loved this idea. I said yes in a heartbeat because I love their company for not only their bags, but what they stand for. You can check out the article, here! They are wonderful women that are building a great community. 🙂

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Four.

It’s a FOUR day weekend! Wooohooo!

Five.Date nights are one of my favorite things. I love being able to put all work, housework, etc. aside and just enjoy time spent together. Whenever Eric and I go on a date though, we always end up going to a restaurant. I really do love trying new restaurants and even going back to some of our favorites. However, when I try to think of something else other than dinner for a date night, I get stumped. I know there are a million Pinterest ideas out there but I wanted to ask you what some of your favorite date night ideas are! 🙂

Happy Labor Day Weekend! 🙂

August 2017

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What we’re eating this week:My Lemon Butter Salmon and Winter Couscous Salad!

 What I’m reminiscing about:

Eric and I started dating in the fall, so I have been thinking back to that time a lot lately. 🙂 

What I’m loving:Alright, so I completely dove headfirst into podcasts. Eric listens to them on his commute and talks about them a lot. But my old car didn’t have bluetooth. (I know?) But I now spend my 45 minute commute listening my heart out to a ton of different podcasts and not wanting the drive to end. I’m obsessed.

I’ve been listening to anything from Shauna Niequist’s podcast to essential oil podcasts, to Jenna Kutcher. I’m loving them all. What other podcasts am I missing?!

What we’ve been up to:

Getting back into the school groove!

What I’m dreading:

I like fall. I really do. But I am a baby when it comes to cold weather. As in, anything less than 70 degrees makes me a little grumpy. So there’s that. 

What I’m working on:

Braiding my hair more. Random, I know. 😉 

What I’m excited about:Although I’m not a fan of the cold, I’m also really excited about pumpkin everything. It’s warm and cozy and who doesn’t love that?!

You can check out my pumpkin bread, pumpkin smoothie, pumpkin pecan bars, pumpkin fluff, and pumpkin spice latte!

What I’m watching/reading:The last few weeks before school started, I loved watching Ellen in the afternoon. You can always count on her for a good laugh.
This book talks about how how language is the most powerful teaching tool in the classroom. I think it also can apply to every area of life and how our language can cultivate community wherever we are. You can buy it here.

What I’m listening to:

Silence (which I’m soaking up when it comes 😉 ) and podcasts.

What I’m wearing:I’ve talked about this dress before and I’m going to talk about it again. I bought it in navy in June and wore it in Italy, around the house, out to dinner, and so on. Yesterday it was super dreary all day and I wanted something extra comfortable to wear to school. I threw this dress on, paired with this and earrings similar to these. Done!

What I’m doing this weekend:

Sleeping in. Catching my breath. Celebrating my Mom’s birthday.

AND…my best friend from Germany text me saying her and her husband will be coming home! So excited! 

What I’m looking forward to next month:Our hometown fair!

What else is new:

My daily routine has changed quite a bit from summer!

Bonus Question: What are my favorite back-to-school lunch ideas/tips?!

Prep is key! As a teacher, I love a good soup since we have a microwave at school, but I also have some absolute favs that I’ll list below!

My Favorite Chicken Salad

Potato, Sausage and Leek Soup

Veggie Detox Bowl

Winter Couscous Salad

30 Minute Chili

Snacks:

Lemon Lara Bars 

Healthy Pumpkin Bread

Key Lime Pie Bars

Energy Bites

Homemade Granola

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The Best Day Ever

My best day ever would be…
…starting early, snuggled up in a blanket, sipping some coffee near the beach with friends and family. Then, I would order Eggs Blackstone at the Blue Pig Restaurant… …then I would walk all around Cape May and park it on the beach with a sunny sky…

…and take a nap on the beach……I would somehow transport us to il Santo Bevitore in Florence for dinner (and in the process have someone do my hair and make-up;) )… …starting with appetizers and bread, then the main course, and dessert (all paired with wine of course!)……and end the day with a walk on the beach. 🙂THAT is what my perfect day would include!

(and now I kind of want to make that happen somehow) 😉


Guilty Pleasures

Back-to-school

My Phone

Best Recipes

Struggles

Home Tour

Travelogues

Memory Lane

Top Five 

My Loves 

Steal and Splurge


 


Winner!

Happy Monday friends! We had the best weekend working around the house, and being outside! It was gooooorgeous! I hope you had a great weekend and are ready for the week ahead! 🙂

But most importantly, I promised one lucky winner a USB diffuser. You can go here to see if you won!