Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Marbled-Chocolate Banana Bread
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
- 1/2 cup egg substitute
- 1/3 cup plain low-fat yogurt
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- Cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350°.
Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.
Place sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add banana, egg substitute, and yogurt; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist.
Place chocolate chips in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring until smooth. Cool slightly. Add 1 cup batter to chocolate, stirring until well combined. Spoon chocolate batter alternately with plain batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Swirl batters together using a knife. Bake at 350° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.
Blackberry Crumb Bars
- 6 tbsps. unsalted butter, melted, and 1/2 cup room temperature, plus more for pan
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for pan
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 2 containers (5 oz. each) blackberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan. Line bottom with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter and flour paper, tapping out excess.
- Make topping: In a medium bowl, whick together melted butter, brown sugar, and 1/4 tsp. salt; add 1 cup flour and mix with a fork until large moist crumbs form. Refrigerate topping until ready to use.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining 3/4 cup of flour, baking powder, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt; set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat room-temp. butter, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed to low; mix in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly in pan; sprinkle with blackberries, then chilled topping.
- Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in center comes out with moist crumbs attached, 40-45 minutes. Cool completely in pan. Using paper overhang, lift cake onto a work surface; cut into 16 squares.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
And awaaaaaay we gooo:
1. When you look marriage up in the dictionary the word right next to it should be "compromise".
2. It's okay if you argue with your spouse...no, it really is, because you are two separate human beings and you will never have the same ideas on everything.
3. Ignore the guilt trip you get when you sleep until 11 on a Saturday morning--it's soooo worth it!
4. Husbands should always compliment their wives when they get dressed up and wives should always compliment their husbands on the handyman work they do around the house.
5. No matter how much fun he makes of them, he really does enjoy watching the TV shows that you watch (even if he'll never admit it).
6. Try new things--that's why God matched you with someone who is completely different than yourself, so you can teach each other things.
7. Husbands and wives need to keep each other in check--God called us to hold each other accountable for our actions, even if it's a hard conversation to bring up.
8. Always remember that you're married to your best friend who is an absolutely incredible person, even if that best friend is driving you up the freakin wall.
9. Act silly and play, even though you're 'adults' you don't have to act like it.
10. As cliche as it is...let go of the small things, take a deep breath and keep moving on.
Hope you enjoyed my wisdom :)
Today we pretty much hung out around the house. And even though we went to an incredible dinner last night, I still felt like we needed to do something special for tonight. So I made a dinner I had never made before, shish kabobs and grilled corn. Yummy! The shish kabobs consisted of green bell peppers, red onions, squash, zucchini, shrimp, and mushrooms. I marinated them with some delish seasoning and threw them on the grill and voila (!) 5 minutes later they were done! And as for the grilled corn--hello! Loved it! We're definitely having both of those recipes again. We also had black beans and rice (thank you Zatarains and thank you Dad for the suggestion)--those were delish! And since we were fatties/realistic and ate our wedding cake before and after our honeymoon I felt like I needed to make something to honor our marriage. The next best thing to wedding cake...homemade chocolate chip cookies! We also drank a lovely bottle of champagne (much thanks to Mom and Dad's friends Farris and Joyce--they gave it to us two days before our wedding) and it was wonderful. What an incredible day and night! I was sitting around the house today and thinking that I couldn't be happier, I'm so thankful that God gave me this man.
PS-As for the waiting a year to eat the top layer of your wedding cake--I was skeptical of how good it would be after being frozen in Raleigh, driven 8 hours to PA and being re-frozen so we just ate it after our wedding, can ya blame us?
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Katie and her friend Katie
Katie, Katie and Meghan (best buds)
Katie's fan club
The significant others hanging out at the grad BBQ
One of my fave pics of us--laughing :)
Meghan and Sterling--Katie's best buds hanging out at the bbq
Katie and Andre with crazy Dixie
I had to leave on Monday to come back to work and John, his parents and Dixie came back on Thursday. My intentions were to keep ya'll up to date during my time here alone however it was mostly spent cleaning because I had a dog-free house to myself. I again found myself taking after my mother--I was actually excited about cleaning and really enjoyed it! How weird! But to be fair we haven't done a "deep" cleaning to the house since we've had Dixie--just straightening up.
Now we're all joined together in PA--John and his dad are building a fence in our yard so that the pup can run free and Kathy and I have been running errands, walking the pup and hanging around the house--ok she did some yard work too but somehow I missed out on that (oops). Last night we enjoyed a great dinner and some really cool fireworks, now we're back to the above mentioned roles...do I really have to go to work tomorrow? Sitting around is sooo nice...