Paleo Banana Bread

My oldest has an event at school tomorrow morning, and I was asked to bring a baked item. According to Little Mister, his teachers think I bake well (apparently the liked the cookies at Christmas), and I’m okay with all of that.

Given my recent dietary restraints, and knowing that a typical American breakfast is wheat heavy, I thought of what to make. Hrm. I decided to search for a gluten recipe to bake my favorite thing: banana bread. Through the glory of the inter webs, I found one that appealed to me. I also had all the ingredients on hand.

I picked up these eggs at the Marietta Farmer’s Market last weekend. I love brown eggs, but green? Yum!!

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Fast forward a few mashed bananas, and this recipe: voila! This recipe has a streusel topping that I omitted because it has pecans in it and I worry about nut allergies, which is crazy since the bread does have almond butter. Can’t win ’em all.

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My kids and I had a sliver of the bread, just in case it wasn’t good. It was good. So, so good!

Carrots

Bought these beauties at the Marietta Farmer’s Market this weekend.

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Aren’t they gorgeous?! Look at the beautiful colors! As luck would have it, husband likes glazed carrots, so I see more of this in our future.

And I can’t beat getting the food from farm to my table. Yum!

Playing Catch Up

I’ve been wanting to update this for ages but haven’t made the time. I finally have a quiet moment and decided to take advantage of it.

Our life since May:

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Baseball

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Biking on two wheels

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Or three

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Baking home made fruit strips

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canning pickles

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visiting grandparents in the mountains

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and at the beach

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family photos

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making skirts for our friends

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sadding

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and realizing that all little boys need on a hot day are a garden hose, baseball bat and popsicles.

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Homemade Croutons

We eat a lot of salad and this house no salad is complete without croutons. I got tired of paying for seasoned bread so I began to save all my bread parts – heels, bread not quite stale, small pieces. The parts went into the freezer until I was ready to make my own croutons. They are so easy make. Here’s how I do it:

Thaw the bread and cut into crouton size pieces. Spread onto a baking sheet. Drizzle the bread with extra virgin olive oil then toss all parts so each piece is lightly covered in oil. Season with kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, dried rosemary, dried thyme and dried oregano. I eyeball the seasonings. Just remember it’s easier to add more seasoning than to take it off.

Heat the oven to 250 degrees and place the croutons in the oven. Turn every five minutes until they are crisp and golden brown.

Someone’s in the Kitchen with MaMa

Little Mister and I do a lot of baking; I’m fairly certain I’ve mentioned that before. It’s a great afternoon activity, keeps him from watching too much tv and we end up with a yummy treat in the house. I haven’t decided what he likes best – dumping ingredients into the mixer, cracking the eggs or licking the beater.

We made the always classic Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookies. I added an extra egg since half of an egg was sacrificed on the counter, and I used unsalted butter. Holy cow! The cookies are light and delicious! I think I have a new twist on my baked goods. Hey! Paula Deen suggests using an extra egg and I think she’s onto something.

Sadly, the cookies didn’t last long. Guess we’ll make some more tomorrow.

Apple Tart

My parents live in the North Georgia mountains. They were in town recently and brought me a peck of apples from Mercier Orchards.

I love baked apples in any form so Little Mister and I got busy baking. We baked apple spice muffins in cute Halloween themed baking cups

And an apple tart. The tart took a few hours to make and Little Mister lost interest. Everyone loved the tart, though, especially me.

I used a Better Homes and Gardens recipe and it was delicious! Well worth the work (and the trip here to get a tart pan).

Vacation (again)

I never managed to get photos up from some of our other vacation highlights. Since our trip to the beach was a month ago I’ll put up the photos with brief descriptions. Most are self explanatory.

We went to the bird and marine sanctuary at Ponce Inlet.

And saw a freakishly large banana spider – he scared the daylights out of me from 20 feet away!

Went to the Ponce Inlet lighthouse

The alligator farm in St. Augustine

And the piece de resistance – lobster for dinner! Both boys LOVED it!

We can’t wait to repeat our adventure next year!