Saturday, November 9, 2013

Classics, Christmas and Cooking

Happy Saturday.
Another weekend of relaxing and enjoying the approaching season. Getting caught up on life, laundry, Christmas shopping online and classic movies. Last week it was Barefoot in the Park and The Way We Were (Robert Redford much?). Just watched Casablanca. It was lovely. It's intersting to hear lines that I have heard quoted my whole life and finally know where they came from. The film, might I also add, was  to me an example of chivalrous and sacrificial love. Refreshing to watch values on the screen again.

Have you ever opened a beer or bottle of wine just to have a bit and then forget about it---sadly to the point where its lost its flavor? Well...I have several times. BUT I absolutely HATE wasting food. SO a Yengling Black and Tan has now become Banana Beer Bread (with almonds) this morning. And a sad bottle of Merlot became a drunken pot roast a couple weeks ago.

I love thinking out of the box with food.

I have also pre-browned beef and frozen it for quick use in pastas or other dishes, like the quiche i have in the oven with my beer bread this morning. Quick, simple, easy is the only way to go.

Still thinking about how to design my Christmas cards and how I'll hang my Christmas lights this year, with no outlets outside my house...

 Banana Beer Bread
-Not too sweet. Good with a meal or for breakfast.
Makes 1 small loaf
1.5 cups flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 baking soda, 6 oz beer, 1.5 soft bananas, 1 3/4 tsp melted butter, nuts, 1 small scoop vanilla protein powder
Mix, Bake 40min-50min or until golden brown.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

"We Wish You A Merry---November??"

My husband walking along Lake Geneva in WI last December
So I have to say, I've always been one to question those who listen to Christmas music from the get-go. I mean..come on. It's not even Thanksgiving yet.

But since I've moved from home, I miss my *growing* (congrats to my sister and her husband for their new baby girl) family more and more every day.

Hearing Christmas songs reminds me of HOME. They bring me to mom's kitchen or the living room stringing ornaments on the tree to Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas---as we did every year---

So all you Early-Christmas-ers out there, I have to say, I've joined you. Because now, when the holiday shopping and traveling starts, i think i deserve a nice relaxing walk down memory lane in the car, or while shopping online.

This time of year is so rushed and goes too fast. Juggling school, work, and Lord only knows what else can steal our joy, if our hearts are not in the right place. Christmas music to me is now a quick and simple reminder of where my heart should be...so I want to absorb every minute of it <3