I wish I had anything interesting to say.Â But I don’t.Â Feel free to scan straight to the recipe because what follows will be riveting.
We’ve been doing some Christmas decorating.Â And a lot of our lights don’t work.Â And we bought them new just last year!Â At Wal-Mart!Â Because it was 10 PM and they were open!Â And now they don’t work!Â Oh, the drama.Â We might have to buy some new ones if we want all the bushes out front to be done.Â Also, we got a new tree stand.Â Our pre-drilled stand broke last year and while we really enjoyed bickering about how crooked the tree was in the traditional stand, we opted to buy another pre-drilled one.Â Â So far it hasn’t fallen over or anything exciting like that.Â We didn’t even break any ornaments while decorating.Â However, our Christmas village looks perfect because there are so many people with broken limbs from years past that it looks like a Tiny Tim convention.
I started my Christmas shopping yesterday.Â The three week mark sort of hit me.Â Actually, what will truly hit me are the shipping rates I will have to pay in order to make up for my procrastination.Â I thought I was doing well by getting the kids’ Christmas photo done after Thanksgiving.Â So the cards will be quality, but the gifts might suck.Â And why is it so difficult to come up with a new coat/snow pants/accessories set for my daughter every year?Â It seems like the same drill … cute coat, no matching snowpants.Â Or nice matching set, one piece out of stock.Â And confusing color schemes:Â do the “buff” snowpants match the “ivory” coat?Â Who the hell knows.Â On the husband front, we have (of course) said we are getting each other nothing.Â But now the boxes start showing up for me.Â So I must figure out gifts for him.Â Because we aren’t getting each other anything, you know?
I did a cool project on Jupiter the other day.Â Did you know that you would weigh twice as much on Jupiter as you do on Earth?Â I’m not sure if that would impact how tight my jeans are, but if I ever go, I’ll buy a size up.
Speaking of my jeans being tight, I decided after Thanksgiving that I was going to train for a half marathon.Â Last week went well.Â Today, I am already negotiating with myself about how I can avoid the longer mileage run that I was supposed to do yesterday.Â The one that I should have done while I was having a few holiday beers.Â I am a very disciplined runner, so this training thing should go really well.Â I also don’t like the cold, so my running occurs only on the treadmill now.Â If the race I ultimately select has episodes of Top Chef streaming throughout the course, I should be in good shape.
Also, if you made it this far (bless you), the other day I noticed that I had rotting fruit so I made some banana bread.Â I mixed in some of our favorite trail mix ingredients and it was quite good.Â We ate it quickly.Â Then I did the dishes and went to bed.
Trail Mix Banana Bread
Makes one loaf
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 t salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup sugar
4 very ripe bananas, mashed
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted
1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.Â Grease a loaf pan with softened butter.
2.Â Combine whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.Â Set aside.
3.Â Using an electric mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy.Â Add in sugar and mix for 1-2 minutes.Â Beat in eggs, one at a time, and then add in mashed bananas.
4.Â Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in vanilla extract, pumpkin seeds, coconut, and chocolate chips into batter until just combined.
5.Â Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes until golden brown and just set.