Things Loved This Week

It’s been an eventful, stressful, and busy couple of weeks. After being sick with the flu for more than a week, I was finally feeling better but completely out of the habit of cooking. This was followed by a particularly stressful week at work & home (so much happening!) and as such our eating habits suffered. We ate out more than I care to admit and when we did eat at home it consisted largely of cereal and different kinds of eggs.

I’m happy to report that we’re seemingly back on track! I made a really delicious curried chicken and wild rice soup this week, which we ate up fairly quickly. I also I made some healthy and delicious Banana Breakfast Muffins, which turned out fantastic.

So here are my things loved this week!
1) Healthy Banana Breakfast Muffins

Mini MuffinsI kind of used the recipe linked in the heading as a guideline, but I mostly made it up as I went along. While it could’ve ended in disaster, I will say they turned out rather scrumptious! I made 36 mini-muffins.

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1 cup of oats
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter, melted
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • ¼ brown sugar
  • 2 very ripe bananas, peeled (the riper they are the sweeter they’ll be)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbsp flax seed
  • ¾ cup vanilla Greek yoghurt
  • Dark chocolate chips*
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with paper or silicone liners and set aside.
  2. In a food processor or blender, pulse the oats until they’re largely broken up.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, flax, baking soda, salt and baking powder.
  4. Make a well (hole) in the center of the flour mixture and drop in the eggs, melted butter, syrup, and yoghurt. Mix with a wooden spoon until combined.
  5. In a small bowl mash the two bananas together with the back of a fork. Carefully fold the bananas, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips into the muffin batter and distribute evenly into muffin cups. Bake until they begin to brown on top and a toothpick comes clean when inserted in the center, which took about 15-18 minutes for my mini-muffins.

* I don’t usually use a measuring cup when I add chocolate chips to recipes. I start with a handful and add more until I’m satisfied with the batter. This time around I added 2 small handfuls.

2) Panera Bread

When I was sick with the flu, David took me out to Panera Bread. It was delicious. Their soups are really tasty! Although they can be expensive, we enjoyed eating there when I was sick. I particularly liked their Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice soup (can you tell I’m really into rice in soup?!).

3) itFit Bands

Pictures taken from itFit website.

Pictures taken from itFit website.

I don’t usually pay attention to Facebook ads, but recently there was an ad for itFit bands. They had a deal – buy 3 get one free, free shipping, and 25% off. So I ordered 3 headbands and I’ve worn them pretty regularly since they’ve arrived! They fit really well, come in a range of patterns and colours AND they’re made in Canada!

4) Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Pug

I’ve done Family Story Time 4 times at the library in the last ten days and have used this book at all of them. The kids (and parents!) always laugh at the pictures and story. The text rhymes which means it’s fun and easy to read and flows very well. It’s funny, witty, and cute! It’s quickly become a favourite!

Pig was a Pug

and I’m sorry to say,

he was greedy and selfish

in most every way …

Pig the Pug 2

And with that, we’re on to another week!