If I have time to myself, nonexercise-induced relaxation is found in baking, and reading. I did both this afternoon and I feel rejuvenated! I planned to add a pedicure into that afternoon of relaxation but the pedicure place was packed and I didn’t feel like waiting. I decided to save some money and do my own. Whatdya think? The home pedi allowed me to paint my piggies with my favorite red, OPI Kennebunk-port. I love the names of their colors!
Amidst my hours of vegging out, I still had a few need-tos to do. I have washed all our clothes and the sheets and unpacked my bag from Chicago. Yes, I did get back almost three days ago. Don’t judge..ok, judge. I’m a little ashamed. I’m usually a little OCD about unpacking as soon as I get home, but somehow it took chore day to get it done this time.
While unpacking, I found a little game that my district played at the meeting as a sorta team building. I’m going to put myself out there and admit that, though I did get second place in this game, I’m a little embarrassed at how I got there.
The game was “Who said that?” It listed 20 famous quotes and we had to write who said them. I nailed 9 of the 20. Not bad, right? Want to know who I knew?
Bart Simpson “Don’t have a cow man!”
Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City) “Helloooo Lover!”
Renee Zelwegger (Jerry McGuire) “You had me at hello”
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Terminator) “I’ll be back”
Jack Nicholson (A Few Good Men) “You can’t handle the truth!”
I also got the quote about life and a box of chocolates from Forest Gump, Clinton’s quote about what he did NOT do with that woman, and a well-known Muhammad Ali saying. What did I NOT get, you ask?
William Shakespeare “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them”
Winston Churchill “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”
and most embarrassing…..
JFK “…ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Really?! Not cool!
I was, however exposed to a quote I had never heard before that I really like.
Do you know who said it?
I refuse to feel bad about my pop culture skills, especially the Carrie Bradshaw quote. Sex and the City is, afterall, my favorite show of all time, but I need to brush up on the famous figures in history. I did recognize almost every one and I did know, at least, that the JFK quote was a president, even if I wasn’t sure which one. I’m still not feeling any better about this 🙂
Once I had hung my head in shame for an adequate amount of time and finished the unpacking, I hung out in the kitchen for a bit. I made April’s low-carb sweet bread with a few changes. I had a banana that was way over-ripe, so I decided to replace the pumpkin puree with mashed banana. I also made them in muffin form rather than a loaf for easy grab-and-go.
As you can see, I filled the muffin cups to the brim to fit all the batter in and still have 8 servings. I know you are only supposed to fill muffin cups 2/3 full, but they didn’t rise too much. I just sprayed the top of the muffin pan so they wouldn’t stick once they overflowed.
They are really good and banana-y. I might try to add nuts next time to make them more like banana nut bread.
Banana Low-Carb Sweet Muffins
1 large over-ripe banana (about 1/2 a cup mashed)
1 c vanilla protein powder
1 c wheat bran
1 c egg whites
1/2c hot water
1T baking powder
1t nutmeg (I grated fresh, so not sure of the exact amount)
1/2t vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 and fill eight cups of the muffin tin
with batter. They will be VERY full. Bake for 15 -20min or until
a toothpick comes out clean.
I filled the batter-less muffin cups with water to prevent uneven baking. That’s a trick I heard somewhere that seems to work when you are not using all 12 cups. Oh, and don’t use muffin cup liners. The muffins stick pretty bad, so I would just grease the cups well next time.
Hope you had a great weekend!