Banana Bread Quinoa

IMG_3239 IMG_3234This could not be easier, all ingredients go right in the Crockpot! It comes out tasting like a bowl of oatmeal and a loaf of banana bread had a baby! It is packed with protein and is so yummy! You have to try it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of light cream
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 1/8 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • Fresh Banana, honey, and cinnamon(to garnish)

Directions:

Mash bananas in crockpot. Add all other ingredients (except garnish ingredients) and whisk to mix. Cover and cook on low for 3.5 hours. Garnish with a few slices of fresh banana, a drizzle of 1 tsp of local honey, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Enjoy!!

This recipe makes about seven 1/2 cup servings. Weight watchers Points Plus 2012: 6 points

*This recipe was inspired by nutritionfor.us.

Maternity Photo Shoot–Melissa Fogg Photography

A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a new photographer in our area who is specifically trained to photograph our newborn (when she finally arrives). Upon signing the contract for our newborn photo shoot, she offered us a FREE Maternity Mini-session and, of course, I said “Thank You” and scheduled a date! Melissa Fogg is so sweet, professional, and an incredible artist!

Here is her blog!

and…

Here is her website!

These are 2 of my favorites, so far…can’t wait to see more of her beautiful work!

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Thank you so much, Melissa!! We are thrilled!!

“interesting”….

just an “interesting” thing I found…

First, let me start by saying that I hate to admit it, but I spend a tiny portion of some days looking at “celebrity crap” like gossip magazines, E! news on occasion, and instagram. Though I don’t find it necessary, I actually do think it’s important to try and observe all types of people to learn about yourself, celebrities included…

That being said, I was on instagram and found a picture that Kourtney Kardashian posted (below) on which she commented: “my dream life”, to describe the photo….

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The reason I found this to be so “interesting” was because the woman in this photo seemed to have the same lifestyle as Kourtney Kardashian, from an outsider’s view. The woman in the photo, just like Kourtney, has two seemingly healthy and beautiful children she is toting around in the middle of a sunny day on a very clean street and she is dressed head-to-toe in designer clothing, as are her two children. Apparently Kourtney doesn’t think this looks like her and is dreaming of this lifestyle. It is such a natural thing to do, to want more than you have, no matter how much you have; and this simple post confirms that this is true all the way across the board.

I don’t know if this should be defined as envy, greed, or if it should be considered sinful at all. I think that just because every woman on the planet does this, doesn’t mean it isn’t sinful. I doubt Kourtney felt like she was sinning but posting something like this. I, of course, am not perfect and do this all the time as well. I think I should be sorry after I have a thought like this because I am blessed with so much. It is hard to be stronger than very natural sins like this that are so interwoven into our culture. Even though it is sometimes hard, I try to beat these sinful thoughts anyway.

No matter how I define it, to me this whole idea remains “interesting”…

There’s SNOW way I could be unhappy on this beautiful morning!

Last night was the first snowfall of the season. I was excited because I knew I had the day off today to take a walk with my sister. We played with her puppies first and then ventured around the neighborhood on one of our regular routes for some fresh air an sugar-coated scenery. Since I have last posted, she got a new puppy (now there are 2). His name is Tucker; I call him “tuck tuck”.

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On our walk, I took some photos of the train tracks and some snow-dusted plants. Simple, natural, and pure nature, one of the few uncorrupted joys of life.

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So blessed to share the beauty of this happy Saturday morning with you.

*Soundtrack of the morning: Missy Higgins Radio on Pandora