So for those of you folllowing me on facebook you probably read that we got tax money back. The Captain more then me naturally and with the Brazillian/Norwegian tax agreement, the Captain got back a HUGE chunk of tax money which I can say, allowed us to pay off credit cards so we have no credit cards left, PLUS left a little left over and I had got a little also. The immediate thought was a little vacation with the kids, and that is still a do-able thing but we also needed lots of things that we just never have deemed neccessary….things that we could get by with but wished we had new of. Such as sheets for our bed (we had sheets but with holes, old stuff…definitely needing an upgrade there), and carpets for the floors…we’ve avoided them because of the dogs…dog fur and carpets = bad combo…but they really warm a house up and we missed having carpets…the wish list was long, let me leave it at that, so the last week I’ve been trying to get some things on that wish list and below are some of the results…a couple new carpets for the living room upstairs and downstairs, a couple new lamps, a fake plant for downstairs because no one remembers to water the plants downstairs, they sit in the window and seem forgotten until they wither away to nothing….I got the kids some wooly slippers, the girls each got a spotted pair and Thomas a charcoal grey pair…keeps their feet toasty in the winter.
I keep trying to take a photo of these flowers the “Captain” got me…hehehe…they are so beautiful and I don’t think the correct color comes through but I think you can still enjoy them….so pretty…
I had some old bananas laying around and the best thing I know to do with old bananas is make banana bread. Now, for the Norwegians reading this, please do not confuse Banana bread with Banana cake….it’s two totally different things…I’ve never tasted Banana cake but hear it’s very very sweet, Banana bread is sweet but not terribly sweet…my mom use to enjoy a slice with a little butter on it..the contrast between the salty butter and sweet banana flavor is irresistable!! I use the Better Homes and Gardens Recipe for Banana bread and usually I double this and it gives me two loaves but if I don’t have enough bananas then I just make one round…it’s a plus to toss in one more banana then it says…gives much more banana flavor and I also add a 1/4tsp of Allspice…YUM YUM….
1.5 cups of flour
1.5tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mashed banana (approximately 3 medium bananas- but remember the extra banana- so make it 4 bananas)
1/4 cup cooking oil (I used rapseed oil but any neutral oil is fine)
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel which is optional and I never add…sure it tastes good too, but I don’t see the point and rarely have lemons to peel in the house.
1/4 cup chopped walnuts.
Now the instructions tell you to mix certain things at a time…I throw it ALL into one bowl, mix together and pour into a prepared (that would say, buttered bread pan) and then bake at 350 (180C) for about 50 minutes. I put the nuts on the top instead of in the batter but it doesn’t matter how you do it…the results will be great!
Not to mention the house smells devine while this is baking..and this is the wish of every great homemaker, to have a yummy smelling house? Right??? ;-))
So, most of you who have read my blog awhile, know that I live in a log cabin type house, if there isn’t logs on the walls it’s panel…plain pine colored panel. I LOVE my log cabin home but too much of a good thing can be well…..not so good. So I finally broke down (thanks to the help of tax money) and got some paints to paint some of the wood panel…not the logs, but the panel. I didn’t get for the living room yet upstairs, going to try a light color in the entry way and the little toliet room first, which are one and the same color, and if I like it I’ll continue it in the living room. It’s called Reflection from Jotun SENS series. Was going to surprise the Captain with the remodelling but after talking to him and realizing in order to do the job correctly I’d need to remove wallboards and such, I decided to wait and let him remove them so I don’t ruin them and then I can paint! So in about a week or so I should have some photos to show you…cross your fingers it will look as good as I hope. I’ve seen other log homes with some painted parts in it and I like it…just have to hope it will look as good here.
We’re still looking for a co-owner home for Nanna Banana. She’s a sweet girl who I think could honestly thrive in a home where she gets ALL the attention. She adores the dogs here but she also adores having all the attention herself and almost seems more at peace when she is getting the attention rather then sharing it. So if anyone in Norway is reading this and thinking Nanna might be for them, contact me and let me know what you could offer her and we can discuss the nitty gritty details of what kind of agreement I have in mind…it will really be in Nanna’s best interest and then something that will protect both my interest and the new owner’s interest in her. So nothing scary…take contact if you are super duper people with a big heart and a loving home to share with Nanna :-)
Until next time my friends….