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A Lovely Day

December 24

Mr. and Mrs. Pelletier are here and we had a lovely first day of their visit with them. They brought a truckload of gifts for us!

Our little tree is getting dwarfed by all those Christmas goodies! And there are still a few more to come as I have yet to finish wrapping all my gifts! Christmas morning is gonna be FUN! 😀

We relaxed and chatted through the afternoon…

 

We started a 1000-piece puzzle!

 

 

And we baked some Banana Pecan Bread! I based it on this recipe by Mama Pea, and it turned out really well.

  • 1/4 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 C brown sugar
  • 1/4 C organic cane sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 C pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C chopped pecans

 

Preheat oven to 350°.

Cream together butter and both sugars. Add mashed bananas, applesauce and vanilla; mix well.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.

Pour wet mixture into the dry and stir until just combined. Fold in pecans.

Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour in batter. Bake for 45-50 mins (mine needed a full 50 mins).

The texture was really nice; crusty exterior and moist interior. It was a tad bit too sweet for my liking (but I think that’s just me as the bread was a hit with everyone here; I just prefer baking that is much less sweet than the usual recipes out there), so next time I would try using slightly less sugar. It was definitely yummy though.

We had a very pleasant and tasty dinner of baked lemon and dill salmon, vegetable stirfry, and sundried tomatoes and corn brown rice. Unfortunately, I didn’t really measure anything (cooked in my usual wing-it manner) and didn’t photograph the food properly, so they will not be making an appearance on this blog tonight.

Only 1 more day until Christmas! Christmas Eve was always my favourite growing up, even more than Christmas day. I think I tend to savour the anticipation and excitement of a long-awaited event even more than the event itself. But that doesn’t mean I’m not looking forward to Christmas morning when we’ll get to dig into our little Christmas surprises!

Including what will be in these fun home-decorated and personalized stockings Len and I made last night:

 

Growing up, I always dreamed of one day hanging stockings by the fireplace (we didn’t have a fireplace then), and now, here we are!

Len knew how much I wanted to be able to hang them up, and ran all over town looking for suitable stocking hangers. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find ones we liked that weren’t already sold out. But just when I thought my dream would have to wait another year at least, my smartypants husband found an awesome solution!

Can you see what the stockings are hanging from? They’re clamps! So now we can put HEAVY items in the stockings! 😛 Brilliant, huh? But then they’re a bit unsightly, so that’s why we tied the gauzy ivory bows on each one to hide it. Works quite well, and now I finally found a use for all that left over gauzy material from our wedding last year.

Hope you are all having a great week and enjoying the holiday season so far! Happy Christmas Eve Eve!

 

Posted by on December 24, 2010 in Hanging Out, Kitchen Adventures

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