the little moments that make my world go round

5 million nickels = $50,000.

Just the shell of what was.

Originally uploaded by imayle

Don’t ask what the title means. I’m not entirely sure myself. It just popped into my brain a few minutes ago. Haha.

Last night my mom and I went out for *Christmas shopping*! It was great fun. Normally we stay home during Christmas week and avoid all the crazy traffic and such, but she was feeling a bit antsy, so we went out anyway. Lots of things are marked down already, and we had a good time looking at all the gaudy decorations. 🙂

Among our stops was walmart (A shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to wally world, now would it?) and there we picked up some mixed nuts to munch on. Hence the picture of the day… The shells looked all lonely and beautiful at the same time, so I decided they ought to have a picture in my blog. 😀 I like the way they look.

Today has been labelled “Christmas Baking Day”. I’ve made two loaves of Banana Bread so far, and later I’ll be making sugar cookies. Yum! The house smells strongly of banana at the moment, quite nice. The recipe I use is from starbucks, so it feels gormet, but it’s pretty easy peas. If you’d care to try it, here it is:

Banana Bread
2 Cups Flour 1 1/8 Cups Sugar 3 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda ½ Cup Vegetable Oil 1 Egg
¼ Teaspoon Salt 2 Tablespoons Buttermilk ½ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Preheat the oven to 325*. Grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan and dust with flour.
Blend together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Mix together the egg, sugar and vegetable oil until combined. Add the flour mixture and when blended, (NOTE: The mixture will be crumbly until the bananas are added. Don’t panic! J) then add the buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed bananas and mix until combined.
Gently pour into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 45-60 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool 10 minutes on a wire rack before removing from pan.

It’s great to snack on with a hot drink on a cold winter day.


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