Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Work in Progress

It's been awhile since I've posted here...I think I need to work on being a little more disciplined...I thought I would give you a peek at what I've been working on lately...I've actually been making this blanket since we found out we were expecting, but it's been slow has luckily been on the cooler side here, since on really hot days knitting with wool has been a little bit of a torture.  Although time seems suddenly of the essence as I enter into my 32nd week tomorrow...must keep knitting! More belly pics to come...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

And the weeks keep on a comin'...

Where does the time go? Week 29  has already begun...and I am starting to feel the weight creeping down my back and into my legs.  The heat is taking its toll as well...and as far as I keep hearing from everyone, this is just the's hard to believe there are 11 weeks to go and thus that much more to grow...both the little squish and me included!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


So it's been a few weeks of ups and downs.  We had a little accident the babe and I.  I managed to cut the palm of my hand at work with a pair of scissors while trying to cut a button in half (long story) and ended up with 9 (painful) stitches, unbeknownst to me that when pregnant (at least in Spain) they don't give you any anestesia for these my 31 years, I've never had so much as a broken finger and alas at 7 months pregnant I ended up with my first real gash.  As you can imagine it has been a bit of an upset in the house, since I am the one that usually does a lot of the cooking...but my Lor has been quite a huge help these days, cooking, cleaning, tying plastic bags on my hand so I can shower..
...and then yesterday, despite the bandage and the awkwardness, I broke down and made a banana bread..when desperate: MAKE BANANA BREAD! And apart from remedying my longing for the kitchen, it also came out delicious...though I burned the bottom just a tad...

This bread is great because it combines healthy flours and very little sugar.  It does have butter, but hey, we can't all be saints now can we... I usually substitute flaxmeal for a part of the flour mixure in most recipes and it always comes out great! So I hope you give it a try...the photo is a little bit terrible since it was late and my iphone was all I had handy...

Banana Bread

Yield: 2 medium loaves (or 1 big, 1 small as pictured)

1 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ

1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

125gr (1 stick + aprox 1 tblspn)  unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup packed  brown cane sugar (if you like your bread more on the sweet side add another 1/4 cup--I don't think it really needs it with all the banana, but sugar is a personal choice in my book)
2 large eggs

3ripe bananas for batter + 2 or 3 more for layering on top (optional) 

125grms yogurt (about 1/2 cup) + 1/4 cup milk (reg milk/soy etc will all do)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 bread pans (I used butter, but to each his own..) In a bowl, whisk together flours, wheat germ, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars with a mixer until light and fluffy (I actually don't have a mixer and just do this manually--but of course, if you have a mixer, I highly reccomend using it.) Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, mash bananas with a fork (you should have about 3/4 to 1cup (aprox); stir in milk and vanilla.
With mixer on low (or stirring by hand), alternately add flour mixture and banana mixture to butter mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in walnuts if using.
Divide batter among loaf pans and cut the remaining bananas in half, placing them on top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean, 45 minutes (aprox), rotating pan halfway through. Let cool in pan 10 minutes; transfer loaves to a rack to cool at least 10 minutes more.