Sunday, April 21, 2013

Frozen Treats and House Feats

Thanks to the warm weather, my sweet tooth has been craving frozen treats in overdrive this week. In order to try to make a somewhat healthier treat, I decided to try making my own frozen bananas. I have always loved chocolate covered frozen bananas since we used to get them every year at the Mid South Fair. Surprisingly, I had never tried to make them myself though...and they're so easy to make! There are also endless possibilities as far as dippings and toppings depending on how dessert-like or healthy you want to make them. I hate to admit it, but our batch is already about halfway gone!

Frozen Banana Treats

Peel bananas, and half them. Insert popsicle stick (or I used pieces of up bamboo skewers since that's what I had). Place bananas on a wax paper lined dish that will fit in your freezer. Freeze bananas for at least 1 hour. Freezing the bananas first helps the toppings to stick better.

Prepare what you want to dip your bananas in. I melted some chocolate and crunchy peanut butter. I also dipped a couple in vanilla Greek yogurt. 

Remove bananas from freezer. Dip bananas in dippings of choice. Top with toppings of choice.
The chocolate, peanut butter, and yogurt all worked well. I actually smeared mine on instead of dipping since I was just making a few. The chocolate and PB hardened almost immediately, but you definitely have to return the yogurt ones to the freezer for a bit before you eat them.

With toppings, you could go for more of a dessert option and try: mini chocolate chips, crushed oreos or other cookies, sprinkles, or drizzle another type of chocolate. Or you could try something healthier: chopped nuts, granola, cinnamon, etc.

Chocolate covered bananas, half drizzled with peanut butter

Store bananas in the freezer until you're ready to eat them. I transferred mine to a ziploc bag once they were completely frozen.

Left to right: PB covered drizzled with chocolate; crunchy PB; vanilla yogurt with cinnamon and toasted almonds; vanilla yogurt drizzled with chocolate

On the house front this week, things finally seem to be moving a little bit faster. Here are a few pictures of the post-demo and clean up from last weekend.

I'm standing in our bedroom looking through the wall of what will be Lucas' room

Looking down the stairwell from upstairs

We also had some framers start working on replacing the areas of rotten wood in the house.

Rotten wall where there had been a bad leak

New wall that the framers replaced!

This week, they should start installing the windows, and continue with the framing. Feels like we're making progress!

Found this nice surprise in the backyard

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

This and That

A couple of days ago, I had many things bouncing around in my head that I wanted to blog about, and now that I have the time to actually blog, my mind is a little blank.

Baby update: Lucas is getting bigger and bigger, therefore, I am also getting bigger and bigger! Last week, I had my first strangers comment on my baby bump, so I guess it's beginning to be obvious that I am pregnant, and didn't just eat a lot for lunch. Still no strangers wanting to touch my belly though, thankfully. His movements are getting stronger, and I can tell he's taking over more and more of my belly. It is still the most bizarre/amazing feeling in the world! I finally took a couple of pictures of the baby bump the past couple of weeks, even though they were just with my phone. 

21 weeks

22 weeks

I don't think Bear has any clue yet about how is world is about to change. He has had some funny reactions to some of the toys that we've been given for the baby so far. Not sure what he has against this polar bear...


Now that I'm past the halfway point, I really feel like the heat is on to get things moving a long with the house! I keep meaning to take my good camera over to the house to take some more pictures, but so far, all I have again are some phone shots. Here's a little bit of the demo we did this past weekend. I forgot to take an after shot after we had cleaned up!

Andy tearing out the kitchen ceiling

Next weekend will be more of the same! We sometimes feel like the demo will never end, but we are getting pretty close to being done (*I hope*)!

And yay for spring being here! We've been taking advantage of the beautiful hiking weather at Ruffner.