my favorite cooking utensil

this is it. my favorite utensil for cooking that usually lives in or very near my kitchen. if i can't find it, and jay asks what i'm looking for and i say my cookbook... he knows it's this one. i received this cookbook from my dear friend ashley many years ago.

(this picture was 4 years ago... time sure does fly)

she started me out with a few of her favorite recipes and since then, i have continued to add to it with favorites i have discovered along my way. i have new recipes, old recipes, family recipes, cut-outs from magazines. some of them i have made and love, some of them have sounded delicious but i have never made them (one day). this is my trusty kitchen companion- better than anything i could ever get from the pampered chef or bed, bath, and beyond.

speaking of kitchens and cooking... weight watchers continues to make a difference in our lives and home. i'm not sure of jay's weight loss total to date, but in 2 months, i have lost 6.4 lbs. i can see and feel the difference and am thankful that the weight is coming off slowly. i feel that i am taking the time to lose it and by doing so, i am learning new, healthy habits that will remain long after tracking every single thing i eat ends.

what is that, you ask? well, yesterday we had some very ripe bananas and not enough yogurt (or room in our stomachs) for 3 smoothies. so, i was determined to find a delicious recipe from weight watchers for those bananas. and i did! i had every ingredient in the house already, too. so, i made some delicious banana oatmeal bread. yummy. at 4 points per slice (10 slices per loaf), it is a yummy treat for breakfast. it has made it into my little companion, too.


1 c. uncooked old-fashioned oats
3 large bananas
2 med. egg whites
1 lg. egg
3 tsp. canola oil
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. unpacked brown sugar
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl, stir together dry ingredients (except oats). Add oil and eggs; mix thoroughly.
2. In a small bowl, mash bananas with a potato masher or fork. Add bananas and oats to batter.
3. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and bake until top of loaf is firm to touch, 45-55 minutes. Remove from oven to cool in pan for 5 minutes. Flip out and cool on a wire rack for another 10 minutes.

and voila! tasty banana oatmeal bread. and it smells wonderful while it is baking, too. enjoy!


Trey and Heather Schablik said...

Hey Stace - it's Heather (Buckner) from years past :) I happened to see your FB message about banana bread yesterday, and given that it is my latest craving in this crazy pregnancy, I'm definitely checking it out this weekend! Hope you are doing wonderful - I LOVE your blog...it is so great hearing how wonderful everything is going for you guys. Plus, I can definitely get some tips from you on how to improve my pathetic excuse for a blog... :)

Rebecca Louise. said...

Have any good brownie recipes in there? Yumm! x

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