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Friday, April 22, 2011

Why I shouldn’t watch TLC


I love TLC.  Between that channel, Travel Channel, Bravo, and the Cooking Channel, I could probably occupy myself for days.  I am normally banned from watching these channels from The Husband because I won’t do anything else all day.  The other day I was looking for something to watch as I did my homework.  I found myself sucked into Extreme Couponing.  While I was in total aww of these women I was also slightly scared.  I still can’t get how some of these people do it.  If anybody has an idea, please let me know.  I don’t live in an area where they allow us to utilize the double and triple coupon thing. 
I was initially interested in watching because I’m going to try as much as possible to actually plan out meals for the week.  The Husband starts back at school again in May and he has class 4 days a week.  I have a feeling if I don’t start planning meals, myself and The Daughter will have to eat cereal for dinner.    If anybody has any tips, I’m totally open to this.  I’m trying not to stock pile my pantry too much but I want to make sure we are eating a healthy meal.  HELP!
I even decided to start making bread weekly again.  I am trying to get ride of bulk ingredients in my pantry now.  I am concentrating on the bread flour I have.  So “hopefully” I’ll try bagels or English muffins again.  I did get some motivation last week and made some banana bread.  The bananas we had was getting soft.  Unfortunately both The Husband and Daughter both gage when they eat over-ripen bananas.  I have some weird family members.  The only disappointing part is that I am unable to put nuts. 
Banana Oatmeal Bread
5 Mashed up Bananas
1/4 Cup of Oatmeal
1 1/2 Cups of Flour
2 Tsp of baking soda’
1 Tsp of Salt
2 Sticks of Soften Butter
1 Cup of Sugar
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
3 Eggs
Crumble topping
1 Cup of Oatmeal
1 Cup of Flour
1 Stick of Soften Butter
1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Mix together the banana, butter, and the sugars until it is well incorporated. 
  3. Whisk in the eggs until it is well mixed.
  4. Shift in the flour, salt, and baking soda. 
  5. Pour into the batter into a bread pan.
  6. Take the crumble ingredients and roughly mix the ingredients until it becomes a crumble.
  7. Top the bread dough with the crumble.
  8. Depending on thickness, cook for 45 minutes to an hour.
  9. Let it cool and serve with a pat of butter…ok that is me.
I love crumble toppings.  I thought it was a great add.
I know I asked before, any tips would be wonderful. 


  1. I just came across your blog and I am really enjoying reading your posts! This banana bread looks so good, I love the addition of oatmeal.

    Some things I always have on hand are rice, canned no-sodium beans of all kinds, a few things of whole wheat pasta, pasta sauce (low sugar/low salt variety), canned green beans. Things like that but I do buy A LOT of fresh stuff so my pantry isn't too full. Good luck!

    I will definitely be back to your blog, I can't wait to see what you put up next!

  2. The crumble topping really makes this extra special for me! I love the texture of it too - it looks dense and fluffy at the same time. I'm trying to clean my pantry too, so far it's not working.

  3. The topping is a fabulous addition. I'll have to give that a try.

  4. Love crumble topping - banana and oatmeal a great combo!

  5. I love a good banana bread! Yours sounds especially delicious with the addition of the oatmeal and that crispy crumbly topping! Happy Easter to you and your family :)!

  6. nice bake, Happy Easter to u n family and i am totallty addicted to TLC too !

  7. I've never added oatmeal to banana bread sounds delicious! I teach and coach and my husband works crazy hours as well. We try to sit down on Sundays after church and plan meals for the week. When you have time for it, you'll take stock of the ingredients in your kitchen and plan from there. Then, we make our list and it's off to the grocery :)

  8. I love crumble toppings too...what a great idea!! And oatmeal and bananas, it makes so much sense now that you mention it. Great recipe, I'm saving it!

  9. make some lasagna and freeze it; Make adobo, or any stew can be frozen into portions so just need to thaw it and reheat. Make marinara sauce in bulk and store it in the fridge and freezer for quick pasta dishes. If you have a slow-cooker, you can "dump" some meat and veggies there, and you'll have hot dinner waiting when you come home..just some ideas..for your pantry, spanish sardines a good addition. Hope that helps :)

    Oh, the banana bread is lovely, btw!

  10. I agree with can make so many great things and freeze them. Pizza dough, pesto, pasta dishes, meats, soups, even breads and desserts! I normally just make extra of what I am making and then I can go back later and cook something from the freezer that I had already previously made. Saves on having to buy new groceries all the time and you know it will be good!!

    Your banana bread looks awesome! I freeze mine ;-)

  11. I'm in your boat Joy, only I'm the one going back to school. So scary! I'm too old for this!

    Ok, I'll stop panicking now.

    The way I did it before was to plan for 7 days on Saturday and shop on Sunday. I'd usually have to make a mid-week trip for fresh stuff. You can do this!

    It's really cool you're baking bread.


  12. Yummy...I've never tried oatmeal in my banana bread but this looks just wonderful. Love the crumble topping.

  13. Love the crumble topping!
    Looks so delicious. I love banana bread... :)

  14. The oatmeal crumble is a great it!

    Heheh, I used to watch those channels too but got tired of them and have not sat down for TV for 3 years now...I watch a ton of movies on DVD and Netflix streaming though.:)