Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Taste of Tuesday

A while back, I was trying to make banana bread, but I only had 2 bananas. I looked through the fridge and found some carrots. I thought to myself, "Hey, seen one phallic shaped food, you seen them all" and I replaced the 2 other bananas with 3-4 carrots. It was really yummy. I made some other changes to the recipe over time, replaced the oil with applesauce, brown sugar with Splenda Brown Sugar Blend and threw in a few other things. So now I present to you:

Dee's Phallic Bread

  • Total of 5-6 phallic shaped fruit/veggies. I usually use 2 bananas and 3-4 carrots, but I think zucchini would work well too.
  • 1/2 cup Egg Beaters
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg to taste
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Mott's Natural unsweetened Apple sauce
  • 1 cup Splenda brown sugar blend or 1 cup brown sugar
  • (optional) 1/2 cup Raisins
  • (optional) 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Directions: Shred the carrots. Smoosh the bananas with a fork or potato masher. Add everything except the flour to the bananas and mix until smooth. Add the flour and mix until it looks mixed. Spray a glass loaf pan with Pam, and dump the mixture into it. Bake at 350 for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. (Time may vary depending on your oven -- it's much better to overcook this than undercook. Test for doneness at the 1 hour mark.)

Update: I found this actually works better as muffins, it comes out a little less dense than the bread. I baked them in the aluminum foil muffin papers for about 30 minutes. As with the bread, make sure you test for doneness.

Monday, December 21, 2009


I need reminders a lot. I'm not talking about stuff like, "Get cat food" or "Wear clean underpants in case you are in an accident". I need the kind of reminders that keep me going through the day. Some wise person recently suggested to make flash cards with reminders on them, and to keep them around when I need motivation. So I started making a set. Many are song quotes, just because music has always been a motivator for me, but some are from books or just my own little head. Here are my personal daily reminders:
  • Be like water, don't bash into the rocks, learn to flow around them. -- paraphrased from the Tao
  • Believe that life can change, that you're not stuck in vain. -- The Smashing Pumpkins
  • Paint the world anew, find a way to open all the joy in order to alleviate the strain -- Orbital
  • I don't think of you at all. -- Ayn Rand, from The Fountainhead (you have to read it in context)
  • Anger is an energy. -- PiL
  • Hang your hairshirt on the lowest rung, it's a beautiful life. -- REM
  • We're part of the fire that is burning, and from the ashes we can build another day. -- The Moody Blues
  • Reach the stars, fly a fantasy, Dream a dream and what you see will be, -- Limahl
  • Don't dream it, be it. -- Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • It's the best day, ever! -- Spongebob Squarepants (we had this song played at our wedding)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own set of flash cards. Keep them with you. If you fee comfortable sharing, post some here as a reply to this note.