Weekend Links / / Sea Salt Memories

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^ My mom’s dried lavender.

How was your Holiday weekend? I spent a whirlwind two days back in Chicago for Thanksgiving (pictures coming next week!). It was great seeing family and friends, but the seven hour drive home while still having to work the rest of the week was rough! I’m just now catching up.

Jordan didn’t need to rush back, so he stayed until Wednesday. I’m glad he had that extra time with family and friends. I did what all girls do when their husbands leave for a week, I watched sad movies (TFIOS and Wish I was Here) and caught up on blog reading.

Here are a few of my favorites!

/ / Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Popcorn. I love popcorn and often eat it for a light meal. This combo sounds utterly divine and would be a great party snack!

/ / Rae’s reasons why she chooses to bring her camera with her and photograph the little moments are spot on! When do we ever look back at old photographs and wonder why we captured them? We really don’t. I have regretted not taking photos.

/ / I kind of wish Tracy was my older sister (if I had an older sister). Her gift guide has a little bit of everything: fashion, home and crafts. Even if I don’t purchase a specific item from someones gift guide, it does give me lots of ideas.

/ / Elizabeth wrote about praying intentionally for our husbands on Cassie’s blog series, Equally Yoked. She gave tips such as having note cards with scripture that allows us to dive deeper.

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/ / Linking with Meagan.

Currently / / December

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Making / / Granola (this & this), chili and my grocery list.

Listening / / Christmas music of course, but also Colony House. I listened to their album four times in a row the other night!

Wrapping / / More like purchasing the presents to be wrapped. I always have intentions to be more organized, but somehow time slips away from me! 🙂

Watching / / Jordan stayed in Illinois longer than I was able to after Thanksgiving, so I rented The Fault in Our Stars while I had a few free evenings. I read TFIOS earlier this year, so I wasn’t expecting to get emotional. Wrong! I was totally that girl crying on the couch alone.

Anticipating / / Cuddling on the couch watching holiday movies with Jordan, decorating our apartment for Christmas, and fresh starts after a busy and challenging year.

What are you currently doing/making/enjoying?

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/ / Linking with Anne and Jenna.

Slow Days

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Jordan was away on business most of last week and while I missed him terribly, I enjoyed the slower pace. Our summer is looking to be a busy and exciting season, but all the planning, logistics, and impending change has started to feel really overwhelming. Instead of going crazy by trying to plan the unknown, I just chose to not think about it for a few days (some may call it avoidance, I call it sanity 😉 ). I spent time reading a new book, watching marathons of Sarah Plain and Tall on the Hallmark Channel, and baking. I acquired a rather large quantity of ripe bananas last week, which were just dying to become banana bread. And because I aim to please, I obliged 🙂

Before we get to the recipe, I must chime in with a rather exciting outcome of my dairy-free life. I have become a regular tea drinker! This is a big deal as I was missing the comfort of a warm cup of coffee (coffee without cream isn’t that appealing anymore). While I’ve always liked iced tea, I never could get into hot tea. That was until I discovered the problem wasn’t tea in general, but the kind I was generally offered. The typical you-are-sick-drink-this-herbal/green-tea simply doesn’t have enough flavor for me, but a traditional English breakfast tea with a hint of honey is my jam. The only problem is, I seem to want it at about 8 pm each night. I need to track down a decaf version.

This recipe was given to me in high school and may have been an entry at the 4-H fair (yup I was in 4-H!).

Vegan Banana Bread

3-4 ripe bananas (3 large or 4 small)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup oil (I used my dads canned applesauce, but coconut oil might be a good addition)
1 cup sugar (I reduced it to 3/4 cup)
2 cups flour (I used 1 cup whole wheat)

Optional inclusions (1/4 cup): chocolate chips, walnuts, raisins.

Mash the bananas and combine with oil/applesauce. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients with the wet. Add inclusions and mix until combined. Pour in lightly oiled pan. Bake at 350 for an hour.

My oven is old and doesn’t let me know when it’s preheated, so keep an eye on the loaf if you feel your oven is more reliable.

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