Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Simple things

At some point in time or another we all run into great finds. Maybe at the mall, something in the news paper, or what about a garage sell? I'm not really a mall shopper, I definitely don't read the paper, and I never do garage sells.

That is until a friend of mine was having one, and with her great style I couldn't resist. Garage selling, here we come.

We got up at the crack of dawn as if it were black out Friday, gathered our coins, snow white gucci bags, and headed out.

She was sure to find something, and was probably anticipating everything brand new and princess like.

Instead, she found this.
What could it be?

I'll give you a hint. It's loud, carries lots of saliva, and it never stops playing.

Call it a kazoo, flute, or obnoxious noise maker. But for 50 cents, it was simple entertainment.

You might be a redneck if you play a kazoo in the bed of your truck.

Maybe a future in the marching band awaits her.

Or maybe she'll just play in her room.

Simple entertainment is something I think most of us take for granted. It's really the simple things that make us whole. I have proof that you don't need to spend much to have a splendid day.

So while Ave rested
I spent some time making simple banana bread.

Simple banana bread

Preheat oven to 300

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup no sugar added applesauce
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup millet ground fine
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 ripe bananas mashed
1 tsp lemon juice

In large mixing bowl cream, butter, applesauce, and sugar.

Add eggs, salt, and vanilla. Blend until well mixed.
Now millet can be found in the bulk section and I use a coffee grinder to break it down fine.

It's loaded with all sorts of nutrients, and gives breads like these an amazing lite texture.

In medium bowl, sift flour, millet, and baking soda.

Add the dry mixture in batches of thirds to the wet ingredients. Mix just until incorporated.
Mash bananas and lemon juice together.

Add them to the rest of the mixtures.

Mix lightly, and pour into a loaf pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Bake at 300 for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Note: I usually tent the bread with foil the last 10 minutes so bread doesn't get to brown on top.
When cooked let bread cool at least 30 minutes.

I'd say this was really simple to eat.
And I got a simple two thumbs up!

Simple is not needing the best of the best. It's finding the little things in our day that matter most. I'ts sitting down at night, listening to simple music, played by this simply beautiful little girl.

Oh, the candle, was my simple find, for 1 dollar.


  1. that picture of her sleeping is PRICELESS! definitely future wedding rehearsal dinner material :)

  2. I love how you captured all the places she emjoyed her find. I really enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing.