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The Husband’s Banana Bread

In our household, our roles and duties are strictly delineated. I do all the cooking. My husband mows the lawn and shovels the snow. I do all the laundry. My husband changes the Diaper Genie (I actually refuse to learn how so that I’ll never have to do it). I do all the grocery and household shopping. My husband builds and fixes all the things. This arrangement may seem traditional but it works for us. When I cook, I’m basically cooking for him and when he builds things, most of the time it’s something for me. Like when I found an old secretary’s desk for sale for $80, and he refinished it for me for Christmas.

Old Secretary’s Desk

 

Refinished Secretary’s Desk

 

Refinished Secretary’s Desk

Or like when I said I needed a beer caddy so I can bring a few beers out to the deck, he built me one and he even let me choose which stain colour I wanted.

Which one would you choose?

 

I chose this one!

And when I said I had no wine storage, he built me a wine rack for above the fridge, complete with a stained glass backing that lights up. I mean, what else can a girl ask for?!

My favourite place in the house

I have never attempted to crossover into any of his duties. I wouldn’t know how to start the lawnmower, I don’t know how to open the Diaper Genie, and I don’t know which shovel to use to shovel the snow. But sometimes, the husband surprises me and cooks or bakes in the kitchen. For my collection of recipes, I have a few of my favourite cookbooks of all time stored in my pantry, and this blog serves as my diary of personal recipes. For him, he has this tattered grey plastic covered notebook that he keeps in the garage, and there are a few of his favourite recipes jotted down in there. I have no idea where he got these recipes from – he says they are either from his mom or from some random place on the Internet.

Anyway, he decided to make a banana bread the other day and it was sooooo good. I was pretty impressed!  It was super moist, and it was the perfect snack to have with my morning coffee. Although I appreciate his efforts in the kitchen, this doesn’t mean that I’ll be learning how to change the Diaper Genie any time soon!

Husband's Banana Bread

Print Recipe
Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 50 mins baking time

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup margarine at room temperature
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour loaf pan.

2

Combine banana and sour cream. Set aside.

3

In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time and then stir in the vanilla and banana mixture.

4

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl; stir into the banana mixture.

5

Spread the batter evenly into prepared loaf pan.

6

Bake for 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the centre of the bread comes out clean.

Featured/ Life

What New Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

I had the pleasure of chatting on the 980 CJME Morning Show this morning about Mother’s Days gifts that don’t break the bank and what mothers really want for Mother’s Day. As a new mom about to celebrate my first Mother’s Day, this basically gave me the opportunity to drop major hints for my husband as to what I want! If you missed me on the radio this morning, here are my tips and ideas on how to create a special day for Mom.

Mom-ming is a never-ending, 24/7 job, so the best gift you can give a mom on Mother’s Day is a one-day holiday, and I have a few ways you can do that and it won’t cost you a penny.

  1. Let mom sleep in. From the first days of motherhood, moms are getting up every time the baby cries and this continues as the kid grows up, waking up to get the kids to school or waking up for early hockey practice. So on Mother’s Day, let mom sleep in! Dads, husbands, wake up with the kids, take them out for breakfast or something and let mom snooze in a quiet house. Then when she wakes up on her own time, you can make her breakfast or brunch or lunch.
  2. Next, give mom some alone time. Wrangle the kids, take care of the housework for the day, and send mom out of the house for some alone time. It would be a real treat for any mom to go shopping alone, or to head to a coffee shop with a good book, guilt-free and without any housework or time pressures.
  3. Next, the luxury of single tasking. Moms are the queens of multitasking and often will multi-task an activity they enjoy with an activity that they don’t. For me, I only allow myself to watch my PVR’ed TV shows if I’m doing something productive at the same time, like folding laundry.  So on Mother’s Day, allow mom to single task an activity she enjoys, whether that be binge watching a TV show without having to fold laundry or being outside in her garden without having to keep an ear open for the baby monitor.
  4. And finally, end the day with some quality family time. Plan a movie night or a dinner as a family (that she didn’t have to cook herself!), and celebrate your mom!

What do you think, moms? What else can I add to this list on how to make Mother’s Day special for new moms?

P.S. Can someone send my husband the link to this article? haha!

My beautiful girl who gave me the gift of motherhood

Featured/ Vietnamese Recipes

Salmon Fried Rice

salmon fried rice

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! This past weekend was hot hot hot in Regina, so we definitely took advantage of that. I spent all of my baby’s nap times sunbathing and reading on our deck.

Sunbathing and reading while baby naps

And when she was awake, we went on walks to the library and to the nearby coffee shop. With the summer coming up, Baby E is also in desperate need of summer clothes, so we hit up the White City Garage Sale for some gently used clothing and Giggle Boutique in Pilot Butte for some fancy new clothing!

Baby E in her new kicks from Giggle Boutique

However, it’s a chilly and dreary Monday today, and the husband said he would have an all day daddy/daughter day with baby, so I can get my errands and blogging done.  She’s eating solids really well, so I just need to pop home to nurse her before her naps.  She had a good two hour morning nap and I was able to do a Costco run, and now she’ll be awake with her dad for another 3 hours. I don’t even want to know what he has planned for daddy/daughter day – probably a TV marathon of Yukon Gold, Naked and Afraid or some other weird reality TV show!

I love going to Costco alone as I find it more efficient. Whenever I take the baby, there’s just not enough room in the cart to load up on all the groceries I need, and it’s a hassle to load her and the groceries into the vehicle, and then try to bring all the groceries into the house without her freaking out in her car seat. Plus, because I like to buy meat in bulk at Costco, I like to be able to come home, portion out the meat and freeze them right away, without worrying about the baby. The meats that I like to buy at Costco are steaks, eye of round roasts, pork back ribs, and fresh salmon fillets.

With the Costco salmon, I’m usually able to portion the huge fillet into about 4 portions, but there’s always that tail piece at the end that is super thin and flat, and not quite a full portion. Do you guys know what I mean? I always freeze that tail piece separately, thinking that I’ll bake it up for a small supper for myself whenever the husband is working nights, but I never do. Just the other day, I was going through the freezer and found three ziplock bags with these skinny salmon tail pieces in them. I was thinking of recipes that I could make with these pieces, and I was torn between salmon cakes or salmon fried rice. I decided to do a salmon fried rice this time around, but I’ll do salmon cakes next time!

This salmon fried rice recipe is similar to my shrimp and swiss chard recipe, just the protein and vegetable components have been switched up. I baked the salmon pieces and then broke up the cooked salmon into chunks.

I didn’t have any swiss chard or any greens on hand, so I just used frozen mixed vegetables as my vegetable component. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Salmon Fried Rice

Print Recipe
Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 small salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice (day old rice is best)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce

Instructions

1

Season your salmon fillets with salt and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they are just done.

2

Using a fork, break up the cooked salmon into chunks and set aside

3

Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan or wok on medium high heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and scramble them with a spatula. When the eggs are scrambled, add the rice and stirfry for about 4 minutes.

4

Add the frozen vegetables and stirfry until they are heated through. (If you are using greens, stirfry until they are wilted). This should take about 4-5 minutes.

5

Add the salmon chunks and stirfry to combine all the ingredients well.

6

Add the soy sauce and fish sauce and mix well until all of the rice is coated. You may need to add a bit more of the soy sauce to taste and/or for all of the rice to be coated and have a golden colour.

7

Remove from heat and serve with a nice cold beer!