Thursday, August 31, 2006

Weekly Recipe

I'll be the first to admit it - I'm no Martha. I'm not even Not Martha. But I am becoming slightly domesticated, and I thought I'd share the good news.

It wasn't too long ago that I caught bread on fire as it was warming in the oven. Seriously. Living on an island with limited take-out options, however, has kicked me into gear and made me a much better cook. I suppose I could only get better...I couldn't get any worse!

The first recipe is one I've perfected, because I make it so often. Bananas go pretty fast around here, and we all know mushy bananas are no good on cereal. So I found a better use for them.

Grandma's Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (more or less, depending on your taste)
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 slightly beaten egg whites
1 cup mashed bananas (about 4 bananas...way past ripened)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple sauce (or vegetable oil)
1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas with a fork. Mix in egg whites, sugar, and apple sauce. Stir in flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon, and salt until moistened. Add nuts if desired.
Spray loaf pan or muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Pour batter into pans. Bake at 350* for 45-50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. (Muffins take around 20 minutes.) Cool bread in pan for 10 minutes. Then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Delicious plain, but amazing with a crumble top: mix a couple tablespoons of brown sugar with a little flour, butter, and left-over nuts. Sprinkle on top of batter before putting it into the oven.

It makes a lovely and quick breakfast. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

If I ever cleaned, I'd never get little love notes.

Monday, August 28, 2006

"Don't just stand there, day-dreaming about lipstick!"

Garth Marenghi's Darkplace is one of the funniest, most brilliant television shows I've ever seen. It's a british import, that regretably, has already run it's course. There's only six 30-minute episodes, but oh! how they're filled with such cheesy goodness. You can catch the shows on the SciFi network. Prepare to bask in Marenghi's genius.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Drum roll please

Hello there! I'm Kelly, and this is my new blog. This all came about because a dear friend of mine asked me to write more about my life. And I figured since I live on an island in Alaska, light-years away from loved ones...why not. So, Dawn, this one's for you.
At the moment, I'm not totally sure what all I'll include in Full Circle, but it'll be marvelous. Suggestions are always appreciated. If they're good, that is.
Maybe you're wondering about the name of the blog... it comes from a game I made up with some friends while in college. Someone would call out some random object, and I would have to relate it to my then boyfriend now husband, Joe. I would win if I could put it together in a logical process, and lose if it didn't make sense or stretched too far. I would always win. Wait, did everyone always let me win?...hmm. Well, I was in looove. Eventually it progressed to an all day thing to where if any topic of conversation repeated, whoever noticed first would yell out "Full Circle!"

...Yeah. We didn't have much of a life. But now I'll be writing all about mine. Full Circle!
Thanks for stopping by.