All posts tagged: family

Lazy Pineapple Banana Loaf

This loaf is one of my laziest thrown together recipes that turned out AMAZING and all I used was a blender (lol) no mess!!!! Pineapple Banana Loaf YOU’LL NEED 2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 pinch Sea salt 1 can diced pineapple 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey 2 large ripe bananas 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 extra large egg (or two small eggs) Preheat oven to 350°F Grease loaf pan In a Blender* Blend all wet ingredients (on dough setting) including 1/2 can of the pineapple pieces AND the full amount of liquid from that can. Set aside the rest of the pineapple pieces for later Add all dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Take mixer piece out of blender and add the rest of the pineapple pieces. Mix gently with a spatula. Pour mixture into loaf pan. Bake at 350°F for one hour or until golden brown at the top put a long toothpick in the loaf, make sure it comes out clean. (If it does …

A little WestCoast roadtrip

Mike and I went on a week road trip from Vancouver to San Francisco , something I’ve always wanted to do and decided to jump on the opportunity after falling ill for a few weeks ( that new strain of flu argghhh) and not being able to fly to New Zealand ( too long of a flight having a minor lung infection). Below you can find a break down of where we stayed, the cost and a few things we  did ( other than walk around and check out dispensaries) Our journey commenced in Vancouver our 24 hour stops were as follows (We took the I-5 (highway) down and the 101 back ( coastal route ) ) PORTLAND, OREGON – 5.5 hour drive from Vancouver REDDING, CALIFORNIA – 8 hour drive from Portland SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – 3 hour drive from Redding ARCATA, CALIFORNIA – 5 hour drive from San Francisco Drove from Arcata to Portland and stayed in Portland for the night (7 hour drive) SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – 2.75 hour drive from Portland BACK …

Headed home, Initial thoughts

Overcoming the fear of the unknown. It’s been 12 years since I’ve been home. Procrastination? Lack of time? Nothing to visit? No reason to be there? Just fear, it’s like when you hype up something for so long in your head, you keep building it up until you make yourself afraid of taking that initial chance. Kind of like losing your virginity. 

The last time I was home, it wasn’t good. My mother was having an episode and at 16, I ended up having to greyhound to my aunts place in Santa Cruz, that day and that 6 hour bus ride was one I’ve tried to get out of my head for years. So here I am today, happily married, planning for a future, making preparations for our future family. All the meanwhile theres this nagging anxiety in the back of my mind, knowing its my duty, with all the work I’ve done on myself throughout these years, mental growth, emotional growth and processes to drop my blame, victimization and learning to live with PTSD …

Raising a helplessly weak generation

When I say weak, I’m not talking about physically weak but weak in character. I was sitting at a lunch, joking around with my friend’s 9-year-old daughter who had a wiggly tooth. I stated that I could get her more money quickly if she really wanted to add to her candy drawer. With excitement she asked me how. I told her I’d tie her tooth to a door or a car and quickly pop it out. I assured her she wouldn’t feel a thing and that I did that once as a kid. She cried, I got in trouble for the conversation. This isn’t the first time I’ve said that to a kid with them almost in tears or actually in tears. There have been other children, younger actually who thought that concept is great because for a second of inconvenience they saw that the return was worth it. Anyways, my first point Why are we creating a world that is terrifying to children. We’ve created a world where children are afraid of everything. No …