Thursday, October 23, 2014

Chocolate banana muffins

I've been in the baking mood the last few days and knew it had to be something with banana since I had some to use. And for those who know me, yes pumpkin would have been included but I was out. Shocking I know ha.

I was planning to go with a basic banana muffin recipe but came across this from www.texanerin.com/2014/03/chocolate-banana-muffins.html (I'm on my phone so I can't put it in a more visually appealing link). I did have to change it a little to work with what I had.. But they still turned okay. 

This is the original recipe, with my notes included. It makes 12 muffins.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium super ripe bananas (each banana was 185 grams with the peel and 143 grams without) **I would add a third banana next time, couldn't really taste it at all**
  • ⅓ cup (106 grams) honey **I am out of honey so I used a half cup of coconut sugar. Worked just fine for flavor but the moistness of the honey is definitely missing**
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs 
  • ¼ cup (56 grams) refined coconut oil, melted1
  • 200 grams (~2 cups but please weigh!) blanched almond flour **Whole wheat flour**
  • 3 tablespoons (27 grams) coconut flour **Unbleached white**
  • ⅓ cup (42 grams) Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • ¼ teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup (180 grams) semi-sweet chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life chocolate chips for dairy-free) **Cocoa nibs**
  • additional mini chocolate chips for sprinkling, if desired
Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with 12 muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the bottom of a glass. They should almost be like a puree.
  3. Add the honey and vanilla and stir.
  4. Add in the eggs and oil and stir until well combined.
  5. In a medium bowl, mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir just until combined and then stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Spoon the batter into the muffin liners and sprinkle on additional chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Be careful not to confuse a melted chocolate chip with the batter.
  9. Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stitch Fix Goodies

Who doesn't love Stitch Fix day!?
 
All my items this go round were maternity, which is awesome.. if it didn't all cost so much! I don't know why but all of the maternity items they send me are WAY over my budget. The way I decide on a box is to try everything on, separate them into Yes, No or Maybe piles. Then I look at how much each cost and decide what I want. I had 3 items in my Yes pile until I saw the prices.
 
This shirt was one of those I had in my Yes pile. LOVED it! Too bad it was double what I would pay for a shirt. Sad times. The leggings were a big no (in everyway). They were very uncomfortable in the fit and the material didn't feel that great either. Both items were sent packing.

Infinity scarf. Love, perfect for Fall :) Kept.

Of course this jacket was in my price range yet it was not my style at all ha. Had the sleeves been the same color and material as the rest of the jacket I would have kept it since I am in need of maternity jackets. This was a no as well. I did ask for more jackets/sweaters in my next Fix so hopefully one will work out!

There was also a dress I kept (Frank's favorite to date) but you will have to wait until after my shower to see that one :)

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Guam part II

What's the best way to celebrate no longer working? Going on a tropical paradise vacation with the bonus of it being a port call and getting to see your husband! Last year I couldn't do any port calls because I was working and we were saving for our cruise. First half of this deployment I was also working and we had just gotten back from our cruise so taking time off right away probably wasn't the best of ideas ha. Timing wise worked out perfect, I knew I wanted to stop working when the outdoor pool closed and the boat was hitting Guam a few days after. It was meant to be :]

When you book for a port call you have to be open to things changing last minute. I mean that is our life with the military after all ha. Thankfully the date only changed one day forward. A friend and I who were flying down together decided to do stand by the day before we were suppose to leave since that was now the day the boat was getting in. It was really easy and we both ended up with either our own row (Sarah) or one person at the other end of our row (me). It was a night flight so we didn't get into Guam until about 2:00-2:30 in the morning (Guam is a 3 1/2 hour flight from Tokyo), had to take a short cab ride to get my first rental car (since we got in a day early I couldn't pick up my other car until later in the day), then went through some hoopla to  get checked in at Sarah's hotel for the night. By the time this was all said and done we were finally in bed by 4:30 in the morning and had to be up in 3 hours.

Not a bad view to be waking up to though...

 
After grabbing something to munch on and figuring out how to get to base we were off to pick up our men!
 
Once we got to base we had no idea where to go to meet the guys. We ended up going down a dead end but got to see the nice beaches they have one base. As we were taking this road (above) to see where it lead us we saw a bunch of cars parked and people we knew waiting at this parking lot. Found out from them that the pier was down the road but we couldn't go down, instead we had to wait up top. Doesn't help that we have no way to communicate with anyone ha. We did find out that they had two different types of buses taking everyone off the boat. One school buses were going to the Exchange and the charter buses were going to a hotel out in town (central drop off/pick up for town). The white school buses would go slow and randomly stop as someone on them would see their spouse, but the charter buses were flying by. At this point Sarah and I weren't too sure what to do but figured we could go hang out at the NEX if need be and find our husbands there.

After a little while one of the charter buses stopped.. which was odd since they weren't dropping off on base. Some guy got off the bus waving his arms (it was pretty far down the road by the time the bus stopped) and then started yelling. It was Franklyn :] I asked if he knew he was on a bus heading out in town.. nope had no idea ha. Needless to say he was pretty lucky to have spotted me on the side of the road. After waiting some more for Sarah's husband we decided to just go to the NEX. Sure enough he was on the buses behind us!

At this point it was time for me (nobody else was hungry) and thousands of others to squeeze into the food court and eat!

Since we were taking Sarah and her husband to pick up their car we decided to see if our original rental was available yet. It was ready but of course it couldn't be easy! They didn't want to run our card because it is a debit/check card. Things is, I never set up the debit part so the card won't even work as debit. Because of this they kept telling me they would have to put a huge hold on the card. Being the budgeter that I am I had already budgeted for vacation and that amount was not included. With no wifi to check our account it was making for a very stressful time. I would say it took a good hour, but everything worked out and shocker they weren't able to put a hold on our card because they couldn't run it as debit.

We figured that was the last of our worries and we would check into our room and go relax. Not so much. First off I have never seen so many people check into a hotel at once. I really wish I had a picture, there was well over a 100 people in line. At least 45 minutes later we were heading up to our room. I had been told the hotel was outdated  compared to the pictures, but that's pretty much typical on Guam I guess. So that part didn't bother us, what bothered me was that I paid extra for an upgraded king and we had two doubles. I would have even been okay with two queens as least. I already knew that they had upgraded others who were not satisfied with their rooms, so my room that I paid in full for was pretty much given away. And with the hotel being completely booked at this point we were stuck. Not happy! The only thing that made it manageable was the fact that the AC was really cold on average and we could turn it down even lower at night so we could squeeze into a small bed and not sweat like crazy. A bonus, we got a military discount of free wifi and a discount at breakfast! After that whole day I was physically and emotional spent. I decided to end the night with a bath (it was only 7:00.. maybe haha) and then we just laid in bed watching TV.

Off to explore the island while rocking my $14 sunglasses ; ]
 






 
 
Love this sign!
 
No idea what is with these.. but it was fun coming up on them.





All of those pictures were taken on the South/West sides of the island on our drive. It was so beautiful on that end. You could easily go to Guam and not need to venture to the other side.

*The rest of the pictures were taken on my phone so they are in the previous post.*
 
Our third day together was also our last. Frank had duty the next day so he had to be back to the boat that night, but that morning we found out they might be recalled the next day due to a typhoon that was heading our way. We spent our last day together relaxing at the beach and snorkeling. Very much appreciated.
 
The next day the boat left early and it turned into a girls weekend our last few days in rainy paradise. Made a stop at Ross (much larger than we thought it would be!) but were overwhelmed with how busy it was so we checked out the mall in hopes of finding maternity stuff. Come to find out Ross and the Exchanges are the only place you can get maternity stuff! The next day myself and two friends headed up to the air base to check out their Exchange. Stephanie and I hit the jackpot on maternity clothes. After we were done shopping we headed down the other side of the island and stopped and had lunch at Jeff's Pirate Cove before heading back to my hotel for a lazy night. 
 
My wifi wouldn't let me connect so I called the front desk to get it figured out only to find out I had been checked out. Umm strange since I had one night left and I was still very much there. They figured it out but my only guess is that because so many people checked out early due to the typhoon my paperwork was accidently included due to someone not paying much attention. The next day when I went to check out for good it made for a headache because they were telling me I had to pay for one extra night. After 30 minutes it was all straightened out, however, it would have been nice if they put a note on my paperwork explaining what happened so I didn't have to go through it twice.
 
All in all it was a nice little (almost) week long get-a-way. Of course it would have been nice to have more time with Frank but 3 days was much better than nothing. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Guam through my iPhone

Once blogger starts working correctly for me I will write up a post.. And who knows, maybe I'll finally finish blogging about our honeymoon!? 

























This kid was a few feet behind us any direction we swam. We even high tailed it in the opposite direction to get away, I thought Frank was behind me.. Nope still the kid haha



Celebrating our lesbian polygamy marriage hahaha



Best way to end a vacation. Virgin piña  colada : )

Friday, September 19, 2014

Stitch fix goods

It was that time of month again, stitch fix time! A few weeks ago I went to change my settings so I would not receive pants for the next few months (I had hoped to use a belly band but found I did not like it) and saw they had a question if you were pregnant. I checked it and put my due date in. I honestly thought I was going to get something telling me they would not be able to style me until after that date.
My box shows up and to my surprise they now carry a few maternity items! Talk about a happy day... Until I tried everything on.

Option 1
This had to be the softest cotton I have ever felt! I loved it but I wouldn't get much wear out of it since fall weather will be approaching us within the next few weeks.
So it was a no go.

Option 2
I LOVED everything about this top except the neck. It felt like it was chocking me :(
I was so disappointed because it wasn't something I could "work with" just to keep it. 
So again, a no go

Option 3
Just not my style : / 
No go

Option 4 & 5
These were the two maternity items. The dress was a little big, but since I wouldn't even be able to wear it until November I had time to grow into it. I set it aside as a keeper! Until I saw the price. Holy over my budget! No way I could spent that much on something I wouldn't wear forever.
I have been wanting a pair of leggings so I was pretty excited about these. Only I felt more like I should be going for a run not dressing up. For anyone who has tight winter running pants, that is what these looked and felt like. Total bummer.
So both were a no go.

Which meant for the first time in 7 boxes I did not keep at least one thing. I was bummed to say the least. Here's to hoping my next fix has some keepers :)

On a side note, I was sweating like crazy trying on those winter clothes when it was in the 80s outside!