Wayyyy back in the day (last year), I did a treat swap to send baked goods to organizations all over town, troops overseas, and throughout our school community.
…and this is entirely unrelated, but they’re currently giving out free TrackRs that you can attach to commonly misplaced items (e.g. keys, wallet, etc.)! As long as you haven’t lost your phone too, you can use the iPhone or Android app to find it again! :]
I have no idea how it’s possible that I’ve never made banana bread yet!?
I spent the last two days sleeping over on my friends’ futon because another snowstorm decided to hit. (Any day now, spring! We’re waitin’ on you!) Such as it was, the bananas that I’d purchased 1.5(?) weeks ago on super-sale (for serious, I got 7 lbs of bananas for $2.09 <3 ) were getting super ripe, and what better edible substance to make than banana bread when you have super ripe bananas?!
Recipe adapted from here! I omitted the sweetener and baking soda (I don’t have any) completely, used almond meal instead of flour, and threw in some add-ins (cinnamon chips, walnuts, dried cranberries). This made 2 small, flat loaves for me that I divided into 7 pieces. (My loaf pans weren’t the same size. :x )
-2 large eggs
-1 cup unsweetened applesauce
-1 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 cups almond meal
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp baking powder
-3 large super-ripe bananas, mashed
1) Preheat oven to 350.
2) Mix together eggs, applesauce and vanilla.
3) Mix together the almond meal, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add to wet ingredients.
4) Stir in mashed bananas + mix well. Add in cinnamon chips, walnuts and dried cranberries.
5) Divide evenly into 2 ~8-in. loaf pans and bake for ~45 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test!
I am officially done with all performance-related events for the year and can retire to my study hibernation! :O We managed to raise $3k for the club and for the Family Refuge Center! :] The Follies Bake Sale went really well too (the red velvet s’mores bars I made got cleaned out! :O )
Last year’s Follies!
Dancers + food. It’s a great combination.
We decided to have a potluck the day after International Festival (because who doesn’t love food? <3). It fell on the same time as the Cards Against Humanity marathon one of my other friends was having, and we didn’t want to have to choose between the two, so we went to both.
Rules included things such as, “Naked pictures of Travis emailed to you if you talk about school.”
Code names for scoring included “Shanno-bot, Kitler, Candy, German Perm, Swing Low, TheOracle, L’Quifa, Apollo, TheSHAT, Shasta McNasty, L-A (“Ladasha”), Pika-Kitty and Dat Ass.
Afterward, we went back to join the first group we were with to hang out some more. (Night owls ftw!) And also to get henna-ed by our friend’s super-awesome and talented friend. I think she should start a side business. :O I’ve also kinda been re-inspired for pyrography. :O
Apparently, the darker it turns out, the more your husband loves you.
I actually planned to bake these for Vagina Monologues but by the time I finished all the cake batter madness, it was 3 a.m. and I really needed to sleep. In so doing, I completely disappointed one of my friends (and a friend who’d come from out of town to visit her) because she’d been really looking forward to them and had had her heart set on them. I felt like a terrible human being. :[
In any case, I finally made em’! They’re for the Follies bake sale, which is actually…today! (For once, I’m not writing into the future, mostly because I haven’t been making food lately.) I’ll write about that later! :O
I adapted them from two different recipes (Red Velvet S’mores Bars, Brownies) because this genius forgot to go get brownie mix at the store. Just so we’re clear, these are in no way healthy, but I did decrease the sugar/butter and sub regular flour with whole wheat (I apparently do not possess all-purpose flour) and the oil with applesauce. I also made a bunch of other substitutions based on what I had in my apartment since I didn’t feel like going out to buy a billion different ingredients. :O
The recipes say they make around 12-16, but I ended up with 24. Magic.
Red Velvet S’mores Bars
-1 cup white sugar
-3/4 cup butter, melted
-1/3 cup cocoa powder
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 cup whole wheat flour
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-13 graham cracker squares
-13 giant marshmallows, halved
-7 pieces Hershey’s milk chocolate rectangles
(Red Velvet Layer)
-1 box red velvet cake mix
-1 stick unsalted butter, melted
-1 large egg
-4 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
1) Preheat oven to 350. Line a 9×13 baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
2) Add all brownie ingredients (in order) into a bowl and mix well. Spread evenly onto bottom of baking tray.
3) Layer with graham cracker sheets, chocolate and marshmallows.
4) In a large mixing bowl, add red velvet cake mix, melted butter, egg and applesauce. Scoop dough on top and press dough until it’s flattened.
5) Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until baked through. Let cool completely. B(Best if prepared at night and cooled overnight.)
6) When cool, cut into squares and serve!
We managed to raise even more than last year’s international festival! $5000 from the auctions alone! Auctioning off one of our male professors for board review sessions sparked an all-out war between two groups of girls (he has many female admirers). He went for $800. Twas an awesome idea and I’m super happy for the club. :D
We also auctioned off a dinner with one of our really attractive female professors, but since guys are hella cheap, that went for $150. $5k pays for 1/2 the amount of medications and supplies that we’d like to bring with us on the trip, so if anyone has anything they can spare…
(Every bit helps!)
For the occasion, I made three different dishes to represent 3 different countries (from right to left).
They were all rather well-received and I ran out of food pretty quickly, although not quickly enough to be able to sample all the food from everyone else (sigh!).
I’m waiting on the pictures taken by the photographer so I can add to my stash of “pictures where I’m not eating.” (That’s mainly all she has of me.)
I’m still on a mission to convince myself to like cottage cheese, but have come across the sad realization that it’s a really terrible idea to be eating it while you’re studying STD’s (C. albicans, I’m lookin’ at you >:[ ). Urgh.
Anyway, I've discovered that dressing up cottage cheese works wonders on tricking me into liking it, so hooray!
Apple Coco-Almond Cottage Cheese
-1/2 cup nonfat, small curd cottage cheese
-1/2 banana, sliced
-3 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
-1 tbsp almond butter
-1 tsp toasted coconut
-1 dash cinnamon
1) Combine everything together, mix and consume!
Ti Leaf Hip Hei
-6 1-inch longgggggg strips of black fabric (long enough to go around where you’d like the belt to sit, aka hip-level ~1.5 times)
-2 bunches of silk ti leaves
-a good amount of patience
-the ability to braid
1) Cut the ti leaves diagonally into parallelogram shapes. The longer and fatter ones will make the belt puff up more, but you can definitely throw in some smaller/shorter pieces for variety!
2) Tie a knot on the end of the fabric. I usually like to make a loop and then knot it so that you can hang it off your big toe (or a chair leg) to give it some tension as you braid. (The tighter the braid, the better it’ll look!)
3) Divide the fabric into 3 2-strip sections and start braiding! Give yourself about 8 inches so that you can use the braid to tie it around your hips.
4) Tie a knot just to make sure the braid will stay put.
5) Fold a ti leaf piece in half (hot dog style/whichever way makes the piece longer) and add it to the braid.
6) Cross over the leaf with your left hand and pull it tight! Then add another piece of leaf* and cross over with your right hand and pull it tight. You’re pretty much still just doing a regular braid, but adding a piece of leaf each time.
7) Keep braiding until it’s long enough to go around your hips.
8) When you’re done adding leaves, knot it off again, then braid the rest and tie it off.
*If you want a fuller belt, you can add multiple leaves per braid, but I was afraid of running out, so I didn’t. I ended up having enough to make a full belt though (I originally thought we’d only have enough to make half of one)! :]
And…just for kicks, here’s the close-ish-up of the armband and headpiece we made!