Well Brandon is back in school. I was hoping to write about the painting that I am working on, but it isn’t done, and I don’t want to show it before I finish.
Monday, Brandon and I had the day off, so we went to his hometown and hung out with some of his family. Brandon went to play football with his younger cousin, and I spent the day shopping with his sister Autumn. We both had a really good time. Because it was Martin Luther King Jr. day there were a lot of sales. We went to Rue 21, and I got a couple pairs of pants, a sweater, and a shirt for Brandon for $15. We also stopped at Bath and Body Works, and they had all their lotion 75% off. Needless to say, I had to restrain myself from buying the whole store.
After we spent time with family, Brandon and I met with our pastor. We have been praying and trying to decide if we should start going to a church closer to where we live. This is very hard because our church is like a family to us. It is where Brandon and I met, and we have been able to see it grow from a young adult’s bible study to a church with its own building. It was nice talking to our pastor because he is more than a pastor, he is a good friend to Brandon and me. He gave us some very good advice and asked us why we were wanting to leave, and we both admitted that it was mostly because we were feeling a little distant since we had moved. Brandon and I will continue to pray about it, but I’m feeling that we should just stay at our current church for the next year until we find out where we will be going after Brandon graduates. This way we will have the support of our church family and not have to go through more change than we have to.
I have never been much of a foodie, but I have been coming up with my own recipes, so I decided I should share them with you. I have two that I made this past week that I believe turned out quite well.
Healthier Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- 4 Bananas (mashed)
- 1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
- ½ Cup Sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- Pinch of Salt
- 1 ½ Cup Flour
- Handful (1/4 cup) of Mini Chocolate Chips
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Place in a greased 9x4x4 loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes at 350◦ Check middle with knife, if it comes out clean. It is done.
I think next time I will try cutting the sugar down to only 1/4 cup or see if it works without it at all. It is really tasty without being too overly sweet. I also used semi-sweet chocolate chips which I think hold up better when cooked.
Five Ingredient Stir Fry
Bare with me on this one because I didn’t really write down what I used. When it comes to cooking, I just kind of estimate on a lot of things. I am normally a rule follower, except when it comes to cooking.
- 2 lb Frozen Chicken Tenderloins (I used about 6 pieces)
- 1 Bag of Stir Fry Vegetables (mine was Great Value brand from Walmart)
- 2-3 Cups Cooked Brown Rice (I use minute rice and just cook it in the microwave)
- 1-2 TB Sesame Seed Oil
- 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce (add additional if it looks dry)
- 1 Cup Water
- Pepper to Taste
Place chicken tenderloins and sesame seed oil in a medium to large skillet. Cook until golden brown and no longer pink. Next add vegetables and water to pan, cook until tender. Add the cooked rice and soy sauce and pepper, cook another few minutes until warm all the way through. Enjoy!
Let me know if you try either of these firstname.lastname@example.org. Hopefully next week I will have some pictures of my first painting.