the banana boat recipe

for those of you who did not experience the “banana boat” as a kid while camping, here is the recipe… super duper simple… very forgiving… and, just like an ice cream sundae, the toppings are pretty much endless.


  • whole unpeeled banan
  • mini marshmallows
  • peanut butter
  • Chocolate chips
  • tinfoil


  1. pre-heat oven to 400 degress celsius (or, have a campfire ready with nice red embers)
  2. take the peeled banana and slice down the middle -about 3/4 of the way through the banana itself. Don’t be shy – you’re objective is to make a boat to stuff all the yummy ingredients into
  3. begin stuffing the banana boat with ingredients. you can either be very scant or go completely overboard and have marshmallows, PB, and choc chips completely overflowing the boat. this is not master chef.
  4. wrap the whole thing in tinfoil, keeping in mind that you will need to open it gently later as not to disturb the magically melted fillings
  5. bake for 15-20min, or put in hot campfire embers for 10-15min
  6. take out of the oven, unwrap, and eat with a spoon – directly out of the peel!


feeling a little exhausted

the “no break” lifestyle is already catching up to me. thursday is my next day off and i cannot fucking wait.

saturday morning, jamie, paula, and i worked out at the gym. we did a semi-strength workout, including some new intervals on the rowing machine… row full body for 1 min, then row arms only for 30 secs, then row just legs for 30 sec. the arm-only row is ridiculously hard!! it was a fantastic back workout!

today i decided to skip my 08:30am group run – i decided to sleep in and play some wow instead with a giant mug of coffee. that felt good. then i attacked more christmas baking. i tried to make these “cherry-almond balls”, but i did not adjust the flour quantity enough so they broke and crumbled while baking. may they rest in peace in the garbage. after that failure, i tackled a fancy martha stewart recipe: chocolate peppermint cookies – a choc peppermint wafer-like cookie dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with ground candy cane. they turned out. and they are fucking delicious.

i proceeded to the gym to run my long-sunday-run. i am developing quite an aversion to winter running due to the uneven terrain. this past week, i rolled my ankle while walking back from coffee at work. it was sore for a couple days. so… i decided to play it extra safe and run inside today.i thought running 6miles on the treadmill would be brutally boring. it wasn’t nearly as bad as i expected! i focused on my heart rate, and made sure to maintain a pace slow enough that i could have a mildly hindered conversation. it worked out just fine.

jamie and i just dragged all the x-mas boxes from the storage room. my back is killing me from all the standing from baking and running. now we’re going to put up the tree. omfg i am ready for bed, and it isn’t even 8pm.

whew, it’s been almost 3 weeks …

since our return from Alaska. and wow, what a hectic 3 weeks it has been. in my infinite wisdom, i decided to meet my personal trainer the next morning @ 7am. that was dumb. i was then completely and utterly exhausted for the next 48 hours.

anyhoo, we are now back in our “normal lives” mode. this includes me often being awake between 6:30am and 8:00am just because. i thought i would report on my morning.

i made pixie a gourmet breakfast of papaya, blueberries, and cherries. i also baked myself some bannock (for the first time since junior high camp!), and proceeded to have 1 piece. so far, it has been a great morning.

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silly putty can easily provide hours of mindless amusement

holy fuck – 2 posts in one day. it’s like i am suffering blog withdrawal and just feel the urge to post. i suppose that in conjunction with the fact that i am waiting for jamie so we can go rent a movie. apparently we are renting an action film tonight; i am looking forward to some diet coke, or diet dr pepper (yes i know aspartame is bad for you, but whatever i want some pop!!!)

i made banana bread tonight. i also made a stir fry. when jamie and i got back from our run, the house smelt like banana-bread-stir-fry. . . mmm??

sunday, sunny sunday

ahh, what a gorgeous day. unfortunately i’m too busy to have a chance to go out on my bike. the father in law is here today working with jamie to fix some shit around the house, especially the windows which have been treated like crap their entire life, and therefore struggle to close. this is annoying.

i am trying to enable the “post by email” feature on my blog, but my email is broken. this is annoying because i have all these amazing thoughts throughout the day that i would like to share with everyone, but by the time ig et around to actually logging in and creating a post, i have forgotten them. how sad for the rest of the world. i am sorry. on that note, i have a blackberry for work, but for fuck sakes my inbox is always so friggin full that i cannot send emails from it! JKSHGKUD this is incredibly annoying as well!  all this unbelievable technology, and i can’t manage it. pfft to that.

i tried to make homemade apple pies last night. they kinda turned out. 1 had about an inch of sugary-apple liquid in the bottom like soup… but still tasted yummy.. the other we have not yet breahced as it was intended to be a gift… it looks quite bit more promising, but i am unsure about it. dare i give it away, and risk it being a weird pie?? i know it will taste great… i mean, how bad could sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, butter, flour, salt, and water taste?!?