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“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four unless there are three other people present.” ~Orson Welles

Another weekend with visitors at the new place. I love having people over. Having all this new space is more fun when you have people to share it with. It was the third out of six weekends in a row of visitors! Having lived in MD for the last year+, this is the first time we can really invite people over, from the area, or from out of town, knowing they’ll have a comfortable place to stay and hang out. It’s very exciting, so we are getting it out of our system, all at once ūüôā

This weekend it was my brother and sister visiting from college for a weekend of relaxation and home cooked, Polish meals. I’m sure it will eventually get old, but I¬†really enjoy¬†being able to stay¬†home and make a nice dinner, and not always going out to eat to have a decent meal. There was five of us, and everyone contributed in the cooking of our family-style dinner of breaded chicken cutlets, garlic mashed potatoes, and a Polish salad, mizeria.

Besides lots of cooking and baking, the weekend also consisted of exploring the world of Netflix streaming. We started the first free month when we moved, and now we are officially hooked. The streaming of movies through PS3 is amazing. Friday we watched 3.5 movies (one was so bad, we had to stop). Streamed Netflix¬†movies/TV shows¬†fall into 3 main categories: 1) random movies no one’s every heard of (this can be a mix of really bad movies or somewhat okay movies depending on what mood you’re in),¬† 2) regular movies that failed in the box office, and 3)¬†some classic old movies/shows. All the rest of the movies/TV shows that are good and in high demand have to be ordered and delivered by mail. We had some fun watching both the streaming and an ordered DVD, so we pretty much covered the spectrum of movie quality, genres, and decades.

This morning Netflix is all over the news with the announcement of Redbox and Amazon coming out with their own versions of streaming movies. Competition will be good, and interesting to see what happens since I’m a big fan of both Redbox and Amazon. Brick and mortar video stores are a thing of the past.
 

Low-fat Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose (or whole wheat) flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or flax seeds¬†or even¬†chocolate chips ūüôā

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray, and lightly dust with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in bananas, applesauce, milk, oil and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into banana mixture, mixing just until blended. Fold in walnuts or chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until golden and a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes.   

Additional tip: This can be made in a loaf pan as banana bread. Or in a bundt pan as a delicious breakfast bundt cake. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information: Per Serving (yields 12 muffins) РCalories: 157 | Total Fat: 2.2g | Cholesterol: 35mg (source: allrecipes.com)
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