Banging Banana Bread – Recipe

I felt the need today, so I baked this tried and tested Banana Bread.  Baby helped (well threw stuff around the kitchen, whilst watching me).  This recipe is quick and easy, so I thought I would share it with you all.

Banana bread

What you will need

75ml milk

1 tsp white wine or cider vinegar

250g bicarbonate of soda

1/2 tsp salt

110g unsalted butter

195g caster sugar

2 eggs

250g mashed banana (about 3)

75g of choc chips (but I used the packet which was 100g)

What you do

Preheat oven to 180º/gas 4.  Combine milk and vinegar in bowl and leave for 10 minutes.  Butter and flour a 23xm x 10cm, 7cm deep loaf pan.

Sift flour, bicarb and salt together in large bowl.  In another bowl cream butter and sugar, until pale and fluffy.  Add the eggs one by one mixing well after each.  Fold in the mashed banana and choc chips.  Then add the sifted dry ingredients and the milk mixture alternately until well mixed.

Pour into tin and bake for 50-60 minutes.  In my oven it’s done after 50 minutes.  Make sure a skewer comes out clean.  Leave to cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then on a rack.

Then scoff with a cup of tea!

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Grubs Up {The Ordinary Moments #6}

I regularly read Katie’s Blog (Mummy Daddy Me) and have been inspired to document our Ordinary Moments, as Katie does.  These Ordinary Moments are the everyday, special low key moments, that I want to be etched into my consciousness forever.

I have blogged previously about our trials and tribulations weaning Baby.  I thought it would be an easy process, as she is very interested in all the food we eat, but I was so wrong.  Things haven’t been plain sailing at all and she will often refuse completely.  She has even become upset at times when we have tried to feed her.  Everyone has said not to worry, but it has been a concern, as all mums want their babies to have a healthy appetite.

However, over the last few days I think she may have turned the corner.  She has tucked into her breakfast and has eaten lunch and a pudding on each day with some small snacks at tea time.  Today was the best day so far, she munched through breakie, a two course lunch and a two course tea.  O.k, in volume this might not be as much as some other babies, but she was keen, looked happy and was opening her mouth willingly all the way through, which for us is a major breakthrough.

This is just an Ordinary Moment and to many mums it wouldn’t be a big deal, but to me it means so much.

Baby eating

Ordinary Moment link

Weaning Woes vs Teething Trauma

Well weaning is MUCH more stressful than I imagined it would be.  Baby is so interested in everyone else’s food, but not so much with her own… Originally we blended individual veggies and although she ate some initially, she was not very keen and eventually stopped altogether.  So we moved onto ready made organic pouches.  These went down a storm, but again after a few days she seemed to go off these as well.  I must admit there were times when I was so desperate for her to eat, that when she refused, I had a little cry (in the kitchen away from her).  All I was thinking was, am I going to end up with a toddler that won’t eat?..  So where are we up to now? I have had lots of advice from friends and from some lovely people on Twitter, who have said to remember ‘Food is fun’ until 1 year, so I have really been trying to relax.  Last week a friend offered Baby a bread stick and she sat and munched it!  Crazy as she gagged on the smallest lump in the puree previously.   So from this point we have given her three meals a day and have been mixing purees and finger food.  If she is too tired or otherwise not interested, fine, we bin it and forget it.  The one thing she does eat without fail and literally goes crazy for is….

Baby eating yoghurt

She loves yoghurt!  I suppose it could be worse, at least yoghurt is healthy.  So things are progressing and I will just have to not panic, if she is not progressing as quickly as her peers in the eating stakes.  Baby feeding herself

In other news we have the 6th tooth coming through, wow! teething is traumatic.  There have been some very difficult days and I’m sure we will have more, but we just have to make the best of it and keep going, it won’t be forever.  Poor little mite.

Personally for me it has been a very stressful week.  I would love to be able to vent on here and write in order to organise my thoughts, but at this point I should resist.  In summary, I am quite stressed and there are not enough hours in the day to do everything I need to do.  The future in uncertain and I may have to start staying up at nights to free up some baby-free time.

But when you wake up to this in the morning, how can any day be that bad.

Smiley Baby