(An alternate title to this blog could read: ‘On why I might make an OK mother after all’)
Andrew and I are flying to DC this weekend to spend the holiday with my family, and we enlisted Abigail to come stay with Hadrian instead of kenneling him.
My first thought was of all the goodies I could have out for our houseguest. I can’t help it. It’s the pineapple in me.
(Hadrian is also all stocked up on toys, too.)
However, between all of the Layers being on ‘diets’ (some more strict than others), and my unwillingness to buy what I call ‘crap,’ (gosh, that sounds harsh) you won’t find Combos or Cheetos or anything of that nature lurking around here!
Bananas, apples and oranges, as well as a selection of pseudo-healthy cereal bars and things (just about anything is ‘healthy’ in moderation, I think), and some crunchy things like Quakes and multigrain tortilla chips.
In the fridge Abigail will find celery and baby carrot sticks, as well as strawberry yogurts and 100% juice boxes.
There are even goodies in the freezer!
I walked down the frozen section in search of acceptable popsicles, when I came across all these Skinny Cow treats ON SALE. I tell you, it was like the White Mint bars were CALLING to me. And I know one of Abigail’s favorite flavors is cookies and cream, so I had to get both. Of course. I threw in some lemon sorbet bars thinking Andrew would like that flavor as well.
And, not to out-do myself or anything, I included a selection of the things I’ve made with the abundance of overripe bananas we’ve had on hand: strawberry-banana muffins, my banana bread with coconut and walnuts turned into muffins, and King Arthur Flour’s Chocolate-Chip Banana Squares.
In making my favorite banana bread into muffins, I decided it needed to be even healthier! One and a half cups of sugar just seemed WAY. TOO. MUCH–even for two loaves–so I slashed away…again. Here is my updated page with the recipe. The muffins baked up nice and high; this is, hands down, the BEST banana bread recipe EVER.
I’ll also be putting out some of Andrew’s butter-flavored microwave popcorn bags, some of my favorite mac and cheese in a box (Annie’s!) and coffee pods.
I’m sure Hadrian will have a ball with Aunt Abigail (she calls him ‘horsey’), and we’re happy to have her come stay and keep the animals company. I just hope she doesn’t think all my ‘health food’ is too weird…