Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Crepes

I am a big fan of weekends. Raise your hand if you are too. (I see those hands raised)

It seems like every Saturday I get the urge to make something super healthy and nutritious... oh wait, that's the future better version of Teesha.

Let's try again. It seems like every Saturday I roll myself out of bed simply motivated by the fact that I could combine butter and sugar to make something delicious for Jake and I to devour. There. That sounds more like it.

Last Saturday looked a lot like that. Crepes were on my mind. I was inspired by a picture of banana Nutella crepes, but since Nutella was nowhere to be found in my kitchen, I settled on peanut butter and chocolate sauce.

Here's what you need:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Peanut butter
3-4 bananas sliced
Hershey's syrup
Powdered Sugar
Cocoa Powder

Here's what you do:
-Make my crepe recipe (If you have your own, you can make that too. However, I don't guarantee that they will taste like the crepes I ate on Saturday).
-Smear peanut butter all over one side of a crepe.
-Lay a handful of banana slices on top.
-Drizzle with Hershey's syrup.
-Roll up the crepe.
-Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
-Sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Repeat with other crepes

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Zuppa Toscana (Olive Garden Cheat)

Jake and I went to Olive Garden for lunch last week. Don't you just love their soup, salad, and bread sticks?! After we got home I made our grocery list for the week, and decided I hadn't had enough of their soup. Therefore I not only made this Zuppa Toscana soup, but also Minestrone (I'll share that recipe soon!).

It's really simple and quite fast. You could get in your, drive to your nearest Olive Garden, wait in line for an hour, just to eat one bowl. Or you could spend an hour making a big pot to eat for the rest of the week. It's really up to you.

Recipe from Food.com

Here's what you need:
-1 lb Italian sausage
-16 oz chicken broth {two 8-once cans}
-1 quart water
-2 large russet potatoes {diced}
-1 diced white onion
-2 cloves minced garlic
-2 cups chopped kale
-1 cup heavy whipping cream

Here's what you do:
-Brown the sausage in a large pot.
-Stir in chicken broth and water.
-Add potatoes, onions, and garlic. Bring to a boil, then simmer until potatoes are cooked. {stir occasionally}
-Season with plenty of salt and pepper.
-Allow to simmer for another 5-10 minutes.
-Stir in chopped kale and whipping cream.
-Remove from heat and let sit for about 2 minutes.

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A Stylish Surprise

A Stylish Surprise
ModCloth is doing this promotion called "A Stylish Surprise". You select your size, pay $15, and get a new top, dress, or coat in the mail. The catch: you don't know what you're going to get and have no idea what it looks like. It's a Final Sale item, so you can't return or exchange it.

Would you do it?

It sounds like fun, and the price isn't too bad, but it's also a little risky.
What do you think?


Fabric Strip Banner

When I saw this tutorial on The Lovely Cupboard, I knew it would be a great addition to my boring white dinning room, and would be fun for parties. Bonus: This project only cost $8! You don't need fancy fabric, just great colors!

If you have a rotary cutter, this project is pretty simple and easy. It probably took me about 2 hours total. But if you're watching a movie or the newest episode of The Voice, it will be done in no time!

Fabric Strip Banner (If you want more details/pictures, visit The Lovely Cupboard)

Here's what you need:
-About 1 3/4 yards each of 5 different fabric colors
-Rotary cutter or scissors
-About 6 feet of rope

Here's what you do:
-Cut fabric into 1 1/2" wide strips
-Tie fabric strips onto rope starting in the middle and working out toward the ends.

That's it! It's super simple and makes a great statement.

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Chair Redo

You may remember seeing this chair on my blog a couple months ago. It's charming, unique, and cute, but definitely old, worn-down, and unappealing.

Jake and I covered it with some modern orange and grey fabric from Ikea, but we found that the color scheme didn't fit in with the decor. Luckily this weekend Jake's mom came down to visit and helped us recover it, yet again, to make it an eye catching statement in our entryway.

Here it is now:

I love that it looks more modern yet has a retro feel to it.


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Apple Chips

My Mother-in-Law is coming into town today! It's always fun to visit with her because we don't get to see her all that often since she lives in the great state of Alaska. Because she's gluten and dairy free, I get creative with the snacks we have in our house. It's crazy how many products contain one of those ingredients. I decided that apple chips are a great, healthy snack for the weekend.

Adapted from Delighted Momma

Here's what you need:

Here's what you do:
-Pre-heat oven to 275 F
-Use an apple corer (not slicer) to remove the core.
-Slice apples in half from stem to base.
-Lay halves on the flat sides, then slice into very fine slices.
-Spread apples on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
-Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
-Bake for roughly and hour (check after 45 min).
-Flip after and hour, then bake for another 30+ minutes.

Note: If you slice apples thicker, it will probably take close to 2 hours to bake, but if they are very thin it could take as little as an hour and 20 minutes. Adjust your baking time according to your slices.

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Starbucks Style Hot Chocolate

Can you believe we still have a whole month of winter left? I feel like it has lasted all year. Even though I am counting down the days to nice, warm weather, I can still enjoy the simple pleasures winter brings, like rich hot chocolate.

Are you a Starbucks fan, but can't afford the bill every time you are craving their sugary goodness? Well, I found a recipe that nearly beats Starbucks famous hot chocolate. Add a little peppermint or caramel to this and you'll never pay that $3-4 price again.

Recipe from: Instructables.com

Here's what you need:
1/2 cup water
4 Tbs cocoa powder
4 Tbs sugar
3 cups milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Here's what you do:
-Combine water, cocoa, and sugar in a saucepan. Heat on medium-high and stir until the mixture starts to create steam, but doesn't boil yet.
-Add milk, then vanilla to the pan and stir until everything is mixed and the milk is close to boiling.
-Serve in your favorite mug topped with a generous serving of whipped cream.

Enjoy your last few weeks of winter!
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