Austin Michael

by Heather on March 25, 2015

SURPRISE!!!!!

 

I’m working on finding the time (see how I didn’t even say I was working on it yet? Oy…) to write up this little man’s birth story because his arrival was much sooner (in a good way) than we anticipated. But we are so very much in love with our new addition, and I couldn’t wait to share!

 

Austin, we are so smitten with you. I wish you could see the sparkle in your brother’s eyes when he sees you, the tenderness with which your daddy cares for you, and the way you already light up a room. My heart explodes every time I get to feed you (which, little man, is a LOT). We are so thankful for you!

{ 5 comments }

Banana Yogurt Cake

by Heather on March 20, 2015

Banana yogurt cake || Heather's Dish

I haven’t had a lot of cravings this pregnancy, which I attribute to loving pretty much any kind of food that’s put in front of me. The only thing I haven’t been able to eat is really spicy food (which, sadly, I love to eat) because this second time around? Heartburn has been real. The first time it happened I thought I was dying – I had never felt heartburn before! So my heart (and all its current burning) goes out to all of y’all who suffer through it often.

 

NOT. FUN.

 

But besides the fact that I can’t eat a lot of great Mexican food, I’ve been able to enjoy most things and haven’t had anything in particular that stood out for more than a day or two as a craving…until last night.

Banana yogurt cake || Heather's Dish

You guys, I somehow got an intense craving for strawberry ice cream and I could NOT stop thinking about the stuff. I wish I could be all, “Yeah, I blended frozen strawberries and frozen bananas and added all the healthy fats and voila! Ice cream!” … But I totally just hightailed it to the store and bought a half gallon of the good stuff. I figure since I have only one more week left in this pregnancy I should milk things like strawberry ice cream cravings for all they’re worth, amen?

 

The funny thing is that I usually don’t like strawberry ice cream. Not that I’d say no if it was the only flavor option, but I like pretty much any other flavor over strawberry. This baby be crazy.

 

OH! So I made this banana cake the other day and y’all, it is SO stinking good. It has the texture of a pound cake without all the fat (although I wouldn’t kick a slice of buttery pound cake out of bed either). It’s more tender than a banana bread, and I think it’s fair to call it health food since there’s fruit and Greek yogurt in it. That basically makes it a superfood, right?

 

Right.

 

I’m loving that I can make this year-round, but especially happy to make it a lot this summer to go with all the great fruit that’s about to come in. Strawberries, fresh picked blueberries, peaches (OMG PEACHES). Grilled with a big dollop of cream. Or just plain – because we can have superfood snacks as long as they’re plain. One thing remains: make it. You’ll love it.

 

Enjoy!

Banana yogurt cake || Heather's Dish

BANANA YOGURT CAKE

Serves 8

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium very ripe bananas, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (I like to have a little fat for tenderness, but nonfat works too)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Spray a 9- x 5-inch cake pan with nonstick spray (or grease with butter) and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the banana, sugar, yogurt, eggs and vanilla until smooth and creamy.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt and gently fold until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let cool completely before slicing.

{ 3 comments }

On Changes

March 18, 2015

Something happened recently that really made me sit back and think about my job a bit.   It wasn’t the Restless study I’ve been doing, the reading through the book of Acts the past month, or the stellar blog posts written by my friend Austin. It wasn’t even the realization that in one week’s time […]

Read the full article →

Endive Boats with Pancetta, Apples and Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

March 16, 2015

When it comes to dinner, we like to keep things simple. Simple usually means a slow cooker meal, grilling out when the weather permits, or otherwise only spending 30-ish minutes on meal preparation. And it’s good; we don’t go hungry and pretty much always enjoy what we’re eating. But, every now and then, it’s nice […]

Read the full article →

Dear Mama…Thank You

March 13, 2015

Dear Mama,   I know it’s hard to be my mama sometimes. Sometimes I cry, sometimes I hit, sometimes I make life complicated…but thank you.   Thank you for the times you cry when no one’s watching because you care about my soul.   Thank you for the worry you have over my safety and […]

Read the full article →

Herb and Sweet Pea Egg Scramble

March 11, 2015

When I was pregnant with Wes I ate the exact same thing for breakfast every single day for the last 3 months, which was 2 scrambled eggs and a piece of buttered toast. As one could imagine I’ve since been a little tired of scrambled eggs, and up until this pregnancy I’ve only really enjoyed […]

Read the full article →

3 Years

March 9, 2015

Three years ago yesterday our first little dude entered the world, and I’m still hardly able to wrap my head around it. While three is hardly ancient, it really does feel like just yesterday I was hearing Wes’ cries for the first time. I vividly remember seeing his little purple hand bouncing around as they […]

Read the full article →

Roasted Cauliflower, Leek and Potato Soup

March 6, 2015

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Silk through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about Silk, all opinions are my own. Like it or not we are still, even here in the South, smack dab in the middle of soup season. If you’re like me then you’re probably pretty […]

Read the full article →

36 Weeks

March 4, 2015

HOW FAR ALONG ARE YOU?  36 weeks and 1 day – can you believe we’ll be technically full-term next week?!   GENERALLY FEELING: Truth? Y’all…I am so tired. So stinking exhausted, all the time. Maybe not the first few hours in the morning, but for most of the day you can pretty much bet I’m […]

Read the full article →

What’s For Dinner

March 3, 2015

Good morning everyone! Want to know something? I totally had this post planned for yesterday, but then Nate and I binge-watched the newest season of House of Cards and, well, it didn’t happen. That show – I hate that I love it! But nonetheless, here I am today, right?   Truth be told I’ve been […]

Read the full article →