December is national fruitcake month.
Depending completely on your personal opinion, my childhood was either blessed or deprived. Why? Because, to my knowledge, I never tasted fruitcake.
This fact doesn’t disappoint me. Cursory research says that fruitcake was originally created to last for a full 365 days. A baked good that lasts more than a month is a little freaky. What do they put in that stuff?
So here is my version of a fruitcake with bananas, cranberries, oatmeal, and (of course) nut butter. I figure that any loaf with fruit in it can be called “fruitcake,” right?
Unlike real fruitcake, this bread will only last for about a week in the fridge (if you manage not to eat the whole loaf at once).
Makes 1 loaf, about 10 slices
- 3 overripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 1.2 oz (about 3.5 tablespoons) Gingerbread Cookie Blended Nut Butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 8X4 inch bread pan with nonstick spray.
- In a blender, combine bananas, egg, oatmeal, nut butter, and baking soda. Blend until smooth.
- Stir in spices.
- Fold in chopped cranberries.
- Pour into greased baking pan. Top with sliced bananas, if desired.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely.
- Slice and top with anything you would like! Butter, jam, more nutbutter, etc.
- Eat and enjoy!
From January to April, I was a student teacher at a local elementary school.
In my last month of student teaching, I made a list of the many reasons that I was eager to finish:
- I will have time to blog again.
- I will have time for photography again.
- I will have time to run again.
- I will have time to bake again.
- I will have more time. Period.
Want to know what I ate on my fifth birthday?
Now that I have my diploma in hand, I have a confession.
This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.
If you do not know what someone wants for Christmas, get them food.
This seems to be the general consensus of most Americans, and I believe that it usually works well. As a teacher, my mom received piles of cookies, cakes, and treats from her students, and my family never complained about this multitude of desserts.
One of our favorites, chocolate covered pretzels, is the inspiration for today’s recipe.
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- 1 tsp. cocoa powder
- sweetener to taste
- handful of pretzels
- In a small saucepan, bring water and vanilla to a boil.
- Stir in oatmeal and banana. Return to a boil and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener.
- Reduce heat to medium. Cook until you are pleased with the consistency (probably around five minutes).
- Transfer to a bowl. Stir in pretzels.
- Eat immediately (no one wants soggy pretzels!).
As an education major, some of our required assignments are nothing more than gathering materials to use in our classrooms. In the present age, a list of web-based games is considered a necessary material. Here are ten of my favorite games that I have found this year.
- Analogies – Students must determine which word correctly completes the analogies. Words will only appear twice, so they need to think quickly!
- Guess the Homonym –
Sum Some students have a hard thyme time trying too two to determine the write right homophone or distinguish between homonyms. This game can help.
- Food Chain Game – As students learn about all the components of a biome’s food web, this game can help them review and practice putting producers, consumers, and decomposers in order.
- Photosynthesis Respiration Game – This game leads students step-by-step through the process of human cell respiration and plant cell photosynthesis. Students must truly understand both concepts to successfully play the game.
- America on the Move – Perhaps the greatest evidence of our world’s advances is in the realm of transportation. America on the Move provides three different games that help children learn about the history of transportation.
- Fruit Shoot Fractions – This game, reminiscent of Fruit Ninja, requires students to “shoot” the answer to a fraction addition problem. Because there are many levels, students of many different grades can play the game.
- Pre-Algebra Addition Shootout – Children who love soccer will enjoy choosing their goalkeeper, jersey color, an skill level before solving a variety of simple algebraic equations.
- Arthur’s Lunch-o-Matic – This tray needs some Vitamin A! Students must choose the food that fits the cafeteria worker’s description. The game will help children learn the benefits of eating a variety of foods.
- Blast Off! – Children’s bodies are just like rocket ships–they need fuel! In this game, students fill their plate with a wide variety of foods to get enough fuel for an active day.