Timbers Encounter

Last weekend we went to a Timbers game as guests of friends. We were lucky to be in a suite (woot woot) which had amazing amenities that included an incredible view, a buffet, drinks, a visit by Timber Joey and another by 3 players from the team. If only we could roll that way all the time!

Bryce made a new friend, Lily, that evening and they were running around, enjoying themselves when they weren’t screaming into the stadium with arm throwing cheers. When the players came in to sign tickets and scarves Bryce had no idea why this was significant and being her first encounter with an autograph-worthy person, why would she? She stepped up and handed her ticket to Dave Horst, who started signing his name. She curiously watched what he was doing and promptly exclaimed/spelled, “It’s B-R-Y-C-E!” He said, “Oh, sorry! I was signing MY name, is that okay?” She quickly answered, “NO! It’s B-R-Y-C-E!” She received her autographed memorabilia and ran off with her new pal. That’s my girl.

Earlier that day I made a little banana bread snacky-snack that we like from Jessica Seinfeld’s cookbook, Deceptively Delicious. She incorporates pureed vegetables into recipes to get nutrients into her family and they have no idea. I do admire her stealth ways. Go Jessica!

Here’s the recipe:

Banana Bread

¾ c whole wheat flour
½ c all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp cinnamon
½ firmly packed light or dark brown sugar
¼ c canola oil
2 large egg whites
1 ½ c pureed banana
½ c pureed cauliflower
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

PS — If you don’t want to use cauliflower, just add one more banana. In total this is 3-4 bananas.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all the dry ingredients in a zip lock bag and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the sugar and oil with a wooden spoon until well combined. Mix in egg whites, banana and cauliflower purees, and vanilla. Add flour mixture until just combined — don’t overmix.

Pour the batter into a loaf pan that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake for 55-60 minutes. (Mini loaves will bake 25-30 minutes.)

Tastes great with a shmeer of butter, almond or peanut butter, or on its own.

SHORTCUT TIP: While I’m assembling I make more than one of these dry mixtures in advance and store in the pantry. That way I have it ready when I want to make banana bread again quickly.

Last but not least, here are a few things that are on our weekend agenda:

Saturday 5/12:
11am: Kids Story Time (Powell’s Books on Burnside)
2pm: If You Give a Mouse Cookie (Newmark Theater)

Sunday 5/13:
11am-4pm: Sunday Parkways, NE

Have a great Mother’s Day weekend!


One thought on “Timbers Encounter

  1. What a great idea to mix up the dry ingredients in advance! I also love mixing roasted squash into cornbread. It actually makes the cornbread taste better and more moist.

    We are bummed to be missing Sunday Parkways this weekend, but we’ll be at the beach, so I cannot complain at all.

    Have a great weekend!

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