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Banana Bread, Crock Pot Roast, Meatballs, and More

I am going to try something new with Everyday Adventures. It is basically the same, but with a little different format. I am also posting it on Thursday this week instead of Friday. I guess I was just in the changing things up mood. I hope you enjoy it!

Dairy Free Banana Bread

What We Have Been Eating

The last week or two has been busy for me and I have found myself going back to old favorites. The recipes that I have been making for years and that I know my family loves. We had crock pot roast with french fries one night. It was easy and my kids loved it.

I have also been stocking my freezer with my favorite meatballs. I love keeping meatballs in the freezer because I can use them in so many different ways. And once again they are a tried and true favorite that my kids love. I think pretty much all kids love meatballs!

For some reason I have also ended up with way too many bananas recently. I love bananas, but I love them on the green side. Once they are brown and spotty I can’t stand them. Two in my family love them spotty and brown, but not me. And for some reason all the bananas I have bought recently have turned brown overnight. Like they went from really green to really brown in a very short time.

Too many brown bananas though means that I have been making banana bread! I love my basic banana bread recipe and my gluten free dairy free banana bread. If you have a few too many brown bananas on the counter go make some banana bread! Stir in some chocolate chips and your family will love it even more.

What I am Using and Loving

So I have found a total lazy type food ingredient that I love. I am hoping that I am not the only one…


Pre-shredded carrots! Yes, I know it is way more expensive. Yes, I know I could totally do this myself. But the reality is that I often don’t.

We eat a lot of salad at our house and when I am busy the salad sometimes ends up being lettuce. And as my dad has often said, “lettuce is not a salad”. I know he is right, lettuce is lettuce. It is all the other ingredients added that make it salad, but when I am in a hurry buying, washing, and chopping vegetables take time. Time I often don’t have during the dinner rush.

So I recently bought a bag of the Matchstix carrots and love them. They were ready and waiting when I wanted to make a salad. Now, I won’t be buying these all the time, but when I have a really busy week and need some shortcuts I will totally be buying these to add to our salads.

Please tell me I am not the only one that loves these. 🙂


I am also loving leftovers! We currently have three teens. One of which is a 14 year old 6 foot 3 inch boy. We don’t have a lot of leftovers at our house. Most of the time I don’t even have enough left for my husband’s lunch. I kind of miss the days of leftovers, but that is just life with teens in the house.

Last week though we had enough leftovers to have a leftovers for dinner night. I can’t remember the last time this happened. We rarely have enough leftovers to turn it into a meal. Sunday night we did and I was thrilled because it meant no cooking. Everyone just heated up with they wanted and we ate. I love meals like that.

What I am Reading

I received this book in the mail to review and I am loving it!


I am a total type A person when it comes to cleaning. It is on the schedule and I usually have a day for each thing. My family loves to tease me that the only days I know how to do laundry are on Monday and Thursdays because those are my laundry days and have been for years.

Laundry gets done on Monday and Thursday. Washed, folded, and put away. Not everyone in my family is like me though. I know hard to believe isn’t it. For some reason they don’t always follow my plan. 🙂

I won’t mention names, but I definitely have at least one child that is a more creative, I will clean and pick up when the mood strikes me, kind of person. This book is helping me understand that and what works for that type of person

If you are a type a, have my house in order person, you can probably skip this book. But if you are a my house is often a mess, I have piles that I can’t keep up on, dirty dishes on the counter, laundry piled up, type of person, I think this book will really help you.

Dana shares her story and her journey. She is very honest and says what has and hasn’t worked for her. The book is well written. My favorite quote from How To Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind might just be this one.

“Cleaning my house is not a project. It’s a series of boring, mundane, repetitive tasks. The people whose homes are clean all the time do these boring, mundane repetitive tasks.”

That right there is so true! We all know that don’t we? When it comes down to so much in life the most successful people are the ones that do the boring, mundane, repetitive tasks. It is that way in business, school, and yes even housecleaning. The boring and mundane is what gets the job done. No it is not fun, but it is what gets it done.

If you struggle with getting your house under control or if you have a creative minded person in your house that struggles with the every day boring stuff, I think you will love this book.

And speaking of cleaning house, I have been gone way too much this week and mine needs some work so I know what I will be doing this weekend!

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