I really love lazy days at home. If I get a shower, great, if not, no biggie. I don't have to put on make-up because I don't have anyone to impress. Ethan has to love me because I'm his mommy and he thinks I look and smell just fine with no make-up and no shower. It might sound pretty gross, but again, I love days like this. I don't have to 'pretend' to be anyone else, I can just be me. Plus, I secretly love to get things done around the house-I know it's really an obsession-just call me Monica!
Well, today I also felt like being cozy and baking. I asked for some favorite banana nut bread recipes from some friends and I received many. I don't really have my own recipe for this concoction, so I was eager to try any recipe that sounded amazing. I took two recipes that I got from friends and sort of combined them, since most of the recipe was the exact same! Wowza it came out amazing! So thank you Keli and Thailia for your recipes!
Another 'recipe' that I wanted to make was something that started when I was a young child. Andy and I really had the best childhood and two amazing parents. The best part to me about being a parent myself is to pass down favorite memories and activities that I had and did as a child and create them for Ethan. I want Ethan to have the best childhood that I and Jeremiah can give him-even if we are inside most days because of the horrendous heat! Nothing goes great with a cozy memory than an intoxicating smell! I just so happened to have all the ingredients for this 'recipe' that my mom received from her mother-in-law, my Nonie. I'm sure it's nothing new. I'm sure hundreds of families use this to create aroma in their home. But for me, nothing smells better or brings back very special memories than stove-top potpourri. The ingredients I use are similar to fall smells and although it isn't fall yet, I could still smell the awesome aroma of autumn in my home. Here is the 'recipe' but really I don't measure the ingredients, I just eye-ball it.
A little trick~ Use more of each ingredient when you want a stronger smell!
2 cups orange juice (I do add more, depending on how many hours I heat)
2-3 cinnamon sticks (or if you prefer, 1-2 T Cinnamon)
4 apple slices (again, you can add more or less)
6-8 whole cloves (or if prefer, 1-2 T ground cloves)
1 T ground allspice
1 T ground nutmeg (I didn't have any on hand, so I
didn't use it!)
And of course no lazy day would be complete without happenings from my little guy! As I was being "Betty Homemaker" in my no make-up or showered self, Ethan was getting into the markers and wrote all over himself. I couldn't blame him really, after all I did give them to him myself thinking that he would actually do what I said and color/draw on the paper. It just goes to show you that an almost 2 year old has a mind all his own!