Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Gilmore Girls' Confession

I am Kelley and this is my Gilmore Girls' confession.  I never watched it. Never wanted to.  And I don't like the name Loralei (sp??) At all.  Still don't.  And how is Rory a nickname for that? Maybe.  Still not sold after about 140 hours of GG binging.

How did it happen you ask? I was in between crime/violence/mystery dramas and I got sucked into the hype of the reunion episodes.   Binge watched all 7 seasons in November.  Nice diversion from life and election! Quirky. Silly. Happy. Cute guys, pretty clothes, romantic chemistry.

Annoying.  Bad acting. Flawed characters. Plots that were just obstacles.  And Hellooooo. I binge watched Parenthood over the summer which probably melted the ice a bit on my attitude towards GG.  Hello. Lauren Graham's character dating her daughter's teacher?  Helloooo?  of course, GG did it first.  But I was already trying to keep the Bravermans outta GG. Enough I thought.  But I kept on watching because Luke. I loved him. Hated him.  Loved Loralie (sp, still not sure!) hated her. And Christopher.  Hated him.  Never liked or loved him.  Loved Logan after I stopped cackling over Carey Agos (Good Wife anyone?) with the hairdos!  And Paris.  (HTGAWM anyone?)

The quaint town,  the bumpy, weird lives, I love it all. Toile wallpaper, mismatched upholstery + my dream of having an inn, swoon!

So I watched the trailers, and then the spoilers. I agree and disagree with them, which is so November 2017, right?  And I am now an expert on GG, old and new. And I watched it seamlessly - They aged 10 years overnight for me.  So I think I am having less of a letdown.  No meltdown. I don't think they wasted precious GG minutes on the oddball characters, nope. Those crazy plots and Kirk-isms are what kept GG light and easy.  Not heavy, L&L drama.  The musical. Loved  L's reaction.  Just like I loved the karaoke scene.  Which is 3 minutes of great TV and bad singing.

And I am 1/2 done with last episode. Still no Dean? I was such a fan... still no Suki? come on!

But they just snuck a bit of Parenthood in there, so ha!!  I caught it. Thank you casting agent.

I am going to watch the end. And I'll be back to comment. Because I like to amuse myself.  And all my TV shows are colliding...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Junquey Gal: Omgosh Vegan Banana Cake

Junquey Gal: Omgosh Vegan Banana Cake

Omgosh Vegan Banana Cake

So. I have been MIA for almost an entire year in blog days.  I can hear the crickets. Nah, even they have left the building.  But, I am not a quitter.  Regardless of what you may have heard!  So I am back with a mission. I want to capture my recipes here. Yawn. I know. Food blog so 5 years ago.  But, it is for me. So I can have an actual record of my successful vegan offerings. I know. Vegan.  Yuck. Right?  How did that happen?  One daughter with a soul for kindness and ethical treatment of animals.  The rest of us are just vegetarians.  We are shamefully consuming butter, eggs and cheese. Not often. Just enough to gorge ourselves with our favorite pizza. And cookies. So the vegan child doesn't waste away to her birth weight, I am on a mission to redo our recipes into really good vegan offerings.  So. Warm from the oven on a brisk Autumn eve, banana cake.

It is a yummy first attempt.  I can't believe I am saying this but I will cut the sugar next time.  Crazy, huh?  I didn't factor in the natural sweetness of the bananas. I usually make a zucchini or carrot base cake.  It did turn out soooo good when warm from the oven.  Here's the recipe:
Subject to improvements the very next time we have over ripe bananas. First, let me mention.  Along with the vegan thing, we are all about the organic, non-GMO ingredients.  If you aren't. Start with one ingredient and work your way through.  

  • Okay, preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
  • Mash bananas to equal 3 cups. Should be nice and soft.
  • 2 1/4 cups flour, non bleached
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unrefined sugar (too much, I know. Try 1 cup next time). 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda.
  • 13 x 9 pan.  I prefer to use parchment paper. If you don't, you'll want to grease and flour the pan
  • Sprinkle with dairy-free mini chocolate chips.  Enjoy Life is the brand. I can find 'em at Krogers. 
  • Bake about 30 minutes. Maybe 40.  You know. Start sticking it with a toothpick at about 25 minutes to gauge.  
  • Enjoy.  Seriously.  You will not miss the eggs and greasy butter taste. The coconut oil gives it a pleasant crust.  
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