Gym Etiquette and Reese’s Peanut Butter Bread

Reese's Peanut Butter Bread

Why together? Well, since this is pretty much me ranting and complaining about poor gym etiquette, I figured I should end with something delicious. This is to make you forget that I have pet peeves that are somewhat compulsive and over the top. Please enjoy the 7 deadly sins (as per Isabelle) of gym etiquette.

1- Nudity: I am comfortable with my body.  I am not a prude.  I shower and change at the gym.  I am of the “we have the same bits and pieces” school of thought.  BUT, the walking around in the nude for 30 minutes between everyone, talking to everyone and “propping” your leg up on the bench while talking in your birthday suite makes me UNCOMFORTABLE.

2- Lockers: 1 person= 1 locker.  This is not your house nor your personal closet, you are not moving in, you are working out, showering and getting on with your life.

3- Saving Equipment: NOT GONNA HAPPEN.  This is not 4th grade P.E., this is not recess, your friends will have to find themselves their own treadmill, this is the one I am using, move your towel.

4- Sweat: I sweat like a “lady of the evening” in Church on Sunday….I wipe my sweat off of every piece of equipment I use.  If I wanted to deal with your sweat we would be married.

5- Dropping Weights: OK so you are not Arnold Schwarzenegger, this is not Venice Beach, don’t drop the weights on the floor like you are Hulk Hogan.  If you have to drop it you shouldn’t be lifting it in the first place.

6- Talking: this one is difficult….I don’t mind talking but some people strike up a conversations with you at the weirdest time: while you are sitting (i.e. relaxing) in the sauna or while you are mid run on the treadmill (trying not to fall off)  or while you are lifting weights.  I am not being rude if I don’t answer…. I AM WORKING OUT…if you want to have a social conversation, let’s go have a coffee at Starbucks, they love people who stay and talk for hours.

7- Cell phones…especially that blue tooth, ear “thingy”….OMG seriously!  For the love of God, I do not need to hear you yapping on your cell phone to your bestie for 1 hour while I am working out.  I always have headphones on and I still hear you over my music.  Also talking being people’s back while you are pretending to be working out is tacky.  I don’t want to hear you and by the way YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL!

Back to what is far more interesting…and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for listening to my complaints.  I feel better.

I found this AMAZING recipe on Cookies and Cups Blog, please go check out her delicious blog: Cookies and Cups

Reese’s Peanut Butter Bread

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas, mashed (I keep my “unwanted” bananas in my freezer, please see: Good Old Banana Bread )

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup oil

1 egg

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

8 oz bag of Reese’s Mini cups

How to:

Preheat oven to 350 degree F.  Grease your loaf pan with butter or cooking spray.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together your flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt, set aside.  In a large bowl stir together your bananas, peanut butter, oil, egg and sugars.  Pour your dry ingredients into your wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Batter will be lumpy.  Fold in your Reese’s Mini cups and spread batter into prepared pan.

lovely batter

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  Let cool in pan for 10 minutes.

house smells amazing

look at this delightful madness....oh my!

Serve and hide a piece for later, I am not kidding….you’ll see why!  Then you’ll thank me for telling you to do so.

Printer friendly: Reese’s Peanut Butter Bread

Peace and Etiquette,

Isabelle

p.s. Again: thank you for letting me vent…I hope I didn’t offend anyone…if I did, I am sorry….this is just my experience with etiquette…everyone has their own! :)

Peanut Butter Bread

I love cookbooks. I mean, I LOVE LOVE cookbooks. I have to limit myself when I go to the bookstore, and even to the library.  It is almost ridiculous how many cookbooks I want and have.  Space is indeed a problem, I have 3 other people and 2 big dogs living here with me so I have to share.  I do but not happily. ;)

Often people will give me cookbooks as gifts or when they just want to get ride of them.  I have never been able to part with a cookbook.  That is just impossible, poor lonely cookbook out there in the world with no one to look at it. (wow, I must stop here…I am scaring myself!)

I have some antique cookbooks and I sometimes look through them for inspiration or even to see how times have changed.  Here is one from my collection:


The way to a man’s heart: The Settlement Cookbook by Mrs. Simon Kander circa 1931

This cookbook contains a lot of interesting recipes: catnip tea, cracker gruel ( a thin porridge), pigeon en casserole (!), liver loaf….get the idea?  I really like this book and I actually have found a few recipes that I decided I should try.  First off: peanut butter bread, that sounds so good to me.  Also, and this might sound crazy, but I think I will try to make the liver loaf.  I cannot guarantee success or that my family will eat it but it’s worth a try.  Maybe I should do this when they haven’t eaten in a few days!  But today this is what I made:

Peanut Butter Bread

Here is a picture of the recipe:


No worries I will give you a printer friendly version at the end. I know, I am such a dear!

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour

4 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup of sugar (that’s not a lot, but OK)

2/3 cup of peanut butter

1 1/4 cup of milk (is it me or this sounds like a whole lot of milk?)

Sift flour, baking powder, salt & sugar together.  Add milk to peanut butter, blend well (geez! nothing blends with peanut butter) and add dry ingredients; beat thoroughly. The dough must be soft enough to take the shape of the pan.(shape? OK, lady!)  Bake in greased loaf pan in moderate (I do nothing moderately!) oven (350F) 45 to 50 minutes.  Best when a day old. (if this is good, this bread will not see the light of day tomorrow, I know my people!)

By the way, again is it just me or what, but there is no egg in this recipe?!  And may I just tell you that there was nothing “soft” about this batter.  I dumped it in my loaf pan and I had to get a spatula to spread it around.  I don’t know if that is what she meant by shape but I had a lot to do with the shaping!

Well look at this:


My house smells like peanut butter heaven!  This little bread is actually very tasty! Yum!

Of course it always helps when I spread a little bit of butter…. :)  OH! I just thought of something: jelly!  Wouldn’t that just make it fabulous?


Printer friendly version: Peanut Butter Bread

Yours truly, Mrs. “Mr. Man” (to keep with the 30’s)

Note: I have to agree with Mrs. Kander, the bread is amazing the next day!  Warmed in the microwave and topped with butter.  It is like all the flavors and ingredients had a chance to get to now each other better! :D