Monday, February 18, 2013

Banana Bread

I guess every once in a while you have to have a rough week and last week was it.  It started with MJ complaining on Sunday that her throat hurt really bad so I took her to the doctor on Monday, as well as took my mom because she was sick, and she was diagnosed with possible strep throat.  So as you would expect she was put on antibiotics until we got her test results back.  Needless to say MJ was out of school Monday and Tuesday.

Everything was going well and she was feeling a lot better and since it was pretty nice out on  Thursday, and for once I didn't have anything going on, we took Bandit for a walk. day.  After her bath that night I was blow drying her hair and noticed what looked like a scab that was falling off on her neck near her hair line.  I touched the scab and it got her screaming don't touch my boo boo!  what really sucked was it wasn't a boo boo, it was a tick!  I grabbed my tweezers out of my purse and removed the tick from her neck and while I was doing it she was screaming like I was trying to kill her.  Rambo and the family came to investigate the screaming and was astonished that we had found our first tick and it was still February.  Friday morning MJ woke up and when I went to giver her a hug she stopped me and asked me to not touch her neck because it hurt her.  After promising her that I wouldn't touch the spot I checked it and it was red.

So we started and ended the week with a trip to the doctor.  Rambo took her because I didn't feel right asking for another day off and he wasn't on duty.  When I called to schedule her appointment I found out her test results for strep were negative and she could stop the antibiotic.  Then Rambo called me after her appointment and gave me the great news that she should be fine we would just need to keep an eye on it. Then the bad news came, another 10 days of antibiotic!  

Poor MJ had already suffered by not being able to have yogurt for her snack.  So when Rambo informed her that she still couldn't have yogurt yet she was very upset.  So Rambo being the wonderful daddy that he is took his baby girl out for chicken nuggets at McDonalds.  What I did to make her feel better was on Saturday we made banana bread and it made her feel much better.

Feeling much better!  Look mama I drew a picture of you!
We are still on the antibiotic and the bite is no longer red and doesn't hurt anymore.  A word of advice from my pediatrician is to properly remove the tick and then seal it in a bag and take it to your doctors office so that it can be tested for Lyme's disease.  For more info on Lyme's Disease the Center for Disease Control has a good site with useful info.

1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg lightly beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 tbsp ground flax seed

1.  Preheat oven to 375* and grease loaf pan.  Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

2.  In another bowl mix together the mashed bananas, sugar, egg and vegetable oil.

3.  Add the flour mix to the banana mix and stir until just combined.  Next gently fold in the flax seed making sure that you don't over stir.  Tough banana bread is horrible!

4.  Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 5.  Let cool and enjoy!

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