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Big Batch of Kick-Butt Slow Cooker Banana Bread


I’m getting back into the swing of baking—I blame the darn beautiful fall weather!

I was jonesing for some banana bread the other day, so I checked back on a pin for crockpot banana bread and grabbed my great grandma’s recipe. After looking at both, I decided I wanted a larger batch so that I could bring some to my dad’s this weekend for my little brother’s birthday. (He’s turning three! THREE!!! It’s crazy…)

SO, I wound up semi-improvising this recipe; and man, it turned out delicious. Not to toot my own horn or anything. 😉

I added the peanut butter (in place of half of the amount butter the recipe would call for) for a little extra protein and density, and I’ve had that imitation rum extract since I made Butter Beer—I figured it should be put to use!

Recipe:

1st Group of Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

2nd Group of Ingredients

  • 5 ripe or over-ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp imitation rum extract

Mix the first set of ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

Using a mixer, whip the butter and peanut butter together, then add the bananas (I didn’t mash them up beforehand, so I just did one banana at a time, and broke each into four or five pieces.) and then everything else from the second set of ingredients.

Blend until fairly smooth.

Gradually mix the dry ingredients in.

Pour into a (very well) greased and floured slow cooker. (I didn’t grease it well enough, I lost a little bit of the bottom of my loaf. </3)

Cook on high for two and a half hours.

Take the lid off for a moment or two to let some moisture out.

Cover again and cook for another hour or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean. (About 3.5 hours total.)

Carefully flip onto a large dish or plate and allow to cool before covering or serving (or keeping all to yourself, mwahaha). 🙂 I personally like mine with cold butter spread on it!

I have a feeling a person could let this cook overnight on low, but I’m not sure (whenever eggs are involved, it makes me nervous to cook on lower heat settings.) Maybe if it were cooked on high for about an hour to begin with? I do not knowww.

I hope this turns out as great for you guys as it has for me! 🙂

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Forward Helix Piercing!


I’ve been thinking about getting this done for a little less than a year, now; and since I finally had the money, I did! 😀

My piercer’s name was Sage (at Golden Age Tattoo in Yankton, SD), she was fantastic! Great about answering my questions, and she was swift with the piercings, haha.

Forward Helix Piercing (w/ Captive Bead Ring)

I also got my right earlobe re-pierced because I had a keloid that forced me to let that hole close up. </3 (The moral behind that story is to never get your ears pierced at Claire’s, with a piercing gun, when you’re eight.)

-Dizzle (fo’ Rizzle)

Lightening Blonde Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide


My step mom asked me to lighten her hair with peroxide and baking soda when she saw how well mine turned out! I kept track of measurements this time, partly since I would be doing her whole head, and partly since my peroxide and baking soda lightening post got so much traffic—I figured y’all would appreciate a recipe. 🙂 I also added conditioner to the mixture this time to make it more creamy and easier to apply.

You will need:

  • A small mixing bowl.
  • A brush to apply the mixture. (I used a spongey craft paintbrush.)

Mix together:

  • 6 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 tbsp Conditioner (I used Suave with Almond & Shea Butter.)

I wound up using about two and a half batches for Tiff’s fairly thin, shoulder length, hair. I just mixed more as I needed it.

(Update 8/9/2012: In case you don’t make it down to the comments, Lisa shared a mishap she had while attempting this herself. “I’d like to warn anyone and everyone. Do not mix this in an enclosed container. I mixed it in a fruit smoothie blender. When I tried to take off the lid, it literally blew up. It made a huge POP and that stuff went everywhere. It was also very hot!!! Scared me so bad.” Whenever there’s a chemical reaction going on—in this case, what’s changing your hair color—there will often be a gas that leaves the mixture and can create pressure in a closed container. Be careful!)

Apply as you would any other hair dye/bleach. I started on the under side of her hair and worked my way toward her hairline doing small sections and paying close attention to her roots and the ends of her hair. We were using a barber’s cape, and placed an old towel on the floor below her to protect the rug, so I let the hair with the mixture applied hang down until Tiff’s whole head was finished. Then I wrapped it up in plastic wrap to avoid bleaching furniture or her shirt while she waited for her hair to process. We let it sit for an hour and did not apply heat. Do not to leave the mixture in for longer than an hour to avoid damaging your hair. 

Cool Tip: I have heard that if you don’t do anything to it (no heat from flat irons, no hair dryers, etc.) for three days, your hair’s cuticle will seal up almost like new!

One more tip that I have to offer is to purchase some shampoo with a toner (like this one) in it that is made for blonde hair; this will keep it from getting too orange.

Here is a “Before & After” pic of Tiff’s hair:

I think it turned out super cute! Something about lightening up your hair—especially the strands framing your face—makes your whole look seem more summery and alive. 🙂

I also have a better photo of how my hair turned out from the lightening (plus my lovely sister on the left and sooper dooper boyfriend on the right):

Again, please share your own lightening endeavors, and give me some feedback!

-Dizzle

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