Holiday Traditions

Hey friends! Molly here!

We are talking about all of the traditions. Do you have traditions that you do this time of year? What are they? We want to know!

 

With it being the holiday season, a lot of people have those things that you just ALWAYS do this time of year (big or small). And if you don’t do them it just doesn’t feel right! We are big fans of starting new traditions and carrying on the old. Here are a few of our holiday traditions (thanksgiving & Christmas) that we like to do.

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Turkey Trot: This one is a MUST! Every year on the morning of thanksgiving the fam runs 4 miles… (oh and let me point out it’s not an easy 4 miles… it’s basically all hills) This year was the first time for a few of our family members including me and Olive. It was a lot of fun despite the major hills I wasn’t prepared for (and did i mention i was pushing olive…) haha. Its a fun run so you just go at your own pace (but our family is competitive so there is no going at your own pace for us, its win or go home). It starts at the Oregon Zoo and ends where the Elephants live at the zoo. Super cool. If you live in the Portland area I recommend adding this to your list!! We always have a blast! 🙂

Thanksgiving Dinner/ Family Games: Of course we have to have thanksgiving dinner with all the traditional foods… so yummy. After we eat dinner we always play some type of games (minute to win it type games) and it is seriously so much fun. The family gets split up in to teams and its just a fun way to end the day. We normally have lots of kiddos so its a big hit. My cousin sets it all up and at the end there is always a winner (we are a bit competitive) with lots of fun prizes.

Black Friday Shopping: Ethan likes this one! He normally goes with his younger brothers. And me? Not so much. It’s tooooo chaotic for me (people are crazy in case you didn’t know). But he does it every year. And sometimes finds a deal or two (Ethan here… I ALWAYS find a deal. I don’t know what Molly is talking about).

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Saturday Christmas Tree / Burger & Fries: The Saturday after thanksgiving we always go and cut down our tree and then go out to lunch at this amazing burger joint (Helvatia Tavern). It seriously is one of my favorite things to do. There is nothing like going out to the tree farm (Furrow Farm) and picking out the absolute perfect tree. Funny story… this year our eyes were much bigger than our house. We had to basically move all our furniture out of our living room, cut a foot and a half off our tree and 4 hours later our tree was up… Never again will we get a 9 foot tree! Big mistake… HUGE.

Movies: We watch movies all month long but here are some of our faves (in no particular order):

  • Christmas with the Kranks
  • Polar Express
  • Elf
  • White Christmas
  • The Grinch (Live action…because Jim Carey)
  • Home Alone
  • The Santa Clause
  • Edward Scissorhands (it counts people. trust me. it counts.)

Zoo Lights: Its not christmas time until you go see the zoo lights. Holy cow they are amazing! The Oregon zoo puts them on every year and they don’t disappoint. Its always super duper cold but totally worth it!

Christmas Bazaar: This was a first for us this year. You can’t be afraid to introduce some new traditions every once in a while! We definitely plan to do this every year now. There were so many beautiful handcrafted things and its always fun talking to the people that are selling stuff. Apparently its Americas BIGGEST Christmas bazaar (not sure how true that is… but we’ll believe it anyway) Fun way to spend an afternoon!

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The Nutcracker: I have literally been going to the nutcracker since I can remember. When I was living back home, the community college would put it on every year. But now living in Portland the Oregon ballet theater puts it on every year and it’s so incredibly magical. Dressing up fancy and going downtown on a cold winter day with friends and family is just the best. Something I can’t wait to do with miss Olive May when she gets old enough.

Christmas Cookie Baking Day: Every year all the ladies in my family get together and choose one different cookie recipe each to make (doubling or tripling the recipe). We bring the raw dough and meet at my cousins house to bake them. We’ve been doing this for years. It’s such a fun time to catch up and connect with people in your family that you haven’t seen in a while (that’s the whole point of Christmas, right??) Plus you get to leave with tons of different cookies made with a whole lot of love. One of my favorite traditions!

What traditions do you do with your tribe? What traditions do you hope to start? Sound off in the comments and let’s talk about all the amazing holiday traditions that we all have! 🙂

-Molly

Healthy Banana Bread

Hey! Molly here… I wanted to share a recipe that I found to make some healthy-er banana bread. I mean who doesn’t like banana bread (well besides Ethan…)?!? I love banana bread and always seem to have ripe bananas on hand so i seem to make it often. I’ve been searching for a banana bread recipe that doesn’t have all that sugar in it or dairy and I think I found the perfect recipe. If you are dairy free you are going to love this!

 

Healthy Banana Bread

Recipe yields 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 1/2 medium bananas)
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice (cows milk, almond, soy etc.)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (plus a little extra for top of loaf)
  • 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour
  • Optional mix-ins: chopped walnuts, pecans,chocolate chips,raisins, dried fruit etc..

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the oil and honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs and beat them well, then whisk in the mashed bananas and milk. (if you use coconut oil it may become solid when it hits cold ingredients so you can warm up your bowl in the microwave for 10 sec.)
  3. Add in baking soda,vanilla, salt, cinnamon and whisk to blend.
  4. Stir in flour a little at a time until combined. (If its a little lumpy thats okay!)
  5. If you are adding in mix-ins do so now, fold them into the batter.
  6. Pour batter into greased loaf pan then sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  7. Bake for 50-60min or until you insert a knife to the middle and it comes out clean.
  8. Let loaf cool for about 20min before cutting into it.
  9. Enjoy! 🙂
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    use a fork! it works best to mash up bananas
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    make sure you whisk oil, eggs and honey (or maple syrup) before adding bananas 

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    fold in the flour
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    see lumpy is okay!
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    swirled cinnamon on top i just took a knife and made swirls (ps we didn’t have a loaf pan and this did just fine!)
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    nice and golden!

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    yummmmm!

 

from our tribe to yours,

Ethan, Molly, & Olive