Friday 27 September 2013

Friday Favourites

Happy Friday, everyone!  The weekend is just around the corner and I'm looking forward to a nice quiet one (she says hopefully).  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D airs tonight (Channel 4 in the UK) and I'm really excited about watching it!  Joss!  S.H.I.E.L.D!  #Coulsonlives!!  I'll stop geeking out now...

Favourite Recipe to try: Paleo Banana Bread Truffles

© Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind via Civilized Caveman Creations

I love the Civilized Caveman's paleo banana bread.  It's a fantastic recipe which doesn't require any added sugar and really tastes of banana.  It's also got a fantastically "normal" texture for something made with coconut flour.  I'm a bit of a cheapskate and adapt the recipe to use coconut butter (whizzed up dessicated coconut) rather than use a full jar of super-expensive nut butter in the recipe and it works beautifully.  It also makes this a suitable lunchbox snack if your kid's school is nut-free!

If these truffles are half as good as the banana bread, then they'll be awesome.  I'll be making them as soon as possible--I signed up to do a detox next week, so I'll have to wait a little while.  Something to look forward to, though!!

Favourite discovery on the 'net: The Monster Engine

© The Monster Engine, Dave Devries
Most kids will draw a monster or two as they grow up.  Lucas does tend to draw mainly superheroes but I do recall a monster and alien or two when he was a little younger.  I'm sure a psychologist would say that they're trying to make sense of things that have scared or worried them, but kids like scary and revolting stuff in my opinion.  Roald Dahl shared the same opinion!

The Monster Engine, by Dave Devries has a simple premise: What would a child's drawing look like if it was painted realistically?  The answers range between funny, scary and shocking (I was quite shocked by the rather realistic crucified man drawn by a child, which actually looks less scary as fully-realised art.)

Favourite blog tip: HTML tips and tricks--signs and symbols

I can never remember how to add a Copyright sign to an image caption, something which always looks way more professional than (c).  This brilliant post from Bonjour Blogger! will soon have you sorted out and you'll be adding pretty little hearts, stars, snowflakes and all sorts to your posts.  If you find yourself wanting more, you can find fractions and degree signs (posh up your recipe posts) here.

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  1. Mm...the truffles! What did you think of S.H.I.E.L.D.? My husband watched it last night and he said it was ok, but not great. Yet.

    1. We just finished watching it (airs a couple of days later in the UK, so avoiding spoilers will be fun). I thought it was a decent opener, albeit with slightly clichéd characters. It's bound to improve, the budget probably increased after ABC approved the pilot...

  2. My partner wants to wait until the series of S.H.I.E.L.D is done as he hates waiting a week for the next ep of something (which I totally get), so we haven't watched it yet. I just hope the ratings were high enough over here in the UK so they don't cancel it.

    The Monster Machine is amazing! But like you said, sometimes a bit shocking too. A very clever idea though.

    1. I'm hopeful that there will be enough die-hard Joss fans to carry the series. Everyone remembers what happened to Firefly after all. I think that if they use it as a bridging point between Avengers and Avengers 2, with maybe a series finale that picks up in A2, it would work beautifully. (A few cameos by Hawkeye wouldn't go amiss either... A girl can dream.)


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