Whenever I have bananas that are starting to become a little too ripe, I like to make a Banana Cake. This Banana Cake is made with oats and it’s so delicious. Enjoy!
3-4 mashed ripe bananas (medium size)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup sugar (or agave sirup)
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup organic oats
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla Paste or vanilla sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 200C. Grease a loaf pan or a round 20cm cake pan.
In a large bowl, combine the mashed bananas, oats, sugar, coconut oil, flour and eggs. Mix until combined. Stir in baking powder, salt, vanilla and cinnamon.
Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Transfer to the oven and bake until a fork inserted in the center comes out clean, about 40-45 minutes. You might need to cover the top with foil at the end of the baking time to avoid over-browning the cake.
Let the cake cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.
TIP: Bake this cake the day before to make it extra moist and yummy. Top it with melted dark chocolate or chocolate frosting and put it in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and cool.
“I’m born this way; it’s just my personality!” she said with her arms crossed as if to symbolically ‘protect herself’ from my reaction.I tried my best to stay calm, but my entire inner world was on high alert from the painful critique I just received. I was used to her harsh and hurtful comments. But this day I had enough!
“Really! You are born this cruel??? I doubt it! No one is born like that. Being mean is ALWAYS a choice!” Your personality is HOW you choose to show up in life and relationships, and you can choose to be kind, or you can choose to be mean”.
“But it’s too late for me to change,” she snapped. “My mother was mean to me, and I’m just repeating the pattern. It’s just how I turned out”.
I took a deep breath in and said; “No, that’s yet another excuse for not wanting to change your behaviour. You can transform who you are and how you treat others. But to do so, you’ll need to change how you think, act, and talk. You’ll need to begin living, right now, as you desire to become.
You have great power within you to BECOME exactly who you want to be. To do so, you must be intentional. So the big question is, who do you want to be? And before you answer, let me just tell you; that if you want a relationship with me you have to change because this is the LAST time you’ve talked to me this way!”
She didn’t say a word as she marched down the hallway and closed the door behind her. I stood there for a long time…shaking…it was the first time in my life; I truly allowed myself to set boundaries and speak up to a bully. And it was the last time she treated me badly. I was 30…. But you know what…sometimes good things take time.
The lesson…. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries. Refuse to accept dominating, negative, energy-sucking bullies to eat at your confidence and reduce your inner peace. Setting boundaries is also a CHOICE and when you start to set boundaries, your relationships will change. Some relationships will end; others will bloom and become remarkable.
So again; the big question is, who do you want to beand how do you want people to treat you? Only YOU can show them.
Remember this; don’t wait for confidence to show up so you can set boundaries. Set boundaries and your confidence will grow.
On February 1st, 2020 we bought this little gem of a countryside cottage, located on the Island of Funen in Denmark. Now, we are three months into the renovation and everything is going surprisingly well, but there’s still a long way to go.
Almost everything on the inside has been taken out; kitchen, bathroom, floor tiles, the ceiling on the first floor, cabinets, some doors and windows.
The roof has been cleaned and a large new patio is being build at the moment. The kitchen door and the windows in the black side building will also be changed soon.
The glass corridor between the two buildings have gotten new French garden doors and I really think it changes the look and feel of the cottage so much. I love it.
In the living room we have removed a large part of the staircase to make more space available. We also changed the garden doors which give the view to the ocean a more open feel.
The dinning room was a master bedroom before we bought it and that’s why there’s a big wall of cabinets. This room is in the black side building. Because it has a high open ceiling we thought it would be more suitable as a dinning room, so we took out the cabinets. I plan on painting the wall in the back with chalk paint to emphases the hight of the room + I will hang a large collection of lamps in the centre to really make a grand impression.
The hall consist of the glass entrance and a small offer space. We have removed a door – again to make the room seem larger and more friendly. We will put in some beautiful large stone tiles on the floor.
The kitchen is completely empty and RAW at the moment and so is the bathroom. A new handmade kitchen + bathroom has been ordered and will arrive in May. I think this will be the biggest change in the cottage and I’m incredible excited about it (and also a little nervous).
Upstairs, the ceiling has been opened up and walls have been removed. Now all we need is to paint it all white.
During the coming month the project will speed up and so much will be happening; including painting the cottage inside and out. Kitchen and bathroom installed. Patio finished. Garden cleaned up and restored with new grass and the rest of the doors and windows will be installed. Phew, fingers crossed everything will go smoothly.
I really, really, enjoy doing this project. And of course I’m excited to get started on the inside decor. Since I sold my last home with EVERYTHING inside it, I have to buy everything for this house.
Most of the furnitures are already in place waiting to be transported to the cottage, but I still need all the little things like kitchen supplies, duvet covers, bathroom stuff, lamps, garden furnitures, tools and so on. So a lot of shopping is going on at the moment to get everything ready for the big move in.
Next time, I will show you the new kitchen and bathroom + the final result of the patio.