Making Him Feel Special on his Birthday!

Yesterday was Clint’s 39th Birthday!  One more year until I get to throw a kick-ass 40th.  I am going to start planning now!

Until then, let me recap his 39th.

Present Time!  Why yes, I used leftover Christmas wrapping paper.  It’s called being resourceful, people!

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Following up the opening with a cheese-tastic grin!

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I ordered him a Samsung Chromebook.  Pretty awesome!   He has broken two laptops in the last few years… fingers crossed this one lasts a little while.  The Chromebook fits his needs perfectly.  The three main staples my friends: YouTube, Craigslist and Facebook. Super high-tech he is.

Next up, dinner at Brother Sebastian’s.  

 

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Brother Sebastian’s was gorgeous in architecture and ambiance.  The restaurant is divided into multiple dining rooms.  Our room had 6 booths and a fireplace in the middle.  Cozy, comfortable and relaxing.

 

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Each room had the below window’s allowing you to see what people were up to on the other side.  We caught a pretty spectacular comb-over but thought it to be mildly inappropriate to take his picture.  So the window is all you get. 

 

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Clint ordered a Ribeye accompanied by rice and green beans.  He was very excited.  Can’t you tell? 

 

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Clint’s expert culinary review:  “Steak was damn good. Nice flavor, very tender, could have used a little more fat.  I like fat on my steak”

Oh boy….

 

I had the Chicken Oskar – chicken, crab, asparagus and hollandaise sauce with a baked potato and green beans. 

 

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My expert culinary review: “Delicious.  Just delicious”

 

I don’t think we are going to be asked to do any important restaurant reviews anytime soon, however, I HIGHLY recommend Brother Sebastian’s in Omaha, NE.

 

Happy 39th Birthday, Clint!

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Banana Oat Flax Muffins

These banana muffins are packed with nutrients and flavor!  Win-Win!

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I have challenged myself with incorporating more flaxseed into my diet and recipes.  Research indicates that flax may reduce risks of certain cancers as well as cardiovascular disease and lung disease.

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its primary healthy reputation to three of them:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, “good” fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75 to 800 times more lignans than other plant foods.
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

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With all that information, why wouldn’t you want to incorporate it into your diet?

Banana Oat Flax Muffin Recipe

Step 1

Grind oatmeal into flour consistency.  Add in remaining dry ingredients.

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I used brown sugar blend to lessen the sugar content.  Tastes just the same!

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Step 2

Mix in all wet ingredients.  I use unsweetened vanilla almond milk.

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I sometimes like to mash the bananas separately to break them up and then incorporate into all ingredients.  This time, I chose not to.  Chunks of bananas are good too! 🙂

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Side note: I am still using my old school mixer and not my Kitchen Aid Mixer.  I KNOW!  I just need some quality time with it.  I am afraid to take it out of the box until I know I can spend a solid day making some yummy stuff.  Don’t judge.

Step 3

Scoop into muffin tins around 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes.

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Eat up!

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