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Coconut Bread

I made that bread that I talked about in my latest Quick Takes. The changes I made are reflected in the recipe below.

The bread tastes good, but it doesn’t cut very well; maybe I should try waiting until it’s cool.

Coconut Bread
makes one 9″ square pan

Ingredients
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 cups wheat germ (you could leave this out and use part whole wheat flour instead of part of the white)
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup sugar (you could probably use even less)
1/4 cup coconut oil
5 oz unsweetened coconut flakes (this is a lot; you could use less)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour the pan. Mix the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt together. Beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla together.
Beat the coconut oil and sugar together. Add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients gradually, alternating them. When all is combined, mix in the coconut flakes, place in the oven, and bake for approximately 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or with a few crumbs. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove onto a cooling rack. When cool, cut yourself a nice square and consume with coffee.


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Seven Quick Takes, Vol. 7

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I’m participating in my first swap! I’m going to send a package of fiber and treats (worth $25-40 pre-shipping costs) to someone, and someone else will send me a package! Sounds like fun to me.

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I’m also trying to say the Divine Office and go to daily Mass more this Lent. I’m using this website: Divine Office. It’s a really great thing to do, and if you miss one, you can always do another, since there are seven different sections a day.

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Am I the only one who wonders how parish priests manage to fit all seven parts of the Liturgy of the Hours/Divine Office into their schedules? I mean, they have to say Mass, hear confessions, manage catechism/faith formation classes (and sometimes teach classes, too), do paperwork, have meetings, prepare sermons, sometimes oversee the parish school, and besides all that they have to make time for private prayer, eating, and sleeping.

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I’m so glad I’m going on vacation. I’m going to try to get to the library sometime before we leave and pick up some really good movies to watch while we’re there. I’m also going to cast on some new socks to work on while I watch these movies. I use decentfilms.com to find good ones (movies, not socks).

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We’re supposed to read part of ‘The Brothers Karamazov’ for my Great Books class on Tuesday, which means that I’m taking a break from ‘War and Peace’, because there’s no way I can keep track of them both. I gave up on reading ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘War and Peace’ simultaneously almost a week ago. I’ll pick it up again after I’m done with all this Russian stuff.

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I might make this on Saturday night as a special treat to bring on vacation with us. Except I’ll use coconut oil instead of butter–it only makes sense to use it in coconut bread. 
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Seven Quick Takes – Vol. 6

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Want some low-fat, healthy, yummy, soft, chocolate cookies, pre-tested in my professional lab the kitchen, using simple ingredients that most people have lying around the house, with the additional properties of being easily modified to be both gluten and dairy-free? You do? 
Here you go! (My main mods were to use coconut oil instead of olive oil and white beans instead of black, plus adding a little extra flour since the batter seemed pretty wet, and baking an extra minute.)
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I can’t believe Lent is almost here. I considered giving up coffee, but I considered the dictum that one ought not to do penances that are penances for other people (unnecessary ones, that is). Plus I don’t think I need the caffeine withdrawal headaches and the drowsiness. Maybe I’ll cut down, though, since I’ve been drinking two to four cups a day lately (usually two or three, but I admit that in the last week or two I’ve had four… more than once).

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Honestly, nothing much is new since my last post–not blogworthy things, anyway. I doubt you’re interested in the weird black mark next to my fingernail where I hurt my cuticles (subcutaneous scab, maybe) or in the character I opened up on Mario Kart Wii, or on the fact that St. Valentine’s Day is on a co-op day this year, and love is in the air… or not. I hope not. Ick.

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Not that I have a problem with love. Just, uh, I’ll pass.

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Personally, I think that wearing fresh pajamas, having just showered, and going to sleep in a lovely, clean-smelling, warm bed, is an underappreciated pleasure, particularly if one reads in bed before turning out the light and sleeping.

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We’re going on vacation the weekend after this and I’m looking forward to it, despite the almost certainty that as soon as I get there I’ll be impatient to get home. I don’t know why, but I always do. It’s not lacking the Internet (it’s the same when it’s available), or lacking reading, or missing my family (they’re with me!), and certainly not missing my classes (hah! My teachers are nice and all, but are you kidding me?). I guess I just like my house a lot?

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This video is just too cute.
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An interesting article

On Les Miserables. I’m not sure that I 100% agree with everything, but it’s definitely helpful. (For example, in the book Valjean explicitly admits to himself that if he had asked for bread, he would have been given it, and he would not have had to steal it. Still, at worst that was a venial sin, and he did it without thinking.) Note that there are some references to the mature subject matter in the book.

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what am I doing?

Reading War and Peace. I need to read just a selection for school, but I’m going to try to read the whole thing. I’m really enjoying it. BTW, I grabbed the Dunnigan translation because I heard that was the best one, and it was at Half Price Books for just three dollars in the Signet Classic paperback edition, in case you’re interested.

Reading Les Miserables. And loving it. The annoying bits are even more skippable than I thought, and the good bits… well, they’re not bits. Practically the whole thing is good, at least as far as I’ve read (which is less than halfway, yet I’ve read over 600 pages, if you pretend I didn’t skip that long bit about the battle of Waterloo).

Knitting this baby sweater for a teacher’s baby — the 6-12 month size in fingering weight, modified to include 4 row stripes in a slightly teal-ish medium blue and a slightly-lighter-than-navy blue. I rarely purchase individual patterns, since there are so many beautiful free patterns and knitting books available, but this pattern is totally worth the money. You get the same lovely, unisex, simple sweater pattern in three yarn weights and seven sizes in each weight, along with three different options for the sleeves (short, long straight, and long tapered). It’s also easy to embellish.

Nursing my cut finger. I was opening a bag of Trader Joe’s frozen fries with a knife on Thursday evening and gashed my left index finger. Happily, I can still knit, but spinning’s not so easy. I don’t need that finger to actually do the spinning part, but I do use it to wind the length of yarn onto the spindle, and using my middle finger is uncomfortable.

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