Banana Panini
Apr 11, 2012

Last week, I ventured out to get my Texas car tags and driver’s license.  It’s not fun.  No one wants to do it.  But I have quite a bit of free time, so I decided to knock it off the to-do list.

The car tags part was easy breezy!  I was in and out in less than 30 minutes.  Although the lady said that Texas requires back and front tags.  I looked at the front bumper of my Nissan Sentra.  I swear there is not spot for a front tag!!!  I looked at several other Nissan in my apartment parking lot and they didn’t have front tags either.  So, I’m not worrying about it.

I ventured over to the driver’s license office on Lamar right after that.  I was immediately told that I needed my birth certificate or passport.  No problem…I just came on a whim, so left and came back the next day.

The next day there were approximately 1 billion more people at the DMV.  Yikes!  They made an announcement that the new South Austin DMV office had ZERO people waiting in line, so I left to go there.  Since it’s a new office though, my GPS didn’t recognize the location.  But, I wasn’t paying attention that my stupid dang Garmin picked a different address for me.

And me being new to town, just aimlessly followed my GPS…….to Round Rock!!!  Um hi, Round Rock, TX and South Austin are polar opposites.  Argh!

I finally made it to the South Austin DMV and got in right away.

Then came the dreaded eye test.  (Insert ominous music here.)  I had detached retinas and eye surgery on both my eyes in 5th grade.  I just really can not see well out of my right eye.

I read the left section of numbers right away.  And the middle section of numbers was fine too.  But then when I had to read the right section of numbers….a total blur-fest.  I was basically guessing….and blinking a million times to try to get a millisecond of clarity.

I finally got them all but one number.  3?  8?  6?  I started to panic!  Is she going to fail me?  Will she take away my Kansas license too?

I was all flustered and sweaty by now.  So of course, the lens was all foggy.  I sheepishly asked her for a tissue to clean off the lens.

The DMV lady loudly sighed and said….It’s a 9!!!

Crisis averted.  Texas driver’s license approved.

To celebrate, let’s have a breakfast panini.

Banana Panini

Recipe from Everyday Food magazine, March 2012


1/4 cup Nutella

8 slices thick bread, such as brioche

3 bananas, thinly sliced

1/2 stick unsalted butter

Serves 4

* I just eyeballed it to make myself one sandwich for breakfast though.


Spread 1 tablespoon Nutella on 4 bread slices.  Layer with bananas and top with remaining bread.

In a grill pan (I used my beloved Griddler), melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat.  Cook 2 sandwiches until bread is toasted and Nutella is melted, about 3-5 minutes.

Repeat for remaining sandwiches.

Serve warm.

Nutella Chocolate Chip Brownies
Sep 19, 2011

Did you watch the Emmys last night?  I ignored the cheesefest parts (and caught up on my blog reading) and just paid attention to the awards.


I was super happy that Julie Bowen & Ty Burell won.  I love Modern Family!!


Also, I was glad that Margo Martindale won for Justified.  If you don’t want that show, WATCH IT!  The Timothy Olyphant eye candy is reason enough.

And finally, I was STOKED that Kyle Chandler won for Friday Night Lights.  I’m going to miss that show so much!!  If only Connie Britton would have won too.

Nutella Chocolate Chip Brownies

Recipe from Pretty Tasty Things

1/2 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 stick of butter, melted and cooled
1 cup of Nutella
1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 325.  Butter a 8×8 inch pan.  Set aside.

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl.  Mix and then set aside.

In another bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, brown sugar, melted butter, and Nutella.  Whisk by hand until smooth.

Add your dry ingredients to your wet ingredients.  Whisk by hand until smooth.

Coat your 1 cup of mini semi-sweet chocolate chips with a bit of flour.  The flour on the chips help them cling to the batter versus falling straight to the bottom.

Add your slighted flour coated chips to the batter and stir.

Pour batter into your prepared pan.  Bake for 45 minutes.

These brownies are super tasty!!!!!!!!  I’ve made Nutella brownies before and I have to say that I prefer these Nutella Chocolate Chip Brownies!!

Make some to enjoy while you watch TV.  :)