Last night was almost like something out of a dream. I was able to play marimba for a couple hours. Up until now, I was mostly working on technique exercises and starting to get my chops back. My favorite projects on marimba have been taking pop music or musical theater tunes and arranging them for marimba and voice. I’ve had a few of Adele’s songs on my mind lately, so I headed over to my favorite local music store, Mitchell Piano Works, and picked up some music. They were sold out of Adele, so they are keeping her books on hold for me in the next order, but I picked up my very own copy of The Last Five Years. (That takes me back to when I first borrowed Joe Stillwell’s copy, somewhere around 2007!) I’ve found that Jason Robert Brown’s instrumentation really lends itself for marimba.
I came home and did a little transcribing of the Adele stuff that’s been in my head. I forgot how difficult it is! 🙂 I practiced marimba until I got my signature marimba blisters. They’re like an old friend, returning for a visit. 🙂
This morning, I woke up and wanted to make Brian a delicious breakfast. I had two ripe bananas, so I began my recipe search and found this one:
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bananas, mashed
Place the rolled oats into the jar of a blender and blend until the texture resembles coarse flour. Whisk together the blended oats, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
Whisk together the egg, milk, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Stir in the mashed banana. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir just until moistened. Let the batter stand for 5 minutes.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat. Drop batter by large spoonfuls onto the griddle, and cook until bubbles form and the edges are dry, about 2 minutes. Flip, and cook until browned on the other side. Repeat with remaining batter.
I think this is his favorite pancake recipe that I’ve experimented with at this point. I’m keeping this one!
Later today, we’re meeting with our friends Bobbi and Kenny to sign some paperwork and shoot some engagement photos. I love it when our friends get married! 🙂