Archive for April, 2012

Happy Birthday Mom

Today I wish I could call you up and say “Happy Birthday!”  I wish I could put the boys on the  phone and let them each tell their Grandma about their day.   I bet with a little prompting even Chris would be able to say Happy Birthday.  You might not have been able to understand it, but I bet you would have pretended to, and been thrilled nonetheless.

But I can’t do any of those things.

So, if I have time after whoever it is that has soccer practice tonight gets done, I’m making your strawberry parfait, and the boys and I will eat it before bed.

And I’ll think of you, and wish I could give you a birthday hug.


The best banana muffin/bread recipe EVER

I have used this recipe so many times I almost don’t have to look at the page.  If I remember right, I got it out of a very old Workbasket magazine.  Remember those?  I have most likely made this 100 times, and have never messed it up.  I probably just jinxed myself.  At any point, I wanted to share the recipe in case anyone else has some browning bananas on their kitchen counter.


Banana Oat Bread

1/2 c butter or shortening

1/2 c sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 c bananas

1/4 c milk

1 c flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 c oatmeal

Cream together the butter or shortening and sugar, then add in the eggs.  In a separate bowl, mash together the bananas and milk.  ( I used anywhere from 2 to 4 bananas, depending on how many I happen to have that day)

To the sugar/egg/shortening mixture, alternate adding in the banana/milk mixture and the flour and spices.  I usually add in 1/2 c flour and the baking soda and salt and cinn, then about half the bananas, then the other 1/2 c flour, then the rest of the bananas.  Then stir in the oats.  I’ve used both the old fashioned oats and the quick cook kind, and they both work.  I do prefer the old fashioned ones though; it seems like there’s more “meat” to those.

Your batter should be fairly stiff.  If I’ve used more bananas, I usually add in another 1/2 c of oatmeal here.

Grease the baking container of your choice.   This is a lot of batter, so I use either a large loaf pan (those 9 x 5 ones) or 2 smaller ones, or 2 of those mini muffin pans.  I made regular muffins once, but I don’t remember how many of those it made.  It’ll make a huge loaf, or 48 mini’s.  The mini’s bake at 350 for 15 minutes, the loaf for 1 hr to 1 hr and 15 minutes, depending.

I’ve added all sorts of stuff to this as well, and it always is awesome.  We prefer the mini chocolate chips, or butterscotch is also good.  Sometimes I add pecans or walnuts, but not usually, cause the oatmeal adds a nutty texture and flavor without using any nuts.  Also, I add in extra cinnamon and sometimes nutmeg.

If you were going to make this, what would you add?

Playing in the dirt

So, we have bunnies.  Lots and lots of bunnies.  So, we’re gonna try to grow some plants and things in these recycled styrofoam coolers.  Someone was, well, I think the pictures are pretty self explanatory.


Picked a good day to have him wear a white t-shirt, didn’t I?  I’m just glad I hadn’t planted any seeds yet.

KU BSJ striping notes

So, I offered to make something for one of David’s teachers who’s expecting.  She asked for something in KU colors.  This is what I came up with.  I’m adding my notes to the bottom in case I want to do this sort of striping again.

Cast on with red
Changed to blue on row 13
Changed back to red on row 29
Started blue on row 75. Ended on row 79.
Realized that if I do the directions as written (using the old Adcock cheat sheet), the 2 yellow stripes won’t match up due to the picking up of stitches on 2 different rows. So, here’s what I’m doing:
Row 80 (WS) K even, in blue, cut blue yarn (I suppose I could leave this and do the back 90 by using the yarn from the outside of the skein, but right now I don’t want to deal with that fiddley-ness)
Row 81 (RS) Slip first 34 st onto left needle without knitting. Switch to yellow, and knit the next 90.
Row 82 (WS) Knit 90 in yellow, cut yarn.
Row 83 (RS) Switch back to blue, and knit 90.
The rest of the back 90 rows will be knit in blue.

Today, I’m thankful…

I was just thinking about this: Know what I’m thankful for today?  This picture:

I’m thankful for my dad for bring my the clothesline and installing it for me.  I’m thankful for Hubby not throwing too much of a fit when he discovered our covert plan (cause he thinks clotheslines are unsightly).  I’m thankful for those lovely lilacs peeking over the fence on the left.  I’m thankful for the breeze blowing that lilac smell all over my clothes hanging on the line.  I’m thankful for 3 entire rows of socks hung up cause it means my boys are playing.  And that they’re actually changing socks occasionally!


What are you thankful for today?


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