Friday, April 30, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Aren't they just scrumptious?
Nothing is more snuggly than soft, clean, fluffy cloth diapers.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time out to share this recipe with you. Perhaps I have done so in the past, but if not....SHAME ON ME!!! This is a recipe for The Best Banana Bread Ever, from my most amazing, living-from-their-land-doing-life-right friend Lisa, up in the Middle of Nowhere, Minnesota. This recipe never fails, and I am including variations we have used and absolutely love. I have made this so many times, that I now have it memorized. You may just want to keep a recipe card in your back pocket, because I promise you, when you make this, people will ask you for it!
The Best Banana Bread Ever
*3/4 cup butter, softened
*8 oz cream cheese, softened
*2 cups white sugar
*1/2 tsp baking powder
*1/2 tsp baking soda
*1/2 tsp salt
*1/2 tsp vanilla
*3 cups flour
*1-1/2 cup mashed, ripe, bananas(about 3 medium sized)
*1 cup nuts, optional
Beat together butter, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth. I cheat here, and throw in my banana chunks and let the beater mash them for me (plus, it is one less bowl to clean!). Add eggs, baking powder and soda, salt, and vanilla, mixing well as you go. Continue mixing well as you add flour. If using, add nuts (pecans ROCK in this bread!).
Variations to die for:
*Pretty in Pink: one bag frozen raspberries, thawed(or 1-1/2 cups fresh---though this seems to be more expensive, and frozen turns out just as well), and almond extract. This makes an extremely lucsious and elegant bread with a pretty pink color in each slice. Perfect for special occasions and Valentine's Day. Fit for royalty.
*Sweet Summer: mashed strawberries(sweetened with a bit of sugar and water) and vanilla or almond(for richer flavor) extract.....nice and freshly sweet.
*Pina Colada: mashed bananas, rum and/or coconut extracts, and 1/2 to 1 cup flaked coconut....tropically fun and yummy!
Pour into 2 regular bread loaf pans. I use my stoneware pans for excellent results every time.
Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes. Cool on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove from pans.
Stand back so that you don't get trampled over by the stampede of family, friends, and strangers coming to devour the goods.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Oh, Tubby. What a trooper. He is taking it all like such a "superhero". He has had very little pain since the soft cast was placed last Thursday. We will be getting an ortho consult and a real hard cast in a few days. As for now, we are happy to report that Tylenol has been discontinued. If anything goes awry, I do believe that Super Tubby could save the day.
Though all is currently under control, good grief, it feels like a regular hospital here lately. And I'm working the 24 hour shift. 7 days a week.
At least my patients are all adorable. That alone will keep me going for awhile. Well, that and coffee. Lots of coffee.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
It's yet another beautiful day to be outside. Laura is beginning to ride a bike. Melissa's old bike fits Laura perfectly this year. And it is perfectly pretty and pink, looking nearly brand new! Getting those pedals to go in a forward direction is trickier than one would think. But with a little practice, she'll be riding well in no time.