Thursday, February 10, 2011

Around Our House

All the Valentine's Day orders shipped this week, with the last of them going out this morning. I would like to publicly thank the US Postal Service for providing me with free pick up at my house, while I am still in my PJ's.

I am thankful.


I love how things come in waves...this week seemed to be the 'joyful' wave, with orders for various necklaces using that word.

I made banana bread with bananas I found in my outside loaf with walnuts (for the daddy) and one with chocolate chips (for the boys).

I used this recipe but did a couple of things different (which is why I never post recipes, Tim!)...
  1. I doubled the recipe.
  2. I made the topping without the walnuts and instead added them into one of the loaves and added chocolate chips to the other...maybe 1 cup each?
  3. I didn't read ahead and put the strusel/crumb topping on at the beginning. worked well anyway.
  4. I baked it at 325, but it took 1 hr 20 minutes...I would do 350 next time.
I'm not much of a baker (all those directions to follow!) but I sampled one of them and it was really'll be perfect for breakfasts.

A few weeks ago I had one of my older boys carry this pot from the backyard to the front porch and it decided to start blooming this week...perfect timing for Valentine's Day!


Brian is slowly getting better. His fever is now hovering near normal but he still has zero appetite and looks pretty rough...but every day is a little bit better.

He actually spent a few minutes out of bed/off the couch and played a video game...and then napped for an hour after. Poor babe.

Baby steps!



  1. I'm with the boys--I love choc chips in my banana bread. My fave are the mini-morsels. Yum, yum, yum!!!Now I may have to go make me some. :)

  2. Wow, that necklace is GORGEOUS!! I have a houseful of boys too (and then we adopted our princess), and I giggled when I saw your two cats- they look just like two of mine, ha! :)

    I'm your newest follower, too!

  3. Glad Bri's doing a little better!

  4. MMM.. bread. Maybe I should make my Italian flat bread again, so I can take a photo to post the recipe!



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