Thankful Thursdays....

These are a few of My Favorite Things.....

The Hubby's New Job

Ice Cold Chunks of Watermelon

Big Beautiful Peony Blooms

The Tart Sweetness of Strawberries

Lil' Mayhem Maker in Braided Piggy Tails

Five Minutes of Silence

lite Back Yards

Thanks on a Thursday

These are a few of my favorite things.....

The beautiful place that I live

+ Having the courage to do the right thing

A flowy summer skirt

The smell of a shirt that's been hung in the country air to dry

+ The baby bunnies that live under the boat trailer

+ Napping with both the cat and the dog

+ A little mayhem maker who makes life a bit more interesting on a daily basis


Tasteful Tuesdays


I like bananas. Really, I do. As long as they do NOT smell like a Banana and as long as they do NOT taste like a banana. Needless to say, it only takes about 2 days after I bring home for a banana to reach this stage. Good thing, that Madaline and my husband, LOVE, and I mean LOVE, baked goods that are made with Bananas. '

So, today, I am sharing with you, my latest and greatest BA-NANA Bread Recipe.


2 1/2 all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 cups over-ripe mashed bananas
4 eggs, beaten
1 cup chocolate chips (if you want - these are optional - sometimes I add them, and sometimes I don't)
1 tbsp. butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; stir to mix well. In the bowl of an electric mixer (I use my kitchen aid for this), beat together shortening, vanilla, sugar, mashed bananas, and eggs. When well beaten, gradually add the flour mixture. Mix only until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips if you are adding them. Butter and flour a loaf pan. Bake for 65-70 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to sit for several minutes. Run a bread knife around edges of loaf pan to free it from sides and remove from pan. Rub the top of the still-warm loaf with a pat of butter to soften and glaze the top, if desired.

Serve this tasty goodness with gobs of butter or it is also tasty, or so I have heard, with some cream cheese smeared on the top.


Simplified SINfullness

Take a box of these:

and, then a box of these:

Make both boxes, in the same bowl, according to the package direction. Spread the ooey gooey goodness, known as brownie batter, into a lightly greast 9 by 13 inch pan. Bake in a 325 degree oven, for about 45 - 50 minutes, depending on the quirks of your oven. Cool completely, and then enjoy.

You will get this:

and eventually this, in LESS THAN 24 hours:


Thankful Thursdays....

These are a few of my favorite things................

Yogurt, fresh berries & crunchy granola clusters

FINALLY able to wear ALL my pre-Madaline jeans

Freshly made & Slightly Warm Rice Krispie Treats

Fountain Soda - Specifically Diet Coke

Crisp, Sweet Green Grapes

Emerging Toddler Independence

The Warming Rays of a Setting Sun



How we are. And how we always will be.


My take on Thankful Thursdays.

+Being healthy

+"Side! Side! Ollie side!"

+When my muse and my focus get together for a play date.

+My cousin and my sister both of whom I can tell anything.

+The smell of asphalt in a south summer breeze.

+The fresh scent of lake.

+A little hand in mine when we get (ice) "cream" on Fridays.

Thankful Thursdays....

These are a few of My Favorite Things....
**think: "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things"**

The Smell of Fresh Cut Grass

Freshly Laundered Bed Sheets

Star Filled Night Skies

3 Hour Afternoon Naps

Spontaneous Play Dates

Zabar's Cappucino & Fudge Coffee

Slippers with Fuzzy Linings

'mommy, Mommy, MOMMY!' - as I come through the door after a llloonnnggg day at work


Tasteful Tuesdays

You can find the recipe here....Sweetheart Trifle

When I make this - I use Peanut Butter cups instead of Crunch Bars and I always make a double batch of the peanut butter sauce. If you are like me, then you can NEVER have to much PB Sauce. And, as long as you layer this the day you are going to eat it, go ahead, make real whip cream - don't settle for that frozen stuff out of a tub! Oh - and also - make the cake in a bundt pan - It's easier to layer the slices, if you choose, and also easier for your Mayhem Maker to snack on the left over cake.