Saturday, August 11, 2012

Think on These Things ~ Rain

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Coconut Banana Bread with Cambrie

Coconut Banana Bread with Glaze
source Cooking Light
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 3 large bananas)
1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons dark rum (substitute apple juice or omit)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup flaked sweetened coconut
Cooking spray
1 tablespoon flaked sweetened coconut
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice (I like to use orange juice)

Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon the flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk to combine.

Place granulated sugar and butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, rum, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Stir in 1/2 cup coconut.

Spoon batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon coconut.
Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan.

Combine powdered sugar and juice, stirring with a whisk; drizzle over warm bread. Cool bread completely on wire rack.
Cambrie spent the day with me and we baked Coconut Banana Bread together.
She stirred and whisked and mashed and licked and ate coconut right from the bag!
then I polished her fingernails and toenails
then she ate three bananas
then she was a wee bit impish
then she melted my heart with those soft brown eyes
then I had to give her a hug
and kiss those soft cheeks!

Not only does Mom-Mom and Pop-Pop like this bread, I am assuming Cammie likes it a lot too, since she ate two slices, stuffing her mouth way too full with each bite.
The best-est days are those spent with a two-year-old!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Birthday Outing with Silas

We were finally able to take Silas out to celebrate his 6th birthday that was back in May.
We went to a Camden Riversharks Baseball game at Campbell's Field at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
 Here at The Camden Waterfront just across the river from Philadelphia, Silas clenches his Finley. 
 A ride on the carousel and a hug from Skeeter 
Though he doesn't look it, Jared had a great time too.
Sweet guy was at a sleepover the night before and hadn't slept for over thirty hours but was still cheerful and kind.  He dozed in the car then came alert a bit after this :)
 We had had seats right in the center just behind the dugout but when the sun came out from behind the clouds it got pretty hot.  We moved to higher, shadier seats with an occasional breeze that was better.
View of the Ben Franklin Bridge heading into Philly
 After the game there was a firework display


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