Tuesday, June 5, 2007

a first grader

I am the mom of one! Today was her Kindergarten picnic, she did not receive a diploma, although there were darling certificates, works of art, and pictures in this envelope. Treasures. True treasures. Two very cute things: one was her writing her name each month and you can see how it progresses. The final few months are the first and last name. Second, and best, was a self portrait from the start and finish of the year. Wow, that difference was HUGE! The funniest, how much better she got at drawing her plaid school uniform! Look for those on a scrapbook page soon, I just adore them. She had a great year and I am so proud.

This guy is our neighbors' grandson. They are buddies. This year were they not in the same class but they may be next year!!

And on a totally different note, I made the banana bread again yesterday b/c I had so many overripe bananas. It is so easy and so delicious. Make it.

Recipe from Everyday Food Magazine
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Serves 12; Prep time: 15 minutes; Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes
This classic quick bread, from reader Raymond Forker in Savannah, Georgia. is a great way to use bananas that are just past their prime. There is no need to cut out the brown spots—just mash them in with the rest.
cup vegetable oil, plus more for pan
1 1/2
cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
cup sugar
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon grated orange zest
teaspoon salt
large eggs, lightly beaten
cup mashed bananas (about 3 medium)
cup semisweet chocolate chips
cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour an 8 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch (6-cup) loaf pan. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, zest, and salt. Mix in oil, eggs, and bananas. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into pan.
2. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 70 to 80 minutes (tent loosely with foil if loaf browns too quickly). Cool loaf 10 minutes in pan; then turn out of pan and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.

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