Monday, April 7, 2008


I *do* love that song and I *do* love to travel. I travel light, however, and so packing is not a big deal. Ever since my body turned into an apple with boobs I don't have much interest in fashion. The only role model I have is the Fruit of the Loom guy. Anyway, I thought I would post a recipe for Banana Bread and give you a chance to make it while I am basking in the California sunshine.
This recipe is my Mother's and it has always seemed different from other B.B. recipes; more moist and cake-like. Since I haven't made the bread yet ( maybe tomorrow to leave for Bob) I am borrowing this picture from Kim at Dear Daisy Cottage with her permission. I am sure most of you know Kim with her fantastic yellow bungalow and her newfound Contributing Editor gig at Romantic Country.

Ruth's Banana Bread

1 stick margarine ( I use butter)
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
3 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 t. salt
1/3 c. milk
4 overly ripe mashed bananas

Cream butter, add sugar and beat well ( it won't really cream well), add eggs and beat a minute or two until light. Add baking soda, salt and half the flour, add milk and bananas, mix well and add the rest of the flour. Bake in a greased loaf pan ( I use a tea bread pan that is longer and narrower than a regular loaf pan) @ 325 degrees for about 75 minutes. You can also use this batter to make muffins. Bake the muffins at 375 for 20-25 minutes, depending on size. Enjoy this very moist and sweet treat.

In other news, I had an e-mail from Martha @ Elizabeth Hill Cottage inquiring about Sophie. I hope you all know Martha. She is a Food Stylist, or something related to that who lives in Minneapolis and she is very funny. She has a husband named Zuddy and a daughter named Noodle, you know it is Minneapolis after all where they have General Foods and Kraft and all those big food entities. Why not name your child after pasta?? Anyway I digress. Sophie is doing fine. She is still a big skittish when downstairs ( is this another "land"?) and doesn't really socialize much with the other cats, but she sleeps in our bed and always sits on the couch with me to watch TV. She remains rotund ;-)



  1. Oh my goodness. You have me cracking up over the apple with boobs body.

    Have a great trip, and enjoy the sunshine.

  2. Ummm, this sounds so good!
    Thanks for the offer of getting me a cloth...I'll measure and see for sure what size, then I can leave the choice up to you. I'll send you a pic of my colors in the dining room to help. We don't have a Home Goods store here....wonder why??
    hugs, and have fun in the sun....

  3. Ohhh...that looks sooo yummy! I simply MUST try it! Have a great trip and enjoy all that sunshine!!!!!

  4. You are too funny! :) and that recipe sounds sooooo good. I can't wait to try it.

    I hope that you enjoy your trip very much~


  5. Nothing I love more than a rotund cat. Lucy is as well and we commiserate often.
    Fruit of the Loom guy indeed...okay, so I am laughing but still.
    I am not sure what fruit I resemble.
    A Cassava melon perhaps?

    Now, you have a butt kicking time...'kay??

    I wanna hear all about it when you get back. Oh! How was Vermont and the celebration??

    LOVE the banana bread recipe. Love Kim too...and Love you dear friend!

    Have a blast!


  6. Wow. California AND banana bread? That's heaven right there.

  7. That banana bread looks yummy! I copied it and my son will be thrilled. He loves it even more than I do :)

    You sound like you're describing my body LOL Don't be fooled by pictures on my blog. Those were taken two years ago ;)

    Have a great trip!

  8. You're so funny - apple with boobs!!! Hope you have a grand time!


  9. Where do apples with boobs shop for clothes, 'cuz I need to go there...

    Have fun!

  10. Thank you for your sweet post. Hope you are well, too. :) Just busy, busy, busy. Big hug to you, Janet ~

  11. Yum, I am going to copy this!

  12. I'm confused! You're off to Vermont...will be in California?? I'm apparently missing something here. Wherever you are, I hope you are having a great time!

  13. Have a fabulous time in California! This recipe sounds really good. I love banana bread. Your apple with boobs comment was hilarious!

  14. Janet - hope being in California beats dreaming about it!
    Glad you were pleased with the Trader Joe's croissants - amazing how they 'grow' overnight isn't it? I like the fact they come out of the oven crispy and not full of stodgy innards - and they are small with less calories, unless you eat two (or even three) instead of one whopper!!

    Looking forward to hearing about your trip.


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