Yesterday, I had a moment when I realized one of the “hows and whys” of the way my mother thinks.
It was quite an epiphany.
Let’s start at the beginning – when I got home from work yesterday afternoon, I began the process of taking apart the Christmas tree and restoring the house to a non-holiday-like environment …. removing the ornaments and lights, boxing up all the decorations from around the house – and tracking down Alexander and his friend to help haul the tree out of the living room.
I took the front end of the tree, and the boys took the back (read: heavier) end – and we proceeded to push-pull-drag that sucker right out the front door, down the steps, and parked it right on the curb for the trash men. I turned around, walked back inside the house, and that’s when I saw them…….
………..pine needles………..thousands of pine needles……….everywhere…………the living room chairs, the stairs, the carpet in the dining room, in my hair – and get this – even down my shirt (which was very itchy indeed). Sabrina, in her infinite wisdom, looked around and said, “Wow, that’s a big mess – I think I’m going for a walk – see ya!”
Anyway, armed with a broom, a vacuum, and my trusty floor vac, I finally conquered the mess within an hour, which wasn’t so bad, really…. but now I completely understand why my mother only wants an itty-bitty artificial tree each year….
Banana Oatmeal Pecan Bread – adapted from tasty kitchen
This was so good I couldn’t wait to post it. Dense but not heavy, flavorful but not super sweet – a winner all around. Slice by slice, it surely will disappear before the year is over…
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup oats
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cups brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 ½ cups buttermilk
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup mashed banana
¾ cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 inch pans with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, both sugars, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.
In a medium bowl, mix together buttermilk, eggs, butter, and bananas. Pour into dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Stir in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.