Well, we made it…… and it’s hard to believe we’ve been here for almost two weeks!
Time sure does fly….
When I think back to the previous 12 days, I realize so much has happened, so much has changed, and everyone (me included!) is happier than ever.
Doing a bit of reflection, I realized that I met my first Texas tarantula, encountered my very first bull frog (maybe he was just a regular frog, we really weren’t formally introduced), was welcomed into the neighborhood with Texas-style hospitality (who can resist a loaf of fresh baked banana bread?), and we have settled nicely into our temporary digs (ah the joys of a smaller home). Also, the humidity is doing wonders for my skin, the puppies are happy with the real grass in the backyard, and the kids love their new school. They even rode the school bus home the other day. For the first time ever.
I’m pleased to report that, in their words, “It wasn’t bad at all”.
We have started the process of clearing the land for the ranch, and in the process, Alexander is learning the value of “sweat equity”, and that there is, in fact, more to life than the PS3.
I have been cooking a tremendous amount lately, although not taking any pictures has really thrown me off. I’ll get to work on that, I promise. So many of the recipes I’ve tried are keepers and I want to make sure I don’t forget them.
Enough prattling on for now, I’ve got to get dinner going and make sure the kids are actually doing their homework as opposed to simply telling me that they are.
Because I have a sneaking suspicion they are watching TV on their Ipads, since none of the regular TV’s are hooked up yet.
Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Bread – adapted from I am baker
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup oats
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup canola oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 ripe bananas mashed
3 cups shredded zucchini
Heat oven to 350 and spray a 9″ loaf pan with nonstick spray.
In large bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and oats. In another bowl, combine sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, banana and zucchini. Pour sugar mixture into flour mixture and blend together. Bake for 45-55 minutes or until bread pulls away from sides of pan and a tester comes clean from the center.