Friday, November 19, 2010

What does this look like to you?

My husband loves bananas and he used to eat a lot of them, but lately there's been a trend around our house. Seems like instead of Doug eating bananas by themselves or with peanut butter, they are being left to ripen...only to mysteriously turn into some sort of baked good. So, when I saw these ripe bananas this afternoon, they looked like banana-chocolate-chip-cherry muffins to me. {And I don't usually keep Tootsie Rolls in our fruit bowl, this is a piece left over from Halloween. I started to take it out for the photo and thought, "nah, keep it real..."}
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Two years ago today, Carrie thought I needed a blog and I protested - just like I did when she insisted that I have a MySpace {which I never really used} and Facebook {which I actually really like}. She set the blog up for me, and showed me how to create my first post.
These past two years have been very interesting, and oh so enjoyable. I have loved sharing my thoughts and crafts and frustrations and recipes and antics on this little space. I have loved making friends across the country and the planet, and I have also loved getting to know about different traditions around the world.
Through following blogs that I love, I think I have become a better writer, a better photographer, and a better cook.
I consider myself to be a very basic cook - always follow the recipe exactly and don't even think about changing it up. But lately I've been stepping out of the box when it comes to recipes, and this afternoon I made the same banana bread recipe I've been making for 20 years, but I changed it up..
I added a little more flour to keep them from being so dense, and chopped up some cherries for a little zing, doubled the vanilla, and I used butter instead of shortening.
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Yes, a lot of things have changed in the past two years. When I used to look at ripe bananas, they looked like banana pancakes, or banana chocolate chip muffins. Now they look like a blog post.
November Attitude of Gratitude:
* I am grateful for a daughter who pushes me to do new things.
* I am grateful for the many wonderful people and lessons the blog world has given me.


Anonymous said...

I'm grateful for a wife that does such amazing things with over ripe bananas. I'd have just thrown em away and be oblivious to the treats they could become. Thanks dear, they are delicious. Doug

Carrie Rosalind said...

Awwww cute post from Doug! I'm proud of him for figuring out how to post a comment!! :)

And those look YUMMY with the cherries. Save me some!!!

Amy said...

Hi Doug :-)

Deb, I love your way of thinking and I am so proud of you for straying from the recipe - it makes my heart swell with pride ... I am a notorious non recipe follower and I love to see others with a bit of rebel going on!

Ruth said...

Isn't it amazing how our thinking has changed, now that we blog? I'm none too keen on bananas, but those do look delicious!

scrappyjacky said...

We're often left with ripe a recipe to try...and I like 'messing' with recipes a bit as well.
Great post,Deb.

Clair said...

Ah! How lovely is Doug? Not quite as lovely as your banana cakes look. They're making me hungry!

Sian said...

Well happy second birthday Deb's blog! I think you are an awesome blogger and crafter and writer and photographer and muffin maker and..x

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

So cute that the hubs commented! Happy blog anniversary sweetie! I', so glad I found this page and my dear sweet Deb! SO glad Carrie talked you into it!

The Scrappy Tree said...

Yum to anything made with bananas! Love living vicariously through tasty looking blog pics :)
Gayle xx

Abi said...

This post made me smile! The cakes look indredible! I love the fact you are straying from the recipe! I am very much a throw everything in baker and hope for the best! ha ha! Thanks for sharing xxxx

Margie S said...

Yummy banana bread! My favorite thing to add to banana bread is mini chocolate chips. I might have to add cherries one time for my ten year old son who loves them. ENJOY!

Kirsti said...

Aaaw what a sweet husband you have....and yummy looking muffins...can almost smell them over her in not so sunny Scotland....enjoy the rest of the week....xx

Lizzie said...

Ahhh... look at that - Doug is posting on your blog too. Isn't it so great to be appreciated, Deb? He's nearly as sweet as my wonderful DH (who is absolutely the kindest, most wonderful man in the entire universe).
Loved this Post. It is fab. Two years of blogging... AND Banana muffins too!
I make banana and chocolate muffins. I adapted a recipe for banana and cherry loaf, halved the quantities, fiddled with the ingredients and replaced cherries with chocolate (oh yessss!). They're so nice! I may add cherries to part of my next batch, in honour of Deb (but not to all, as my DH doesn't like cherries).
Thanks for sharing your so-fabby story and for the interesting illustrations of "work in progress" - it was kind of like watching you work while you were chatting!

Rachel B said...

Cute post Deb, I love how blogging and crafting make me think differently about things now. :)

Maria Ontiveros said...

What an excellent pay-off line at the end of this post Deb! Never guessed that's where you were going. And then, even better, the first comment from your sweet husband!
Your blog is such a terrific place to visit every day! So glad your DD got you started.

Becky said...

This post made me laugh! I love the idea that now ripe bananas make you think of a blog post!
Penny and I made our Christmas cake today - I meant to take photos to create a blog about it and totally forgot! Oh well, there's always next year :) Enjoy your cakes.

Rhona said...

Hi Doug - nice to see you posting :)

Congratulations on two years of blogging Deb, I love coming to visit and see what you've been up to. I'm impressed that you've "amended" the recipe - go you!! I'm one who sticks to the recipe, maybe I should take a leaf out of your book!


MarleneMAZ said...

Mmm, these look yummy! I love seeing your recipes and would definitely try them if I knew that I would not be the only one eating them! Your photography is really good, love seeing all the different photos you take.

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