You were wondering about the meaning of life, right? Well, there you go.
Yah. Okay, well, I know I haven’t been present much lately, if anyone is even still reading at this point, and all you’ve been getting are brief responses to Plinky prompts. Things are crazy, as usual, and about to get crazier. Work is work, as it tends to be, and I’m there 5 days a week working away. I’ll be getting some new processes to QA, so lots of learning, and we’re getting rid of two processes for which I spent hours this month preparing procedures manuals. Wasted days and wasted nights….
The writing project proceeds apace. It’s been fascinating, and I am very much enjoying it. I hope that it all comes out beautifully.
I’m in a cooking frenzy, or would be if I had as much time to cook as I wanted. I baked some banana bread the other day, and tried to healthify it a little bit. I don’t know if the changes I made really did any good, but it sure tasted great, so here’s the recipe:
Faith’s Banana Bread
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup sucanat (you could probably substitute all sucanat for the granulated, but I wasn’t sure how it would affect the texture)
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup soured soymilk (stir in a bit of cider vinegar and let it set for a few minutes)
- 2 large or 3-4 medium overripe bananas, mashed
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 1/4 cups bread flour
- 1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 1 cup sliced raw almonds
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease bottom only of large loaf pan. Mix sugars and butter in a large bowl; beat in the eggs until well blended. Stir in the bananas, soymilk, and almond extract. Beat until smooth. Add the flour, soda and salt, mixing well, then stir in the almonds. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and cook for about 60-70 minutes. Watch it closely that last 10 minutes or so; I used a glass loaf pan and mine burned a little on the bottom. No harm, though; I just sliced off the bottom layer and threw it in the bin and no one the wiser.
Chase is back in the hospital, which is not good news. I will be providing respite care, starting soon, I hope, and I’m happy about that. His mother definitely needs time to get away, and spending time with Chase is usually a joy and a pleasure. And even when he’s being a stinker, I still love him madly.
That’s about all. I’ve been crazy busy but there’s not much to write about, hence the brief responses to Plinky prompts, as I said above. How’re you doing?
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