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Special Banana Bread

The art of food?

My daughter, who is 5 years old, knows what she likes (what 5 year old doesn’t?).  And when she sees art that speaks to her, she lets us know.  At 3, she was drawn to a piece by a talented young photographer in our church. A luscious composition of raspberries and chocolate cake on a vibrant blueish background. We bought it for her and it will eventually hang in her room alongside her latest acquisition.  Another blue background, this time a painting done by our Pastor’s wife, which I couldn’t resist playing with as a the backdrop for this photo…

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Easing into the season

And now, on to Christmas…

Well, not exactly.  It’s just a tick early, even for me, to start Christmas full on.  We did put up our outdoor lights this weekend, but that was more about grasping an opportunity during some very balmy weather than about getting festive.  They won’t be turned on for a couple of weeks.

Where my heart is at right now is easing into it all.  Autumn is still here (well, today feels like spring, but that’s beside the point).  The trees are pretty bare now, though.  There hasn’t been snow yet (to be fair, there was none last year at all).  But it’s there, just on the horizon (I hope).  With red and green and jingling bells and parties and Advent readings and baking. Continue reading

Maple and Spice Chai Tea Loaf

As predicted, the weather has cooled significantly.  It’s wonderful.  It was 10C when I got up this morning and I welcomed the ever so slight nip in the air.  Yesterday was the first day in… I don’t know how long that not one of our ceiling fans was on (we have one in nearly every room).  It’s pre-Autumn, and I’m loving it.

In honour of the weather and how it inspires me, I went looking for a loaf recipe using Autumn spices and Chai for our homeschool moms night.  No pumpkin, though.  The lone specimen we’ve managed to grow isn’t quite ready yet (though on inspection it’s closer than I thought).  I should just keep tins of pumpkin puree on hand, I think. Continue reading