I just made this banana bread recipe from allrecipes.com. I made a few changes, listed below, but my daughter’s comment at dinner was the best.
Bryan decided to have just banana bread for dinner. Caitlin and I were having soup. Caitlin looks at her dad, and says, “Dad, you can’t have banana bread for dinner!”
Bryan: “Yes I can.”
Caitlin: “No daddy you can’t.” She then refuses to eat.
Bryan: “Caitlin you need to eat your soup.”
“No daddy, not until you get your dinner.” Love it!
* 1 1/2 cups of banana
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup brown sugar
* 1 TBS of vanilla
* 4 TBS of milk
* 1 cup dark chocolate chips
Baked at 350deg for 1 hour 5 minutes. Enjoy!
We had our work holiday party last night, and the kiddos were invited. My 3 year old was so excited to come to mommy’s work party, she had trouble sleeping the night before, and got dressed in her purple dress hours before the party.
Below are some of my favorite quotes from the evening (and Caitlin, please don’t kill mommy for these when you are a teenager – just remember – you were only 3!)
She looks around the room at all the people my husband and I are chatting with and says, “Mommy, you have so many friends!” How cute is that? 🙂
While I am talking to several co-workers, she looks up at me and declares, “Mommy, I have to go poop.” This was met by much giggling by said co-workers, who were not yet parents.
After 3 failed potty attempts, she finally goes to the potty with daddy. While sitting on the potty in the men’s room, she hears someone going to the bathroom in the stall next to her (who also happened to be a co-worker), “Daddy someone is going pee over there. Can I go under go under and look?” DOH!!
Caitlin, always remember you are my favorite, and I will always love you most:-)
Our almost 3 year old is at the phase where she speaks fairly fluently, but occasionally will throw in words in her own loosely interpreted version of the original. Sometimes is takes my husband and I several attempts to decode her language. Below are some of my favorite words spoken in “Caitlin”.
Acka-bar: aka a granola bar (this one took days to figure out)
Punk-a-latern: aka a jack-o-lantern
Yogi: aka yogurt
Birfday: aka birthday
Crap: aka clap (really funny when used to say -“Mommy look I am ‘clapping'”
Fancy Hancy: aka Fancy Nancy
O’Brien: aka the constellation Orion; or a constellation she name after her dad:-)
I loved OK for Now! I don’t recall another book that had me laughing one moment and in tears the next. My heart broke for Doug, and rooting for him page after page. I would compare it perhaps to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, although maybe not as sad. Terrific:-)
My brother-in-law recommended the Mario Batali cook book. As those that belong to a CSA know (we belong to Farm Fresh to You), sometimes you end up with a lot of one kind of fruit or veggie, and you run out of creative ways to use it.
The Cauliflower Ragu is so simple to make, and transforms the cauliflower into a spicy, rich ragu. I was told that adding the home made breadcrumbs really makes a big difference, but I have to admit I skipped that part. I also forgot to add chopped fresh rosemary (oops!) and it was still delicious. I stuck to 1 1/2 tsp of chili flakes, but it would be easy to raise the heat.
I served it with fresh heirloom tomato (also from Farm Fresh to You) with basil from the garden, fresh mozzarella and drizzled with good balsamic, and white wine. Delicious! Thank you for the recipe recommendation, Russ!
Caitlin and I had a lot of fun baking this weekend.
First, we made this Peanut Butter Blondie recipe. When reading it to Grandma Fran, she thought it might be
a little too sweet, but they are surprisingly fluffy and not too sweet. I did use 70% chocolate chips though, and next time might use more Reese’s on top. Hubby loved them!
Today we started the day with Oatmeal Pancakes. They are bar none the best pancakes I have ever made. I did make a few changes to this recipe. I used white flour, not wheat, and omitted the cinnamon and nutmeg and replaced it with a generous splash of vanilla. I also added an extra buttermilk to thin them out just a tad.
If you try them, enjoy!
Caitlin is now 2.5 years old, and quite the character. Here are some of my favorite Caitlin-isms to date.
Scene: Dad and Caitlin were late arriving at class due to a car fire on the freeway. Dad also had a pinched nerve in his lower back and had trouble getting in and out of the car.
Dad, as he tries to get out of the car: “Son of a…!”
Caitlin: “Daddy I want to walk to class.”
Dad: “Caitlin we are late so I have to carry you.”
Teacher: “Hi Caitlin, how are you today?”
Caitlin: “Good. Daddy carried me, couldn’t walk, because Daddy had a Son of a.”
Scene: Dad and Caitlin were watching a Caillou episode about growing up.
Dad: “Caitlin what are you going to be when you grow up?”
Caitlin: “The Cat in the Hat!”
Scene: It was awful quiet and Caitlin had slipped into mommy’s bathroom.
Mom: “Caitlin, where are you?”
Caitlin, as she is uncapping mommy’s lipstick and applying it to her lips, “Just fine, Mommy!”
Caitlin’s top reasons for getting out of bed:
The kids outside are too loud. (kind of liget)
Fire truck get me! (probably not)
Mommy want Tinkerbell blanket.
Want blue blanket.
Mommy want Dora.
Mommy not tired, can’t sleep.
I’m freezing! (even though it’s 77 deg in the house)
I’m too hot (the air conditioning is on)
Mommy strange sound outside (it’s a chainsaw – pretty annoying actually)
Mommy, need another hug and kiss (how can you resist that one??)