July 27, 2011

Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies

My oldest daughter made Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip cookies from the One Smart Cookie cookbook.

Wednesday's Dessert: Bananas Foster Bread

Today I made Bananas Foster Bread from the Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2011.
This smelled so good when it was in the oven and tasted even better!

Bananas Foster Bread
Cooking Light Annual Recipes 2011
Also featured in the October 2010 issue of Cooking Light Magazine


  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar, divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted and divided
  • 1/4 cup cognac or dark rum, divided
  • 1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 3/4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  • 2. Combine banana, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 5 tablespoons butter, and 3 tablespoons cognac in a nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Remove from heat; cool. Place banana mixture in a large bowl. Add yogurt, remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, and eggs. Beat with a mixer at medium speed.
  • 3. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 5 ingredients (through allspice) in a small bowl. Add flour mixture to banana mixture; beat just until blended. Pour batter into a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack. Remove bread from pan; place on wire rack.
  • 4. Combine remaining 1 tablespoon melted butter, remaining 1 tablespoon cognac, and powdered sugar; stir until well blended. Drizzle over the warm bread.

July 23, 2011

Photo Challenge: Flowers

Linking up to the Flower Challenge at pullingmymaskoff.

Friday: Clayton Community Park

A fun stop on our way home from Benicia.

Friday in Benicia

We spent the day at the waterfront in Benicia and exploring downtown. 

I know this is pretty basic for most people who use an SLR. 
Realizing I could use depth of field to focus on different objects is what made me really love taking pictures.

July 14, 2011

Happy Hour

Thank you to my brother and his wife for providing tonight's Happy Hour beverage: 
Mommy Juice Red Wine.
Love the label!

July 12, 2011

Farmer's Market

Some photos from the Tracy Farmer's Market, held on Saturday's in Downtown Tracy

July 11, 2011

Mountain House Grass Fire

Aftermath of the grass fire in Mountain House today. 
The photos were taken from the corner of N. Puente and W. Las Brisas
along the Mountain House Creek Trail

Link to the Tracy Press article about the fire.

July 10, 2011

Twilight Bike Ride

Some photos of our 7.5 mile twilight bike ride around Mountain House.

July 9, 2011

Note to Self: Always Bring a (good) Camera!

Yesterday evening I was driving west on Marsh Creek Road.  The sun was setting behind the foothills and Mt. Diablo and the sky was full of beautiful colors.  The moon was bright in the sky, lighting up the fields.

Where was my camera?  At home.  I only had the camera on my cell phone. 
I need to bring a camera EVERYWHERE I go!!! 

Here are some (grainy and unclear) photos. 
I am posting these mainly to remind me to always carry my camera! 
These could have been so much better........darn it!

I am linking this blog entry to Skywatch Friday.

Little Boy Turns 8!

July 8, 2011

Birthday Cupcakes for Little Boy

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting and Chocolate Shavings.
Happy Birthday to my Little Boy...who eats cupcakes like a man!

Upon reading this Little Boy commented that he is NOT little, he is 8 years old (!!!!), and he is BIG!
Might be time to rethink the kids nicknames!

July 7, 2011

Watery Wednesday: Playing in the Fountain

Linking up to Watery Wednesday with some shots of Little Girl playing
in the fountain at Central Park in Mountain House