This weekend, we walked in our local Steps for Life. It was our first time to participate, but I hope that we will be able to continue doing so, whether walking in it ourselves, or supporting someone else. Yesterday, two ladies from our local Pregnancy Resource Center shared their passion and mission with our church body. It was eye-opening to me to realize that abortion is so much more than just the ended life of the unborn baby. I always think of the innocent unborn that are murdered. I don't often think of so many women who feel forced into abortion because of abuse or lack of support. Such a huge need in our country. It was encouraging to walk with so many who do value life-- that of the unborn and that of the forgotten, uneducated, educated, unsupported, lonely, lost, or abused.
This weekend found me at my local Salvation Army's 50% off sale. It was a great day! A new tea kettle, ( we dropped ours and it has carried a large dent in the side for the past two years, so definitely time for a new one! ) square, vintage dessert plates, one great basket, a brand-new pair of JCrew seersucker pants for mama, and an elephant for Graeme-bear. I had to laugh as the attendant packed up my things and carefully pulled out the elephant and told me that he'd wrap it up for me as it was probably very breakable. I smiled and nodded as he carefully wrapped up the rubber elephant.
This weekend found us with a beautiful, new herb garden of our own. I hope to share more about that later, but I am so thrilled to have them growing in my own home.
And, this weekend found us nibbling away on Nana's banana bread. It really is the best banana bread that I have ever eaten. I know there are a million recipes for banana bread out there, but seriously, give this one a try.
Nana's Banana Bread
( Steve's mom )
1 c sugar
1/2 c oil
1 c bananas
1/2 c sour cream
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
350* for about an hour.
Suggestions: I use Bob's Mill whole wheat pastry flour and find that it gives the bread a delicious crispy top layer. I bake the banana bread for the first 30-40 minutes and then place foil over the bread for the rest of the bake time. I also am known for occasionally adding mini chocolate chips on the top and I've found that if I keep my chocolate chips in the freezer, they do not melt into a hot mess during the baking process!
happy mondaying and happy baking.................