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…A time when you could give your teething infant daughter a turkey bone on Thanksgiving and no one batted a eyebrow. What’s that? You tied the turkey bone to a string so it wouldn’t fall all the way to the floor? Now that’s thinking.

Oh well, I turned out fine. Happy birthday Dad!

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Alex’s superpower is cuteness.

 

If you’re planning to not celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other, it’s better to not celebrate together than to not celebrate apart. This year, we had to not celebrate apart, the gad-abouts that we are.

Meanwhile, every morning on NPR we hear their annual fundraiser that includes making a donation to the station and in exchange having a dozen Winston roses delivered to your valentine. (Winston, around here, is apparently a big deal.) Well, every morning, I’ve been secretly wishing for Winston roses … and apparently, my adoring husband had been secretly donating ….

This is it. I know. It’s awesome.

This is a sign that was hanging in the lobby of the Sandals resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on the day we were married seven years ago. Look at the beautiful typography and the hand-picked clip art. See the individual dots of the dot matrix printer. Note the names of the many, many other couples who shared our happy day with us. We will never forget you, Jeffrey and Karen, Phillip and Janet, whoever you are.

That evening, after we’d had our multi-course wedding feast (which was really multi-fantastic), we were walking back to our villa through said lobby. I remember feeling like such a badass when I snapped this sign down off the wall. “We’re married now, bitches, and this is our sign!,” I yelled.

Not really. But I do like this sign a lot.

 

 

OK, you had to know this was coming.

Roasted banana and honey muffins

Dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (although you could use cinnamon or maybe just nutmeg)

1/4 teaspoon salt

 

Wet ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup roasted banana (about 2 1/2 bananas, roasted, skin on, at 400 for about 20 minutes)

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (those little snack cups are exactly a half-cup, who knew!)

5 Tablespoons honey ( I used honey from Tom and Jan’s bees…delish!)

 

Then what:

Combine all wet ingredients. Separately, combine all dry ingredients. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.

Bake at 375 for about 16 minutes.

 

All in all, this is a nicely healthy muffin recipe. Of course you could add a smudge of Nutella on top. Or a bit of cream cheese frosting, if you happened to have some of that left over. Not saying I did that….

I read online that bananas will ripen slower if you pull them apart from the bunch. I did this a few weeks ago but then I realized I’d have no idea if the ripening process did actually slow because I hadn’t thought to leave a few together.

So, behold, the Banana Experiment:

Day 1: All bananas look pretty much the same.

 

Day 2: Yep, all bananas look pretty much the same.


Day 3: Uh, yep, all bananas looking pretty much the same here!

 

Day 4: Sigh. All bananas look pretty much the same. Except of course for the missing fourth, which, well, looked a lot like a banana soy smoothie this morning.

 

I know what you’re all thinking. Some day my contributions to the banana sciences be recognized. Until then, separate your bananas or don’t separate them. See if I care!