First, I scrambled to take this (blurry) photo to remind myself of the influence I have on these three little lives, lest I ever forget that they're watching--and imitating--everything I do! Kind of scary, eh? Then I helped her wash the marker off her face. Thank goodness for the super wash-ability of those Crayola Pip Squeaks! (And no, I was not wearing blue eyeliner.)
- 1 cup milk
- 4 bananas [quantity based on the number of bananas in our house at time of recipe composition (3); she wanted to make sure Mom had to run to the store for one banana]
- pinch of salt
- 3 eggs
- pinch of brown sugar
- 1/2 of 2 cups of white sugar [she did know that 1/2 of 2 is 1, but she liked the way the longer version sounded]
- 1 cup white flour
- 1 cup wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder [quantity determined after much thoughtful inspection of measuring spoons]
- 6 tablespoons melted butter or Grandma-safe butter
Mix wet ingredients together in one bowl. Mix dry ingredients in another bowl. The bananas are dry on the outside, but kind of wet on the inside, so they can go in the wet ingredient bowl. Melt the butter before putting it in with the wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Pour into a pan [we ended up using a 9" square pan after much deliberation]. Bake at 350 degrees for half an hour. Let cool. Serve with cool whip, sliced bananas, and sprinkles on top.
We made the cake this afternoon, and it turned out quite well! My grandma (Evie's great-grandma) helped, per Evie's request, and we all had a good time. However, you know that saying, "Too many cooks spoil the broth"? Well, somehow we all forgot to add the white sugar (you know, the 1/2 of 2 cups of white sugar). The finished product was not terribly sweet, but definitely palatable--especially topped with cool whip (sugar-free) and bananas--and totally diabetic-friendly! Maybe next time we'll try it with the sugar...
- Part of my lack of "blogginess" had nothing to do with Evie having scarlet fever. No, she didn't have scarlet fever, so she couldn't get excited to have the disease that made Mary Ingalls (from Little House on the Prairie) go blind. My children would never be excited about being sick.
- I did not lose my car key some time between arriving at the grocery store (and using it to lock the van) and coming back to the van to load the groceries I'd just purchased. This did not happen a mere hour after a conversation I had with my dad where he told me how expensive it is to replace or copy that type of key. I did not work myself up into a near-frenzy looking for the key, dragging along my screaming infant and whiny preschoolers. I am not at a loss for words to describe the relief and gratitude I felt when a man found the key and brought it to a cashier!
- I have not had only three headache-free days in the past six months, and all three were not this past week.
- I did not leave my six-month-old, nursing baby--and my other two girls--for 30+ hours to attend a conference this weekend. I don't have an awesome husband who would allow me to get away for some encouragement, and I certainly wasn't in dire need of the break! If I had gotten away, I would not have been absolutely tickled to see how thrilled Audrey was to see me again.
- Since I didn't go to that super conference, I won't be posting a lot of the great insights and ideas I took from it in the near future, so don't watch for them!
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It will be very interesting one day to follow the pattern of our life as it is spread out like a beautiful tapestry. As long as we live here we see only the reverse side of the weaving, and very often the pattern, with its threads running wildly, doesn't seem to make sense. Some day, however, we shall understand.
In looking back over the years we can discover how a red thread goes through the pattern of our life: the Will of God.
I really do look forward to the day when I shall understand so many things. Until that time, I cling to Ecclesiastes 3:11--"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end."