February 16, 2014


Dearest Winter...
I am letting you know that I am ending our love affair.
Your enchantment has lost it's luster...
  Perhaps we shall rekindle our romance next year~
It wasn't you,
it was me......
"Auf wiedersehen darling"

The Dairy farm in our little New England village

Beautiful and so very cold looking

Can you imagine? They have had this look since October!

So serene

This is looking out the window of one our favorite Irish Pubs in Old Port....we used to sit right at this table and watch the shoppers while sipping a glass of wine! There is a dance studio right across the street where you see those arched windows. It was such fun to watch them perform and practice in the evenings.

This is a picture that a friend sent me from Pennsylvania

Now we are in Atlanta......a friend of The Divine Miss M posted this
picture of their cul-de-sac
The ice fell for one whole day...that's all ice, not snow

Little Izzy playing in the snow and ice with her neighbor friends....
she is in that little pink snow suit.
Doesn't she look like a little tiny doll?

Luke built an "organic snowman"

Jay braving the steps....looking for any trees in danger

One of the Four Seasons statue in the back garden
That's the golf course directly behind them

I love to have quick breads on hand for snacks in the afternoon. They seem perfect for after school snacks or a treat with coffee or hot tea. Normally, I prefer banana bread using Sour Cream or buttermilk and on this day, I did not have either of these on hand. I found this recipe from Sunday Dinner at Grandma's from the Gooseberry Patch series and it is really, really good! The recipe had been submitted by Carolyn Ayers from Kent, WA. and she stated her grandmother had made this same recipe for seventy-five years!
2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 cup canola oil
2 eggs, beaten
3 ripe bananas. mashed
1 cup chopped pecans
Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in a bow. Mix well and set aside. In a separate bowl, mix oil and eggs; add bananas. Add flour mixture and mix well. Pour into a greased 9" x 5" loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees F. for 25-30  minutes.


  1. I am so very sick of snow. Just writing the word makes me sick. LOL I am waiting longingly for spring to come and just to see the sight of a robin!

    The recipe for banana bread is a new one for me. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will have to try it.

    Have a lovely peaceful Sunday Estelle!

    1. It has grown tiresome Beth.....BUT....spring is sure to follow...hang in there darling girl!

  2. Your photos are beautiful but I, too, am done with winter. I am seeking anything with lots of colour, especially yellow. I'm even knitting with yellow wool today. This recipe looks easy and delicious. I'll try it and let you know if it's a keeper. Thanks. Deb

    1. I know you are all ready for sunshine and warmer weather. Green lawns and yellow daffodils, right? Please do try the banana bread and see what you think? It's rather easy and I think you will find it perfect with your afternoon tea. Thanks for visiting today Deb!

  3. Hello, I also say I am ending this affair, with not only with just the cold, but the horrible dust storms we are having!
    I am going to try this Banana Bred tomorrow morning. I have enjoyed your Blog, I need to start leaving comments, to let you know I was here :o)
    Blessings, Roxy

    1. Hi Roxy! Thank you for being so kind as to leave a comment and taking time to visit Estelle's! Hope you enjoy the recipe and visit often!


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