To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 26, 2015
BANANA SPICE SNACK CAKE AND THE TINIEST SNOWMAN!
Texas snow arrived about 6 AM.
It was sooooooo pretty!
I know you cannot really determine it's snowing from this
picture, but I wanted to record the moment it began.
This is when we had a real flurry coming down..big, fat, wet flakes!
I had almost forgotten how beautiful snowfall is.
I love the view of the Greenbelt out of our kitchen window.
The view alone almost sold me on this house.
Probably doesn't look like much to our dear friends and family in the North!
There's the puppy!
He wandered a little further today....progress I think!
It all ended within a few hours.
The sun came out
and the storm
arrived in Atlanta about
It proved to be yet another snow day in Atlanta.
Luke and Caden bundled up to play outside and sled,
but it was not to be.
After five minutes Caden was too cold and
wanted to play inside!
I think the girls, Aubrey and Olivia convinced
Luke to help them make a snowman.
Oh....that is THE tiniest little snowman I have ever seen.
The golf course!
So very pretty!
Looks like they got a bit more than we did!
Now.....when little ones are home on snowdays....
this snack cake will be just what you need to warm up!
cup butter, softened 3⁄4
cup brown sugar, firmly packed
bananas, ripe, mashed
1⁄2 cups flour
1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
teaspoon baking soda
teaspoon ground cloves
cup milk chocolate chips
oven to 350°F.
a 8-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
a large mixing bowl, with electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in
egg, buttermilk, vanilla, and mashed banana until blended.
a bowl, combine dry ingredients and spices.
the dry ingredients into the butter mixture until moistened. Do not over beat.
batter into prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle chocolate chips over
batter. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into middle of
cake comes out clean.
in pan on wire rack for about 10 minutes. Serve warm, or room temperature and give a slight dusting of powdered sugar!
I am beginning to organize the Easter decor and decide where I need to put a bit of spring. My helper is always close at hand. I hear more snow and freezing rain are on the way, so it promises to be a dreary weekend! How's the weather at your home? Are you dreaming of bunnies? Hope you try the recipe...it's a yummy one!