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The Rock Maze

Went on a little hike today to the rock maze. It’s a super short walk from the car but provided tons of entertainment as the kids explored the “caves” forcing both Chad and I to squeeze through the tiniest crevices. Please excuse Willem’s mid 90’s “coming out of the grunge” style. Part of the boys terrible twos is wanting to pick out his own clothes so denim shorts, tye dye and cowboy boots it was.

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Snack break was pathetic. As a mother to boys I know that snacks make the world go around and can prevent any meltdown. I should have been prepared with a pack full of food however I grabbed what we had, crackers and craisins. Apparently any food is good food because Harper was thrilled by it and kept thanking me for bringing a snack

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Of course we stopped on the way home to fulfill the promise of throwing rocks in the water.

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Raspberry-banana bread cake

Yup. That’s right. The plain ol banana bread has come of age in this modern world. The baking bug bit me again yesterday. I went into the kitchen and automatically started getting out the ingredients for some cranberry white chocolate oatmeal cookies, got the bowl out and realized that I had some rotten bananas in the freezer that I needed to get rid of mostly because they are gross. Of course when I opened the freezer I noticed the gallon of raspberries that I had picked a few days before and an idea was born. A delicious idea.

So the finished product?  Amazing, dessert or breakfast.

Here’s the recipe I used :

Mix 1 cup sugar with 1/2 butter in a large bowl

Mix in 2 large eggs, 3 medium mashed bananas, one tablespoon baking soda, a sprinkle of vanilla and some salt

Sift in 2 cups of flour, and 1/2 cup of milled flax seed (for extra healthyness)

And finally, stir in one cup of raspberries.

Bake in a greased 5×9 pan at 350 for 30 minutes

Cool and top with cream cheese frosting (for lesser healthyness)

To new blogs and new books

Cheers to new things. This blog is new to me. I’ve started many and always find them difficult to dedicate time to but yet I think I’m interesting enough to read about. Huh, never thought about how much I love writing and how little time I dedicate to it. conflicting I suppose.

As for now…

I have discovered the new and wonderful world of e-books from the library. That’s right, you can check out books over the internet and download them immediately. For such a small town I am surprised at how many people are on to this new trend, I know this because there are quite a few books I’m waiting to become available. So far I have read Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo (in 3 days), I have started The New York Regionals Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker and have checked out Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

Heaven is for Real was enlightening and inspiring and I have a new love and hope for Jesus in Harper’s life.

TNYRMSHD, (got that?) so far, less than one chapter in and it’s pretty funny, seems like it might have a good outlook on the insides of mormonhood.

As for Ree Drummond, I love her blog and can not wait to get to this book, what an inspiring and multi-talented woman.

It’s amazing how the world of ebooks has reintroduced this literature degree holder to read for pleasure not only again but nonstop. Right now, I’m thinking about getting that little babe to bed so I can get to my iPad books!