So good, it deserves to be on here more than once!)
We are at my folks house for a long weekend and after our epic journey down the east coast with a stop in NYC to pick up my sister, we arrived! The bananas in our snack bag didn't fare so well, and so this morning we combined them with the bananas at my parent's house to make banana bread. As always we used the silver palate recipe and it turned out delicious (of course)!
Here's the recipe:
3 ripe bananas (we used 4)
1 stick butter, at room temperature
3/4 C. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. white whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a bread pan. We used butter!
2. Whip the butter and sugar together, then one by one add the eggs and mix well between each addition.
3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add them to the butter mix.
4. Then add the bananas and the vanilla. Pour into the pan and cook for 50-60 mins.
some blurry cellphone pics from our journey from Maine yesterday.
Above: the little miss strapped in and fast asleep
95 was great until outside of NYC in Connecticut. Yes we are driving on the shoulder since the middle lane is not plowed. Awesome.
Burnt out Cab in NYC, how very "I am Legend"
We picked up my sister in NYC and the rest of the drive was pretty uneventful! The trees were beautiful along the highway, making our surroundings a winter wonderland. We are suppose to get more snow in DE this weekend, so expect more snowy pictures to come.
My Thoughts: I feel like a lame-o, I had to put my 30 day challenge aside last week after the husband and I made a very hard decision- to leave our beautiful state of Maine and move back to the Philadelphia area so he can go back to school and we can be closer to my family for added support while he is in school. And- in typical fashion, we made this decision the night before my 30th birthday... ah lovely, nothing like a huge decision right before a birthday! Birthdays are like a New Year's resolution sort of time in your life- to step back and take stock. And that we did.
SO we are moving! Which means after lovingly painting and sanding many coats of gesso on these pretty boards- as seen above, they will have to wait until a future time. Now my life is consumed with job hunting, apartment searching, and of course packing!!!! eeep
Expect packing and moving related blog posts in the weeks to come. In the meantime- check out my shop for 50% off with code "birthday"
I've been thinking about acquiring new business cards lately- with just my name and blog address to hand out to folks. I picture the card to be the color of the linen blog header with my name and "Tiptoe Through" written in a lovely light turquoise. So I was pleased as punch when I found this DIY tutorial on Design Sponge! So nifty. I love using luggage tags. I use them for gift tags, labeling storage containers in our house, etc. With all that's going on right now, I don't think I'll be able to get to this project this weekend.... but I'm saving it here for a future time perhaps!
It's my husband's birthday today (bottom right) and I know he doesn't "celebrate" his birthday anymore, which I think only happens after you turn 35(?) not 29... but I couldn't resist putting up this picture of him as a little guy with his brother and sister. Fancy bow tie.
I meant to do this yesterday... but the day got away from me. So here she is 12 weeks old, wearing a hoodie she got from her Aunt Charity for Christmas! The 12 week mark means we have officially completed the "4th trimester" - the idea that the first three months are very sacred and a time when the baby needs to have a womb like environment... not all the time, but yah know what I mean (well maybe...?) Swaddling, carrying the baby, keeping them close, etc. Nothing really new to report, besides the usual- we love her so... type stuff. We have a potluck this Sunday thrown by our midwives where past and current prego families get together and share their home birth stories. Looking forward to meeting all the other fall babies and sharing our experience!!
Constructed by German artist Ha Schult in reaction to the world's polluted oceans. 40% of the hotel is made from Garbage collected on the shores of Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Spain. The piece closes January 23rd.
Today, January 17th, my twin brother and I turn 30.
A big shout-out to our mom who gave birth to us at home on our farm 30 years ago, growing her brood from 2 to 4 kiddos. After having our daughter, my husband thinks that birthdays should really celebrate the mom as well. So a Big Thank You to My MOM! I love you and thank you for being fantastic. And a big thank you to our Dad for "catching the package!".
Below are a collection of stellar pictures from our childhood, thanks to our older Sister, Liz!
And then there were four.
My sister has this look in her eye- like she aint never gonna give up her new baby doll.
At my Uncle's wedding... classic
posing on a bucket, so necessary. yes that's our cousin Hunter!
Evidence of a strong life vest theme through out my childhood
our future's so bright, we gotta wear shades
I frickin LOVED this shirt.
Only a very stylish 6 yr old can pull off shoulder pads and high tops!
More 80's freshness. My mullet is another theme.
Two fair-skinned kids in Florida during the winter with their grandparents. More awesome 80's fashion.
Note the burn circles under our eyes, classic. And this picture is evidence of why I thought my grandparents were black when I was little.
ah more life vests, sans rope though, so that's an improvement.
matching outfits is another theme of our twin-ness
Matchy Matchy at a 4th of July parade.
Red wind breaker matchy-ness
High school graduation matchy-ness
My wedding in June 2008- that's my twin with his arm on me, not the groom. ; )
crap we're 30.
Happy Birthday to my Twin Brother, luv yah! Now go check your PO BOX!
This being Martin Luther King Jr Day- I thought it appropriate for "Monday's Inspiration" to be a quote by MLK.
Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.... You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.