Snow Day!! This morning I got a text from my cousin, “Are you baking today?” Turns out we were both making something to use up our “senior bananas”….that ‘s what she calls them, so funny. She is an artist in the kitchen! (outside the kitchen too). At family gatherings, we all bring something home-made and whatever she brings is the first thing to disappear from the table. Today she made a banana cake with struesal topping and finished it off with a beautiful, drizzled glaze.
Meanwhile, I was trying to figure out a way to trick my family with my brown bananas. I used a carrot cake recipe and played around with the ingredients to try and sneak in healthy things. I substituted coconut oil and organic butter for the vegetable oil. I cut the amount of sugar in half and substituted it for Sucanat and I added 2 large, mashed bananas to the mix . Organic flour, pasture raised eggs, extra cinnamon and spices… my cake came out delicious and didn’t need frosting. If I was bringing this to a family gathering I would definitely finish it with a homemade cream cheese frosting and pray that my cousin wasn’t bringing her banana cake. I know mine would be left standing alone on the table, in shame.
I am watching my daughter’s dog, Ella this weekend. She looks so sweet and harmless…until you try and put drops in her ears. Cousin Ella gets scary very quickly. Her body whips around like an alligator’s. Geez!! I got a text from another cousin, our family dog-whisperer, reminding me not to restrain her by the scruff of the neck as it could cause an eyeball to collapse in this type of dog. I love my family.