Bring on Spring


Well, I know it isn’t here yet, but these warm weekend days made us yearn for spring.  These three (Julian was with neighbors and Scott at a day of teacher training) and I decided to venture out on a bike ride.  It was gorgeous!  When we first moved to Durham, this particular bike ride seemed daunting with our four.  Then, our kids were 1, 3, 5, and 7.  Now, with my 7, 9, and 11 year old, this ride to our American Tobacco Trail is completely delightful and much quicker.  🙂

Here are some fun pics:DSC02382














Banana Pecan Pancakes


*recipe from one of Sarah Kramer’s vegan cookbooks(the pecan part is totally optional)


1 cup All-purpose Flour/Unbleached White Flour

1 tsp Baking Powder

1/4 tsp Salt

1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon

1 cups Soy Milk

1 tsp Vanilla

1 Bananas

1 1/2 cups of chopped Pecans (optional)

*I normally make 5 times this recipe for my family of 6.

How to:

In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.  In a blender, blend the milk, bananas, and vanilla until smooth.  Pour into flour mixture and add pecans.  Stir together gently until just mixed.  Portion batter onto non-stick pan/skillet.  Let sit on medium heat until the center starts to bubble and become sturdy.  Flip pancakes over and cook the other side until golden brown.  Repeat process until until batter is gone.

Super Bowl Trophy Q & A

We were outside this afternoon, soaking up some sunshine and enjoying some warmer temps, when Brayden asks a question.

(Brayden is kicking his soccer ball around in the yard, I am on the deck up above)

Brady:  “Hey Mom?”

Me:  “Yes?”

Brady:  “Is there a Super Bowl trophy?”

Me:  “Yes there is.”

Brady:  “Well… um… what does it look like?”

Me:  “I think it looks like a football, Brady.”

Brady:  (in all seriousness) “Oh, well … I thought it might look like a big bowl, you know?  Like a REALLY  big bowl … with … um, like a spoon in it.”