THE BEST BANANA BREAD

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When you forget about the bananas on the kitchen counter and they go brown, you bake banana bread! Even though I love banana nut bread, I’ve never bought bananas to make banana bread and part of the reason why banana bread is so great. 

 

Only a few recipes have stuck with me over the years and this banana nut recipe is one of them. Alex asked if I could add chocolate chips to the batter and as tempting as that was, I couldn’t bring myself to change it. I can find another recipe to add chocolate too. This one is delicious just the way it is. 


 

PARTIAL TO PINEAPPLES

If you pop into one of the tiny artist shakes that dot Provincetown’s MacMillan Pier you’ll find beautiful and simple wood carvings by Geoffrey Semonia. He’ll be sitting there, just carving and painting away. Geoff will take a custom order and ship it out about 2 months after it's completed. When I got ours in the mail, I was so excited that I called him right away to thank him.  He laughed saying that at first he thought he had made an error with my order and explained that only few people have ever taken the time to call and say thank you. I’m especially happy and thankful for Geoff’s art and to have a little piece of Commercial Street next to my front door.  

Address Sign: capecodwoodcarving.com

And while you're knocking on my front door, admiring my pretty little golden pineapple and numero "4", you might get another happy dose of pineapple by looking down at your feet! My sister Katie gave us a pineapple mat and I love it. You know you're getting older when you're excited about a simple mat motif. Thanks to Katie for spreading the pineapple love and helping me to welcome friends at out door. 

Welcome Mat: homedepot.com 


 

A WALK IN BOWDEN PARK

Alex and I spent our snow day with our pup, Chief Brody, in Bowden Park. 

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AUNT JOANIE'S CHAIR

“We had gay burglars the other night. They broke in and rearranged the furniture.”

~Robin Williams

Once we attempt to puzzle together a living room layout, I hope that some fabulous burglars do stop by for some design tips. Sadly, Aunt Joanie passed away just before the holidays. Aunt Joanie was Alex’s Great Aunt. I always like to sit next to her during Thanksgiving dinners or any family meal and chat. She was surprisingly sharp and tech savvy for a lady in her late 80s and had a good sense of humor about her. 

After she passed we stopped by her house to help clean and move things out. As I was surveying her 19060s living room, Alex’s grandma looked around the room and exclaimed, ‘She took forever choosing what she wanted for her living room – the wallpaper in particular!!’ I laughed to myself; Aunt Joanie and I have that in common then! It’s so hard to choose colors and furniture for the living room! 

 

We were happy to receive some of her living room furniture, like this Bergère chair. Until I figure out a more permanent place for it, I think she would approve of us showing it off in the bay window and I’m happy to have something of hers to remind us of her spunk and spirit. 


 

CHIEF BRODY

There are few things in life that are unconditionally sweet as a dog.

Meet Chief Brody, our new pup!  Alex and I adopted him from the local SPCA where he caught my eye when a volunteer trainer was walking him. I fell hard when he shyly asked me for a belly rub.  Love at first sight.  He’s the sweetest little gentleman with the biggest brown eyes. When he looks at me it’s insist heart melt, every time. 

SPCA Shelter Angels: spca.org