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Sep 16, 2019 12:49:12   #
Prism99 wrote:
Too many bananas make the bread gummy inside, as you discovered. One secret is to use the ripest bananas. Wait until they are too ripe to eat, very soft, skins beginning to blacken.


Thanks for the reminder - I always assume folks already know this, but forgot to add that note to my recipe. Here's an article on just how ripe bananas should be before using them for banana bread:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2018/09/03/the-best-bananas-for-banana-bread#targetText=The%20best%20bananas%20for%20banana

Edited to add - I don't like them quite as dark as shown in the thawed bananas - but usually use them when they are pretty darn spotted and getting a little darkened over all.
 
Sep 16, 2019 12:32:18   #
Here is my recipe for banana bread - it's adapted from a recipe I found on the internet:

BEST BANANA BREAD
GENIUS KITCHEN
Recipe by Ikadiec (with a few of my own changes)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 9x5 loaf pan

DRY INGREDIENTS:
• 1-1/2 cups flour
• 1 tsp. baking soda
• 1/2 tsp. salt

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside

WET INGREDIENTS:
• 1/2 cup butter (1 cube) at room temp.
• 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 3 bananas, mashed
• 1 tsp. vanilla

With a hand or stand mixer cream together butter & sugar until well combined – at least 1-1/2 to 2 minutes. Add beaten eggs and mix until the eggs are completely incorporated and the batter is a light color and fluffy – about another 1 minutes. Mix in bananas and vanilla for about 1/2 to 1 minute.

Gently fold the dry ingredients by hand into the creamed mixture until just combined (no flour showing).

Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 55 minutes. Test with toothpick to be sure it’s done – the toothpick should come out clean.
Take the bread out of the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan. Turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool until just warm. I know you probably won’t be able to resist it until fully cooled. Besides, it’s wonderful warm with a little cream cheese spread on a slice. YUM!
Sep 16, 2019 01:59:05   #
There is nothing I can say that can truly offer comfort as the loss of a child is shattering. Very dear friends of mine lost their son to cancer when he was 22. I hope this poem that they found comforting will bring some comfort to Gabby's family:

To All Parents

“I’ll lend to you for a little time a child of mine” He said
“For you to love the while she lives and mourn for when she’s dead.
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, til I call her back, take care of her for Me?
She’ll bring her charms to gladden you, and should her stay be brief,
You’ll have her lovely memories as solace for your grief.”

“I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked the wide world over in My search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love, nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call to take her back again?”

I fancied that I heard them say, “Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy this child shall bring, the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter her with tenderness; we’ll love her while we may,
And for happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay;
But should the angels call for her much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the anguished grief that comes, and try to understand.”
Sep 16, 2019 01:15:18   #
Christiane wrote:
Thanks for this!!!


The videos not only gave me guidance when I really was floundering (I was pretty much a newbie at the time), but taught me some new knitting techniques as well.
Sep 16, 2019 01:13:12   #
100% - but the pictures gave away some answers and made it easier.
Sep 15, 2019 12:54:56   #
Here are free patterns that I found on Ravelry that sounds like what you are looking for:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/radial-heat-cowl

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moco-qiviut-wavy-feathers-wimple

Here is one that has many uses:
http://zephknits.wordpress.com/patterns/chameleon/
 
Sep 14, 2019 12:33:12   #
There is a series of videos showing guidance to the key areas when knitting the Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ). I did the BSJ in a knitting group project but found these videos to be more helpful as I was the slowest knitter in the group:

Episode 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMirlP_YuXo
Episode 2A) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35j6TgrBthk
Episode 2B) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbtYQWO6arQ
Episode 3) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BThyLxmKPHo
Episode 4) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK7qtFMf3Vs
Episode 5) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZ288IYRBsE
Episode 6) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNXjaYY8igU

I suggest watching the video section through each time before starting on that section of the BSJ.
Sep 13, 2019 02:04:31   #
GrandmaJJ wrote:
I agree. My husband has the stupid thing on 24/7. Drives me batty. During the day I go in to my sewing room & listen to audio books through headphones, but at night I just deal with the tv so I can spend time with him. I tried to get him to agree to a tv free night once a week, but so far no luck.


One of the best things I ever did was to purchase tv headphones for my DH. He can now listen to the TV without having the sound on. It's a win-win as he's getting a bit hard of hearing and I was tired of listening to Law & Order & Blue Blood reruns along with the cable news programs.
Sep 12, 2019 21:51:17   #
I love the one about kind people. I do find that kind people are most often some of the most intelligent people I have ever had the privilege to meet.
Sep 12, 2019 20:32:21   #
I passed this on to my hubby (not that I want to give him any ideas . . . ).
Sep 11, 2019 22:12:00   #
DonnieK wrote:
Bless your heart.
Why is it that someone has to post nasty comments to something like this one? If you don't like Texas, you hit on the wrong state, I live here in Texas and am very well pleased and proud that our state is "Keep Texas Clean" so instead of wasting your energy bashing America and our President, why didn't you pick up the very trash that offended you? Did you do one thing about the litter? Call the Texas State Government Office and complain? Anything? I am sorry, but don't complain unless you do something to change the situation. God bless you and our Beautiful America! Keep it clean!!!!!!!
Bless your heart. br Why is it that someone has to... (show quote)


DonnieK, we are all Americans here in the states and I hate seeing this type of "trashing" of any state, but I also find it ironic that for you it seems to be okay to "trash" & bash California (which the picture in the original post might not even be in California), but take great exception when someone indicates there might be trash in Texas. Like I said, we are all Americans, and to put down any state is putting down the American citizens who live in that state. There are fantastically beautiful places worth visiting in both Texas and California and great folks in both states.
 
Sep 11, 2019 18:29:19   #
gloriam wrote:
Yup, that is L.A. for you. Those Californians sure know how to take of illegals, but to HECK with the people who actually belong.


So if you're so familiar with LA, please do share your knowledge on where this picture was actually taken.

I was born and raised in California and I'm tired of the bashing that it's getting from out-of-staters that can't seem to grasp that the population of California is over 39 million. Yes, California has the most homeless people, but can you name any large metropolitan area that doesn't have homeless?

As I pointed out in a prior comment, NYC has a larger homeless population than LA. The same article points out that Florida has the third largest homeless population of any state at 31,030.

Per this article from CNN dated June of 2019 - statewide, California actually had the biggest overall decrease in the number of homeless people of any state from 2017 to 2018. You can read the entire article here: http://www.cnn.com/2019/06/06/us/homelessness-by-the-numbers/index.html
Sep 11, 2019 15:07:32   #
Does anyone actually know exactly where this picture was taken? Is it actually in California?

Edited to add this information about cities with the highest homeless rates in the USA:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2018/12/20/the-u-s-cities-with-the-most-homeless-people-in-2018-infographic/#243bc4fd1178

New York city has the highest homeless population with 78,676
Sep 9, 2019 18:14:00   #
Spider webs are in vogue (and I always seem to have some in my house!).
Sep 9, 2019 18:12:49   #
EqLady wrote:
I just finished All the Light We Cannot See, a Pulitzer prize winner and one of the best books I have ever read. I have just start Grisham’s The Reckoning.


I loved All the Light We Cannot See.
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