May 29, 2011

Mom's Banana Bread.

When I think back to the Sunday mornings of my childhood, a few things come to mind. The sound of coffee brewing in the pot downstairs, the rustling of paper as my parents read the Sunday Oregonian and the smell of banana bread baking in the oven. My mom has always been an early riser. Waking up prior to five a.m. is commonplace for her and by the time I would rise at the more normal weekend hour of seven, my mom would be halfway in to her second pot of coffee, the paper already in the recycling box and banana bread cooling on the kitchen counter. This morning I awoke at 6:15 a.m. Dave was snoring beside me and I knew it would be another few hours before he dragged himself out of bed. So after making a pot of French press, I decided to bake.

Randi's Sour Cream Banana Bread
  • 1 stick room temperature butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about three ripe bananas)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans (optional)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

While oven is pre-heating lightly grease a 9x5 baking pan.

Cream butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Mix in bananas, nuts and sour cream. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

May 24, 2011

Taco Tuesdays.

Hey y'all. Sorry we haven't been around that much. The sun has been coming out of its hibernation lately and we are having way too much fun pretending to get tan. With an inch of rain on the forecast tomorrow (and continuing throughout the week ahead), today was one of those rare sunny and warm days that screams, "Summer is coming!" The kind of day that screams at you to skip out of work early and grab a cold beer on a patio with friends. The kind of day that brings me back to my childhood in San Diego, surfing and eating fish tacos. Well unfortunately, we had to work late. We were all out of beer. And this certainly isn't sunny San Diego. But we did make some fantastic shrimp tacos. Shrimp tacos with a cilantro-lime sour cream sauce. They tasted just like summer. YUM!!

May 3, 2011


Make a post about cherry blossoms and that evening you'll find their petals covering the street like a blanket.

May 2, 2011

Cherry blossom time.

The cherry blossoms outside our apartment have finally arrived and are already quickly falling to the ground. We snapped these shots last Saturday while enjoying the beautiful 70 degree weather.