Crazy Chili

Our silly little Chili baby is not such a baby anymore–size wise.

But point a camera at her and she turns into a full blown two year old– flipping around making it nearly impossible to just snap one decent picture of her!

Sometimes, I almost think that maybe, just maybe, she knows exactly what she’s doing and is actually posing...

making sure we capture her best side.

Because when it comes to your image,

a girl can’t be too careful.

“Paper” Chains

Oh, my goodness do I ever have a new LOVE!! I mean, seriously–just look at these cute little crocheted “paper” chains!!

Yeah, it started out innocently enough. I found the pattern for these red, white and blue ones and tweaked it in a few crucial places–as is my style–and we ended up with these pretties.

Then, try as I may, I couldn’t stop. They just kept coming and coming and coming. These “summer” ones looked more like Easter sooo, I finished them and put them downstairs in the box with all the baskets.

Then the quest for the perfect real Summer colors began and ended here. What do you think? I lovvvvve them. They just scream beaches, hot sun and ripe peaches.

Now, you would likely think that I’d be done by now but noooOOOooo. Considering my yarn stash is about nine miles wide–I have SUCH plans…

starting right here.

Heh, heh, heh.

 

Banana Bars

Have you ever made something that you expect will be pretty good…

and then–to your surprise–find that is waaaaay better than that?

This sweet little Banana Bar is that kind of recipe. I made it and frosted it and set it on the counter, pleased in the assurance that it would be a happy little dessert, for later.

Then…something interesting happened.

I took a bite.

Umm….guys–we’ve stumbled on a banana heaven masterpiece here.

No, I mean it. The kind that you may not want to share unless you’re more mature than I apparently am.

Make it. You’ll see.

Banana Bars

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, soft

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

Frosting:

8 oz Cream Cheese

1/2 butter

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Preheat  oven to 350. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add in bananas and vanilla. in a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Do not overbeat.

Spread batter into a greased 15×10 baking pan. Bake for 22 minutes. Cool in pan on wire rack.

For frosting:

Beat cream chees and butter until smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Spread over cooled bars.

 

Banana Bars
 
:
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, soft
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • ½ butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  4. Add in bananas and vanilla.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Stir into creamed mixture. Do not overbeat.
  7. Spread batter into a greased 15x10 baking pan.
  8. Bake for 22 minutes.
  9. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  10. For frosting:
  11. Beat cream chees and butter until smooth and fluffy.
  12. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  13. Beat until well blended. Spread over cooled bars.

Magical New Neighbors

Pretty cool to wake up one day and find that you have…

lovely new neighbors!!

They even put up a little porch lamp….just like mine!

Awwww…

Fingers crossed that they love it here and stay FOREVER!!