The day started out with a wonderful encounter. I snapped one of our scrub jays picking up a peanut in his beak! It’s almost too big for him but he carried it off anyway.
Today I’m really cleaning house. Literally. Got the captain’s flight info. He’s coming home late Tuesday! Which means another trip to the airport. Geez. I filled my car with gas on Friday just before they changed the prices to about $5 per gallon. I paid $4.39 for diesel and I was on empty as I always am ‘cos I HATE going to the gas station. Really. Do you have any idea of the number of times I’ve run out of gas ‘cos I think there’s probably enough to get home so the captain can do it? (Well, when he was home all the time.) Not very grownup of me, I agree. Usually he fills both vehicles before he leaves and I drive one car to empty and then switch over to the other one; this time I had the red light on that means I’m using the reserve tank, and I was too far away from home to make it, so I was forced by necessity to undertake that onerous task. And on top of that, I usually only put in about $20 worth of gas ‘cos I really, really hate to wait ’til it fills up–just one of my little eccentricities—but this time I filled up because of our horrible high gas prices in Cali. Just about 17 gallons, which means it was close, real close to leaving me high and dry again and no one but AAA to help me out.
Every so often, the captain’ll email me for a recipe. There’s always a cook on board, but the crew can bake or cook if they want, and sometimes he likes to try his hand with some of my tried and true easy recipes. This time I sent him my recipe for Easy Banana Bread. It must have turned out great ‘cos they requested it again by popular demand!
Easy Banana Bread
3 or more ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoons applesauce or yogurt
You can add raisins or nuts if you want.
Mash bananas, add all other ingredients and mix well. Pour into a loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45-60 minutes, don’t overbake!
In honor of the political season, I read (forced myself to read) a non-chick lit book, When the Cheering Stopped, the last years of Woodrow Wilson by Gene Smith. There’s a lot to learn about our 28th President. I don’t usually read every word in the best of books, I’m a fast reader, a skimmer, a skipper of words, and this book was no different. What I learned that was fascinating to me was that he became very ill apparently with a series of strokes and hid out in the White House and his second wife actually ran the country for the better part of his second term. How he was able to avoid stepping down due to his inability to govern makes no sense. I’m sure constitutional law specialists have had a field day investigating how he did it. Yawn.
Two more days to Gossip Girl, yeah!