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A Fruitful Heap of Bananas

March 7, 2012

J.D. is on Spring break this week and next. James refuses to call it Spring break because from what he’s heard, Spring means things are growing. Or at least melting. So he calls it ‘Snow Break’, and rightly so.

One of two things happens for J.D. when he’s on a break from teaching. He either (a)comes down with some kind of debilitating viral disease or (b) he gets shockingly productive. So far, (b) is winning .

Yesterday he built me this shelf for our kitchen:

Counter space, you are mine.

Am I embarrassed by the number of bananas we eat as a family? Yes. Not only am I embarrassed but I am also in denial. I buy an embarrassing heap of bananas during the weekly shopping trip, convinced that we will (we must!) make it seven whole days before the next banana purchase. By day four I am inevitably back purchasing another embarrassing heap of bananas. Sometimes we go on a three day banana fast to teach us all a lesson on banana conservation but it is usually fruitless (ha).

While I am commenting on the contents of the shelf,  look at that beautiful carbohydrate factory! A bread maker we bought with a Canadian Tire gift card from J.D.’s parents at Christmas. We bought it for the full price and the very next day, it was 50% off, wouldn’t you know. If you own a bread maker, here is an excellent recipe for whole wheat buns that is actually a pizza dough recipe but does double duty very well.

1 Cup + 2 Tbsp water

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp honey or sugar

1 tsp salt

3 Cups whole wheat or multigrain flour

2 tsp yeast.

Add all ingredients in the order listed to the pan. Select dough setting and hit start.  When the cycle is complete, remove dough, punch down, cover for 1/2 hour. Form rolls and bake at 375 C for 15-20 min or until golden brown. I bake them on a pizza stone and it makes ’em nice and crusty. I have made these without letting them rise again and they turned out fine.


This morning, I squirted paint on Jasper’s booster seat tray and let the boys mess around. Jasper was initially wary and kept yelling uh-oh at me every time his fingers touched the paint. He relaxed after awhile and gave himself a makeover. This is his new ‘I’m anticipating the flash just get it over with’ camera face.

James needed no coaxing.

He used his turn to do a little experimental spelling. Usually vowels are conspicuously absent.  Not this time, Matey!

Happy Wednesday.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jean permalink
    March 7, 2012 10:12 pm

    The banana thing is an inherited trait. It wasn’t by just a random occurrence that I ended up with the word banana in my email address. Don’t fight it. Unless, of course, you find yourself seriously mulling over whether to get more bananas or pay the mortgage.

  2. Jean permalink
    March 7, 2012 10:13 pm

    PS – if you find yourself needing more shelf space, bananas do well hanging from the ceiling.

  3. March 8, 2012 6:49 am

    Once again, I love your logic and your attitude. melanie

    • Claire permalink*
      March 8, 2012 10:29 am

      Thanks Melanie! Nice to know I have a veteran’s approval.

  4. mpdavis permalink
    March 11, 2012 5:36 pm

    Bean salad reciepe too please!

  5. Mary Caudle permalink
    March 14, 2012 10:25 am

    Your new shelf looks very appealing and “kitcheny” on lst glance, and likely is a most convenient and functional addition..Good job, JD … you’ve put your “Engineering” knowledge/talent to work on this project … We’re impressed!!

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