Sunday, February 14, 2021

SO WE'VE HAD A LITTLE RAIN

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

So many of you have cold and snow or cold and ice. It's been raining here, on and off for days and days and days . . . 



Yes, we have poor drainage here at The Little House On The Swamp. It's a swamp. My son bought a pump that works well, but I have no idea how to hook it up. I'll go out to the garage to examine it on a nicer day. If I wade out to look at it today, I'll only get frustrated.

We deal with the rain as best we can.

Penelope hides from it in my closet.


Franklin prefers my bathroom:


I decided it was a good day to bake banana bread, which I've wanted to do for a while so I could add chocolate chips to the batter as Mitchell's beloved San Geraldo does. Everything San Geraldo makes looks yummy.

I started some music and soon enjoyed the sound of Jack's nasally whine. Meg whacked the drums. 


Got out the mixer and all the ingredients (I thought).


Smooshed the bananas till they were dead and dumped in everything else (I thought).

Sat down to write this post while the bread baked and suddenly realized I forgot to put in the chocolate chips. When I went to Costco last week I bought a gigantic bag of chocolate chips. They remained unmolested.



I switched the music to Alanis.


Took the bread out of the oven and dolloped it with butter.


Decided everything would be okay.

Now I have a reason to bake again––and soon!

Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug

34 comments:

  1. Your banana bread looks delicious, Janie! Luckily, you only left out chocolate chips. I've been known to leave out more critical ingredients. btw, chocolate chips are delicious all by themselves, one by one. I think flooding water is way worse than snow. I'd be in the closet with Penelope. Have a good one!

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  2. Love banana bread, and Alanis is a great choice to jam out while beating bananas. :)

    We've still got about 10 inches of snow on the ground. The first round of heavy wet (6") snow iced so everything that fell on top was here to stay. It was in the high 30s today though so I was able to scrape a lot of what we missed off the driveway and get it almost down to the pavement. Most of the storms coming this week are rain for us, including Friday which should melt a significant amount of it. Down side is that it's been so cold the ground is frozen solid so the rain will have no where to go. We stocked up on pet safe ice melt though so we should be okay ice wise.

    Good luck with that pump. I agree, when you need it to work is not when to look at it. Tomorrow is a much better time.

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    1. Shoveling snow does provide lots of exercise.

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    2. It's also great stress relief for dealing with Youngest's shenanigans.

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  3. oooooh, that bread looks dee-lish, even without the chocolate chips!

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    1. I've already eaten two slices. It turned out well.

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  4. They do look pretty. Hold the chocolate chips; I don't like them.

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  5. I hope they are as delicious as they look. Love your excuse for baking again too.

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  6. Ooh, San Geraldo's banana bread with or without chocolate! Interestingly, he forgot the chocolate chips the other day, as well. Fortunately, he noticed before he poured the batter into the baking pans. Enjoy!

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    1. I enjoyed twice yesterday and once today--so far.

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  7. Oh, the banana bread with chocolate chips looks soft and delicious ...

    Have a nice day.

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    1. The banana bread missing the chocolate chips is soft and delicious.

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  8. Anything you can buy at Costco is in a gigantic bag! We had the last of Miriam's recent batch of banana bread with coffee yesterday morning - no chocolate chips, however!

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    1. I'll try to remember the chocolate chips next time and provide my verdict on the taste.

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  9. Hi Janie - baking to music on a wet soggy day sounds a great idea - I'd rather like some banana bread right now - but we have a sun ... so I'm popping out for a walk, while it lasts ... stay safe and hope the puddles go away soon! Hilary

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    1. It's Monday evening now and we're having another huge thunderstorm.

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  10. I just made banana bread too! I'm not fussy about chocolate chips in banana bread, but I do like walnuts in it. But My Rare One doesn't, so I have taken to making banana bread in the form of muffins instead, with walnuts in half and no walnuts in the other half.

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  11. Hm, choc chips in banana bread. Sounds tasty. But just fine as it is without!

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    1. The bread is good, but everything is better with chocolate.

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  12. That's a LOT of rain! Too bad about the chocolate chips, but I'm sure the bread is yummy anyway and now you have chips for a future baking adventure!

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    1. I have enough chips for many baking adventures.

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  13. Believe it or not, I've never had banana bread with chocolate chips. What a brilliant idea.
    What a lot of water--again! I hope you can figure out the pump. Bummer!

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    1. I've never had banana bread with chocolate chips, either. I hooked up the pump today. It was easy. Yay!

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    2. Now THAT is awesome news!! Yay!

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  14. I have choc chip banana bread each morning for breakfast, not home made I am no longer able too do that

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  15. Yum! I've never thought to add chocolate chips to banana bread. Wish we could see some of your rain here.

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  16. Banana bread with or without chips is yummy.
    We've been getting the rain and puddles too.
    Take special care.

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    1. It's still coming down. The frogs just started croaking. *sigh*

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