"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf -

Banana Cake

I love bananas because they force me to bake something yummy once in a while (or I can throw them in the freezer until I'm ready to deal with them)!  This banana cake recipe came from my friend Tammy and I absolutely love it.  The cake is light and the icing is fabulous!
I also love the blue star plate that I got in Target a while back.  It's my tribute today to my American friends - Happy 4th of July!

So, do you want the recipe?

Banana Cake
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. baking soda dissolved in 4 tbsp hot water
1 cup mashed bananas (I use 3)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs.  Mix soda and water and add to mashed bananas.  Mix dry ingredients together.  Alternate dry and wet ingredients.  (Or if you're like me and have a Bosch, mix all your wet ingredients and then throw in all your dry ingredients.)
Bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes in a 9x13 pan.

Icing  (I double it!)
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp milk
3/4 cup icing sugar

Melt butter - add sugar and milk.  Remove from heat and add sifted icing sugar.
Pour over your cake when it comes out of the oven.

Oh doesn't that look delicious?

I recently used the cake recipe without the icing and made it into banana bread.  I used two tin foil loaf pans and it worked wonderfully.  Loaves seem to cook more evenly when they're baked in tin foil pans - and it's so much easier to get the loaf out of the pan when your pan is flexible!  Next time I might throw in some chocolate chips, or chopped walnuts, or coconut too!
Yup, sure do love bananas!

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!!!

July 1, 1867 - Canada got its start.
Sir John A. MacDonald played a major part!

So if we do the math, today is Canada's 144th Birthday!!!

One thing I admire about our neighbours to the south is how patriotic they are.  They LOVE the Fourth of July and go all out in decorating and partying to celebrate their Independence Day.  I don't think we do half as much celebrating as they do. 

I have a few Canadian decorations like this garden stake that sits in the garden all summer.

And I have this wooden flag on my porch.  The other side of the board is a little house with the words Simple Life on it.  I usually have that side showing all summer and then rotate it to the flag side for the holidays.

My porch animals keep moving - they're alive!!!

But one of my favourite sights on Canada Day is this . . .
. . . our Flag!

The youth in each ward in town have an annual fundraiser.  We pay $30 and they will put a flag up in our yard for every holiday from Victoria Day in May to Thanksgiving in October. 

I love to see all the flags flying around the neighbourhood on all the holidays, but they look especially grand today, on Canada's Birthday.

"God keep our land glorious and free,
O Canada we stand on guard for thee,
O Canada we stand on guard for thee."