Banana Snack Cake

Saturday, January 31, 2009


This is a favorite of my oldest son. He likes to eat it plain just as more of a snack cake. I however, would rather smear it with yummy cream cheese.


2 eggs, separated
2/3 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 mashed bananas
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup sour milk
1 tsp. vanilla
handful of walnuts, optional

In mixing bowl, beat egg whites till soft peaks form then set aside.
In large bowl, cream butter & sugar.
Beat in egg yolks.
Add bananas & stir.
Add flour, soda & milk & mix well.
Add vanilla.
Fold in egg whites and nuts.
Pour in a greased 13 X 9 pan & bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.
Now you can eat this right out of the pan or you can add frosting.


Cream Cheese Icing

8 oz. cream cheese
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 stick butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts, optional

Blend all together until smooth.
You could add a little more powdered sugar if you please.
Taste it & see what you think.
Don't eat it all though, you still have to frost the cake!

Snow! Snow! & More Snow!

Friday, January 30, 2009


We have had snow all week long here along with some ice & rain. I love the winter and absolutely love to watch the snow fall however, I am officially ready for Spring! We had a quick burst of heavy snow this morning and I thought it was so pretty. Here are some pictures taken from my second story front porch and then one of the backyard. Take notice of all the electric, telephone & cable wires out front. They don't make it easy to take pictures. Everywhere you turn there is a line running. Oh well, that is why I enjoy so many of your country photos that you all share. I'll just stick to cooking the recipes. **Yes, those are Christmas Lights still hanging. I have had all the decorations down for quite a while but I have to wait for my husband to get a ladder out to take that one last strand of lights down & he just says It's TOO Cold. They can wait for another day!**


Thursday, January 29, 2009


Hey Pals,

Yesterday morning we woke up to some nice light frosty snow on everything outdoors. So we did our walkies around the land and took some pictures for you.

We wanted to let you know that Mama let Snickers and I Butchy have our very own email address. Our new address is: ButchyandSnickers at gmail dot com

So when you click on the Barkmail link in the side bar, your email will be sent to our new address.

Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester & Scuby

Tropical Fever


As I mentioned a few days ago I had a few more of those little flowers beaded and I was asked to make a pair of earrings to complement the Tropical Chic Choker. Here they are, the earrings and a new choker:

I actually really enjoy making these little flowers, and with the amazing selection of Delica colours available, the possibilities are endless... will definitely be making more of these!!! :-)


Wednesday, January 28, 2009


(Please see Quattrefoil 1/10/09; Blind Windows 1/20/09; and Noir or Au Revoir 1/27/09.)

Could I shake the quatre-square? I moved around plenty, doing the unfamiliar, paying for things in cash, and wearing a hat.

Occasionally I'd catch glimpse of the devilish foil, but typically and consolingly in a more disciplined, intrinsic setting.

Was it the beginning of detente, or merely a ruse?
I consulted Sun Tzu, "Warfare is the way of deception."
Best to stay on guard.

Journal entry #665

6:22 a.m. North Berkeley

Waking thoughts free of concern with superfluous decoration. Focus instead on deep dish pizza, other forms of gothic tracery, their appropriation by local, influential architect Bernard Maybeck, and an afternoon program of unfinished Orson Welles' movies at the Pacific Film Archive.

To Do List: Climb Indian Rock
Call 22 clients

Lunch at Plearn
Go to P.F.A.

Little did I suspect the ambush that lay ahead (image below).

A Favorite Poem

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Here is a favorite poem of mine that I found several years back while surfing the internet. I would love to one day stitch this and frame it. Not that I ever will but it's on my to-do list.

Cowboy's Cathedral
by Carlene Sleeseman-Daugherty
Lord, I'm a hard workin' cowboy,
spend my life on the range
and some people say I won't get to heaven
if certain things don't change.
See, it's been awhile since I've been in a church
with steeple & bell
But that don't mean I don't know Ya' God,
and know Ya' very well.
I try to live by the commandments
that You set down for man
and I thank Ya' for my blessings
every chance I can.
Now, I don't need those stained glass windows,
the sunset sky suits me fine.
And as for the steeple,
well, there on the hill stands one lone pine.
I don't need a crowded, handcarved, padded pew;
that rock beneath that lone pine is where I worship You.
As for the music, well I don't need to hear a choir;
the birds are singin', the wind is whisperin',
what more could I desire?
My church has no beamed ceiling,
just blue sky up above,
it's carpeted with wildflowers
and overflows with Your love.
So, I don't need a manmade church,
I know with all my heart
that the great outdoors is a cathedral You built
and on it, Your blessings impart!

The League of S.T.E.A.M.


The League of Supernatural Troublesome Ectoplasmic Apparitional Managment.

The League of STEAM is made up of Inventors, Scientist, Adventurers, Crafters, Monster Hunters and Paranormal Researchers from all over the globe dedicated to the understanding and management of the paranormal.

The Boys.

Poised for action.

Professor Jager.

Crackitus's Steam Pack.

Victorian Ghost.

Noir or Au Revoir?


I lit out of town, fleeing the ubiquitous quatrefoil (see Quattrefoil 1/10/2009 and Blind Windows 1/20/2009), bedizenment du jour, past churches, filling stations, cantilevers, walls of glass, stray dogs, lawns, barbed wire, grown-ups in suits, beauty supply stores, and a housing development which rose along a hillside in a continuous row, each roof rising above the next like gymnasium bleachers.

I needed to put distance between me and the rampant deployment of this irrelevant ornament. Was I in search of pure form like some post jugendstil dodo, playing real estate hooky, or just plain desperate for blog material?

Either way, I pulled off Interstate 5 well after dark, to Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant in Coalinga. A glowing fountain, like some Celtic effigy, a four leaf clover turned poison ivy, barred my entry. "Curse you quatrefoil," I blared.

Carne Asada would have to wait, sustenance would come in a different form, in a shingled form.



Hey Pals,

We have been really bummed around here since Sunday. We discovered that one of the bambi deer that visits our land daily has crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge.

We were walking around the land on Sunday, just checking out the deer tracks and doo doo remnants and this is what we found:

This poor little button buck just crawled under our pine trees and went to sleep forever.
We sure hope he didn't suffer and went peacefully.

We'll probably never know what happened to him for sure. There is no blood in the area, so we don't think he was hit by a passing car. He could have been weak or sickly and the below zero temperatures might have been too much for him. Rest in peace poor bambi.

Here are some pictures of the snow holes that the bambi make to lay in to keep warm around here:

With all of the deep snow that we have, food is becoming very scarce now for all of the outdoor critters. The deer will dig and dig in the snow looking for things to eat. Of course they luv to munch on our trees which doesn't make Mama and Papa very happy.

Here are a few of our trees that the bambi have chewed up:

This one really makes Mama sick cause it is her largest Colorado Blue Spruce tree that she planted as a tiny twig years ago.

Usually the deer do not chew on the blue spruce trees, so Papa didn't wrap wire fencing around them. But with the brutal winter we're having, the deer are eating everything they can find.

These two pictures show you some of the deer prints in the snow under some trees:

It looks like that on almost all of our land. A dozen deer can make lots of tracks and produce lots of doo doo for Snickers and I to try to grab, tee hee. That darn Mama has eagle eyes and won't even let us look at the doo doo let alone try to grab it.

We also wanted to tell everyone that after Mama talked with her income tax preparer, Snitchybug Dog Designs is NO MORE and has closed it's doors. After having three years of continued losses, it's time to close shop. Many small businesses just don't get enough sales to make a business profitable here in the United States. We've see many small businesses closing just in our surrounding area right and left in the last few months. With the present condition of the economy, we expect that many more stores will be closing this year.

We want to thank all of our customers from the bottom of our hearts for your support. To all of our friends that have advertised so generously on your blogs for us, please remove the ad link from your site as soon as possible. Again we thank you.

Wirey Hugs,
Butchy, Snickers, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Linda

BAO Items of the Week

Monday, January 26, 2009


bao item of the week





Ok... I know I say this a lot... but look at the amazing selections from the BAO this week!!!!  I'm in love with all of them!!!  Check them out for yourself! visit and see what specials offers are attached to these beautiful pieces!!!

FOR SALE! The Little Pink House


A little piece of heaven for sale.
It has felt like heaven to me to live here for 12 1/2 years. The process of selling your house and letting go is an emotional one. No surprise. My Realtor has done such a great job with the photos that I wanted to share them. Dennis Kellermeier with Keller Williams has the listing.
Dan & I are excited about having a home of our own. It just feels right. But selling this place is both good and bad and as one of my dear friends has told me just because you feel one emotion doesn't mean you don't feel the other. The job of packing up, sorting out is a big one as anyone knows who has done this. Having my business here adds another level of work and sort that seems huge. The Interior Design business has a lot of pieces and samples to it. Fabric, carpet, furniture catalogs, tile, design idea books, closed client files, current client files and note books, etc. Plus I am the kind of person who sees possibilities in so many cast off " things"! Oh boy...
So I have decided to blog about the process. Probably more for me than for you! If anyone out there has advise I stand ready to listen. At this point shoulder rubs from Dan & a glass of wine help!
So tell your friends the little pink house is for sale and they too could own a piece of heaven!

~One World One Heart Giveaway is Seeking Cinderella~

Sunday, January 25, 2009


High upon a hill is a castle, where something wonderful is kept. Once you've made your way, way, way up and in, you then must go down, deep down again, right into the darkest and coldest and oldest part of the tower.

Over in the corner, behind the kindling and cobwebs is a small wooden box, delicately lifting the lid you see several sparkling shards of....What, broken glass?!

How can this be, you said it was something special?! Look closely my dears, see the scrap of paper nestled beneath the tiny broken bits, slide it out, careful now so as not to get cut.

Read it aloud, what does it say? To whom it may concern; The precious pieces that rest within came from the glass slipper once worn by none other than Cinderella herself,

such was their fate....reunited with their mate and happily ever after they lived.
Till one did get broken, no words were spoken, just delicately tucked within!

Have you noticed our lovely visitor, a quiet little thing she is, she just floated in on the breeze and decided to stay for a bit!

And when she was finished she fluttered by and right out the window she went!

With out even saying goodbye! Oh, well, such is life!

And so on to the business at hand, I think it is so important to do what we can for each other, to uphold and support each other in gracious and positive ways, and this One World One Heart event is just the perfect venue in which to do so.

Because of the thoughtfulness of Lisa "Oceandreamer" Swiftka at A Whimsical Bohemian our wonderful host for this event we are able to share, if even a small part in each others lives, and I'm happy to be a part of it!

A gift is giving a tiny bit of your heart away, usually when you give some thing away, you have less, stands to reason doesn't it?

But in the case of a gift, you have more, always, always, more.

More friendship, more kindness, more sharing and most of all more love!

I like to give away things that mean a lot to me. Something I throughly enjoyed creating,

and every time I see the piece I am reminded of the particular place in time I was,

and the thoughts that ran through my mind. Each creation is a personal little "time capsule" forever related and attached to

the artist that created it. The two are linked for eternity. It amazes me the places my mind explores while I busily work away.

A moment in 4th grade, a shiver runs down my spine as I recall standing up at the front of the class, reading out loud

the essay I had written on "Our Friend the Platypus", yes I said platypus, well, we got to choose what we wanted to report on and that's what I chose!

Or a trip to the ocean at 10, where I spent hours playing in the surf and talking with all the tiny, curious crabs that gathered

around me as I ate my peanut butter sandwich and wiggled my toes each time the foamy bubbles tickled them.

Oh, but my mind does wonder, and I'm sure glad that it has such a good sense of direction, otherwise it might get lost!

And as all those memories come flooding in they are carried right into the very soul of a project, woven deep within and

there they will always remain!
Fantastically romantic wouldn't you say?!

So there you have it,

a little piece of me,

and a little piece of you,

sharing our gifts with the world!

May I ask you a personal question? What size shoe do you wear? Will these fit you?

I am seeking Cinderella, just leave a comment and you will be entered to win this pair of ~One of a Kind~Paper Slippers! Created by little ol' me, and best of all, there is a funny secret stuck on the bottom of one shoe, and nope, it's not gum, but only the winner will get to find out what it is!

So kick off your shoes and slip into these babies they are guaranteed to satisfy every girls shoe fetish!

And this time, no blisters, I promise! Make sure you leave your contact information, cut off time to enter is Wed Feb 11th at 10pm CST and the winner will be announced February 12th!

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