summer sun and sand

We spent a perfect summer afternoon at the beach.

It was Anna’s first time (that she can remember).

She had to taste the sand, of course...
...and wash it down with some mama's milk.
Meanwhile, big sis played...

...and watched the waves, the kids, the dogs.

It was a good day.

banana bread

Mia and I made this today and loosely adapted it from a recipe on

We loved it! Here is the recipe:

4 mashed ripe bananas

1 stick melted butter

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 C sugar

1/4 C brown sugar

dash salt

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 C all-purpose flour

1/3 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

mix dry and wet ingredients separately, then combine.

pour batter into greased loaf pan; bake @ 350 deg. for 50-60 minutes until done.

cool on baking rack and serve warm with butter.