Sheared Bliss

Three Things on a Sunday

1. Our sewer works!

It may not look like much, but when it feels like a luxury to flush the toilet, this is a beautiful sight.

2. Mules like eating cornstarch, but they do not like wearing it.  How do I know?

Look closely.  That’s not an Appaloosa pony, it’s Kate, one of the jenny mules* at the museum.  What you can’t see is Beck, the other jenny mule, just off camera licking her chops. Why is Kate wearing cornstarch?  Well, you see, it’s her makeup for her big break in show business.  Yesterday was the Halloween event at the museum.  I was a tour guide for the “Walking with the Dead” tour, CodeMonkey played Ichabod Crane and did a first-person retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and Kate portrayed the ghost mule in the local legend of Mad Jack.  She did very well for being as nonplussed as she was about the whole thing, but let’s just say that Hollywood won’t be calling any time soon.

*Bonus points to anyone who knows what a jenny mule is and why it’s different from a horse or a donkey.

3. It’s cold and snowy outside and I’m inside eating chocolate chip banana bread hot out of the oven and drinking home made hot cocoa.  Mmmm . . . heaven.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

That’s a link to the original recipe.  My changes are below.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed (I freeze bananas that are past their prime and thaw them when I’m ready to make banana bread.)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease one 9×5 inch loaf pan.  In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add the egg, bananas, and mayonnaise, beating well with each addition.   Stir together the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Blend the flour mixture into the banana mixture; stir just enough to evenly combine.  Fold in the chocolate chips.  Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 50 to 75 minutes. Cool loaf in the pan for 20 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

The hot cocoa was made following Alton Brown’s recipe almost exactly.  The only change I made was using cinnamon instead of cayenne pepper.


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Does Code Monkey have double jointed fingers? It looks like you guys did an excellent job being scary. I so wish I could have been there. Darn mystery illness. 😦

Comment by NurseK

No, they are just really long. They never were short and fat like most babies’ fingers.

Comment by MommaCodeMonkey

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