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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday Happenings and Banana Bread

We have some new chicks. Four little ones hatched out right on time today. Bantams make the best mothers.

This is the daddy, Homer the rooster.

Homer was hand reared from a little chicken and was one of four. He got is name because he would try and beat the others to the food and he definately wasn't sharing, he was the biggest of the brood. Now he is the boss in the chook house with about 15 girls around him.

Finally today we had some nice washing weather. Friday and Saturday weren't very good "anything'"days, with heat, dust and strong winds. At least the cool change is here for a few days.

It's nearly time to pack the firewood away for another year and get the air conditioner uncovered and serviced ready to go.

Tried my hand at making some healthy Banana Bread, nice with butter on while still warm. (healthy plant sterol margarine of course)

Found the recipe in this book which is my best friend at the moment. I am trying out some of the other recipes as well.

Banana Bread

60gms butter or margarine

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup mashed banana

1 tspn vanilla

1/2 cup low fat milk

1 cup wholemeal self raising flour

1 cup white self raising flour

1 tspn bi carb soda

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

1. Cream butter and sugar until well mixed. Add eggs, banana, vanilla and milk.

2. Sift together flours and bi carb. Add to banana mixture and mix lightly. Add nuts.

3. Spoon mixture into a paper lined nonstick 14 x 21 cm loaf pan and bake in a moderate oven for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into loaf comes out clean. Turn out and cool.

Nutritional information per slice

Protein 3 g; fat 4 g; carbohydrate 13 g; dietary fibre 1 g; 430 kJ

Until next time,



  1. Hi Tania. I was going to go through my books for a banana bread recipe. I'm getting tired of banana cake and banana muffins! Thanks for this recipe, I'll try it today, time permitting.
    Sorry to say it but it looks as though you may be in for a long, hot, dry season- dust storms and mid-30's already.

  2. Last night we let the fire go out in the heater, I suppose it went out after midnight sometime. So this is the first day cold turkey for us.

    If that book is part of the group of books I am thinking of, they are a delight, such lovely pictures and ideas.

  3. Ooh, yum. Banana bread. I'm salivating just thinking about it. I was at your house this morning and you didnt offer me any! Have you eaten it all already? :)
    ~S. xo

  4. Hi Tania,
    Bantams are excellent mothers and are so protective.

    Today has been such a wonderfully sunny day, and I praise God that the dust storms have departed.

  5. Mmmm, banana bread! Thanks for the recipe..


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