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the babies went into the oven first, while the mama patiently waited for her turn

Now that I have your attention, I'll confess that I'm baking baby cakes , not baby humans. want to see how it went? okay then...I visited my daughter K and noticed a few bananas getting a bit over ripe on her table. I suggested she make banana cake. She said she was planning a different sort of cake (triple berry upside down cake), and suggested I take the bananas home. Good idea. No, great idea! So here's how the day went: First, prepare your pans . see those three smaller pans? They're mini loaf pans, 10cm long by 5cm wide. Then assemble your ingredients...  on the left, half a cup of self-raising flour mixed with one cup of plain flour.  in the middle, three quarters of a cup of raw sugar creamed with 4 ounces of butter.  on the right, one quarter cup of plain yoghurt mixed with two mashed bananas.  in front, one egg. Set your oven at 190*C. Mine is fan forced, so I set it at 180*C Add the egg to the creamed butter/sugar, and

Sunday Selections # 139

Welcome back to Sunday Selections! This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock , as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs. Kim spends more time writing at The Shake these days. The rules are very simple:- 1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title 2. link back to me, River , somewhere in your post 3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted. 4. hop on over to The Elephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos. Kath and Andrew often join in as well, although Kath has been quite busy lately and unable to join us. I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of my new vegetable beginnings. remember this from a few weeks ago? baby rhubarb look at it now!   See that one on the left? it already

last week's flash fiction prompt

The prompt from Delores, from Under The Porch Light,  was woven threads of gold and silver in silk and satin dreams. Some of you who accepted the challenge managed to use the sentence as a whole. I couldn't make it work for me, so I broke it up and wrote this: Woven threads of gold and silver in silk and satin dreams Eileen stared at the dress in the window of the antique shop.   It was the most beautiful wedding gown she had ever seen. At first glance the lines of the gown seemed simple, plain even, but the more you looked, the more detail you noticed. The exquisitely designed bodice with tiny seed pearls, lace and impossibly tiny crystal beads. 75 years ago Eileen had seen this very dress throughout its creation in the back rooms of a small boutique named ExtravORganza. The front of the shop sold organza party dresses with ribbon sashes for little girls, ball gowns for their mothers and sisters, wedding gowns and christening gowns. The back of the shop

Wednesday's Words on a Friday

On Wednesday’s , Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls “Words for Wednesday”. She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem. I'm hopeless at poetry, so I do a story. It’s a fun challenge…why not join in? This week's words are: 1. spasm 2. uneventful 3. trek 4. early 5. limestone 6. felt Here is my short story: After an uneventful night, Nicole woke to the smell of coffee wafting down the hall from the kitchen. Dave was getting breakfast.  As she got out of bed, Nicole felt the spasms of early labor beginning.   She'd had Braxton Hicks for a few weeks now, but this felt different and she knew it was the real thing this time.  Today would be the day she and Dave made the trek to the beautiful old limestone hospital at the end of the street.  Baby Zak was on his way and Nicole was more than ready to finally meet him in person. This week, Delo