Jamaican Banana Cake

Jamaican Banana Cake

There is joy among us!  Why?  Because of this cake.  Let’s start with the important stuff: the recipe. Jamaican Banana Cake Adapted from Jamaican Banana Cake by Duncan Hines Ingredients 1 package Banana Cake Mix 3 eggs 1/3 c. vegetable oil 1 1/3 c. water 1/2 c. finely chopped pecans 3/4 c. brown sugar 1/3 c. Brummel & Brown yogurt spread 2 tbsp. milk 1 c. flaked coconut 1/3 c. walnuts Directions Preheat 350°F.  Grease and flour a 9×13-inch pan. Combine cake mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in ½ cup pecans by hand. (Note: the original recipe called for walnuts, which I don’t like, so I subbed pecans. I also don’t like nuts in my cakes or breads [cake shouldn’t...

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Family Reunion

Family Reunion

It was certainly a busy week, and then weekend, for us! I mentioned that my kids were gone to camp, and I had a really nice week off. Besides floating in my pool every night, which was a given, I also spent each night weeding our tomato garden. We got 7 inches of rain in June, and it was just impossible to get in there and deal with all the weeds. Here’s what it looked like after I did a couple of rows of tomato plants. And here’s what it looks like now: It’s nice to be able to see the tomatoes and peppers again! Unfortunately, we lost a lot of plants to the rain, but hopefully will be able to get something out of it this year. I ran nearly every morning last week, and some were cool, while some were very hot. The sun is rising later these days,...

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On Vacation

On Vacation

In my Mt Olivet recap, I mentioned that I had good reasons as to why I was almost too tired to keep up with Jamie. The first reason was that I had run six miles with my friends Ann and Toddra on Saturday morning.  We had fun, but they run a bit faster than me, and they really pushed me–our overall pace was a 10:38, which is fast for one of my long runs. After running six miles, I then went home and spent the entire day cleaning my house.  Why?  Because, two days earlier (Thursday night), my husband got a call from his aunt.  This is the aunt who comes to stay with us about once a year so she can visit her mother (Jason’s grandmother).  Can you guess what the phone call was about?  If you guessed that she was calling to tell us she was coming to visit,...

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Mt. Olivet Cemetery 5k Race Report

Mt. Olivet Cemetery 5k Race Report

  I want you to know I had this whole post almost done and ready to post Tuesday, but I accidentally deleted it, with no chance of recovery. So if you heard a primal scream Tuesday afternoon in the vicinity of the Midwest, that was me. Sunday was Jamie’s “Summer” 5K. We had planned to do the Run for Art in Wyandotte again, but it turns out they didn’t have it this year.   He was bummed, but he agreed to find another one, and the Mount Olivet Cemetery run seemed like a good choice. It was the first 10K I’d ever done, back in 2012, so at least I knew how to get there and what the course would look like. The race is run at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit, so it would take us about 40 minutes to get there. We got up about 6 AM,...

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My Day In Pictures

My Day In Pictures

I got to sleep in about 10 minutes this morning, because I was only running 4 miles instead of five. I’ve been doing 4, 5, and 5 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and then a break on Thursday, and then four again on Friday. I’ve been trying to make Friday my “speed” day. This morning, when I woke up, I felt like I should probably take it easy, since I have to run a 5K with Jamie on Sunday.  I started off in the 10:20 range, and it felt really hard for some reason. I couldn’t blame the wind or the heat, because it was a perfect morning. Maybe I was just tired? At any rate, I found myself getting competitive against my prior runs, as I often do, and I sped up for each mile. So then, of course, in the last mile, I wanted to try and...

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A Week in Food and Pictures

A Week in Food and Pictures

Last week was definitely outside of the normal realm, and not just because there was a holiday in there. My husband’s grandfather passed away, and the funeral was Wednesday. He will be missed, but he was also 87 (almost 88) when he passed away, and he lived a long life. I know my husband enjoyed getting together with the many members of his extended family, at least. And there are definitely a lot of them! :p My new job is generous enough to allow me several days of time off for a funeral, so I was home Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. I worked part of the day on Tuesday and Thursday, but being home allowed me to get up at a decent hour and get a couple of good five-mile runs in. That certainly helped with the amount of food that always happens during...

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Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers

Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers

  I love to skewer things.  Okay, maybe I should be more clear.  I love to skewer things that I can later eat. :p  But, because I know you’re just here for the food, let’s start with the recipe, shall we? Lemon Dijon Chicken Skewers Adapted from grilled Lemon Dijon Chicken by First Home Love Life Ingredients 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast (when done, it should be 20 ounces cooked) Juice of 1-2 lemons (1/4 cup bottled juice) 3 tbsp olive oil (original recipe called for 4, but I cut it down) 1-2 green onions 2 cloves garlic 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 tbsp herbs de Provence 1 tsp dried thyme Kosher salt (to taste) Pepper (to taste) 2 yellow peppers, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces 1-2 white or yellow onions, cut into 3/4- to 1-inch pieces...

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