I answered a couple of emails, had everyone of the "pack" in, out and fed, the recycling out to the roadside, then downtown just after 6 am to drop around to the Foodland store, bank and picked up a Tim Hortons coffee for Rob for a "treat" for him when he did wake up.
Not only was the coffee a "treat" for Rob when he got up, it was a pleasant surprise for him as well. Just as he was just about to sit down to enjoy it, Mercedes being so excited to see him, jumped up and knocked it right from his hands !!! *Sigh* I don't know what he was "grumpy" about, I am the one who cleaned up the mess .... lol.
Threat of rain all this week got us both going by 8 am to get our acreage around the house cut ....
I had a very upsetting experience happen this morning. Bandit was out with us when Rob was cutting the front lawn and I was doing a bit of edging, nothing out of the ordinary. I happened to catch Bandit out of the corner of my eye go flying across front the center section of our property heading towards the road. I let a "holler" out, so loud I am sure they heard me in Wiarton. Bandit put the brakes on just at the edge of the highway .... with the neighbour's barn cat continuing on across the highway. I felt so shaken, I could have cried.
*Sigh* it can happen that quick, not making anyone any less a good owner of pets, as we all know you can't keep them tied at your side 24-7, as we are also unable to with our children. I counted my lucky Stars, and then some. Our Aussies are so much part of our lives, with each of our days beginning and ending with them. I would have died a million times over, had something had happened to our Bandit boy !
Oh boy, did he ever get a "blast" from me, knowing exactly what he had done wrong. Later on, I had to go retrieve the recycle bin ....
I had some Mascarpone Cheese in the fridge I wanted to use up, along with some overripe bananas in the freezer. After the lunch hour I got going on the Mascarpone Flax Banana Nut Bread recipe I have used before over at Ally's Kitchen.
One of the members shared their Banana Cake Recipe, along with a photo today on Facebook, under Cindy's Recipe Exchange. The photo and recipe was so appealing, I couldn't wait to share it with everyone, before I make it myself, so here we go ....
Recipe & Photo by Exchange Member~ Brenda Hollett
1 1/2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
• 2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 3 cups flour
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup butter, softened
• 2 1/8 cups sugar
• 3 large eggs
• 2 teaspoons vanilla
• 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups icing sugar
Preheat oven to 275°.
Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
Stir in banana mixture.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
Spread on cooled cake.
Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.
SUBSTITUTE FOR BUTTERMILK SINCE I DIDNT HAVE ANY....
Milk (just under one cup)
1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.
AND SINCE ONE CUP IS NOT ENOUGH FOR THIS RECIPE....I DONE AS ABOVE FOR 1 CUP.....THEN DIVIDED IT IN HALF TO GET ANOTHER 1/2 CUP SINCE IT CALLS FOR 1 1/2 CUPS