Friday, April 20, 2012

he's the baker, i'm the decorator

  
my man is a serious baker! he makes the best almond cookies, oatmeal cookies and peanut butter cookies known to man! but his banana bread is to die for!!! normally we have it plain with just some butter, but yesterday we got a little fancy! i made some lemon cream cheese frosting for the banana bread - it was decadent and yummy! 


i decorated the cake with lemon and lime wedges, cranberries, lemon balm leaves and a sprinkle of brown sugar - mmmmmmm!

i took an end piece to get more of the frosting - man it was good! i couldn't even finish my piece but jambaloney is always good for that!


38 comments:

  1. So J is the butcher, the baker, is he the candle stick marker?? he is making us softy guys look bad, gee thanks guys..hehehehe keep up the good work.

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    1. teehee - Rob, buddy - he is pretty much learning how to do everything - including candle stick making! we are both trying to learn as many skills as we can. but although i do the majority of the cooking - he is the baker! and it works out great for us! thanks buddy!

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    1. Donna - it was awesome. we still have half of it left to snack on today!

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  3. Kymber,

    The bread looks scrumptious! I wish my man could bake like
    that :-)

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    1. Sandy - i like my banana bread to be dense with bananas...i also like cinnamon and vanilla in it. jambaloney really is a good baker...don't get me started on his rice - he makes the best rice in the world!

      anyway, thank you for following our blog...i have had a look at yours and will add you to our blogroll!

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  4. Can't go wrong with banana cake!

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    1. Ed - you and me both know it, buddy!

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  5. Kymber, we'd like to invite you and Jambaloney to join us as Authors in Alexandria. This invitation has been extended to you by email as well.

    You might want to swap notes with one of our other Authors who has bugged out to a smaller town and a simpler life.

    In addition to posting on anything you wish, as you desire, you may of course mirror posts you've already written from here or elsewhere to gain a different or additional audience or for any other reason that appeals to you.

    If you think you might be interested, let me know and I'll forward our formal invitations for you to look over and return, if you decide to proceed.

    Come contribute your perspectives and opinions to the ongoing conversations there or, even better, start some new - and different - ones of your own.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    1. HMS - i just had a look at your blog - wow! it is certainly interesting! i will send a proper email response to you this afternoon! thank you so much!

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  6. I don't tell too many people this, but my husband is a far better cook than I. He finds it relaxing to cook and a contrast from his time as an electrical engineer, and I just find it tedious ! (Other than a few special desserts !) We should all have lots of skills and cooking is an important one for everyone.

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    1. Jane - i am the cook of the family and the bread, pie, pastry maker. but jambaloney is the baker of all things sweet - and he is really good at it! and i agree - we should all know how to cook! xoxo

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  7. Banana nut bread is the bomb! I like making it into muffins and inserting a banana pudding in the middle...
    Everything looks so darn yummy!

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    1. JUGM - i love to add walnuts to the banana bread - yummeh! but yours sound pretty fantastic too! banana pudding in the middle? - oh the decadence - bahahahahah! xoxo

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  8. Jam is far too talented to be one man....are you sure you don't have a dozen of him hidden up there? Love the view out the kitchen window, much better than mine which involves the neighbor's house!

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    1. Beth - i couldn't agree more with you if i tried! amazingly enough - and hard to believe, too - he really is just one man?!?!?!? (unless there are clones of him hiding in the bushes and they take turns during the day or something???)

      i love the view out of our kitchen window too...sometimes we sit drinking our morning tea and lose 3 hours and not even know it?!?!?!?

      he will blush when he reads your comment...ya, he is humble and modest too...i love him so much!

      thanks Beth! xoxo

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  9. purdy....I made some last year and put pineapple in the mix with banana's. Tell jambaloney to try that with all your other tropical stuff. Your picture could be on the cover of a magazine!

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    1. oh crap Mamma - never thought about pineapple and he loooooves pineapple - i can't wait to tell him! teehee...now yer makin' me blush! xoxo

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  10. And here I sit with nothing but a cup of coffee....that looks so good, and I can almost smell down here.

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    1. 'smell IT down here.' Excuse me.

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    2. awwww....yer makin me feel all bad for my poor sweet one with only some coffee. buddy - it was soo good i bet you could smell it down there. guess you better come for a visit so that jambaloney can make you some!

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  11. I don't bake at all. I don't like sweets, but I am beginning to think its just cuz the people around me can't bake. I see the stuff Brgid makes and now this and I think, I really want that!!,

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    1. agirlandhergun - i am the same way - not at all interested in sweets or cakes and stuff. but i love the stuff that jambaloney makes - his stuff is awesome!!!

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  12. I would have taken the end piece too ;-)

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    1. teehee...i am not at all surprised Sue, honey - bahahahahah! xoxo

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  13. Hey Kymber - Now that's what I'm talking about ! Home-made banana bread with a yummy frosting slathered all over it. Lovely presentation - you really do take it up a notch !

    What time is afternoon tea and got the parcel yet ? Me either :(

    Well done Jambaloney ! Enjoy the rest

    Lots of Love Always - Helga xoxo

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    1. hey Helga Sweetie - afternoon tea is served whenever you arrive - you neeeeed to come and visit!!! jambaloney really does make a mean banana bread and he would love to serve you some! no parcel yet on our end either - dang nabbit!!! oh well, i like the wait but i hope that you get yours soon! always love sent to you my dearest! xoxox

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    2. Hey Kymber - It just occurred to me that I could track the parcel online. It read that it's arrived at Gabarus STN Main and is ready for pick-up. It arrived on the 18th - so that was Wednesday. Weird that you weren't contacted. You may have to check from your end about that.

      Oh and I'm stealing (Dang Nabbit) too. Love it !

      Have a super week-end ! xoxo

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    3. Helga - we don't have a mailbox at our house - we have a community mailbox. the mail isn't delivered everyday and we have to go to the community mailbox to get our mail. jambaloney checked it yesterday and sure enough - we have a parcel. anyway, we get a little card that says we have a parcel. our mail goes to Gabarus - somewhere we never go to - i hate that our mail goes there but we are unable to change it. so whenever we get something that is bigger than a letter - it goes to Gabarus - arghghghgh! anyway - jambaloney will head out to pick it up in a few days. we are still expecting another couple of parcels and wait until we have a few before going to get them. i will let you know when he goes. i am pretty excited to get it right now but it's an hour and a bit round trip.

      oh and you are more than welcome to steal dang nabbit - bahahahah! lots of love to you always, my sweet friend! xoxoxo

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  14. Looks delicious! Don't make much banana anything anymore because of the allergies. Doesn't pay to take antihistamines and then eat a food packed with histamine. But in the dead of winter, bananas do still occasionally come home from the grocery store.

    Has the snail mail package arrived yet?

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    1. thank you very much Mrs. S. - it really was delicious! i hear you about the histamines - not a prob that ihave but i have several friends who suffer. still no package on this end - and i am taking it that you haven't received yours??? dang nabbit!

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    2. Mrs. S - read my comment above to Helga. we received a card for only one package and as i am sure that yours will be coming soon - plus my seed potatoes - we are waiting until we get those cards before heading to Gabarus. you didn't get your package i take it?

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  15. Good on ya Jambe. Me mum never taught either of my sisters anything about baking, but she took the time to thoroughly instruct me. Go figure!

    So it is up to me to turn out the pies and bread and rolls. I got started with sourdough years ago and I can encourage you to do that too. Just milled wheat fermented overnight with a sourdough starter makes whole wheat bread so far beyond the store bought stuff you'll never go back.

    Put a good tortiere recipe on your cooking site.

    Winston

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    1. Winston - i am glad to hear that you are such a good cook! i make the bread, pies, rolls and do the majority of the cooking with jambaloney as my sous-chef. but he makes all of the treats - like cookies and fudge and cakes and stuff - he is an awesome treat baker! i plan on ordering some sourdough starter and kefir grains to get started on being able to make sourdough bread and kefir - yummy! and i hear you on store bought stuff - we hate store bought stuff and try our best to make everything from scratch.

      as for the tortiere - oh man. now you got me dying for some! i need to get some ground pork. have you ever had C-pie? it is made with a layer of mashed potatoe, topped with rabbit and gravy, another layer of mashed potatoe, topped with venison and gravy, followed by more mashed potatoe topped with moose and gravy, and lastly another layer of mashed potatoe. IT IS TO DIE FOR!!!! i haven't had any in years. gotta send jambaloney out hunting!

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    2. Very best source for that sourdough starter is www.carlsfriends.net this is a starter from the wagon trains west days and it is one of the very best. I use it frequently and it lives here with much joy.

      Tell you what, Mail me that C-pie. I feel that way about a good tortiere as well...been years since...

      Darn, now you got me drooling on the keyboard.

      Winston

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    3. Darn woman now you got me thinking again. You and Jambe are from Ottawaskie at some point. Know the fudge maker on Bank street, a bit north from the old Rideau Theatre? I met him and quit trying to master that art.

      SOOOOOooooooOOOOOOO good. You are naughty today.

      Winston

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  16. Kymber--Lovely blog (my first time here) and I have a man a lot like yours, and thank my lucky stars DAILY !!! Going on 20 years here...it has flown!!

    Your manor looks beautiful and what a lovely part of the world.

    We live in the country, out here on Honeysuckle Hill. Gardens and chickens and all manner of wonderment..

    I'm following you now--I'll be back!!

    Happy Spring!!

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    1. Akannie - i checked out your blog and hit the follow button as well! thank you for your sweet words about the blog....and if you have a man like mine - then you are certainly one lucky lady! 20 years is awesome - i wish you 80 more! i loved some of the pics that you have on your blog - you look like you are in a wonderful place, too.

      "all manner of wonderment" - i really like that! happy spring back to you, new friend!

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