Month: January 2011

Banana breakfast cookies

Cookies for breakfast? Oh yes!

There isn’t a single bad thing (oil, sugar, refined flour, etc.) in these cookies, so go ahead…have 2 or 3 for breakfast!

Yield: about 2 dozen

2 cups oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4 medium overripe bananas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raisins or currants

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spray with nonstick spray.

Use a high-powered blender or food processor to blend the oats into flour. Pour the oat flour into a mixing bowl and add the baking soda and cinnamon.

Put the peeled, overripe bananas into the blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Add to the oat mixture along with the sunflower seeds and raisins or currants, and mix until well combined.

Place spoonfuls of the cookie dough on the baking sheet. Bake 12-13 minutes. (They should be brown on the bottom and springy, like banana bread.) Cool cookies on a wire rack and store in an airtight container.

If wishes were fishes

Nick and I were on babysitting duty this morning, while Anne and Mike were busy with work commitments. When we couldn’t get into the kids’ workshop at Mokbaks (sold-out), we went to Petsmart. It’s kind of like the zoo only better because it’s free, you can see everything in about 30 minutes, and there are lots of dogs and cats to pet.

The whole ride home Ronan regaled us with stories about his two new dogs – Batman and Sam – which were coming home on Tuesday. Then they would race the cats. Who will win? The dogs will win; then the kitties will win.

“Obviously a major malfunction”

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger explosion. I was only 10 years old when this happened, but certainly old enough to intuit how important our space program was. Sending people into space was difficult and ambitious, yet demonstrably achievable. It was a well-spring of “can do” spirit that reinforced a pervasive tendency toward confidence and optimism in our society.

Although I couldn’t have articulated it at the time, I understood that the explosion destroyed more than the lives of the astronauts. It destroyed some of our faith in what we could accomplish.

What are you taking a picture of?

I was waiting at the Bellevue P&R for a friend this evening when the sun sank below the clouds and turned cotton balls into an impressionist’s cotton candy. When I pulled out my camera to take a shot, two bus drivers, who had been chatting with each other, asked me what I was taking a picture of. When I pointed at the sky they got very quiet and stared.

It made me realize that the 365 Project (and having a camera with me at all times) is teaching me to look for beauty in the everyday.

Something’s working

Photo by Nick Brown

Nick rarely captures a good picture of me, so I was blown away when I saw this one. Maybe he’s getting better; maybe the wardrobe redo I’m working on helps. I’ll take whatever I can get.