I finished this little chipmunk (he's a chipmunk, not a hamster) this morning. You can't see it in the picture, but he has a curly tail in the back (and little hind legs, too!)
It's summer, so he can come out of his nest and enjoy the weather. We've had surprisingly good weather here this weekend, I hope it stays this way.
I had wanted to start a small sewing project today, but a couple of my friends from college called this morning to say that they were going to be visiting tonight. So I cleaned the apartment like a madwoman today. I swept, mopped, dusted, and scrubbed. Every faucet, and even the toilet is sparkling clean. Feels good. (Heh, on a separate note, I've pledged to myself to clean the apartment thoroughly every Saturday, but um, I haven't been pushing myself to actually clean the apartment...you know, dusting a couple corners counted. There's nothing quite like a surprise visit from friends to get me back on track in a jiffy).
Anyway, I baked a Fresh Cranberry Banana Bread so that we'd all have a nice breakfast to wake up to in the morning.
But I couldn't help myself from "tasting" a bit this afternoon. It's really wonderful with a cup of tea. I also added walnuts, which adds a nice texture to the bread. Fresh cranberries are really quite tart, so they are a pleasant (and juicy!) surprise when paired with the sweeter bananas in the bread.
Fresh Cranberry Banana Bread
- 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries (coarsely chopped or leave whole)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour a 9" x 5" loaf pan.
- Cream butter with sugar until light and creamy. Add mashed bananas, milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Mix flour with baking powder. Add to wet ingredients, mix until just combined. Stir in walnuts and cranberries.
- Pour batter into pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until skewer comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes, then place on rack to cool completely.