Monday, September 26, 2016
With the coming of cooler temperatures, I do a lot more baking. Thankfully, my family are happy to eat what comes out of my oven, so I guess I must be doing an ok job at it. I had a few over-ripe bananas on the counter, so yesterday I whipped up one of our favourites - chocolate chip banana bread. It's great with my coffee in the mornings, or for a snack at any time. And there's no nuts, so it can go into school lunches too. We like to spread a little butter on ours.
The base of this recipe is from my Dad. Banana Bread was one of his specialties, so I had to get his recipe from him when I moved out oh so many years ago. The only change I've made is to add the chocolate chips, for an extra special touch. Enjoy!
Super Easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
1 ¾ cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup bananas (2)
1/3 cup salad oil
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
Combine bananas, oil, sugar, and eggs in bowl. Beat until foamy.
Mix remaining dry ingredients.
Add dry ingredients to wet mixture and mix until well blended.
Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour into greased loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes. Top should be browned and loaf should be pulling away from the sides of your pan. Let sit in pan for 5-10 minutes, then turn out onto a rack to cool.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
You know how much I love a good book, and the importance I place on early literacy. Naturally then, you can expect me to get excited about this wonderful literary festival, returning to Toronto this weekend.
The Word on the Street Festival is coming this Sunday, September 25, from 11am-6pm. It's happening at the Harbourfront Centre, which is already such a fun and vibrant spot in the city. This is the 27th year for the festival, and its 2nd at Harbourfront. The day includes a full schedule of indoor and outdoor events for readers, writers, and book lovers of all ages.
For the first time this year, the organisers are introducing the Spelling Bae, which is, simply put, a spelling bee designed to push the spelling capacity of both adults and children. I have to say I'm intrigued with where this one is going. The day includes more than 200 authors and presenters, with a good number whose works focus on children's literature, motherhood and family life. Some titles of interest - might be Burt's Way Home by John Martz, What is Peace? by Wallace Edwards, and We're All in This Together by Amy Jones.
Be sure to check out the TD KidStreet and Children's Literature Tent for your chance to meet popular children's authors and illustrators, and take part in a variety of creative activities. The Teen Spirit Stage provides interactive programming for middle grades and young adult readers. The Youth Launch Pad will host the Spelling Bae events, along with a variety of activities for kids - like an opportunity to learn to draw your own comic, with Chirp!
And your younger set will want to keep an eye on the TVOKids Live! stage. Performances will be ongoing throughout the day, featuring all your favourite TVOKids personalities. Make sure you stick around for the Polkaroo Dance Party at 4:30pm.