Falling leaves…

We were treated to beautiful autumn color on our trip to Louisville.   One of my favorite songs to get stuck in my head is Nat King Cole singing Autumn Leaves.

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Photo manipulated with Brushstroke iphone app.

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Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.

Today I went birding with my friend, Doray, to Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve.   I’m a novice.  I was able to get a lot of amazing photos of tree branches.  🙂   If I ever get an amazing photo of a bird, I may share here.  But for now, I won’t bore you with it.   We did see several kinds of birdies, so I’m calling it a success.

Here are two non-bird shots from the morning:

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Maize maze.

After the Seahawks pulled out an ugly victory from the jaws of defeat, we headed out to a nearby farm’s corn maze. I’ve never seen one before. It was huge – a whole field of full grown corn with several miles of trails cut through, forming a maze. Big and small kids were walking in all directions inside, trying to make their way through, while finding all the checkpoints. Fun!
A view from inside:

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A view from outside:

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And the route we logged going through the maze, from my mapmyrun app: 🙂

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Let the baking begin.

Fall means baking!   I made a loaf of banana bread this morning.  Yumm!

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I used a variation on a recipe from Monte’s America’s Test Kitchen cookbook.

Banana Bread

2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 very ripe bananas, mashed well
1/4 c plain yogurt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 T unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 c pecans, chopped coarse and toasted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Toast pecans on baking sheet in oven while preheating, 5-10 mins.

Combine flour, sugar, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

In separate bowl, mash bananas with hand masher, then add yogurt, eggs, melted butter and vanilla and stir by hand to mix.

Fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with spatula until just combined.   Fold in pecans.  Turn into greased and floured 9 1/2″ loaf pan and smooth.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes.  Then test for doneness with toothpick.  If still too moist inside, put back in for 5 minutes and try again.   When done, cool in pan for 5 mins and then turn out onto wire rack.

My Sunday.

The Good:

  • The weather today was glorious.
  • We went to the lake for a sail in North breezes that arrived behind the cold front last night.
  • We came home and cooked a delicious meal to enjoy together.
  • Keeto can now say “Go Seahawks!”
  • Only 5 more days til Friday!
  • Long sleeves and jeans on the boat means that Fall is here!

The Bad:

  • I didn’t take a photo to post (!)
  • The Seahawks lost to the referees, and are now 4-1.
  • The wind wasn’t as strong as it was predicted to be.
  • Tomorrow is Monday.
  • Long sleeves and jeans on the boat means Summer is over.

Have a great week.