Thursday, March 22, 2007

Life's a Spider Dream

This morning Owen and I made pear bread for a much anticipated play date. In between the singing,

row, row, row, your boat gently down the stream
merrily, merrily, merrily life's a spider dream

I learned a bit more about his "good friend" Steamroll. Here is what we know so far:

Who he is: Owen’s kid
Mother’s name: Mrs. Lee
Personal: Has a “kid” with red hair
Residence: Chicago
Hair Color: Green
Skin color: Green because he likes to eat peas
Height: about 3 tall
Favorite color: Red
Favorite activity: Play dates with Owen and climbing trees
Favorite food: Pasta and peas
Vehicle of Choice: A monster truck
Pets: Two puppies, Sparky and Feisty and a cat named Frenchie

The pear bread was really quite good - moist, but light and it passed the kid test.
Pear Bread
adapted from San Francisco A la Carte
3 eggs
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups grated peeled pear (about 3)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour, unsifted
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Beat eggs and slowly add in oil. Add pears, sugar, lemon rind, and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients, stir just until moistened. Stir in walnuts and pour into 2 buttered and floured 8-inch loaf pans. Bake for about 55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

1 comment:

jbrealtor said...

Heather,

reading thru your archives and this reminded me of my oldest son...now 26. He had a family of "friends". Jack and Jill, the oldest twins,Johnny and Jennifer, the young twins and Oatmeal the baby brother who left home when he as 8 months old and crawled to Service Merchandise. The Mom was Christine and oddly enuf at the time there was no Dad. Oatmeal did come home after we moved from Vermont to Massachusetts, wonderful sense of direction and perseverance for one so young!