Thursday, October 25, 2012
Canning was much more labor-intensive than I'd thought it would be. It took a LONG time, I got a blister from peeling so many teeny tiny apples and pears, and I had to stop frequently to eat (my fetus is VERY hungry all the time), so when we finally finished, the last thing I wanted to do was deal with the walnuts.
But, I've finally recovered and so, today, on my afternoon off, we decided to make banana bread with walnuts and chocolate chips (and some organic whole wheat flour that Steve and Teenie got us from their recent ag tour around the LC Valley). ND picked out the nuts and we all attempted to crack them open.
I realized I didn't actually have a nutcracker, so we used crab-claw crackers instead, which worked...some of the time. Sam and ND cheered me on. When I finally got the first nut to crack, I yelled, "Jackpot!". Sam and ND are often puzzled by idioms, so I tried to explain it and went on cracking nuts.
After a few "tough nuts to crack", I finally cracked open another one. When we all heard that sweet cracking sound, Sam yelled at the top of his lungs, "JACK-O-LANTERN!"
Close enough. Spending time with small children can be so amusing.
And our banana bread is delicious!