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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ November 17, 2013

It's time for {phfr} again! After my dismal photographic efforts the past couple weeks, I made sure to take more pictures this week.

{Pretty}


What you see before you are some of my birthday presents.  The canning jars are from my dearly beloved.  (Yes, he knew just what I wanted!)  One is gallon sized and holds coconut flour.  The others (there are six of them! :) ) are half-gallon and hold a variety of items~ popcorn, oats, brown sugar, and other essentials.

The butter dish is from Elizabeth, Justin, and Arane.  I love its round shape!  They bought it when we were visiting last summer and sent it home with Dave, unbeknownst to me.  He safely and secretly squirreled it away until it was the proper time.  Isn't it pretty?

I neglected to take pictures of the beautiful shawl Hannah knitted for me.  Maybe next week?

{Happy}



I was happy to find a low-carb banana bread recipe at Elana's Pantry.  Though we aren't paleo, I try to keep things fairly low-carb for Dave, who gets migraines otherwise.  I had a couple bananas that were beyond just eating as they were, so I went in search of a recipe in which I could use almond or coconut flour.  This recipe is moist and not too sweet.  I only had two bananas (the recipe calls for three), so I used two extra tablespoons of honey. It came out great!  Hannah liked it too, so this recipe is a keeper.

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The last of the turnips (a low-carb alternative to potatoes)~


These were the last things in the garden, and they had to come out because we were forecast to get some of this:

{Real}



Yep!  The first snow of the year, even before all the leaves had fallen.  It wasn't much and it didn't last long, but it sure was pretty while it lasted.  And now today, we have high winds and temperatures in the low 70's . . . That's life in the Midwest. :)

Thanks for stopping by! 

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  1. Exotic-looking photos AND Bill Bryson/Auntie Leila mentioned, at first glance? You have a reader in Alaska. ;)

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  2. Well, thank you kindly. :) I apologize for taking so long to post your comment. Somehow I had been overlooking it. :(

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