Banana Bread Cookie = Alan’s Latest Recipe Find – Cookies to drive me bananas!

Banana Bread Cookies by Alan 6-11-2020

Who doesn’t like cookies? Okay then, skip to another post. Just kidding. Alan whipped these cookies up today from a nice blog, The Rebel Chick that gave him the recipe and the idea to “Let’s bake.”

Who doesn’t like banana bread? Cookies? Banana Cookie? With chocolate chips? Sounds great to me.

Alan changes the cup of sugar to 1/2 brown sugar and 1/2 white instead of a cup of white sugar.

Alan’s note: “They taste like browned slices of banana bread.”

For the complete recipe please click the link . It sounds very much like making banana bread, until the drop cookie goes on a cookie sheet. You won’t have to bake them for an hour like Banana Bread either!

Thanks Alan! 😁


  1. 3 large, very ripe bananas (I swear that the riper the banana, the sweeter the cookie will be!)
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar (for a richer flavor try the 1/2 brown sugar and half white sugar suggested.)
  3. 1 stick unsalted butter
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups all purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
Poppy Flowers Lake Harriet Gardens Minneapolis, Mn © Ckatt 6-5-2020

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First Red Rose = Flowers and Friends

I want to acknowledge my friends who send me pictures and recipes to share on this blog. They are generous, kind and wise. From them I learn to be a tolerant and a better person. I give you all a first rose of June 2020. To all the kind people who stop by my kitchen, I give thanks for the excerpts of your lives that you share. Let’s celebrate life!

First Red Rose of Autumn

This greeting goes to a long time friend who sent me his spring photo by the Cherry Blossom tree in his garden. Charles teaches me patience and writes poetry. These contributions to my life are vital to me.

Charles in his garden in Spring 2020

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Take care of yourselves and help others wherever you may be.



This first red rose blooms

as love in my heart

fully open

grateful for friends

celebrating living


Ckatt 6-10-2020

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Way Up North = City Escape – Morning Commute At The Lake

Friends continue to send me their photos during the Covid-19 evolution. My good friend lives two blocks from the where the Lake Street Third Precinct was looted and torched. After a night with tear gas and smoke coming into her house, she packed up her things and her animals. Eventually she took time off work and went Up North to her family’s lake place, which is close to Canada and a long drive.

Today she is telecommuting for the week before returning to the city. Here’s her morning commute photo. She walks through the woods to her sister’s place to connect to wifi and put in her workday.

Morning Commute by Jan S. 6-7-2020
Lake View Up North Jan S. 6-7-2020
Rescue Misa loves the lake too Jan S. 6-7-2020

The temperature will be around 95 degrees Fahrenheit today in Minneapolis. So anyone who is by a lake will enjoy cooler weather.

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A contemplative Life = Lake Harriet – Rose Garden Minneapolis

View of Lake Harriet Gardens Minneapolis – Sunflowers © 6-5-2020

When I arrived at eight o’clock on Friday morning at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden, I didn’t expect to see many roses this early in the season. There were some magnificent Irises blooming. The surprise of the day was the Old Fashioned roses were blooming.

As I was leaving the gardens, I crossed over the road to the the Bird Sanctuary Garden. There I came upon this sculpture, which seemed to resonate with the call for change in light of recent protests. Each side was engraved with a concept that wrapped around the four sides of the stone. Free Minds/Widen Ideas/Open Spirits/ Connect.

Purple Iris CKatt © 6-5-2020

Here’s a sampling of the early blooming flowers at Lake Harriet Gardens. The morning sun was low on the horizon and filtered through the petals of some of the flowers. There was a heavy storm during the previous night. The garden seemed frosh and green.

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Have a good day connecting with people and nature.


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Lining Up in Front of Anne Frank’s House — Nes Felicio Photography – Amsterdam the Netherlands

Trapped in a room with war and chaos spreading all around, persecution increasing by the day. That is not a description of today but the experiences of Anne Frank almost 80 years ago. “It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s […]

Lining Up in Front of Anne Frank’s House — Nes Felicio Photography

This a re-blog of a photography blog that I have followed for a few years. It seems to ring a bell for me. Click the link to read the full post.

Many years ago my mother and I went to see the Anna Frank house in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The rooms were very small and displayed there was a photo of Anna on an information display. My feelings opened up that day. I had a moment of realization about the many books I had read about the Second World War. All that sorrow and pain became more real to me. Seeing young Anna’s face and all her promise snuffed out brought home to me, the terrible loss of humanity in the II World War.

Having read her diaries being there in the rooms was a truly sad and memorable experience. Anna was full of love and dreams.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”– Anne Frank ~Retrieved 6-5-2020

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