Well that was Awkward and Painful (And there's a Give Away)!

Have you ever done something and even though you were by yourself, and there were no witnesses, you were still embarrassed?
Today after running errands I came home to change my clothes to go for a walk. I got my foot stuck in the leg of my jeans, lost my balance and fell over the exercise bike. I ended up stuck between the bike and the wall.
Did I mention that in the midst of falling I sustained a rather large and deep scratch to my backside that started bleeding rather briskly?
I should also confess that while I was using a mirror to get a visual on the wound to bandage it, I slipped off the edge of the bath tub.
I have since recovered, nearly, from the indignity of the afternoon.
Although I do have to type standing up.

In addition to sharing with you my mortification I had two other things in mind to share with you.
First of all this.....

For our friends wedding anniversary brunch I also made this Buckwheat and Banana Bread. Despite looking rather uninteresting and a little homely, it was a lovely addition to the table. The buckwheat flour gave the loaf a really nutty taste and aroma. I definitely will be making it again.

And then I really wanted you to see these....

I found these aprons at the Bellingham Farmer's Market. They are the handiwork of Twigg and Bek, very talented, sassy, and funky textile artists. The aprons are made with quilting fabrics and they are really special. The colors are vibrant and you just can't help but feel creative and happy while wearing one. Now, here's where the fun comes in. I have one of the aprons, the second one from the left to be precise, to give away to one of you lucky readers.

So, here's what you need to do. Leave a comment about one of your most awkward or embarrassing moments. On Friday July 20 I'll choose a winner. Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you.
Can't wait to hear your stories!

Buckwheat and Banana Bread
adapted from Martha Stewart
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour, or whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed, ripe banana
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coarse sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan and set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs and beat well until incorporated.
In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the butter mixture and blend until just combined. Add the banana, sour cream, and vanilla and then stir well.
Pour batter into prepared pan, sprinkle with the coarse sugar, and bake until tester inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean, approximately 1hour-1hour 10 minutes.
Let rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely on a baking rack.


  1. You already know this one, but it does indeed qualify as my most embarrassing moment of all time. And I want that apron. Being a person that may or may not have a significant infatuation with firemen, I am always especially aware that when going to the massage therapist, I will walk in front of a fire station. On one of these walks, I stopped because a firetruck was about to pull into the station (filled with hot firemen, mind you). I waved to let them turn in, and they, being gentlemen, waved to let me cross. I took a few steps and proceeded to bite it directly in front of the truck - like fall on my face, phone and purse flying onto the grass, new jeans ripped on both knees bit it. Hot fireman #1 of 8 in the truck quickly jumps down to check on me, and I grab my things and run away with hands covering face yelling "I'm fine, I'm fine!" Apron worthy?? ;)
    Annie...... (you have my email)

  2. Oh Annie, I had forgotten about the "firemen incident". Did you get a new massage therapist? I would have had to change:)

  3. While visiting the doctor on Tuesday, the entire city of Seattle somehow managed to do a 180 causing me to make a wrong turn and ending up on the express lanes going north toward Canada! I took the first exit possible causing me to meander through the very narrow streets of north Seattle .(I don't drive one of those "smart" cars) Finally turned on Marge (my navigator) who took me to I-5 which was a parking lot (4:00PM). Finally made it back to the office in time to go home. (I do know my way home, without Marge!)

    1. Oh my goodness, I can relate. My navigator is Vivian, she has been known to give boneheaded directions as well.