Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Answering just two


Vintage Thinking of You card sold in my Etsy shop

 No time for a long post today, and some of the Hodgepodge questions would have taken much more thought than I am capable of at the moment.  So I picked just two of the questions that I could answer quickly and easily.  Here goes:

2. Do you have a special place or organizational system for gift wrapping? Do you still buy 'real' cards to send for birthdays, anniversaries, get-well, etc? 

I keep most gift wrap, ribbon, tags, etc.  in two under-the-bed storage totes.  Everyday gift wrap for birthdays and such is in one tote. and Christmas gift wrap in the other, larger one.  I also have some smaller gift bags in each tote -- and the one with the Christmas wrappings also contains some packaging for kitchen gifts -- food-safe tissue paper, foldable cookie boxes, cookie bags, and the like.

Oh, and yes, I do still buy "real" greeting cards to send for birthdays and other occasions.  Often birthdays sneak up on me so I will resort to an e-card, but I try to keep get-well and thinking-of-you cards on hand at all times.  I will either buy them at the dollar store (where they are only 50¢!) , at or sometimes at our local thrift store.  I also like to keep blank note cards on hand for writing notes of encouragement to folks.

3. It's National Banana Day...are you a fan? What's your favorite thing to make with bananas or, if you're not a cook, your favorite thing to eat that contains banana? 

I do like bananas but they need to be fairly green.  I've eaten very few bananas in the past 18 months or so, since I try to watch carbs quite carefully.  Probably my favorite way to eat bananas would be in a banana split.  

As for baking, I like to make banana coffeecakes or muffins more than banana bread.  I'll link to a couple of favorite recipes for you.

 This Banana Split Coffee Cake is from Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life.  I've never been disappointed in one of Jocelyn's recipes.  I leave the glaze off this one as it's sweet enough without it.

And this Banana Crunch Cake found in an old cookbook is really tasty too!

It's a gorgeous spring day here though just a little cool still.  Have a wonderful Wednesday, all!


  1. Hello! You know, I struggle with wrapping paper, bows, and ribbons! Now they are in a spare room closet. I need a better system! I love to send real cards in the mail. I tell my kids I am on a mission to bring notecard greetings back! Have a cozy afternoon.

  2. I also keep my Birthday wrapping, bags, etc, in one place in my bedroom closet where I can get to it when birthdays come along. I also do buy real cards. I order a lot of cards from Dayspring, that I use for our church birthdays/anniversaries/get well, etc., so I try to have a stash available, But for special people/family members I look for cards that speak to me about that person personally. And bananas, I also have to have an almost green banana anymore. I can't tolerate the smell of a an overripe banana. But I will make a great banana nut bread with them and I do like that. My recipe is very moist and keeps well in the fridge. Hubby loves it for breakfast. Take care and enjoy your springtime, when it gets there!

  3. I love to both make and send real cards. I've been making my own cards for years, and its nice to always have a card on hand. I use gift bags for most of the gifts I give, so much easier! Gift wrap only comes out at Christmas, lol! I don't eat bananas anymore either, but our family does enjoy them, especially banana cake! Blessings to you!

  4. I keep wrapping paper and gift bags in containers under our bed. Sometimes I wonder what it would feel like to have nothing at all under the bed, but I've done this for years.


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