I Just Gotta Be Me!

I think I’ve found the cure for the problems in the world . . . at least in our personal interactions with others. I’ve recently gotten my DNA analysed by two different companies. I did this to see if they both manage to pretty much match . . . and they did. I’m authentic!

Anyway, the results were surprising and exploded into thin air all the myths I have held as to where I came from re. my ancestry. In fact, the second analysis went into more detail showing every ‘hit’ contained in my DNA even if it wasn’t as dominant as the major ones.

Well, I’m not as German as I thought although it is in evidence. I am, however, very British, Scandinavian, and Irish. The second DNA testing broke things down even further and showed every ‘hit’ that revealed some minor bit of ancestry. Turns out I have a bit of Middle Eastern, Jewish, and Native American in my genetic makeup. Seems my background hits some of the hot buttons on current relations in the world. Obviously, there were some moments where animosity didn’t enter into  ancestral relationships.

It made me think that is the liberal world, I could either be praised (although I had nothing to do with it!) for being what I am and dealing with such conflict in my make up. Or I could be denounced for not going forth and proclaiming something or other (I don’t know what as I am not liberal!) about how I’m dealing with this internal conflict. Hey, I was happy with being me before the DNA results and can’t see being unhappy after the DNA results.

So, I think everyone in the world should have their DNA checked and unless you are totally pure in whatever ethnic group you determine to be optimal, you learn to accept everyone for what they are now and forget about the nuances in breeding except for the fun of having a conversation about it.

Celebrating Our Lady of Fatima – October 13, 2017 – 100 Year Anniversary!

Our parish’s first Rosary Rally for Our Lady of Fatima and what a good year to begin – celebrating the 100 Year Anniversary of the Day the Sun Danced at Fatima! We were blessed with around 50 in attendance, perfect  weather, and a lot of great people driving by honking, waving, and enjoying our efforts.

Burnt Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Burnt Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies

A favorite around our house is most any kind of oatmeal cookie. The only argument is whether to add raisins or not. This recipe always comes to mind when I notice the bananas aging rapidly on the kitchen counter.

1 cup softened butter (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed, dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 cup very ripe, mashed bananas
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Zest of one orange
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal*
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped walnuts
½ cup mini-chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking pans with parchment paper or use vegetable oil spray.

Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and eggs. Mixture should be well-combined. Add bananas, vanilla, orange zest, ground cinnamon oats, flour, and baking powder. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Scoop teaspoonfuls (a cookie scoop comes in handy about now!) onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cookies set a few minutes before removing to cooling rack. You will get 3-4 dozen cookies depending on the size.