This photo was taken last July, but my dad doesn’t look a lot different! (I do though! My hair is short now!). I love my dad with all my heart and soul. He would do anything for his little girl! I called him this morning to wish him a happy father’s day and he was hammering away in the house (my parents have been doing a renovation project). When I saw him last Sunday I gave him his gift because I knew this week we probably wouldn’t be able to go anywhere as Grumpy was on call for work. I wish my dad the best day ever – although I know he is doing what he would do any other day of the week – keeping busy! My dad doesn’t sit around idle doing nothing!

One of dad’s least favorite foods is peanut butter and this has always been a teasing point for all of us kids – and it also became one for my kids! My little boys would do what they could to “trick” poppa into eating something that had peanut butter in it and then get him to say he liked it!

My other “daddy” is my father-in-law (Grumpy #1). He also has my heart. For Grumpy #1 loves me too even though he wouldn’t admit it (not too often anyway!). There is something about these Grumpy men that I just seem to have a soft spot for! Now, My dad is as far from Martha Stewart as you could possible get, but my father-in-law, well, he has that “Martha touch” lol. He will kill me if he reads this! But honestly, both my hubby and his dad have an “eye” for things. This doesn’t mean in anyway they are feminine! I had better put this in here because I am sure to catch hell for it if I don’t! They are as manly as can be! and as far as I’m concerned, Grumpy 2 is a hottie!

I’m talking about Martha here because I recently bought her Cookies book. I went thru the book this morning and wrote down all the one’s I want to try. I decided today to make the one that I had ingredients for that if I didn’t use it up, would be wasted (what else? Banana! ha ha). Yeah, I had one banana left. Grumpy didn’t eat it in his lunch on Friday so I had it sitting on my counter getting really ripe since it sat in his lunch box all day Friday and Saturday (I wasn’t home to empty his lunch box until Saturday night!)
I didn’t follow her recipe “exactly” because I did have to improvise a little on the flour and chocolate addition. These cookies turn out to be a soft cookie. (meaning Grumpy will like them). Here is the recipe the way I made it:

Banana-Walnut Chocolate-Chunk Cookies
improvised from Martha Stewart ‘s Cookies1 cup flour1/2 cup white whole wheat flour1 tsp salt1/2 tsp baking soda1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature1/2 cup granulated sugar1/2 cup light brown sugar1 large egg1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 cup mashed ripe banana (about 1 large)1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped4 oz white chocolate, chopped1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Mix together the flours, salt and soda. Set aside. Beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; mix until combined. Mix in banana. Add flour mixture, mix until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chunks and walnuts. Using teaspoon, drop onto cookie sheet spacing about 2″ apart. Bake 12-13 minutes or until golden brown. Store in air tight container.