Easy Banana Bread and The Very First Crush

Good Morning Everyone!!

How are you today? Let’s get right into it. Parenting is hard sometimes. There is no magical manual that appears when your child is born. Those first few months you are like a “fish out of water” as you navigate an entirely new world. Then slowly you shift into each developmental stage with ease as you navigate the up’s and down’s of raising a child. But every now and then something happens that makes you blink your eyes and pause for a moment. “Mom… I have a crush on a boy”. My daughter uttered these words to me last weekend and I paused for a moment in shock. Was I nearly 9 years old when I had my first crush? What should I say? I don’t want to do the wrong thing! Why isn’t there a manual on this?! So I paused and took a breath.

It reminded me of my very first crush. He was a boy in school and a close friend of mine. He liked another girl and would never view me more than a friend. At the time I thought it was the “end of the world”. I wanted to be prettier, thinner, smarter, and cooler so that he would notice me. No matter how many bags of chocolate chip cookies we shared at school, he just didn’t look my way. Finally we stopped being friends, and my eyes found other guys to admire.

Smiling down at my daughter I remembered the pure innocence of having your first crush on a boy. It’s fun and silly and nothing really special at all. It’s just another twist in the road of life, but I was so thankful that she felt comfortable enough to talk about it with me. So arm in arm I took her out for a little mother-daughter shopping trip. We stocked up on pre-teen girly magazines, yummy snacks, and a couple new cute clothes. As I held her in my arms I realized that time does slowly slip away. My little girl is growing up. But right here…. right now… she is in my arms and I am going to savor every single second.

Much like holding your loved one this banana bread is a giant taste of home. The outside looks dark and well-baked. But this banana bread came out so moist and chewy. I used 3 ripe bananas to really pack in the flavor, and I also added a pinch of cinnamon to give it a lift. Give this easy, comfort snack a try and let me know what you think! Have a wonderful day everyone and keep on cooking ❤

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Nana’s Banana Bread 

Courtesy of: Southern Living Magazine Online 

Yields: 1 loaf

Ingredients: 

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 very ripe bananas (about 1 lb.)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Sift together first 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Mash bananas with lemon juice in a small bowl. (You want a little texture—like semi-lumpy mashed potatoes.)

2. Beat butter and next 3 ingredients at low speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 1 minute or until combined. Increase speed to medium, and beat 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition, stopping to scrape bowl as needed.

3. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Add banana mixture, beating just until batter is blended (no more than 10 seconds). Pour batter into a well-buttered and floured 8- x 4-inch loaf pan, and place on a baking sheet.

4. Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 50 minutes. Wrap in plastic wrap (it will still be warm—this helps the bread stay moist), and store at room temperature up to 4 days.

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