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Quick and easy banana bread

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I always have the best intentions. A to-do list a mile long. Sometimes I accomplish all I mentally set out to do. Nope, not this weekend. This weekend I watched Mad play soccer, did some shopping (kitchen stuff of course) and spent time with friends. So I guess you could say I accomplished a lot of fun stuff, even if the floors didn’t get mopped. But this bread, this banana bread is an easy Sunday night loaf to make, because who doesn’t like a piece of warm bread to slather some butter on while thinking of their week ahead? This recipe is great because you can whip it up and go off and do something else for the almost hour it bakes, with your house smelling great, and a snack for later. 

 

Easy banana bread

1 stick unsalted butter at room temp

1 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs at room temp

1 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon or nutmeg (your choice)

1 tsp kosher salt

4 bananas mashed (ripe preferably, but I used a mixture and it still tastes great)

1/2 cup sour cream (full fat)

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup pecans  (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment paper

In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, 8-10 minutes on medium speed

Add eggs and vanilla until incorporated

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda cinnamon or nutmeg and salt. Add to butter mixture until just combined. Add bananas and sour cream (nuts if using)

Bake for 55 minutes (put loaf pan on a baking sheet for a more even cook) or until a toothpick comes out clean

Cool for 20 minutes on rack, remove and serve

Can be saved for a week wrapped tightly in plastic wrap (usually doesn’t last that long) 

My Heart is always in it

My posts seem to be about food and life, but you really can’t have one without the other. The people that come in and out of our lives can invoke or inspire a song, food, or whatever you are into. I had one of the best Saturday nights I have had in a long time. It was chill, fun, got to know people from kickboxing on another level. I let go of my normal reserve and sang, and yelled, and just laughed.

Today I said no baking, with my few hours of sleep and raspy voice. In the end there was pear bread. Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite blogs and bloggers has this great recipe and I decided to go for it. My additions were to add more pear, which happened to be quite juicy, and to add my signature sprinkle of raw sugar to what is now the bottom of the cake. If you have never been I’m smitten kitchen, I urge you to run, not walk. Pictures are awesome, recipes and writing always great. Plus there is usually a new picture of Jacob up, so that works for me!

Pear bread. Been thinking about someone I have known for almost twenty years. This person is like the pear-not perfect, flawed and has some scratches on them. But sweet and worth knowing on the inside

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http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2009/12/pear-bread/

Take over

So I was watching the Daily Show. Minding my business, home on a Friday night while Mad is out with her friends. And it hit me-I had sunlight left, I needed to take some pictures. Grilled cheese. It’s grilled cheese month (people do roll their eyes at me frequently) and I am obsessed. I did a whole food day at work centered around this. Brie, smoked cheddar, gruyere, homemade cranberry sauce, spinach, the works. So I made two (hated one, the pretzel roll didn’t do it for me) and I went on the porch and started shooting. And I feel better. Because there wasn’t anything that could be said or done until that picture was taken. I am happy again, content that i got the shot I wanted. Grilled cheese-do it

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Calmness and banana bread

Someone said to me the other day “What do you know, you lead a normal life?” Hmm. We know what making assumptions does. While my life is in a quiet, more normal place, it’s far from normal. Daily stress, troubles, family issues, all the things we all deal with, I deal with. The feelings of not being good enough, wanting to be good enough, wanting to do things that aren’t possible right now, all are feelings I have inside me. I think this was the moment when I knew this person wasn’t meant to be in my life long (they are no longer)

Calmness can be hard to find in this fast paced world we live in. We have work, kids, families, car trouble, money worries, etc. But I find calmness in baking and taking pictures. It’s my therapy, my sanity, my sanctuary. I let the rest of it slide away, even for an hour. I think of what I want to make, what I want to capture in a picture, what would translate to all of you who see it, and those of you who get to eat it. My journey with baking and photography is pretty new, just a few years old, but I have put myself into 110%. As a kid I didn’t have any hobbies, wasn’t encouraged to find myself, so finding myself in my early 30’s has been an adventure that scared me, stressed me out, worried me, but ultimately made me some of the happiest moments and memories in my life.

Find what centers you, find what makes you you. Go slow, really work at it. Have the confidence and strength to fail, to succeed. Get those awesome people you have in your life, be it one or two people to cheer you on, be there when things go south. It is worth the hours, the days, the thoughts, the sacrifices, because when you get it, you have it all.

I made banana bread-sure it’s an easy one.