Banana Bread

imageBanana bread is soooooo good in the morning ….. or midday ……. or afternoon, well anytime! It’s tasty and sweet and filling. I usually pick up bananas every time I go shopping at Costco because they are such a good value, and since there are only three of us in the house the dilemma becomes what to do with the over ripe bananas no one wants to eat. Well, they do not ever go to waste at our house! I peel them, bag them and freeze them for smoothies. Or I make Nanner Pudding. Our dogs love them. But my favorite recipe for over ripe bananas is Banana Bread! It’s even better after it has been refrigerated! I can’t get enough. Here is the recipe:

2 Cups All-Purpose Flour (I used 1 Cup All-Purpose & 1 Cup Soft White Whole Wheat I milled myself – but that’s an entirely different blog post!)
1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Salt
2 Beaten Eggs
3 – 5 Mashed Ripe Bananas
3/4 Cup Raw Unfiltered Honey or 3/4 Cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/2 Cup Oil or Melted Butter (I use extra virgin olive oil)
Optional: 1/4 Cup Chopped Nuts
350* Oven

Preheat the oven. Grease & lightly flour two 7 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 2 inch loaf pans. In a bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt and set aside. In another bowl mix the beaten eggs, mashed bananas, honey, vanilla and oil. Combine the two and stir until moistened and lumpy. This is the time to fold in the nuts – I don’t because I am the only one in the house that likes them in bread :-(. Bake until you can insert a toothpick and it comes out clean – about 50 minutes. Once it is cooled I like to refrigerate mine. And it taste soooooooo verrrrrry goooooood!!!
Let me know if you try it. Or if you have a better recipe, I would love to try yours!


An Expedtion

I need to embark on an expedition – an expedition to organize my home. Yeah – that doesn’t sound as exciting, does it? Somehow the house has gotten away from me. It happen somewhere between the holidays, a visit from out of town family and a weekend camping trip (I can add several other excuses, but I’ll just stop there). But seriously, who am I kidding, this has been a mountain I have been climbing for some time.

Christmas Decorations Before:

We had 2 trees this year:

One day I was taking down the Christmas tree and two weeks later I am staring at decorations strewn all over the once empty surfaces of our home.
After Christmas Chaos:



But enough is enough! The time has come to get my act in order, and my home too. I forged ahead and boxed up all the Christmas decorations.

Now the question is, how do I get all that to fit back in the closet? And once I do that I will continue on my home organization project. Sigh…….