Monday, November 29, 2010

the kindness of friends & a banana bread recipe

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As you know, my husband is a high school teacher. He teaches history, government, and economics at a small private Christian school affiliated with our church. He loves it so much, and truly feels like it is his calling to inspire teenagers, especially in the area of government. He hopes that he can encourage young people to get involved and be a positive, Christian voice to our nation.

Anyway, the teachers at the school have really been amazing over the past couple of weeks. They have brought so many meals to us to help ease the load as we transition into being a family of seven. It has been such a blessing!! Our fridge and freezer have been bursting with food. Wow. So incredible. We are really so thankful!

Several nights ago, one of Clint's fellow teachers brought over an amazing spread of food and goodies. Not only did she bring a delicious meal, but she also brought over this awesome basket of fruit, nuts, and chocolate!

look at all of this food!
swiss steak, twice baked potatoes, salad, rolls, and a pound cake
(and she even thought to bring chex mix, chicken nuggets, and baby carrots for the kiddos!)


After feasting on all of this food, we still couldn't eat those bananas fast enough! I decided to try out my mother-in-law's recipe for banana bread to put all those extra-ripe banana to good use. It was my first time making banana bread, and I was pretty pleased with the results. Clint told me several times that he really liked it, so I was extra happy! (He loves all things bananas - banana bread, banana pudding, banana pudding ice cream...)

Thought y'all might like the recipe - it was super easy to make and is a great way to use up bananas that have to be eaten right away.

I love that old hotpad, don't you? My mom gave it to me when I got my own place years ago. It's so 70's!!

Diane's Banana Bread

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup ripe bananas, can add more if you wish....more seems to make bread moister 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped nuts, or omit if you wish

Combine first 6 ingredients. Combine banana, eggs, butter, vanilla, milk. Lightly fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients. DO NOT OVERMIX....will cause
heaviness. Add nuts last. Bake in preheated oven 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in
pan, then remove to rack and cool completely


Let me know if you make it! I'd love to hear how yours came out!! :)

Have a wonderful day!

ps- If you haven't entered my giveaway yet, today's the last day!! I'm drawing a winner at 7pm! Click here to enter.


  1. I made the same banana bread recipe for years until last month when I tried this one:

    It was the best banana bread, and much lighter and moister than others.

  2. My grandma has the same hotpad, I love it! I'll have to give your banana bread recipe a try. I have a bag full of brown bananas in the freezer that need to be used up!

  3. Anonymous6:38 PM

    О! Suena bien, me gusta leer tu blog, acaba de agregar a mis favoritos;)



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