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Saturday

Recipe: Best Banana Bread



I admit it. Bananas are good for me, but I really don’t like them much. On the other hand, I love banana bread. In fact, it’s one of my favorite recipes.

Whole wheat and wonderful, this delicious banana bread makes an excellent welcome gift for a new neighbor. Best Banana Bread is a delicious add-on for a brunch, but it is also a family favorite. This banana bread recipe makes one sturdy loaf, or several mini-loaves. For a festive touch, Best Banana Bread may also be baked in a Bundt pan (see photo).

Because I don’t love bananas on their own, I often have two or three of them hanging around and browning before they are eaten. This is a great way to use those up! (I don't like to throw stuff out. Know the feeling?)

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Ingredients for Best Banana Bread

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about two medium bananas - peeled)
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract

(Note: If substituting plain flour only, use 2 cups of flour, and omit the whole-wheat flour.)

Instructions for Best Banana Bread

Preheat an oven to 350 (F) degrees. Prepare one 8" x 4" x 2" loaf pan with vegetable spray.  Add a light dusting of flour, particularly if using a Bundt pan. (I often skip this extra step by using floured spray.)

In a medium bowl, mix the flours, baking soda and salt. Set this bowl of dry ingredients aside.

In a larger bowl, beat the sugar and oil with an hand-held electric mixer or countertop standing mixer (Here's the KitchenAid stand mixer I like to use.) until these are well blended (about two minutes at medium speed). Add the egg, and beat well, until the mixture is light yellow.

Pour in the dry ingredients gradually, alternating with peeled bananas, while blending at low speed.

Spoon in the vanilla extract, and blend the banana bread mixture more.

Pour the banana bread batter into the prepared baking pan. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 (F) degrees.

Cool Best Banana Bread for at least 15 minutes before removing the loaf from the baking pan. Then cool the banana bread completely on a wire rack before cutting.

Slice and serve Best Banana Bread plain or topped with butter, margarine or cream cheese.

NOTE: Written by this author, this copyrighted material originally appeared on another publisher’s site. That site no longer exists. This author holds all rights to this content. No republication is allowed without permission.


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Monday

My SW Daybook – March/April 2020 edition




Whoa! It’s been awhile since I participated in The Simple Woman’s Daybook. But it’s about time. It’s a wonderful group of faith-filled bloggers, and I always find the fellow participants’ posts delightful and inspiring.

So here goes:

For today

It’s a little damp and dark around here today, but I’m grateful that we have just enjoyed a lovely spring-like weekend with lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Spring is coming, folks!

The rain is scheduled to start in six minutes. C’mon, flowers. Get ready to pop up.  You've been sleeping long enough. We can hardly wait to see you.

Looking out my window...

We had an unexpected visitor at our front door. This friendly feline took special interest in our self-appointed head of household, the cat who thinks she is top dog. And she is kind of correct in that regard. Hey, she’s a Maine Coon. Nobody wants to mess with her!

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I am thinking...

Despite all of the nay-saying news we hear on TV and when we are out-and-about, the world is still a pretty beautiful place. Here’s a sweet scene we saw on yesterday’s windy and wonderful run around a local lake.

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I am thankful...

The trash truck comes once a week, and it’s always a welcome arrival. Our neighbors across the backyard leave their diaper-filled dumpsters in their driveway, right where the wind is most likely to topple them over. The stuff blows right into our yard. We pick up their discards several times each week – along with their dog’s droppings. And can you tell they haven't picked up a rake since they moved in three years ago?

Not that any of this this bothers us … or does it?

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One of my favorite things...

This little guy rocks my world. He’s six months old and ready to take on the world. Actually, he just wants to crawl, but he’s still working on lifting that midsection off the floor. One of these days, he’ll be up and running, and there will be no stopping him.

Grand-parenting is everything I heard it would be – and more.

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I am wearing...

Working from home today, I’m sporting a pair of brown jeans, topped by a favorite casual button-down shirt. So far, I’m in slippers, but I’ll soon step into boots to run a few errands and catch a routine medical appointment later.

I am creating...

Every time I duck into the stables to visit and ride our horse, I create a horse-sized tumbleweed of the hair she sheds. This is surely a sign of balmier days to come!

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I am watching... 

Yes, I have heard this show is kind of coarse and violent, but I’ve also heard it’s worth the watch. So I am giving Hunters a try. It’s on Amazon Prime.

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I am reading...

My running/training partner gave me First Marathons as a birthday gift. Every time I have a few minutes to sit still, I read a short chapter or two. I find these stories from inspiring runners motivating and intriguing.
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When I ran my first full marathon, I said I would be one-and-done. Then I did a second marathon. Now I am looking at my 2020 race calendar and considering another one.


I am listening to...

I always have a few current favorite songs. Here’s one I’m loving. It’s “Edge of My Seat” by Toby Mac. I love when he says, “Behold, I am doin' a new thing in the land. / It's springin' forth. / Do you perceive it?” (That’s from Isaiah 43:19.) 



I am hoping...

My hope is in the Lord. That’s the whole story.

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I am learning... 

My latest fitness addiction is TRX suspension training. I’m feeling it more than a little in my shoulders this morning, but I can’t get enough of TRX.

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In the kitchen...

My crockpot is creating a delicious atmosphere in my whole house, cooking up another batch of one of my best soups. It’s Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup. Here’s the recipe.

Shared Quote

“Even if I knew that
tomorrow the world would go to pieces,
I would still plant my apple tree.”
Martin Luther (1483-1546)

A moment from my day...

I just received a text from my kid, asking if I’d be willing to babysit the little guy later this week. Let me think about … uh, sure!

Post Script

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