The Best Banana Bread Recipe

The Best Banana Bread Recipe

Weekends are for baking in my house and one thing I always have an excess of, is ripe bananas. Once they get to overripe, it’s banana bread time and we all love banana bread in our house. This is one baked good that never goes to waste. We make them into muffins or a full loaf.

This is the only recipe i use when making banana bread. I got this banana bread recipe from Allrecipes.com and I make occasional tweaks which I will include.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan. Top with rolled oats.
  3. For a loaf bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
  4. For muffins, the batter can make 12 to 16 muffins. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Enjoy.

(Photo by Natalie/Super Healthy Kids)

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

What are your plans for the holidays?

I plan on spending the morning making Christmas themed pancakes after the girls open their gifts, cook an amazing dinner and really enjoy my family.

Since my mom can’t make it this year, we are having a FaceTime call when the girls are opening their presents. We’re keeping grandma safe, so that’s the most interaction that we’re getting for that day.

For the first time, I’m attempting a Trinidadian corn pie. Corn pie made right is insanely delicious, and I plan on enjoying every single bite.

I am also rying to catch up on a reread of the book Ms.Typed by Michelle Callahan and take my self care to the next level.

I hope the holidays are as beautiful as you imagined.

How to Feel Unbothered by Quarantine Weight Gain

How to Feel Unbothered by Quarantine Weight Gain

So you’ve gained some pounds during the quarantine. Given that it feels like there is no end in sight to this pandemic, you have a choice. You can either obsess over it or embrace it. Here are a few tips on how to feel unbothered.

Work on loving yourself

What you think of yourself internally matters way more than simply how you look on the outside. Maintaining a great appearance is a good thing, but to base your whole identity on how you look is very detrimental. Knowing that you are more than an outer shell is crucial. Having positive adjectives—kind, smart, thoughtful, caring —add to your sense of self worth more than a number on a scale that you probably don’t own.

Show yourself some compassion

We are collectively going through this quarantine and it has been tougher on some more than others. Seeing people accomplishing workout or body goals on social media is great, but if you’re not there, show yourself the same compassion you would extend to someone else. It’s so amazing how we can be our own worst critic. Be mindful of the language that you use towards your body, and while you’re at it, throw on something sexy to remind yourself that you’ve still got it.

Spend time with friends and family

Whether it’s virtually or safely in person and in small groups, continue to nurture your healthy relationships with loved ones. Knowing your worth is important, but even the best of us sometimes forget how much value we add to the life of others. Sometimes it takes people who know us best to remind us. When you’re happy, you focus less on things like gaining five or ten pounds.

Focus on wellbeing

Last, but not least, focus on your overall wellbeing which includes psychological, emotional, spiritual, social and physical— I may be missing a few more ‘al’ words. You are a person, not a life sized doll. You are complex, and amazing and you have so much to contribute in this life. Unless you and/or your doctor feel that your weight is causing health issues, enjoy the extra softness.

You decide the next steps to take, but while you’re at it, enjoy it. You have one body and no time should be spent picking it apart. Life is hard enough already. Love yourself exactly where you are.

I Have Never Told my Kids about Santa Claus and I don’t Plan on Doing it in the Future

I Have Never Told my Kids about Santa Claus and I don’t Plan on Doing it in the Future

I have never mentioned the name Santa Claus in my house. My older daughter is four years old and she knows nothing of a jolly man, with a big belly coming down the chimney to put her Christmas gifts under the tree. My girls have never taken a picture at a mall sitting on Santa’s lap, and I don’t ever plan on doing it.

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