This Shit is Bananas B-A-N-well, you get the point.

16 06 2009
Is that a banana in your...? Oh, it is. Nevermind.

Is that a banana in your...? Oh, it is. Nevermind.

I KNOW, I KNOW. I’ve been NEGLIGENT. But I have been BUSY. With THINGS. Like baking nearly 200 cupcakes for my friend’s wedding. And being a mom. And getting a cute haircut. And having cookouts. Well, A cookout. Whatever, I’m busy. ANYHOODLES, so the day I got back from my friend’s wedding, I was like I NEVER WANT TO SEE CUPCAKES EVER AGAIN. So I baked some banana bread because it is COMFORTING. And easy. And warm. And so yummy. And you can add whatever you want to it, so long as you just do you, boo! Personally, I’m fond of chocolate chips. Some people (jerks) are fond of walnuts. You will never find nuts in my baking (hehehehehe). Unless it’s in my chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, or the Take 5 Bar Cookies. But those are DIFFERENT because they involve peanut butter. Or, as my son calls it, peeduh buddah. There exists somewhere (I believe on Bake & Destroy) a recipe for peanut butter banana bread, and while delicious, it just wasn’t banana-y enough for me (remember the banana cupcake debacle? ME TOO. I love bananas! I’m BANANAS for them! HAHAHAHA! I slay me.) So if you want to spend an awesome quiet evening at home, this banana bread is the perfect way to do it. Especially if you’re alone, because then no one can steal any fresh-out-da-oven slices. Mmm…banana bread…

Banana Bread (adapted from the ATK Family Baking Book)

  • 2 cups AP flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 large very ripe bananas (MUST BE RIPE!!), mashed
  • 6 Tbl. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (low fat or regular – no non-fat!) OR sour cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • whatever you add-ins are (trust me – chocolate chips. DO IT.)
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×5 loaf pan.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together (yes, the sugar is dry).
  3. In your mixer (if you’re lazy like me, which I assume you are if you’re reading this blog), mix the bananas, butter, eggs, yogurt, and vanilla.
  4. Gently fold this wet mixture into the whisked dry ingredients. DO. NOT. OVERMIX. If you do, the world will implode and you will be left with awful, gummy banana bread.  Oh, mix your add-ins here too. BUT NOT TOO MUCH.
  5. Scrape the batter into the greased pan and bake for about 50-55 minutes, rotating once. Let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then dig right in. Ignore any instructions to wait until it cools. This would be foolish like Ashanti. Git that warm banana bread in yo’ belly! You earned it! Fool!
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Little Bee by Chris Cleave

16 06 2009

bee-thumbWe don’t want to tell you what happens in this book.  It is a truly special story and we don’t want to spoil it.  Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it, so we will just say this:  This is the story of two women.  Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice, the kind of choice we hope you never have to face.  Two years later, they meet again – the story starts there…

This is the blurb on the flap in my new favorite book ever written that everyone must drop everything right now and start reading because OMG I don’t know that I’ve ever read anything better.  Seriously, get this book – you will not regret it.  And, I’m not going to tell you what it’s about, it matters – but, for reals – this book is so fantastically written it could be about anything (almost) and I’d still contemplate buying a case and handing them out to everyone I know.  This book grabbed my face and demanded my love and attention from the first sentence, but it was this paragraph that made my heart soar into the heavens:

On the girl’s brown legs there were many small white scars.  I was thinking, Do those scars cover the whole of you, like the stars and the moons on your dress?  I thought that would be pretty too, and I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly.  That is what the scar makers want us to think.  But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them.  We must see all scars as beauty.  Okay?  This will be our secret.  Because, take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying.  A scar means, I survived.

I reread that probably 10 times – mesmerized, infatuated, buttcrazy in love – a scar does not form on the dying – YES.  So, seriously, just go and read this.  As soon as you can.  And if you don’t love it…well, I hope I never see you face to face because it means you are an evil cyborg and I’d have to rid the earth of you.