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Going on 87...Savoring and Surviving the Senior Years

Thursday, May 11, 2006

An Appealing Subject

Somebody's Best Banana Bread

Ingredients:
6 large, over ripe bananas, mashed
4 eggs, well beaten
1 stick butter
1/2 cup oil
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup lime or lemon juice
2 cups cake flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup chopped nuts
2-3 Tbsp grated lemon or lime peel
Instructions:
Beat bananas, add eggs and set aside. Cream margarine and oil with sugar until fluffy. Add banana mixture and juice; blend well. Add flour, soda and salt; stir until smooth. Fold in nuts and peel. Pour into 2 well greased and floured 9x5 loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
*This recipe turns out best if you take bread out of the oven slightly under-baked.



Last night I started a blog about how much I appreciate my family's ability to laugh no matter how bad things seem. I'd never had that outlook on life before. I usually expected the worst and was not surprised if and more probably, when it happened. Then I could think about it---a lot. Why? How? If only!!

This family always expects the best. Some folks would certainly say they often don't get it but around here the thinking is "you're pretty much where you're supposed to be---now what are you going to make of it?"

As an example: I simply can't turn down a bargain. It's almost pathological and I'm sure could be explained psychologically by stuff in my past. However, once in awhile I'll do something that makes the kids throw up their hands. The pile of rotting bananas in the previous post was pretty reprsentative.

I had purchased the whole bag for a dollar. They looked great at the time and I went home pleased-as-punch with my bargain. Never mind we already had several other bananas in the fruit bowl at home. A horrified Carole found the new bag the next day and dumped the contents on the counter. I simply couldn't believe my eyes! What had happened to all that ripe and lovely fruit?

Carole grabbed the camera. (This was not the first time this kind of thing had happened.)

"Ma. This is going into the mug-shot file of 'Mom's Greatest Bargains.' Otherwise you won't believe it the next time." Then we started to laugh. We both knew it will happen again so we made the best of it. We baked banana bread.

Like my life, something lovely and delicious out of something long past its prime.

28 Comments:

  • At 1:53 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    You are NOT past your prime! No one who writes a blog like your is past her prime!

     
  • At 2:59 PM, Blogger Chancy said…

    Lucy You are a peach of a gal but you should not tempt me with that beautiful photo of the Banana Bread. So realistic. I can smell and taste it and I WANT some right now...:)

     
  • At 3:01 PM, Anonymous naomi said…

    great recipe, great story--especially for those of us addicted to bargain bags 'o bananas. used to do this when our children were young and their parents less concerned with adding weight. did not recall the citrus addition. might try this!

     
  • At 5:01 PM, Blogger Joy Des Jardins said…

    Lucy, not only have you found a wonderful recipe for banana bread...but for life too. Compliments to the chef.

     
  • At 5:47 PM, Blogger Mildred Garfield said…

    What a great post that was. I felt I was right there with you, Carol and the Banana Bread.

    That bread looks good enough to eat!! I'll have it with a nice hot cup of coffee.

    Thanks for sharing.

     
  • At 7:00 PM, Blogger Miss Cellania said…

    Sounds del.icio.us! But I got stuck on the one line... "Fold in nuts and peel." I thought, what are we supposed to peel? The nuts? The batter? Didn't we already peel the bananas? Then I read it all again and OH! "peel" is a noun!

    Shows you what kind of warped thinking goes on here.

     
  • At 7:39 PM, Anonymous Lucy said…

    Yum Yum....

    I have not had banna bread in ages.. i just may have to do some baking on our trip next week...and i'm not even a cook!

    You 2 seems like you have lots of fun.

     
  • At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Simply Coll said…

    The banana bread looks so yummy!! One of my favourites.

    How wonderful that your family is able to see the humour in life. Definitely a trait to be thankful for. :-)

     
  • At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Claude said…

    I love banana bread but am too lazy to bake one. Too bad we can't send things through blogs... yet!
    One of the things I love about you, Lucy, is the way you can laugh at yourself. ;)

     
  • At 12:23 AM, Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said…

    Sounds like a wonderful way to deal with the bumps and stuff in life! I always say..without our sense of humor it's a hard hard life! And the Banana Bread looks Beautiful and Yummy!
    I'd love to see that picture book of Best Bargains! (lol)

     
  • At 12:59 AM, Blogger Roberta said…

    Lucy, while hopelessly drooling over that freshly-baked banana bread, the thing I liked most about this little object lesson is the lesson about life. How sometimes through sheer determination we can turn what seems to be a catastrophic situation into something good. I think I needed that lesson today. I need some of that banana bread as well. drool

     
  • At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Terri said…

    No wonder I like you so much....you're the kind of person who "makes lemonade out of lemons." OR...yummy banana bread out of rotten bananas.
    Thanks for the receipe. I've copied it down and plan to make some....it looks delicious!
    AND Lucy....you're not even close to your prime. With your zest for life, you're ageless!

     
  • At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Terri said…

    No wonder I like you so much....you're the kind of person who "makes lemonade out of lemons." OR...yummy banana bread out of rotten bananas.
    Thanks for the receipe. I've copied it down and plan to make some....it looks delicious!
    AND Lucy....you're not even close to your prime. With your zest for life, you're ageless!

     
  • At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Terri said…

    No wonder I like you so much....you're the kind of person who "makes lemonade out of lemons." OR...yummy banana bread out of rotten bananas.
    Thanks for the receipe. I've copied it down and plan to make some....it looks delicious!
    AND Lucy....you're not even close to your prime. With your zest for life, you're ageless!

     
  • At 7:26 AM, Anonymous Terri said…

    I am SOOOOO sorry....my computer went a little nuts here. PLEASE delete the 2 extra postings...I'm not sure what happened. I have gremlins in here this morning, I guess. Sorry about that!

     
  • At 7:31 AM, Blogger Folk-news said…

    Dear Lucy:
    I've just come across your blog site. It looks like a lot of fun.
    I will be coming here and reading your updates.
    Sincerely,
    Diann

     
  • At 8:35 AM, Blogger Rain said…

    i love the bananas and bread story. Like making lemonade out of lemons-- illustrated :)

     
  • At 9:43 AM, Anonymous naomi said…

    lucy, thanks for visiting me; i replied to your comment after your comment...and you inspired my next post!

     
  • At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Janice said…

    I'm with you on the bargains...altho I don't do it so much with food. I'm usually the person with the blouse that goes with nothing, the jacket that is never worn 'cause I can't find anything to wear with it...you get my drift. Hard to resist a "sale".

     
  • At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Opal said…

    I love you, I love your blog, I love your family, I love your bananas, I love your banana bread. I love your tilt on life!

    Maybe you could help me. I couldn' t resist buying a 'side of lettuce' at an incredible price................. I don't even like salads! Any suggestions before it molders into a large bag of green slime? Lettuce bread, lettuceade..........I don't think so. Help!

     
  • At 5:38 PM, Blogger Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said…

    At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities! .... like banana bread. ;)

     
  • At 4:12 PM, Blogger Jamie Dawn said…

    Ummmmm, banana bread!!

    I'm a bargain shopper too. I get such a high when I get a good deal on something.
    My hubby likes to say, "So, how much money did you save us today?" That kidder! He just doesn't know how important bargain shopping really is. He pays forty bucks for shoes! I pay fifteen. I may have single handedly saved us from the poor house.

     
  • At 7:21 AM, Blogger GUYK said…

    Yep. I have never been so deep in a hole I couldn't figure a way out. And some rotten things can turn out pretty good..cheese and banna bread are pretty good examples as well as some people I know who were rotten kids!

    Happy Mother's Day Miss Lucy.

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Liz from I Speak of Dreams--Past your prime? Never. You are an inspiration to me. Happy Mother's Day.

     
  • At 6:07 AM, Blogger Folk-news said…

    Lucy:
    Are you ok? Long time since your last post.
    Diann

     
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