Life gets hectic, it’s a simple fact. Even the best laid plans can evaporate in a flash. For me, this blog has proven to be one of those aforementioned best laid plans. It’s a great goal and an easy item on the weekly checklist but more often than not I have put it aside in favor of some other task I deemed more pressing, more important, or just plain more fun. Yes, sometimes it can get tedious writing down and photographing every little step of a recipe. That is a task best performed with friends and wine.
A friend recently told me about her attempt to change her sometimes slightly gloomy outlook on the way she uses her time. Instead of saying “I can’t”, she tries to say “that’s not a priority right now”. Mind you, this is in her head because that might make folks a bit sad to be told that they aren’t a priority. By flipping the idea from “there is no way I can do this” to “I am choosing to do something that is more important in this moment” she is giving importance to her selections. The theory is that this will mean that she gets more meaning from the things that she does decide to do in any given day. I haven’t asked recently how it is working so the jury is still out. If you have tried anything similar, tell me about it in a comment. I’d love to know more ways to be sunshiny every day!
So long story short, this blog and my bananas have not been a priority for a while. For the blog, it’s been a combination of work, extreme busyness, and a bit of uncharacteristic apathy toward cooking that has kept me from posting for longer than I would like. Recently, the cooking bug is back so here I am, cooking and writing away. For my bananas…well, I blame that my misguided overzealous belief that I can in fact eat the entire Costco package of bananas before they go brown. Of course, that never happens.
Not. One. Time.
Damn, it’s good to be back! – Molly
Here’s a fun clip of another thing that is rightfully becoming a priority again, the garden.
Banana Coffee Cake
- 3-4 large bananas
- ½ cup applesauce
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp yogurt
- Crumb Topping
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350* F; grease two 8” x 4” pans
- Whisk together applesauce and sugar; add bananas, brown sugar, eggs, salt, and vanilla; mash until well combined
- Stir in flour and baking soda; fold in yogurt; pour into pans
- Make the topping: combine ingredients in a large bowl; rub together until the mixture is well combined and the butter is very small; sprinkle over the pans and pat down
- Bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean