i’m not really one of those people who will always look back and think of college as the golden years of my life.
to be honest, by senior year – i was ready to graduate.
i loved a good theme party and walk of shame as much as the next person, but i’m someone who likes structure. i hate being bored, i suck at being lazy and the neat freak in me (although i love them dearly) was ready to live with fewer than 8 girls and more than 2 bathrooms and a little less mold.
there are things i miss though. silly things. like getting to read the newspaper everyday (nerd). and actually having time to do the USA today crossword (minus thursday’s, if you can finish it – i bow down to you), and political science classes (see note above, re: nerd) and getting to live with and learn from and make mistakes with these crazy beautiful fools. plus – just having someone to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with (even if our menu landscape was lean cuisines, frank’s hot sauce, wine and popcorn).
most nights these days i just sit on the floor (my preference) and eat off my ottoman.
in college we lived in a house called foxden (all the off campus houses are named there) & for two years i never took a shower without someone walking in or made a meal without someone else in the kitchen. it was annoying at times, but there was also this amazing comfort in knowing a good friend was merely steps away at all times. we were each other’s family.
so i wish that i could have more meals like that again. i wish we were all sitting around the living room eating breakfast and discussing the events of the night before while someone stumbles in wearing basketball shorts and high heels and we all just die laughing.
that’s what i was thinking about when i was making this banana bread, the second time around, was missing my college soul sisters. i could say that i’m on a banana kick, but kicks usually end and my love for banana bread is constant. i can eat my weight in it and still be left wanting more. i’m obsessed with baked breads – cinnamon bread, chocolate chip, blueberry, zucchini. this recipe is banana bread take 2 – the first version was subpar. this one though, it hit the spot. and it’s healthier than other versions. plus – hello. bananas have potassium in them, which is an important vitamin. so yeah, eating this is pretty much the same thing as eating a multivitamin. you’re welcome.
so make this and we’ll all just pretend that we’re sitting around with friends merely steps away.
- 1/2 c. butter
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 mashed ripe bananas
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. of boiling milk
- 2 tbsp. baking powder
- 1 c. flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- mix up the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer
- add vanilla, eggs and bananas, and mix until smooth
- add the baking soda to the boiling milk, stir, and add this along with the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt to the butter mixture.
- beat on medium with electric mixer until smooth.
- pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake at 350F until done, approx. 30 minutes.
- death by banana bread.