Sunday, August 15, 2010

Banana Bread

I had some left over bananas after making waffles topped with bananas, strawberries and whip cream for breakfast the other morning so I decided to make banana bread. I own tons of cookbooks but the one I reached for was this one my mom made for me. Can you believe she wrote and illustrated the whole cookbook by hand? I have lots of cookbooks but this is my favorite because I know all the love she put into making it! Not only did she make one for me but she made one for each of my siblings - that's four handwritten cookbooks!

I love the first page of the cookbook! If you read it you'll see that cooking with 4 children was a challenge especially when the utensils were outside in the sandbox being used as shovels and the bake-ware doubled as a sled on the snowy hill! True story! It makes me laugh just thinking about it.
This cookbook is something I treasure! I hope one day to make one for Nature Girl. I think it needs to include photos of us in our matching aprons as we cook! She drew a picture of us in matching aprons in the Mother's Day book she made for me this year. But I digress!
I've shared a zucchini bread recipe from this cookbook a few years ago but this time I wanted to share the banana bread recipe with you.

So here's the recipe for making banana bread. The recipe has a cooking time of 45 minutes but I found it took about an hour to bake. It makes one loaf. Enjoy!


Karen said...

What an amazing gift from your Mom :) I'm turning 50 in February and I find myself thinking alot about things I can leave behind for my children and grandchildren. I'm actually working on a cookbook for them as well. Made me kinda misty eyed reading your blog. So great that your Mom thought to include that first page about the utensils. I love it!!!!

Barb said...

I agree with Karen. What I wouldn't give to have something like that from my mom.
For one of Jen's wedding showers I had lots of family and friends send me hand written recipes with a picture of the person and maybe a story or comment... then I scrap booked them. She really loved it!