It's that time of the year....

It's that time of the year....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

On the downward trend…

the countdown till Spring stands  at 53 days!  I am getting ready for another big freeze as the high temp tomorrow will be below zero.  We have snow predicted for late morning.  Of course no one will see my post till tomorrow and by then it will be 52 days.

Nothing much happening here.  I haven’t had my fried baloney sandwich yet as I am psyching myself up to it.

I am going to try and make a store run one more time before it starts to snow.  Bananas, milk, that kind of stuff.  I have let my bananas get too ripe so I am going to have to make banana bread today or tomorrow.  The recipe below is the one I am using.  I have tried it before and it is really good.


Chef John’s Banana Bread

From All



cooking spray

3 ripe bananas

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup softened butter

1 cup white sugar

2 large eggs

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips


1.  Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.  Grease a 9x4 inch loaf pan.

3.  Mash bananas in a bowl.

4.  Whisk together flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in another bowl.

5.  Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer or spatula in a large bowl until smooth.

6.  Stir in mashed bananas.

7.  Add eggs to the butter mixture one at a time, fully blending in each egg before adding the next.

8.  Stir in vanilla extract and milk.

9.  Stir in chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and flour mixture until just incorporated.

10.  Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Tap pan on the counter to release any air pockets.

11.  Bake in preheated oven for about 1 hour 10 minutes, or until an inserted wooden skewer comes out clean.

12.  Let the bread rest in the pan for 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan. Slice and serve.


Have a good day today.  Stay safe and be happy!!




  1. I see your posts the day you post it. No problem at all.going to stay inside wind chill way to cold for me. Prayers for you Sis always, XoXo

  2. Good Morning, Beth. Banana bread is a favorite of mine and always smells heavenly baking. Stay safe and warm. Are you still reading?

  3. Hi, Beth! Thanks for that recipe which I'm going to try tomorrow evening :) Be careful with all that snow. I wish I could send you a bit of our Spanish sun!


  4. Enjoy your fried baloney sandwich, Beth!;>) I am saving that banana bread recipe. I am always trying new ones for my son-it's his favorite. Happy Sunday- xo Diana

  5. Sounds delicious! I am going to have to hide some bananas. A certain someone eats them all up! John met his doctor's receptionist today who cheerfully told him the spring countdown. I had to grin and I thought of you!

  6. I have a recipe called Best Ever Banana Bread, and it is!


  7. Come on Spring! The recipe sounds good. Keep warm.

  8. This one does not need yeast. Yay.
    Keep warm and take care of yourself. Please.

  9. That Banana Bread sounds like a winner and you stay warm and take care. Blessings

  10. Just dropped by 'cos I could smell baking Beth, and I knew you'd have some left for me. Mm mmm, two pieces? :-) hugs aplenty and keep warm and safe. xPenx

  11. We will be having more of that kind of weather too.
    Stay warm and keep on counting those days. : ) Spring will be here before you know it.

  12. I hope you got your grocery run in before the snow started. We had just enough snow to create a ground blizzard with the horrific winds we are having. They are causing hazerdous wind chills too.

  13. Looks like a good banana bread recipe. Stay warm and take heart...about the time spring comes to you, we will be too hot here in Arizona!

  14. Beth, I absolutely love banana bread! Thank you so much for sharing this!

  15. Interesting receipe. Never heard of banana bread, that means we or someone might make it here and call it something else.
    We put our bananas in the fridge if they are getting too ripe. The skin goes brown but the banana is normal.
    Putting water all over the banana itself keeps it from going brown, but I bet you know that :)

  16. This vicious cycle has got to end! It is horrible! Please be extra-careful.

  17. Another wonderful recipe! I LOVE walnuts in my banana bread..yum! I'm copying this one as well, thank you. My grandma loves hearing about your recipes. :)
    I need to make that same trip to the store. My boys keep the milk jug empty! lol

  18. I hear you! It's 15 below this morning (Mon) with 40-55 below wind chill. Not going anywhere today. Rather be inside baking banana bread--LOL! ;)


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