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My favorite memories have all centered around friends and family enjoying a meal together! It might have been a special holiday or a celebration, or it might have been dinner with friends at a great restaurant. I hope you will enjoy some of my favorite recipes and take time to fellowship with those seated at your table. You might make a memory to last forever!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bananas, Bananas, Bananas

What do you do with lots and lots of bananas?  I bought a 3 pound bag of ripe bananas at the grocery store a couple of days ago for $1.47!  I thought, wow, what a great bargain!  The only thing about over-ripe bananas is...I don't like to eat them with black spots on them!  So, that means I need to get busy using them before they go to the compost pile!  We have been drinking a lot of smoothies lately and bananas are one of my favorite fruits to use!  It is super easy to freeze bananas...I'll share more on smoothies later! 

Now, let's get busy using some of these ripe bananas!  Everybody has their favorite Banana Bread recipe...either handed down from Grandma or your own personal creation!  Some people like chocolate chips, peanut butter, cream cheese or other interesting additions!  My favorite Banana Bread recipe is one that I have been making for years and I'm not sure where I found it, so I have no one to give the credit to!  I guess I'll claim it!  The interesting ingredient used in my recipe is a yellow cake mix!  It is not as dense as some recipes, but it is so rich, buttery and moist!  It can be served as a cake with a broiled topping or caramel frosting, but I like it warm, out of the oven with a glass of milk!  I usually bake it in a tube pan, but tonight I used two loaf pans...so I can share one with a friend!  I hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Banana Bread

1 stick butter, melted
1/2 c. oil
1/2 c. sugar
3 eggs
3 bananas, mashed
1 box yellow cake mix
1 c. chopped nuts (optional)
Crushed graham cracker crumbs

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix melted butter, oil sugar and eggs together.  Add remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into greased pan(s), floured with crushed graham cracker crumbs.  Bake at 350 degrees for appx. 1 hour.