Banana Bread Recipe

Mmmm banana bread is such a wonderful prize when you forget to eat bananas before they get too ripe. When I just have one or two overripe bananas at a time I peel them and freeze them until I have enough for banana bread.


3 to 5 very ripe bananas
1/2 butter or margarine or shortening, whatever you prefer
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup brown sugar (depending on how many bananas you have)
2 eggs

2 cups bread flour
1/2 cup flax meal or oatmeal or walnuts if desired
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt


1. Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease 9x5 loaf pan or spray with cooking spray.
3. Combine the first four ingredients and mix well. I use an egg-beater for this step but vigorous stirring will also work. It's probably not worth getting out the mixer unless you really like cleaning your mixer.
4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until mixed well, but don't over-stir.
5. Bake approximately 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 or 10 minutes before removing and slicing.

Thrift store lamp makeover


This project was pretty simple. I found this neat lamp at a thrift store, but the very gold base was scratched and ugly. But the shade was too cool to pass up--those flowers and squiggles are embroidered on! So I just took the lamp apart, spray painted the base blue, and but it back together. The only hard part was waiting for a nice day to do the painting.