Daily Archives: October 18, 2010

HSM’s BananaBerry Bread

Every time I make Banana bread I tweak the recipe a little. The last time I made banana bread I had some blueberries in the fridge that needed to be used up so I threw them in, making the bread extra delicious.

I tripled the recipe on Friday and made 5 loaves, so this will make one very nice sized loaf, or two smaller ones.

When I notice the bananas are getting too ripe I pop them in a freezer baggie (having been peeled) and into the freezer until I am ready to bake the banana bread. They can stay in the freezer for a good two weeks. However, there will be extra liquid when defrosted so bear that in mind.

You will need:

3 overripe bananas
½ cup oil or ½ lb. margarine / butter
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 cup of blueberries (you can use strawberries, choc chips, walnuts etc)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease your loaf pan(s) with Pam.
Mash the bananas well – you don’t want it lumpy.
Add the oil/margarine, sugar, flour, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and eggs.
Mix with wooden spoon until dry ingredients are moistened and batter is not lumpy. Add berries, stirring ever so gently as you don’t want the berries to get smushed.
Pour batter into pans.
Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.

This picture was taken on Friday. Soon after, one of the loaves was completely demolished. There is nothing quite like fresh hot bananaberry bread.


Total BananaBerry Deliciousness



Kids and medication

When the need arises to medicate your children, do you tell them what you are giving them? Do your children know what helps cure their headache or their stomach ache or what brings down their fever best?

I always tell my boys what they are taking. I have told them it is so important that they know what medicines they ingest. Obviously we are not talking about toddlers here, but kids say aged 7 and up.

If you have a friend’s child staying over at your house, or if your child is staying somewhere else, and they have a headache, and ask for something, they need to know what Mom / Dad would give them. If they have an allergy, the child needs to know that too.

What is automatic in one house isn’t necessarily the same. We take Advil for headaches, in other homes they might take Tylenol. My boys know Advil works better for them. It’s important to know that.

If your children take prescription medication, they need to know why they take them and how they work, don’t they?

Do your kids know what medications they take and when / why?

Question Of The Day

If your own older child watches your other children for you while you attend an event, should they expect payment, or is room and board plus additional extras enough?