Apparently we have beautiful scenery around here.
I spent this past weekend volunteering as a counselor for a 4th and 5th grade retreat, during which I met some awesome kids and got to hang out around this view all day. Not a bad way to spend a weekend.
I'm actually kind of embarrassed to admit I probably enjoyed myself too much when I was supposed to be taking care of the kids. One afternoon, my friend Kyle and I just sat by the lake and painted for an hour or so. The sensation was odd...art used to be my thaang back when I was a young'un, but it got shoved it aside as I grew up. It felt blissfully nostalgic to sit there with a paintbrush in hand, remembering how it feels to mix the perfect shade of paint and swirl it onto the canvas. Maybe I should start this up again??
In other news, yesterday was senior skip day, which was literally just a continuation of the laziness I've been feeling for the past God-knows-how-long. SOS....I'm serious....But I'd like to think I've been filling my days with activities I would categorize as "Life-Productive," which basically includes anything that lacks academic or practical value, but just makes life better!
Lately I've been passing the hours playing lots of piano, messing around on my mom's guitar, formulating ambitious and mildly masochistic pre-prom diet plans, pretending to be a runner, and of course, baking.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to snag those last overripe bananas and turn them into banana bread before they disappeared. I don't know what it is, but banana bread is just so homey and comforting, like a feather pillow but with lots more carbs. Life-Productivity at its finest.
This particular recipe is so simple that you can have a loaf of warm, speckled goodness ready for you with barely any effort at all. I can't tell if mine turned out dark on the outside because it was slightly burnt, or because of all the cinnamon I sprinkled on top. Either way, it has managed to vanish in the last 24 hours. You can ignore anything I said earlier about a pre-prom diet.
Julia's Banana Bread
Recipe from Bon Appetit
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
¾teaspoon kosher salt
3 large eggs
1 ½cups sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large)
¾cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350°. Coat a 9x5x3” loaf pan with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk eggs, sugar, bananas, and oil in a large bowl until smooth. Add dry ingredients to banana mixture and stir just until combined. Scrape batter into prepared pan and smooth top.
Bake until a tester inserted into the center of bread comes out clean, 60–70 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; let bread cool in pan for 15 minutes. Run a knife around inside of pan to release the bread. Turn out onto rack and let cool completely.
Banana bread can be made 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container at room temperature.