A lot of you will be totally surprised by this, but… I LOVE TO BAKE!
I grew up around a mother who loved to cook and bake. I kid you not, we (my two older siblings and I) had a hot cooked breakfast EVERY morning (except for the occasional granola cereal – which she made from scratch). I actually used to beg to have store bought cereal like I had at friends’ sleepovers, haha.
My mother passed away when I was 10, from breast cancer, but my own love for baking continued to evolve. Even in college, when I was all stressed out, I would bake to calm my nerves – clearly my roommates loved me! Today, baking reminds me of my mom and feeds my soul more ways than one.
As I gear up for Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to bake some goodies – my Great Grandma Devorchek’s Yummy Banana Bread recipe – as Valentine’s Day gifts for friends and neighbors!
Giving homemade gifts is my way to remember my mother (who always fed the neighbors), plus spread the gift of love with others!
And to add some extra personal love, I’m wrapping my banana bread mini loaves with my own modern Valentine’s Day gift wrap and tag designs, found here.
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 or 4 large overly ripe bananas, whipped to a liquid state
- 2 eggs, beaten well
- 1 teaspoon soda
- Pinch of salt
- ½ cup chopped up walnuts
- 2 cups flour
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla
- Cream sugar and shortening together. Stir in beaten eggs and bananas. Fold in flour, soda, salt, vanilla and chopped walnuts.
- Pour batter in greased loaf pan(s). Bake at 275 for 1 hour.
- Makes 1 large loaf, 2 small loaves or 6 mini loaves. I made 6 mini loaves for my Valentine’s Day gifts!