Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Mmmm...Banana Bread

First thing this morning I baked some banana bread. I've had bananas that have just been yelling at me that it was 'time.' My whole house smells wonderful! My recipe is from my Mom and is very old. As James would say, "It's ancient." The reasoning he is basing that on is my recipe is older than I am, and I am 51 years old. This recipe is the first dessert that I made as a young girl while we were living in Germany. So I think I was about 8 years old. My sister grew up making this same recipe and since she is older than I maybe she could tell me if the recipe was already 'in the family' when she became old enough to begin baking.

After eating pumpkin bread with mini chocolate chips given to me by a friend many years ago, I thought that I could do that with my banana bread recipe. It was an instant success! Since I am diabetic I don't make banana bread as often as everyone would like. It is too hard for me to resist.

As I have been smelling the aroma of the baking bread I have thought about how we, as Christians, are "the sweet aroma of Christ." Second Corinthians 2:15-16 states, "For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life." As I share the Good News with people, some will be drawn to it, hungry to share in it, while others will be repulsed by it. The ones being called by God recognize the life-giving fragrance while to the others, it smells foul, like death. And it is death for them, their own.


Becky said...

First of all...there is now drool all over my keyboard! And maybe, I will go and make banana bread with the banana's in my kitchen that are 'brownly' begging to be used before they end up in the trash. Secondly, I love that verse and the analogy. You have a poets heart to be able to marry banana bread with salvation. It's those kind of simple examples that make christianity real and simple to grasp and accept. God bless your day! Becky

Sis said...

Claire, this recipe is handwritten in Mom's brown recipe notebook, which dates back to her high school days, I think! I do not remember if it is from her high school home ec class or from Mammy.

Pilot Mom said...

I remember the notebook...we'll have to ask Mom about the origins! I love you! :)

Bob & Claire said...

Wow--Mom commented on a blog! Stop the presses! : ) And I made the same banana bread recipe for Bob's family when they all came to visit, and the 2 loaves were gone in 2 breakfasts--a big hit!

Pilot Mom said...

Yes, Claire, I was VERY impressed that she chose to comment. And, for her 'maiden comment,' she chose her younger sister! LOL!

Poor-Con said...

Hey PM, Ich sprechen sie deuthch!

Is your banana bread levened or unlevened?

Ever had friendship bread? Yummmm

Banana bread is my second fav.

Why am I telling you all this????

God Bless!

Roger R. said...

Hi Claire... I didn't know you had visited my home site? The garden is full of "digging and banking, toiling and sweating, turning and trenching" at the moment. And I have just taken out several (huge) trees... don't worry I am replanting too.

I do have blossom in every month of the year, so there is always something of interest.

(for anyone else it is welcome!

Cindy said...

Hi Claire...I'm visiting your blog for the first time, after reading your kind comments on my blog. I can almost smell that banana bread baking! I'll definitely be visiting your blog again.

Pilot Mom said...

Welcome, Cindy! It's so nice of you to drop in! Come back anytime!