Banana Cake


Well we had a few very ripe bananas laying around yesterday and you know what that means…..BANANA CAKE!  I have not made this recipe for a very long time and I just could not throw away one more banana. Our love of bananas comes and goes. I always buy them because they are an easy fruit to have on hand. Some weeks they just hang around too long. I call this a cake but it is more like a bar. They are great with or without icing.

Banana Cake

In a small bowl mix:

2 cups of flour (I use 1c. white, 1/2c.  white wheat, 1/2 oat flour)

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 tsp salt

In your mixer cream together:

1 1/3 cup of sugar

1/2 crisco

1 tsp vanilla

2 large eggs

Add 1/2 cup of buttermilk and the flour mixture with your creamed mixture. I like to alternate the flour mixture and the buttermilk.

Add three to four mashed bananas last

Pour the batter into a 13×9 greased and floured cake pan. Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.


1/2 cup of cream cheese

1/2 cup of greek yogurt

1/2 cup regular sugar

1tsp cinnamon

Whip all ingredients in your mixer.

This is yummy served with chai tea!


The Path Ahead


Well it is the new year and New Year’s Day is usually my least favorite day/holiday just because Christmas is over and it is a really long wait till spring.  But this year I embraced the day and looked forward to all the opportunities waiting in 2013. I am filled with hope and excitement every time I think about all that I want to accomplish in this new year.

Number one on my list is to start packing up this house! Many of you know that Brook and I have been looking for a house but the timing was just always a little off. so we both said we would start packing up and when the time is right the Lord with provide a house of our own. So I have already begun the packing process. One box a day.

Number two on the list is to love more. This can mean something different to everyone, but I would like to take the time, that precious time, and listen and care more deeply for others. I always have good intentions of serving a little more but at the end of the day my priorities seem to get the best of me. We are to love God with all our heart, mind, and strength above all else. We are also called to love our neighbor as ourself. Christ placed a high value on his relationships and showed us how to love even the unlovable. In loving us he died for us. That is unconditional love. So in this new year I want to love unselfishly putting lesser attractions aside and to love like Christ.

God has a plan for my life just like he has one for yours. I really need to take time to listen (maybe even learning to listen) this year to what he wants me to be doing instead of making my own. Aren’t his plans always greater than our own anyway?

Have a Blessed New Year!