I'm bursting with excitement.
This is the first post!
I'll admit, it hasn't been easy planning out this blog. I've already had moments where I've wanted to push it back until after 2nd semester. But deep inside, I knew that doing so would just feed my laziness, and I would continue to delay it further and further until it would be just another passing dream. I have this Pinterest board full of "little reminders" that I have pinned over time. Looking at the board as a whole, I see that my "little reminders" have a common theme - they are telling me to constantly challenge myself. While I may not be the best writer, photographer, or blogger at this point, I know I can only get better.
As you can tell, I'm still learning! For instance, today I learned when taking photos that I should probably buy more clean linens for backgrounds of photos. I learned that my textbooks from undergrad and medical school are (for once!) useful, and they make great stands for my little tripod. Most importantly, I am learning that blogging is not as easy as it seems. For years, I have kept up with a few blogs that have absolutely gorgeous pictures, hilarious writing, and amazing recipes. After working on this first post, I know it's going to take time for me to get to that level. But even though it seems like a long road, I am completely off-the-wall excited that I am finally pursuing this.
It also helps that I've had a lot of support from my wonderful classmates and friends. This first post is dedicated to them! And honestly, there is no better way to start off my blog than with some banana bread. I've made banana bread for years, but I rarely bake them for myself. This is the bread that gets packed up and sent to my friends. It is a food that screams comfort and warmth. It lets you not feel too bad for eating a few slices for breakfast, and then a few more for dessert. It's a food I love to bake, and love even more to give.
I found this banana bread recipe online, and I love it because it's incredibly simple. You can even do it in just one bowl! I added some semi-sweet chocolate chips as well to make it a little extra fun. Because who doesn't like chocolate!?! I particularly loved this recipe because it didn't brown the tops of the bread too quickly, which is something I almost always have trouble with when baking banana bread. It's a bread that is not too sweet, so it would be great for breakfast warmed up with a cup of coffee. Which is now all I can think about. Whoops.
Thanks guys. You make me smile. I hope you enjoy the blog! More posts to come.
Easy-peasy banana chocolate chip bread
Adapted from Julia's Album
- 3 ripe bananas, smashed
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- In a large bowl, mix butter into the mashed bananas, using a wooden spoon. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix just enough to blend the ingredients; do not overmix, the lumps will work themselves out.
- Add the chocolate chips to the batter and mix them in to distribute evenly throughout the batter.
- Line a 9x5 in loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter in the pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from the pan, and slice to serve. Enjoy with a cup of coffee in the morning!