When Life Gives You Bananas…Make Banana Bread

Don’t just look at those two over-ripe bananas languishing in the bowl, do something with them.  And, since life is giving you bananas this particular week, I recommend a quick fix for you and those bananas.

Chiquita makes a top-rate mix found in the produce section of your local grocery store. In my case, it’s Giant Foods. Hint: Look near the bananas. All you need are two bananas, one egg and one-third cup of water. Of course, adding chopped nuts or chocolate chips makes it even better.

I wholeheartedly recommend this mix because it is really good – as good as my from-scratch recipe (maybe better). And the ingredients are simple — wheat flour, sugar, soybean oil, and a few other non-chemical ingredients.

No Apologies Needed

Years ago when I was in my salad days of hospitality — working two jobs, single gal, party pup —  I baked a cake from a box mix (the flavor escapes me), iced it, and took it to my friends’ house for an evening get-together. I apologized to the host saying, “It’s not homemade.”

Don stared at me, rather puzzled, and said: “Did you open the box with your hands?”


“Did you break the egg, pour in the water, bake it in your oven in your home?”

“Uh huh…”

“Well, then it’s homemade and I can’t wait to eat it!”

Lesson learned. Hospitality is from the heart – both in the giving and the receiving.