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Dairy Free Banana Blueberry Bread

SMC_2016This is a post about banana bread, but it is so much more. This is about my mom. This is a modification of her recipe, which I think is a modification of someone else’s recipe.

Back in the 1980’s and 1990’s the “dairy-free or lactose free” movement was in it’s beginning stages. My mom was the first person I know that actually figured out that the problems she was having was directly related to dairy. During the late 1990’s and into the 2000’s she would bring her soy sour cream out to dinner if it was a place that she would get a baked potato. There are so many options today and I wish she was around to research things with me. But sadly she is no longer with us.

One of the recipes she modified was homemade banana bread. This is the only recipe I use when using up those brown very ripe bananas. In the future I may be able to modify it more, but for now this is my mom’s version of banana bread with no dairy and very low fat.

  1. 1c sugar (this round I used regular sugar, I’m hoping to experiment with other types of sugar later)
  2. 2c flour ( I used Bobs Red Mill Glueten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, will test other flours also)
  3. 1/2 tsp salt (I used sea salt)
  4. 1 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 Tbs vegetable oil (I actually used coconut oil, will see how it goes)
  7. 1 egg (cage free brown egg, maybe I can replace that in the future?)
  8. 1 tsp vanilla
  9. 1/2 cup of orange juice (I used non concentrate, with pulp)
  10. 2 or 3 smashed bananas
  11. 1c of blueberries (I used organic fresh ones, but frozen ones will work too)
  12. 1/2c of pecans or walnuts (I have also used almond slices)

Combine the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients and mix well. I fold in the blueberries or nuts at the end. Bake at 325 degrees in oven loaf pans (coated with non stick spray) for 1 hour. Bake muffins for 25 minutes.

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A Career I Never Anticipated

About twenty five years ago I went back to work after having 2 kids. After getting married, graduating from college and moving around Texas and Nevada I wasn’t sure what type of job I would find. The first job I got was through a temp agency. I was the secretary who could design the covers and spines of the presentation binders. And the go to person to set up flow charts in Mac Draw. (It was the mid 90’s) People would stand behind me and watch and say you should do that for a living. Some people knew and some did not know graphics are what I went to school for.

After that temporary job I found a job setting up ads for the Las Vegas Review Journal. That lasted a year and when they hired someone else for a job I really wanted I started looking elsewhere. I interviewed with a screen printing shop and although I didn’t have any experience in that field, I did have computer skills and a graphics degree. They hired me and I started by spending 2 weeks working out of the adobe illustrator 3 tutorials. I will always be grateful for that opportunity. I have been in the screen printing industry ever since.

That being said, this blog is about the things I am interested in and the life my husband and I have outside of our jobs. I love to cook, love to travel and am getting back into photography which was a favorite activity of mine in college. I hope to share with you my favorite recipes, photographs and places that we go. Thank you for coming along for the ride.