December 3rd – “Sit alone at lunch and really relish your deep-fried peanut butter and banana sandwich — to heck with all of them.”

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Had I read my horoscope 2 hours earlier, my banana bread might have been a peanut butter and banana sandwich. It’s starting to feel like winter, so it was time to bake again.

Sunshine is still in abundance here in the west coast. For a few years, I did live in the east coast where the winters were long, dark and gloomy. Before my move, someone did wisely advise that the east coast could be depressing and that I might want to think twice before moving. I didn’t listen found out the hard way!

Winter depression is a real thing. The clinical name is appropriately named Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). You can read more about it here.

The good news is that there are plenty of ways to pick yourself up by doing things that require focus and creativity. If you like to bake and cook, you’re on the right track! To learn more, check out this Smithsonian article.

If you’ve never baked before, here is a super easy fail-proof banana bread recipe. It only takes 5 minutes to put together!

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Banana Bread

½ cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup sour cream or yogurt

2 extra large mashed bananas or 3 small ones

Equipment Required: 1 bread or muffin pan

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, salt. Stir until combined.
  4. Fold in sour cream and banana.
  5. Pour into pan and bake for 60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let it cool in pan for about 30 minutes before serving.

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