Dear Readers,

What are some of your memories of acts of service from your parents? One of the five love languages of children, acts of service ranges far beyond the fundamental tasks of daily living. It is an important factor in fulfilling our emotional tank which allows us to experience love through acts of kindness. It can come in so many forms from coaching us on a skill, preparing a favorite meal, or tucking us into bed. In my childhood years my Mom styling my hair before school comes to mind immediately. Each morning I choose a barrette from a special drawer which exclusively stored multitudes of hair accessories of various colors, ribbons, and beads. I took such care and pride in selecting the one that would best coordinate with my outfit of choice. After, I proceeded down to breakfast where my Mom styled my hair. Every day was a different look composed various braid combinations and finished off with my hair accessory of choice. I loved being the showcase of my Mom’s daily creativity. Reminiscing on this memory, I believe these hairstyles were her way of expressing her own imagination. As an adult, I recognize this act of service from my Mom and realize it was just as important for her as it was for me. I cherish this memory very dearly.

In sharing this memory, I have included my recipe for banana bread which is a great treat for breakfast to be shared with loved ones. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends do.

Love Always,
Kristina Lucia xoxo

Banana Bread Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  •       3 ripe bananas
  •       1 cup of sugar
  •       1 ½ cup of brown sugar
  •       1 large egg
  •       ½ cup of milk
  •       1 individual container of Greek yogurt
  •       1 teaspoon vanilla
  •       1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •       1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •       1 teaspoon of baking powder
  •       1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  •       1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  •       1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  •       ½ cup of wheat flour

·       (a lot of recipes use ½ cup of butter in their batter.  Please feel free to add it id preferred)

PREPARATION

  1.   Preheat oven to 350°F and grease two bread loaf pans. (If you wish for one loaf, please feel free to divide the measurements.)
  2.   Mash ripe bananas to a puree mixture and set aside.  In a standing mixer, bear sugar and eggs till light and fully.  Once fully mixed, add milk, yogurt, vanilla, and pureed bananas to the batter.
  3.   Combine all dry ingredients together and gradually add them to the batter.   Feel free to add extra flour to the batter if you wish for it to be thicker.
  4.   Pour the batter evenly in each baking pan and set it in the oven.
  5.   Bake for 60 minutes or until done.  (I personally like to test my loaf by sticking a butter knife in the center of the loaf.  If it comes out clean, it is ready!)

6.    Eat and enjoy with loved ones  (My favorite step!)