Planning my wedding was one off the funniest things I have ever done. Trying to plan a magical and memorable day both my husband and I would always remember. I am not afraid to say that I made most of the decisions about what we would do and have. In the beginning I would ask my husband for his opinion, but in true guy fashion, he never seemed all that enthused about the decisions. Which bummed me out a little, because I needed him to be as excited about it all as I was. So I started to make the decisions on my own with the help of my mom and my friends. But after a while, I started to feel guilty for cutting him out of the process all together. So I came up with a plan (that at the time seemed ingenious) that would allow him to be apart of the process without raining on my parade. I would do all of the research on food, music, the cake; and come home knowing what we should decide. Then I would present our options to my husband and ask him his opinion. This seemed to almost always backfire, because for some reason, he always picked the opposite of what I had already decided on. Figures, right? So eventually I scrapped the whole thing and just made all the decisions on my own.
Finally I came up with a way to let him be involved, that doubled as a special surprise for him. I decided that we should do a Groom’s Cake. I had it all worked out in my head, I was going to have the baker make a replica of his track jersey and medal from the Olympic Trials. I knew he’d love it. All I needed was for him to do was select the flavor of the cake and the frosting. Easy, right? A very harmless decision. Or so I thought. What flavor does he pick, but Banana with a banana cream filling! My jaw practically hit the floor. “Banana what?” I ask. And he was so serious. He wanted an entire cake made in a banana flavor. He was so proud of himself. And all I kept envisioning was all this leftover banana cake, because nobody would eat any. So once again, I vetoed his decision. Or at least a kind of a compromise. The majority of the cake was chocolate with a peanut butter filling. Delicious. And the replica of his medal was made in his favorite banana nut cake with a banana filling.
So most of you might be thinking that I am a total control freak, and that’s okay. You may be right. But I will tell you that He only ate one piece of that cake and the rest got thrown out. And I can tell you that I have not lost any sleep over my decision. So this leads me to my share for the day. My husband’s very favorite Banana Bread recipe. I hope you like it.
- 2 cups Flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 lg. Eggs, Beaten
- 1 1/2 cups Bananas, mashed (5 Bananas)
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Canola Oil
- 1/4 cup Walnuts, crushed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Grease and lightly flour a 9 x 5 x 3″ loaf pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
- Make a well in the center of your flour mixture. Then set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Mixing well until smooth.
- Pour egg mixture into your well all at once. Stir just until moistened. Your batter should be lumpy.
- With a spatula, fold in your nuts.
- Spoon batter into your prepared pan.
- Bake loaf for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pan and cool on wire rack.