Monday, October 19, 2015

Really Easy Banana Bread Recipe, Tiny Tidbits, Scary Story Giveaway

Banana bread
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Hi! Glad you're here because I want to share this delicious recipe for banana bread.  Something about it makes me happy every time I bake, eat, or give away a loaf. With the weather turning cooler--shout out to those who experienced a really really early snow fall this weekend--cooks turn on their ovens.

Banana bread is comforting when baking in the oven. The delicious smell drifts through the house magnifying the anticipation of taking that first bite of a warm buttered slice. Creating something special for those I love is probably why the "joy of cooking" is such a familiar phrase. Okay, I'll come down from my writerly perch and say why banana bread really makes me happy--cause, dang it, banana bread tastes so good! YUM!

My daughter, Sara, gave me this easy banana bread recipe. Grab it and make you and everyone you love very happy!

1 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed (you can get away with just 2 for less banana flavor)
2 eggs
1/2 c. vegetable oil
1 scant tsp baking soda

Blend all ingredients BY HAND in the order listed and pour into a greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pan.
Bake at 325 degrees until done in the center, about one hour.
Tips: Add walnuts to the batter and sprinkle a few on top before baking.
Fill pan 1/2 full to avoid overflow. A double batch makes 6 small aluminum tins. Bake 30 to 32 minutes.

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Tiny Tidbits on Writing and Life
Yellow Bananas
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  • You can prevent bananas from gettng too ripe by placing them in the refrigerator. Oh yes, the skins will get black, but the banana stays good.
  • Very ripe bananas make the banana bread sweeter and easier to smash up for making bread.
  • Use the Overdrive app to download e-books and audiobooks from your library/ Get it at
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'Tis the Halloween season, and for those who enjoy being scared out of their wits, I will be giving away an e-copy of Sunshine Boulevard. Easy entry--leave a comment and you're in! Deadline to enter is Sunday, October 25 at 9:00 pm EDT.
Sunshine Boulevard
Mysterious deaths upset the Florida retirement community 
interfering with their seasonal activities and turning up more than dead bodies

Back of the Book: Sunshine Boulevard by J.Q. Rose
Who or what is killing the seniors on Sunshine Boulevard?  Follow Jim and Gloria Hart, snowbirds who annually migrate to Florida for warm sunshine, fun, and games in snow-free winters. However this season, Jim Hart, a volunteer First Responder in his retirement community of Citrus Ridge, is drawn into the investigation of the mysterious deaths. Even in the midst of the unfortunate demise of the residents on Sunshine Boulevard, the Harts try to enjoy the winter with friends. They don't realize that their friends are getting together for their own kinds of affairs with each other. The neighbors are in a dither over the deaths, but perhaps more intrigued by the gossip about the affairs and why the naked lady was found lying in the geranium bed.

For those of you who can't wait to see if you win the book, here are the buy links.

The e-book is available at all major online booksellers.

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Or click below to read Sunshine Boulevard now on your Kindle or Kindle app. Thank you!



Helena Fairfax said...

Thanks for the recipe for banana bread, JQ. I love it, but I've never had a go at baking my own. I like the addition of the walnuts!

Marsha said...

Hey, JQ. Love this recipe. Will have to try it. I always put bananas in the icebox. Hate gushy ones. :) I'll share.

emaginette said...

The banana bread looks delish. :-)

Anna from Elements of Writing

J.Q. Rose said...

Helena, definitely add walnuts. Not only tasty, but good for you too!

J.Q. Rose said...

Marsha, I hope you do try the recipe. I like the hand mixing. I've heard, and I think I have experienced, beating the batter too much causes peaks when it bakes instead of a nice top.

J.Q. Rose said...

Anna, it is delish. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

J.Q. Rose said...

Congratulations to Emaginette! She won a copy of Sunshine Boulevard just in time for a fun, scary read for Halloween.

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