This past weekend we made a trip to our old home in Minnesota. It was our first trip back since we moved and it came with some mixed emotions. I knew it was going to be hard to see our old house. We have so many memories there – three years of little Mr. N, many great friends, weekend adventures, tons of wildlife and of course, bringing home baby Miss A. It was very hard for me to leave the very first place I truly felt at home as an adult with my new family. (Not to mention my old kitchen – gosh, do I miss that room. ;) )
That said it is a beautiful part of the world and my sadness didn’t last long. It was quickly ushered out when we saw a buck standing outside our old house, hiked to the top of a bluff with our good friends, enjoyed a play date with Mr. N’s old friends at our favorite park, watched a bald eagle soaring overhead as we kayaked, and ate several meals at our favorite sandwich place.
While there we also had the pleasure of having dinner with some old friends – in fact, the very first friends we met after we moved to Minnesota. You may remember I’ve mentioned Doree before – she is the reason this quest for the best banana bread began in the first place. We’re planning to wrap up our quest and do our side-by-side taste test around the New Year. This is another recipe that we’ll be throwing in the mix and it comes to us from Laura at Manna & Quail. Thanks Laura!
Per usual, Miss A was on-hand to help with the banana bread. I think she could make this in her sleep now. I know I could! We started by doing something new this time though, Miss A added a 1/4 cup of cinnamon and sugar to the bottom of our greased loaf pan.
Everyone commented on the crust. Both Mr. N and Miss A devoured their slices and instantly wanted more. This version didn’t last long around our house. Fortunately, I did get a piece saved in the freezer for our final taste test down the road.
I can’t say if this banana bread is better than Doree’s or not. We’ll just have to wait and see, but it’s certainly on the short list. So here’s to Winona, to first friends, great friends, outdoor adventures, sweet treats and to homes and memories that forever become a part of who we are.
See this recipe: Cinnamon Banana Bread