I find peace in baking. Peace in slowly creaming the butter and sugar, the quiet crack of fresh eggs, watching the color lighten as you add your flour, and in this case, the aroma of bananas that are mushed to a gooey consistancy.
When everyday tasks seem to get overwhelmingly busy, for every box you check of your to-do list at work another two appear, when the laundry piles up, the dishes overflow, and your apartment becomes its own miniature war zone, it's time to take a break.
A break to clear out the clutter in your mind, to sort your to-do list into separate columns so you no longer find yourself worrying about work at home, and home at work.
My advice? Flip through your most prized recipes, turn off the television, turn off the computer, take a break from blogging, from texting, from music, from wasting hours upon hours searching for your next DIY project. Commit yourself to the task at hand. Spend the moments alone, celebrating the completion of each followed direction. Steal a few chocolate chips for yourself.
Allow yourself to get swept away by the warmth and smell of a treat cooking in your oven. The anticipation of the first moist piece of banana bread, sprinkled with smooth melted chocolate.
Share it with friends. Let the laundry sit for one more day (since you know you have plenty of clothing left), spend time unplugged from electronics and relax.
When you're ready, load the dishwasher, pick up the piles of socks and outfits you hated, wipe down the counter tops, write your grocery list, give your bathroom some TLC, light a candle, and allow your apartment to become the sanctuary that it should be.
In my case, repeat the stress, the mess and the overwhelming feeling for a week, then spend the weekend baking, cleaning and managing tasks to finally come back to blogging, happy & refreshed.
This post was a joy to read! I love making banana bread, especially with chocolate chips! Unfortunately for me the hubby doesn't like it at all-- perhaps I need to half the recipe ;)ReplyDelete
Thanks for this post and I'm glad you gave yourself a nice little break from the chaos of the world!
Yes, it was a much needed break! I love banana bread so much, I think I would make it even if I couldn't share it:) More for yourself!ReplyDelete
YUM! I have actually never made banana bread myself and just bought a loaf pan and am SO excited to try it! Sadly, like Mrs. Biscuit my mister is not into it so I will just end up eating all of it! Yikes! haha I totally do this same thing! Cook/Bake-clean/organize-relax! Have a great and not stressful day!:)ReplyDelete
Thank you Courtney, you too!ReplyDelete
That looks totally delish, yum!ReplyDelete
This is the second post of banana break I've seen in the last 8 minutes. I'm getting hungry. That looks so yummy!ReplyDelete
looks SO GOOD. now i miss trader joe's. whyyy don't you have those, europe!?ReplyDelete
Thank you Krysten, Rebecca & Jenni!ReplyDelete
Banana bread is one of my favorite things to bake...it's so easy and I ALWAYS wait too long to eat my bananas. The more brown spots the better!