When I went a few years ago to a Food Blogger Conference I was in awe of how many people told me I was just like I was on my blog. This didn’t make any sense to me as of course I was like how I was on my blog, it’s my blog. Until I started to mingle with other people. People who’s blogs I read and realized that many of them in real life are much quieter in person and reserved compared to their blogs. In a way their blog is their way of letting out their inner extrovert. This was facsinating to me but also a good lesson. It’s a good lesson to remember if you follow me on Pinterest.
Let’s review a few emails involving Pinterest. I’m just posting this one but I can assure you that this question gets asked A LOT:
“This comes from a place of love even if it’s nosey. I follow you on Pinterest and you pin bunches and bunches of wedding dresses, are you getting married? Oh please say yes, I would love for you to be getting married and be happy.”
First off, I do realize that when I get email like this or others inquiring about if I am getting any that you guys just want me to be happy. Yes, I pin a lot of wedding dresses. My friend S is getting married at the end of September in a place where it will still be warmish. She wanted help with finding a short wedding dress or highly detailed dresses and we figured pinning was the easiest way to show dresses off. But here is the thing with wedding dresses…OMG are they gorgeous. I am a girlie girl. I love me some gorgeous dresses, wedding or not. Just because I post wedding dresses doesn’t mean I am getting married. No one asked if I lost a ton of weight and plan on wearing bikinis all summer long because I have a bunch of bikinis on there….just think they are cute. Or if I won the lottery to pay for the $4000 designer coat I pinned on there. Oh and for the record…you don’t have to be married to be happy.
“I started following you on Pinsterst and this will sound racist but hopefully not too bad as I am Asian myself, but are you secretly Asian?”
Hmmm, no not secretly Asian but this did amuse me greatly. Maybe because I post a lot of Hello Kitty stuff? That could also mean I am secretly 5 years old. Which I hope I’m not because I don’t really want to go through high school and junior high again.
“How can you stand to be on Pinterest and see all that yummy food? I don’t have the will power for that.”
The yummy food is one of the main reasons I go there to get inspired (like the banana bread in this post). Also I spend a lot of time reading other people’s inspirational quotes and posting workouts to get Carrie Underwood’s legs and other stuff they will never do…so I burn calories that way. So it all evens out. Seriously though people…want to be fit? For every one of those I’m not saying goodbye to my fat because it’s not coming back or 2011 is that last year I am fat pins…do 100 jumping jacks.
Anyway this bread does come from Pinterest. I was a little nervous about it at first because it didn’t seem to have as much flour but it was crazy good and very, very banana filled.
Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
For the bread:
3-4 over-ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
For the swirl:
1/3 cup sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a loaf pan (9-x-5). Just keep a close eye on it in the oven, and adjust the time as needed.
Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 TBSP cinnamon.
Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be careful and keep a close eyeball on it!
Recipe from SandwichHoss