There is a running joke in our little family of five that our children inherited their brains from their mom. It’s true that back in high school (where my husband and I first met), I affiliated with the brainier/student government types, while my husband tended to run with the more popular jocks/cheerleader crowd — the latter group not typically associated with studiousness (according to the world of high school stereotypes).
It isn’t true, of course. My husband graduated from an Ivy League institution and has built a very successful career in the nearly 30 years since. But here is where he really trumps me in the intelligence department: wisdom of the heart.
It’s hard to describe. The best way I can explain it is to say that his capacity for understanding and forgiveness is without bounds. He cares without judgement or conditions. Regardless of how busy, tired, hungry or frustrated, he will take time out for someone — anyone really — who is hurting. He never assumes that his pain is deeper, his day was harder, his to-do list longer. He wakes every morning with a smile on his face that reflects his pure appreciation for the life he has been given, with all its attendant privileges and hardships. It’s life after all, and he accepts it fully on life’s terms.
Pretty smart guy, if you ask me. And I am one lucky girl.
This recipe is one of my husband’s favorites. A simple Banana Bread loaded with chocolate chips to make life all the sweeter! There are countless recipes out there for this popular quick bread, but what I love about this one, adapted from Simply Recipes, is that no mixer is required. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.
3 or 4 very ripe bananas, smashed with a fork
1/3 c. melted butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 t. vanilla
1 t. baking soda
Pinch of salt
1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour
1. c. chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 4×8″ loaf pan, and set aside
With a wooden spoon, mix the butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and stir to blend. Add the flour and mix until just blended. Fold in chocolate chips.