The weekend came and went- boy, it was a busy one. Not just physically, but mentally. I guess that is pretty typical for this time of year when you have school aged kids. Usually there is so much to think about and plan as summer approaches and our daily routine will no doubt change it's format.
My family has big changes ahead. Our oldest son will be graduating from college in 19 days! That blows my mind! These past four years went faster than the previous four years in high school. Those of you with college graduates know what I am talking about, right? It's like you drop them off for this big college experience, yet, they still seem so young. Now that it is over, our son is graduating and has clearly grown into a fine, young, mature man. I find myself asking, "What happened?"
Left photo: Freshman year, dorm living -- Right photo: Hike with friends, senior year
So this weekend, my husband and I decided to travel to our son's college apartment and start the pack up process. Let me re-phrase that, the "throw out" process. Because lets face it, how many of us really want all of those college living items back at home? I didn't think so. We made good progress and it will certainly make the final move out day seem like a breeze. But as we sifted through the contents of his apartment, we came across items that reminded us of particular times or events during these past four years. We laughed quite a bit. It all seems surreal, the fact that it is coming to an end. I'm not even sure our son can even comprehend it. I know there are so many things he will miss about college, including some great friends- irreplaceable friends who have been there for him consistently. As a mother, my heart is so grateful for all of them!
As this phase of my son's life comes to an end, a new phase begins. He was awarded an internship and we will be moving him to his new summer home about one month from now. He is pumped! Because of the distance, it is unlikely that we will get to see him until the end of summer when we wraps up his internship. Thank goodness for Skype and Face Time! We are so excited for him and the experiences that this opportunity will bring. He deserves it as you will be hard pressed to find a more motivated and driven young man. Look for more updates throughout the summer as I will keep you informed of his progress.
Let's talk bread! Banana bread is probably one of the most traditionally known and liked sweet breads. As summer approaches, those fresh, bold and delicious blueberries start to fill our local stores and farmers markets. My recipe combines banana bread with some fresh, in season blueberries. The combination is delightful!
The recipe is quite simple which is one of the many reasons it is in our regular rotation. Using fresh blueberries is best, however you can use frozen. Just thaw them under cold water and drain any excess water. Recently, I have started using a new brand of almond flour by Anthony's Goods. It is delicious and I'm loving the results. This banana blueberry bread is great for the breakfast table, a midday snack, or an evening treat. It won't disappoint!
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbs pure maple syrup
1 cup fresh organic blueberries (if frozen, thaw and drain excess water)
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine sifted almond flour, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
2. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla, and maple syrup. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients. Gently fold in blueberries and mix.
3. Pour your batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. Check with a toothpick to ensure it's baked thoroughly. Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy!