I have been working on a new recipe lately; a recipe that I am certain is a recipe for disaster. Start with the impending whirlwind of holidays, add one part family traditions, and one part Pinterest, mix with everyone’s expectations and bake with resentment and potential disappointment. Voila! You get a mess.
Is it too soon to feel the stress of the holiday season? Though trick-or-treaters have yet to knock, I know it is creeping into your thoughts too. Plane tickets need to be bought. Holidays negotiated. It’s hard to be present and enjoy the changing leaves, cozy evenings, and pumpkin festivals when my mind is already fast forwarding to turkeys and candy canes. It has been reassuring to find out I am not alone with anxiety of the onset of the holidays. In hushed tones on the play ground or a walk to the park, I hear my Mama friends sigh, “the holidays are coming.”
What is a Mama to do? My new mantra is : Slow down and Compromise
It’s hard not to fall prey to attempting to mimick the festive home seen in a pottery barn catalog or attend every holiday festival and gala.
This year, I feel pulled in every direction to incorporate traditions; treasuring the ones that have brought joy to me since childhood, as well as honoring those of new family and friends. Maybe even creating some new ones along the way.
This recipe is a wonderful reminder of how a simple approach with compromise can result in just what you need. Without much hoopla, it is simply perfect. The banana gets a moment to shine, as well as the pumpkin.
And that is what I wish for you, lovely friend, as we embark into this holiday season. A time to shine amongst the joyful things you will do to make this year as every bit wonderful as you envision on your Pinterest board.
Pumpkin + Banana Toddler Bread
- 1 cup organic Pumpkin Puree
- 3 mashed organic Bananas
- 1 stick organic Butter, melted
- 2 organic Eggs
- 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
- 2 cups organic Whole Wheat Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/4 tsp Salt
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 Loaf