Over this past week I have realized how much I truly appreciate my family. I love my parents with all my heart but, as I have gotten older, I have grown to be increasingly thankful for my brother and sister.
This past weekend was the last weekend I was able to visit my sister at college (the same college that I will be attending next year). She is graduating in just a couple short weeks and even though I have already visited her twice by myself for “fun visits” (without parents), I wanted to squeeze in one more visit before we both graduate and I head off to the University of Illinois. Brooke is always a great host, she always lets me borrow whatever clothes I want, and we hardly ever argue anymore like how we did when we were younger. She’s my best friend in the world, who I know I will always be able to trust. I am super thankful to have a sister. My mom always says, “Friends come and go, but sisters are forever”, and that is certainly something I believe in full-heartedly.
Now that I have gushed over my sister, Brooke, I think it is time to rave about my big brother, Jack. Let me start out by saying that my brother was not the most organized guy when he was a teenager. Birthday presents from him usually went something like him driving me over to Borders and me picking out some books, or maybe a gift card of a place I picked out. Teenagers are busy (as I know very well of right now in my life) and birthday presents often seem silly or too much effort to try and be creative.
Fast-forward to present day and now my brother is Mr. Organized with birthday gifts. It was my mom’s birthday recently and even though he lives across the country in LA, HE bought the present for my mom (which I still need to pay him back for) and had it sent to a local Best Buy, where all I had to do was drive over and pick it up!
When I got home from my visit at U of I with my sister this weekend my mom told me that my Jack had a surprise for me. I was kind of like ok…what kind of joke is this going to be? The surprise? These gorgeous BCBG earrings that he bought for me to wear to my prom. Yes, feel free to cry everyone. I mean..what?! I was not expecting that one at all!! Anyways, I owe a big ‘ol THANK YOU to Jack and Brooke for being rockstar siblings. Love you both with all my heart!
On to banana crumb cake! I am super pumped to share this recipe with you all. Oh my gosh…so good! The night I made it, my dad ate probably about 1/4 of the 13″ x 9″ pan!!! I KNEW he would like this one, as he is the banana king and loves basically anything associated with bananas (food-wise).
However, this was actually a request from my mom, so I guess I am just trying to make the whole family happy with this post today. Must be that I am getting close to high school graduation and starting to feel sentimental and stuff… yikes.
Banana Crumb Cake
(Makes one 13″x9″ cake)
3 bananas, ripened
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk (I used skim)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 13″x9″ baking pan with cooking spray, set aside.
- Using a mixer, beat bananas and sugar until liquidy and combined. Mix in butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Add in flours, baking soda, and salt. Mix in milk until thoroughly combined.
- In a smaller separate bowl, mix together crumble toppings with hands or fork until crumbly.
- Pour half the batter into the bottom of the prepared baking dish, sprinkle half the crumb mixture on top, pour remaining batter over top, add final layer of remaining crumb mixture. Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean. Let cool and enjoy! Cover leftovers in container or with plastic wrap.
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