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Meme’s Banana Bread

This post will have a banana bread recipe in it, but I’m mostly going to be talking about a very special lady in my life.  She’s the 3rd of 4 children, my mom’s younger sister.  Her name is Kim Anderson, but to me she’s Aunt Meme.  As the story goes, everyone called her Kimmy, but when I came along, the first born grandchild & niece, I couldn’t say Kimmy – I said Meme and so she has been Meme ever since.

Here is her Sr. picture and this is what she wrote on the back:

Shara, To my favorite niece, so that you won’t forget me while I am away.  Love ya,  Aunt Meme

She and my Uncle Curt were married right after she graduated high school and then moved to North Carolina – where he was stationed for the Army.

I look fully please in this picture 😀

beautiful

And she birthed these stunningly handsome boys! (from left to right: Kyle, Skylar, Kenny, & Clint)

She was also mom to a whole passel of boys at the same children’s home where my parents worked.  She is awesome!  They are now living in Glencoe again.  My Uncle Curt is the pastor at Glencoe Church of Christ.

Soooo on Saturday, Meme & Curt came over to Momma’s because she had her grandkids, Kai & Karissa (Kenny’s 2 kiddos), the same ages as Cade & Rae, and they LOVE to play together.

Momma & I made pizza; Rae helped!

And then we spent the rest of the afternoon visiting.  Mike, Daddy, & Uncle Curt played cards and talked religion…lol

Momma, Meme & I sat at the table and chatted.  Well, they were actually working on quilt squares and I watched.

However, that afternoon was revealing and healing.  If you’ve read enough of this blog, you know I struggle with depression, especially this time of the year.  It was so good to be out of my house, to be in a different environment, to be around family.  As we were talking, my mom said, “You two may not look anything alike (meaning me and Meme), but you might as well have the same DNA.”  I always knew we were similar, but not as much as I found out that day.  We’ve always struggled with our weight, lived in the shadows of beautiful siblings (seriously: both my sister & brother have been models), and now the struggles of being pastors’ wives.  It was healing.

This helped, too:

Momma made this delicious cheesecake.  She said it’s all part of her evil plan to bring us home more!  (Mike LOVES cheesecake!)

And finally, here’s the banana bread, actually it’s Meme’s 😀

Meme’s Banana Bread

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 3 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 overripe bananas
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 12oz container sour cream
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grease 3 loaf pans.  Combine flour, salt, and baking soda is a large bowl.  In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add bananas and mix on medium-high for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Stir well.  Add flour mixture and mix just until combined.  Fold in your optional add-ins.  Divide batter between the three loaf pans.  Bake for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

I threw in some blueberries in one batch – yummo!

I love you, Aunt Meme!!

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