How are we supposed to decide what we want to be when we grow up?  By our second year of college, we are supposed to have some idea about which profession we would like to pursue to make our mark on the world.  Now, even high school students are encouraged to choose a track to set them up for their college careers.  We job shadow and interview professionals and we think that these exercises give us some idea of what that professional’s day-to-day life is like.  But until we have truly taken on the responsibilities ourselves, we really don’t have a clear sense of all that comes with being a teacher, lawyer accountant or dentist.  All the years of studying, researching and working so diligently to earn a degree and a living and do what we think will make a difference only to realize that we lost our happiness somewhere along the way.

Sometimes I wish I could be a professional student.  I love the academic environment and find pure bliss in watching a student understand something for the first time and have an “AHA” moment.  Nothing makes me feel more fulfilled.  Sometimes we don’t discover the paths we are meant to be on until much later than we were “supposed to”, but the revelation is worth the wait.

That is my insight for the day.

Now, onto the sweet of the day.

I love my mom’s banana bread.  It is so moist and has the perfect mix of bananas, nuts and chocolate.  This is not my mom’s banana bread.  This bread is made with white whole wheat flour and has more of a sponge cake texture.  I love to heat up each piece that I eat and sop up the melty chocolate chips with the spongy cake.  Yum, I am beginning to salivate just talking about it!


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cream butter and sugar

add eggs, yogurt, vanilla and bananas

mix in dry ingredients

place half of the batter into another bowl and add cocoa powder and chocolate chips

pour half of the plain batter into the prepared pan

pour half of the cocoa batter on top and smooth

repeat again with plain batter and top with cocoa batter

bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean

cool before removing from pan and slicing

What did you (do you) want to be when you grew (grow) up?


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4 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Jenn Baker
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    One of my favorite combos! Of course chocolate and most things go well today, well perhaps not citrus all the time but definitely with bananas!


  2. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    Love the layers!
    I am trying to figure out what to do with my life right now….


  3. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Mar 10, 2012 @ 11:42 pm

    Oooh, banana bread is total comfort food to me! I’d love to be a professional student too…there are waaaaay too many interesting things to study and pursue!


  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    The only way to make banana bread even better is to add chocolate – you are my kind of girl!

    As for what I want to do when I grow up, I love food blogging so much that I’m hoping to make some kind of career out of it!


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