Brown Butter Rum Banana Bread – this is not your mother’s banana bread – it’s made even better with the addition of brown butter and some rum! Shhhh…don’t tell mom!
ALL. MOVED. IN!!!!
Ok, well not completely, like totally, like a-place-for-everything-and-everything-in-its’-place like moved in, but we are getting there.
At least I know we’re NOT going to be moving for AT LEAST another year, maybe two or more if I can help it!
I REALLY like this house, the location, the neighbors we’ve met so far AND I can take some pretty great pictures right in the dining room ON my very own kitchen table because of some pretty awesome windows.
Obviously though, these pictures were taken in the backyard of our previous rental hence the stone wall background.
Honestly though, I cannot tell you how very happy I am.
If you aren’t familiar with what’s been happening in my life lately (and that in part, is due to the fact that I haven’t been posting regularly) we moved in the middle of October from the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the desert of Phoenix, Arizona. We are originally from Rhode Island and moved to Arizona back in 2002. After being here for 11 years, we decided that we wanted to return to New England to be closer to family and give mountain living a try. Not the rugged mountain living – we had the luxuries of heat, hot water (when we didn’t run out of both of those – and twice at the same time), indoor plumbing, and even internet! The desire to live in Arizona returned after 14 months of NH living, so we MAJORLY downsized and returned to the West.
We lived in a rental for about a month and a half before finally settling in our current home.
What a relief, I tell ya!
If you’ve ever moved and I’m sure you have, it’s just so unsettling and a pain in the royal tuckus! I like being organized, knowing where my things are in my kitchen and a routine, not this being in a state of flux baloney.
I just want to be settled!!!
I’m a happier person when I’m settled and isn’t that what the family ultimately wants anyway?
A settled momma equals a happy momma.
And WIFE! 😉
Way back when, I received a Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook as a wedding present and LOVED that thing! I wrote notes in it, even adapted some recipes.
So, that may very well have been the spark that started this whole blog. But…
I THREW the dang thing out!! Can you believe it?! I have NO idea what came over me. I thought I needed the newer updated version and should discard the old one, but apparently had a MAJOR mind-fart that I suppose was WAY too BIG to be called a mind fart. Lack of judgement, a momentary state of dementia, a lobotomy maybe or all three of those combined?
WHY on God’s green earth would I EVER have thrown that thing away????!!!!
Odd because I KEPT cookbooks of my mother’s that have no relevance and that I really have no use for.
The reason for this story? It had a banana bread recipe that I loved so very much and made quite often. Sadness ensued amongst family members when I no longer had said recipe and couldn’t recall for the life of me what the ingredients were…besides the bananas, of course.
So, after perusing the internet, I came upon this recipe at Better Homes and Gardens and added some extra goodness to it.
Here’s a great tutorial on how to brown butter if you haven’t done it before.
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1 -4 and this Brown Butter Rum Banana Bread earned 3 1/2 rolling pins.
I love this banana bread recipe as is, but making those two little changes, gave it an extra umph!
Oh, it was so yummy!
I give you BIG baking hugs and muffins!!