Banana Nut Bread

Today is my son Harrison’s 19th birthday. He may be the most interesting person I know. He is a typical kid: he did all of the usual things, got in a little but not too much trouble; graduated high school and went to college. What makes him unique is that when he wakes up in the morning he sees a world that is beautiful, has good people in it and every single day presents a challenge of some sort. He embraces challenges. He probably wouldn’t see it that way, but from observing him for all of his life, that is what it boils down to. If there is a problem, he analyzes it and comes up with a solution; he doesn’t look to anyone else to fix it. But, if he needs help he asks for it.

These might seem like qualities that all parents could brag about. But the qualities in Harrison’s life are the ones that will make the world a better place. Not necessarily because of anything earth shattering, but because he lives every day seeing things that most of us don’t. He is different with a purpose. The purpose is not always clear to others but I suspect it is clear to him. Harrison wears a leaf pinned to some article of clothing every day. I have never asked him what this signifies. I think if you have to ask you probably wouldn’t get it.

I don’t know what his jobs will be or where on earth he will live, but I am confident that he will be happy and make a difference. Is there anything more that one can desire for their children?

This is one of the many things that Harrison enjoys.


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup(4 oz) Butter
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 2-3 Bananas,smashed up (The really ripe ones that you wouldn’t eat, but are not completely black)
  • 1/2 Cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped


  • Non-Stick Loaf Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  1. Pre-heat oven to 325.
  2. Mix all of these ingredients together until you have a smooth batter. You can use a mixer. I usually just use a fork.
  3. Pour the mixture into a buttered and very lightly floured, non-stick pan. This can be a loaf pan or whatever you have that looks like it will hold the amount of batter. The baking soda will let it rise slightly so leave room for that.
  4. Cook for about an hour and 15 minutes. Stick a toothpick or knife in the center and if it comes out clean then the bread is done. If you cook it for 85 minutes at anywhere near 325 it will be cooked all the way through.
Harrison, you can make this in your dorm kitchen. There is nothing to it. – Love, Dad

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