Spring is here. In Michigan this means that most days barely reach 50 degrees, but you can take a walk in a light jacket or nice sweatshirt. It means flowers are starting to pop up, the grass transitions from a dull brown to a vibrant green, and the sun is out regularly.
After a winter of grey skies I am THRIVING sitting by my big picture window and soaking in sunlight.
Spring also means an onslaught of new book releases. I am finding I can’t keep up with all the books coming out in April that I must have. Clearly my self imposed book buying ban is not working very well. I’m also doing a Scridb trial to get more reading in at a cheaper rate.
But I must say the quality of books coming out this quarantine have been fantastic. Lately I have found myself floating through Emily St. John Mandel’s world. The Glass Hotel is everything I needed in a book. Straight up literary drama with the most intriguing characters and thoughtful settings. I adored Station 11 so I am so pleased her latest novel lives up to the hype and then some.
It doesn’t hurt that I was able to sit outside with The Glass Hotel with a nice cup of tea and a slice of Mixed Berry Banana Bread. Berries are another great signifier of the start of spring for me.
This recipe was everything I needed to brighten my week. It is delicate, sweet, and full of lovely pops of berry goodness. I used a mixture of blackberries, blueberries and cut up strawberries. Now my heart is happy and my stomach is full of carbs.
You should totally make it. Slather on some cream cheese, jam, honey, whatever you like. It makes any day a little brighter.
2 cup All Purpose Flour
¾ cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
½ tsp Salt
¼ cup Buttermilk
¼ cup Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Vanilla extract
½ cup Blueberries
½ cup Blackberries
1 cup diced Strawberry
3 medium Banana
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 by 5 loaf pan and set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix.
In a separate bowl mash bananas and mix together wet ingredients and eggs.
Pour dry mixture into wet and stir until just combined. Gentle stir in berries. Pour mixture into the prepared loaf pan.
Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Let cool for 10 minutes in pan, then transfer to cooling rack. Wait until completely cool to slice.
Oh, and let me know what new releases are on your radar