I wasn't sure what I wanted to post about this week. My heart has felt very sad about the devastation in Haiti and talking about food hasn't felt like something I wanted to do. I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti back in 2001 on a medical mission trip. I know that my life was changed more by the people I met than theirs were changed by me. They did not have much - hardly anything. Some barely had clothes to cover themselves with. But they did not complain. They were - they are beautiful people. I don't understand why such disasters happen. I know people question why God would allow it. But I believe that things happen in life for a reason. I don't need to know why as long as I know who is in control and trust that He has not for one moment left us alone. My prayers are with them. One thing I have been reminded of this week is how much I complain about the little things in life. I find myself now being so thankful for what I have been blessed with.
On a lighter note - I did do some baking this week. I had some bananas that started getting brown faster than I had thought they would. I remembered seeing a recipe from the Sugar Plum blog for a Chocolate-Peanut Butter-Marbled Banana Bread - so I gave it a try. It was delicious! It was huge and beautiful too. I brought it to work and it was gone by the end of the day. This recipe is definitely one I will make again!
Isn't it pretty?! It looked even better when you sliced into it. Very swirly. Unfortunately those pictures didn't do it justice - so I left them out.
I have recently gotten into the routine at night of checking my blog for comments and then checking each of the blogs I follow for their newest recipes. I keep a notebook by the computer to remind me of which ones I want to try. This week Jenny from Picky Palate had beautiful pictures of a panini she had made. It got me thinking - I have a panini maker in my basement I had never tried before. So I got it out and whipped up and turkey and provolone panini with ranch/pesto dressing. It was really good. I wont be keeping that panini maker in the basement anymore!