If you remember, back in October, I attempted to bake my first Banana Bread and it didn’t turn out to be a bread at all, but a dense replicate of some sort. It was definitely a fail, I was discouraged, but I also realized that I was ill-prepared. But guess what guys and gals? I got it right this time! I had all of the right ingredients this time:
- 3 Very Ripe Bananas
- BAKING SODA
- Vanilla Extract
- Cinnamon, optional
- Melted Butter
I put baking soda in bold because it is a crucial part of the baking process and not only did I have it, the guesstimation for some of the measurements were on point as well. Because I don’t own all of the measuring devices. Small victories like this in the kitchen keep me motivated to try new things. I recently watched a YouTube video on making homemade bread and that’ll be the next baking victory.
This time around, I was so nervous and excited about this bread. I was nervous because I remember baking cookies a few months ago, using baking soda, and they turned out to be too cakey in texture, not the ooey-gooey version I was going for. Looking back on my past attempt at banana bread, I just assumed that this time around, the bread would turn out the same as the last one, although I knew I had all of the ingredients.
It’s just “mind over matter” with these types of things. If you’re constantly psyching yourself out before you even start, you’ll never try. It’s a process but I promise, when you take that first step you’ll never blink twice at the thing or things that were holding you back, and really the only thing that was holding me back from trying again was myself. Thinking that I was meant to be a lousy cook, that I’ll never get it, or how I should’ve listened to my family years ago when they wanted to teach me. Negative self-talk is worse than listening to the opinions of others, at least you can tune them out. Speaking negatively to yourself and always tearing yourself down, will keep you down. What did Aaliyah say? If at FIRST, you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. Try again. Try again.
My coach tells us all the time to pray out loud because you’re fighting a demon[s] inside of you. [negative self-talk | voices of parents, friends, or enemies]. So even when you find yourself in what seems to be a difficult task, speak out loud to yourself “I got this, I can do this.” and see how much further you’ll go. It’s hard but it’s even harder not to try. Practice makes perfect and even if it isn’t perfect, it’s damn near close.
I bucked myself up on this bread, ask Ge. Haha, he enjoyed it though, and so did our neighbor. 🙂
Take everything one step at a time and realize that
you we can get to wherever it is that we want to go if we get out of our own way. Even if you just wanna make a good ass banana bread.
I used the SimplyRecipes.com recipe for this bread.
Stay encouraged Munchies,