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Banana Bread Oatmeal

I tried to write a post about breaking the status quo when I got entranced by Andrew Bird and watching the snow lightly whisper to the ground outside my window. As I attempted to describe paying more attention to the beauty in the world around us, I stared off into a distant, peaceful place and couldn’t think of the worlds I wanted to say. I was doing, not writing, which was exactly what I wanted to write about.

Breaking the status quo. On a normal day I wake up, fix a cup of coffee, and shuffle off to class. I stare at the sidewalk to make sure I don’t slip on ice. But I’m also inadvertently ignoring the world around me.

Two winters ago, I complained about the lack of color in winter. Then slowly, I started noticing all of colors around me. Reds and purples in tree bark, the icy blue of Lake Michigan, the occasional evergreen fighting off the winter with its hearty needles. It may sound stupid, but looking is the only way to see anything differently. Focusing your attention on focusing around you.

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Gluten-Free Banana Lime Muffins (Sort of)

This summer I took up wheel pottery. I needed a creative and social outlet where I could take my mind off everything else in the day and force myself to focus on the medium infront of me. Clay demands an extreme amount of attention, but practice and patience reward the artist with a beautiful piece.

Even if your pot doesn’t turn out how you intended, you can often salvage it into something else. A flopped vase or bowl evolves into what my teacher calls more “organic” than a perfectly circular pot. Experimentation with cooking is akin to pottery: you start with an idea, but it can take on a life of its own. Oh, and experimentation with baking is like playing with fire! Maybe your recipe will be delicious. Maybe it will blow up in the kiln (or oven). Have I taken this metaphor far enough?

My good intentions (making Dad “legal” desserts that don’t have flour or cane sugar) led me to adapt a recipe I made last weekend from Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant. Last weekend’s treat was a delicious, dense, moist banana lime bread so good that I carried a big chunk of it outside in the morning with my coffee, only to return 2 minutes later for another big chunk. I couldn’t get enough, but Dad couldn’t have any. Clearly it was time to start  substituting critical baking ingredients with absolutely no experience! HEY, at least the result was edible. Not just that, but good.

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