A Good Old Fashioned Family Recipe

There are some days when you just need a taste of home. Living in a different city than my immediate family, there are times when I feel homesick. It sounds silly, seeing as I am a grown woman with a home of my own, but, that longing for ‘home’ will surface at one time or another. It’s usually triggered by all the cliché things one would expect, like a song’s lyrics (Stop This Train by John Mayer gets me every time). But mostly it’s when I find myself going through a big change, be it positive or negative; wishing I could have my clan by my side to guide me through it.

While it may be silly, whenever I do feel that way, I can’t help but embrace it. Going through some big life changes recently, I find myself sometimes procrastinating from the goals and tasks that need to get done. On one such occasion a couple of weeks ago, I called my Mum to ask her for our family’s banana bread recipe. A few minutes later she sent me a picture of her recipe card, handwritten and faded. Seeing the card immediately brought me back to the kitchen of my childhood home. I suddenly could remember the texture of our kitchen table; how even in the summer months, the table’s varnish was always cold to the touch. I remember the windows that looked out into our back yard and how my Mum would always leave unripened avocados on the window sill to soak in the sun’s rays. There was a vintage bread box that sat on top of the counter. There was a time when my brother and I were once too short to reach those counter tops.

Shortly after receiving a copy of the recipe, I found myself in my own kitchen making a batch of banana bread. I replaced most of the recipe’s traditional ingredients with paleo-friendly alternatives, but the foundation of the recipe, was my family. Much like when life hands me a curve ball, or when I’m faced with a new challenge, that longing for ‘home’ to me, is the overwhelming reminder of my incredible support system.

Paleo-Friendly Ingredient Substitutes

  • Flour replaced with almond flour
  • Sugar replaced with 2/3 cup maple syrup and 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • Butter replaced with coconut oil
  • Optional – dark chocolate and chopped walnuts

Keeping with the theme of change, I am happy to report that starting this week and going forward, readers can now expect to receive two blogs per week on Fanciful Impressions. Blogs will be published every Tuesday and Friday of each week. If you’re new to Fanciful Impressions, I invite you to subscribe. On Fanciful Impressions, you will find vintage makeup tutorials, DIY projects, recipes, reflections of bygone eras, and short stories through some of the historical characters I’ve created through makeup artistry.