One word: Tradition! You know you want to click this link…..oh yes you do. At this very moment I am listening to this song and bouncing up and down with exuberance. Evan is eying me suspiciously. Yes…yesssssss tradition!
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Without a culture or religion, tradition is hard to come by. Culture? Hah! Good luck finding that in Boulder. Religion? Strangely enough, I wish. I lack two necessary components, so my quest in life has been to seek and develop my own unique customs. I like to break “tradition” down into the act of ritual. We all have them, right? Even if you’re weird or atheist (I DID NOT just associate those two words with each other…jeese) you have at least a couple. I won’t allow you to deny it. Thank you cards? A clementine at the bottom of your Christmas stocking? Saying “You are so good lookin” when someone sneezes? Lighting a candle at dinner? Glancing in your rear view mirror every five minutes to be certain that you didn’t run over a small small child? Am I getting warm? As cliche as it is, I love the ritual of drinking a cup of coffee in the morning. I find it comforting. I take that tiny bit of time (before I frantically flee my house for work) to acknowledge that: 1. Yes, I am alive. 2. I am grateful to be alive and 3. I am blessed to have this moment.
When I was a kid, my traditions were somewhat like this; 1. Always ask permission from a plant before you pick it. What happens if it whispers “nooo”? meh. 2. Always eat Hummingbird Cake on your birthday.
Hummingbird cake is divine. It is perfectly moist, cinnamon-y and sweet. It’s like banana bread, but with a tropical twist. Topped with white-chocolate cream cheese frosting, it can also be quite decadent.
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Cup Spelt Flour (or regular all purpose)
2 Cups Sugar
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
3/4 Cup Canola Oil
1 & 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
8 Ounces Crushed Pineapple
2 Cups Smashed Ripe Bananas!!!
Sift all flours, salt and baking soda together in one bowl. In another bowl, combine the oil, sugar and spices. Slowly beat in the eggs. Add half of the flour mixture. Now beat in your bananas, followed by the rest of your flours. Now mix in the pineapple. Bake at 365 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden on top and firm to the touch. If you bake in cake layers, it takes about 30-45 minutes.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
8 Ounces Room Temperature Cream Cheese (low fat is fine too!)
1 Stick Of Room Temperature Unsalted Butter
1/4 or 1/2 Cup (Depending on how sweet you like it. You can always add more!) Melted White Chocolate Chips
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Beat cream cheese until smooth. Scrape down the bowl and beat in the butter. Scrape down the bowl again. Slowly beat in the melted chocolate. At the very end add your vanilla. Working with room temperature ingredients is really important to keep the frosting from being lumpy. Try not to over beat!