Baking and Breaking Bread

I think I was in denial about my big job change.  I kept saying that I would deal with it in November and then November was here and now my last day has passed and I have a few weeks of fun before diving into my next job.  They say that this new generation will have around 11 jobs in their lifetime.  Ok, I don’t know if anyone really says that, but I did read it on a website.




I’m 7 1/2 years out of grad school and I’ve had 2 jobs, and now just starting my 3rd.  It seems to me that in healthcare, we tend to stay put.  There is so much more than salary that plays a role in job decisions and for those of us in the underpaid pediatric realm, this is even more true.  We do what we do because we really do Love What We Do!





Over the past 5 years, I have baked countless breads that I’ve shared with my coworkers or served at classes at my job.  The most of them are probably banana : )




I thought it would be fun to bake up a few loaves of bread for my last day and was excited to find a banana bread recipe that I haven’t tried yet.




The addition of warm apples to sweet banana bread is a MUST!




I know that there are plenty more breads in my future with new coworkers, new friends, and new adventures.  And…I will always remember the past bites with sweet memories!



Apple Banana Bread

From The Keenan Cookbook



1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

2 eggs

1/3 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce

3 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large bananas (mashed)

1 large apple (peeled, cored, chopped)



Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugars.

Blend in eggs, oil, applesauce, milk, and vanilla.

Stir in banana and apple.

Pour batter into greased loaf pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour or until toothpick test comes out clean.

Freezes well.

16 thoughts on “Baking and Breaking Bread

  1. Hope you had a nice last day. I’m glad you have a few weeks before your new job!
    I actually still work at my first ‘grown up job’ out of school. I’ve moved positions a few times but I’m still there!

  2. Good luck with your new job. It always takes time to get settled in, but then it becomes your second home I believe the statistics about 11 jobs over a lifetime.
    Banana bread is my fav, have not made it in so long!!

  3. So nice! No doubt everyone will fondly remember you and all the banana bread you shared 🙂 Hope your last day went well! I’m on my fifth job out of undergrad + grad schools! And, I’m sure I’ll switch again!

  4. Awe. I hope you enjoyed your last day. It really can be hard to move on. Coworkers can be like family with all the time you spend together.

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