Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A touch of Spring-time Beauty...and a recipe!

I've been enjoying researching more about Quince, as we have quite a few established shrubs near the running shed-- Right now they're in full bloom and it's lovely! I look forward to harvesting some fruit later this year! To encourage fruit, I decided to fertilize it naturally.

Using Bananas as 'Fertilizer'

Bananas are rich in both phosphorus and potassium--these are important macro-nutrients plants need. After cutting/pruning the other surrounding trees back, I raked under the plants, then spread about 5-6 banana peels on the ground. Then I covered them up w/ leaves & dirt to start the de-composing process.

What to do with all those banana's?

* Banana Bread *
*2 large eggs (I used 3 medium)
*3/4 cup brown sugar
*1/2 cup oil
*Then mix in (a heaping) 2 cups mashed bananas
Here's a trick: Using a blender, blend your bananas w/ a little milk until completely smooth before using in a recipe!!
Separately, mix together: *2 cups flour, *1 tsp baking soda, *1/4 tsp salt.
Add to banana mixture
For extra flavor, *1 tsp ground Cinnamon (!!)

Pour in a lightly greased loaf pan or 9x13 casserole pan...Bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes (Or until completely done). This recipe can be easily doubled...That's what I'll do next time :)

ohh, this is so good, especially with hot tea *grin*

I do hope you'll try it!


Anonymous said...

Mia, We discovered Quince on our property last year. However it only produced two small fruits. I hope to fertilize it this year and get it to be more productive. Good luck with it!


Anonymous said...

Quinces are great. We don't have one but my cousin does. May I suggest making Quince Jelly with them if you get enough. It is so yummy.

Also, thanks for the tip on bananas as fertilizer. We grow bananas on our property but never thought of using them for fertilizer -- this is great :0)


Bonnie said...

Flowers! Blooming outdoors in February! We are still having snow here in the tundra, I mean midwest....
Yum! I LOVE banana bread!

Rhonda said...

Oh What a lovely sight seeing flowers blooming in February! Here in the northland of Minnesota (By Lake Superior) We have have 4-5 ft. of snow everywhere! *sigh*

I am going to try your banana bread! Looks so yummy!

I so enjoy your Blog Miss Mia!
Many blessings to you and your lovely family!
Rhonda from the Northland of Minnesota

Anonymous said...

Neat thing about the bananas! The banana bread look's good!!!!!!!! I LOVE banana bread!!! Pretty blooms! They are so pretty. God bless you!

Cinnamon said...

What a great idea for banana peels~ We love b.bread too. We make about 4-5 loaves each batch and it never lasts long. Thank you for sharing your recipe~


Regan Family Farm said...

We have certain hope for spring flowers...soon...Jenna and I are trying to figure out our garden space and begin preparing for planting time :)
We usually give our banana peels to the chickens, but perhaps the soil would benefit more?
Blessings, Mrs. Regan

Rani said...

Hi Mia,
There are flowering quinces which are purely ornamental and don't fruit. We have some on our property. They are absolutely beautiful when in flower, extremely hardy, and cope well with the harsh hot dry conditions in Australia with minimal water. Ideally an ornamental quince should be pruned or thinned back after they have flowered. Hmmmm, perhaps that was more than you needed. :)

gail said...

Hello Mia,
just wanted to let you know that I'm really enjoying your blog and I will be trying your recipe for banana bread over the weekend.

Blessings Gail

Rani said...

Did I say they don't fruit!!! They do, ours just live in a spot that is quite inaccessible so I've never seen them. Apparently they are not particularly tasty compared to normal eating varieties though. I'd be interested to hear what your thoughts are if you make quince jelly etc. Apologies for the misinformation.

Anonymous said...

It is so lovely to see ~ outside flowering plants ~ in early February :)

Using the peels as fertilizers is something that we have been doing here in the cottage and also it is used in the country where I was born. They are absolutely wonderful for the plants...especially the flowering kind :)

Your banana bread sounds delicious...I think I will make it today, in fact!


Mrs. S.

Jaimi_C said...


Flowers already? What a lucky lady you are. We live up north in Montana where we're covered in snow and blasted with freezing temps until the middle of may. I can't wait to see my tulips and iris pop up this year.
I stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it!


Jeanne said...

Mia, Girls everwhere should be exposed to your blog! You ARE a real role modle!!! Blessings to your family for sharing you with the blog world! I have turned one all of my youth girls to your blog and they are so excited, but with that you would post more often they can not get enough, haha neither can I to be honest! I praise God for your style and life.
Thanks again

Our Blessed Country Life said...

beautiful flowers, beautiful blog!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,

I just stumbled across your blog and am so inspired by your way of life.

Thank you!


wendyytb said...

Dear Mia,

I came across your blog courtesy of Amber at "Unstuffed." I have a feeling that I will be spending a LOT of time here.

Thank you for the inspiration!

Wendy in snow-covered, Beaverton, Ontario

Andy and Brittany said...

Just to let you know that I did try your banana bread recipe. Yum! I did another recipe on Tuesday and I added chocolate chips. But on your recipe I didn't have enough banana's {only 1 cup} so I added what I needed in apples sauce and it turned out very nice!
Thanks for the new recipe!

...they call me mommy... said...

Thanks for the tip about the banana bread! :) Now, I'll have to wrangle some bananas away from all my little monkeys! ;)

...they call me mommy... said...

Oh and this gal (the author of a neat book The Gentle Art of Domesticity-fyi-she isn't a Christian) LOVES quinces...she has some gorgeous photos of them! :)


Trish said...

Mia this is a tourtureous post! I am longing for spring time! What lovely flower and the banana bread looks amazing! I just love your blog :)


Kristen said...

Adding cinnamon to banana bread sounds like a delicious idea! I shall have to try it sometime.

~ Kristen B.

Samantha said...

Banana bread...yummmmm!!! When my great grandmother died, we inherited her recipe box (she was born in 1918 I *think*) and she had a banana bread recipe that only calls for like 5-6 ingredients, mostly your normal staples. It's soooo yummy!!

That IS a good idea with the banana peels though! Hadn't thought of that one!

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Blessings in Christ,

Miss Antoinette

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Kirsten Erin said...

I made this yesterday for my family and the small group my best friend and I lead. Well, only my best friend showed up, but between the four of us (my dad is on a business trip), we ate the whole thing by morning!
Actually, the three of us ate the whole thing because my friend only had one piece!
Lol. The point of this comment is that the recipe was fabulous! I can't wait to make it again when my Daddy get's home! Thanks!