Cinnamon Banana Monkey Bread

This year, I'm really grateful that Brian and I are having a non-traditional Christmas. There will be no tinsel-topped trees casting their pine scented needles onto our carpet, no halls decked with boughs of holly, no gift swapping with relatives that we only see once a year, and frankly, don't care all that much for, and no pushing and shoving our way through the overcrowded shopping malls, dodging shoppers with cart rage and a vengeance for our ankles.

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  Instead, we'll be celebrating the Christmas holiday cuddled up with one another and with our fur babies.  We'll listen to some of our favorite holiday music as we enjoy a quiet day at home, share a nice dinner, and dessert of some double chocolate cake with snow white frosting in honor of Jesus' birthday. We'll enjoy pulling out the gifts that we bought for one another during the Black Friday sales and laugh yet again about how pathetic it is that two grown adults have absolutely no self control or patience to wait until December 25th to exchange said gifts.  We'll share Eskimo kisses and smiles as we thank God for the incredible blessings that he's given to us this year. Oh, and we'll be starting our day off right with these loaves of love.  Warm, golden, gooey cinnamon and banana goodness.  There's comfort in every bite, and if you pair it up with a fresh pot of coffee, a tall glass of milk, or some warm apple cider, you've got yourself the start of a perfectly glorious holiday brunch!  Sit down by the fire and enjoy some of this love from my house to yours...

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  Cinnamon Banana Monkey Bread from ItsYummi.com

 

 

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Now back to my story... please don't think that my 2012 was all fuzzy and warm.  It was by no means a stellar year.  In truth, it was far from it.  There were serious illnesses and unemployment to battle.  There were deaths of friends to grieve.   There were major challenges and disagreements that harbored resentment and anger, and came perilously close to destroying our 5-year relationship.  There was major unrest in our nation and in our world that caused many sleepless, fearful nights in this household.  However, the trembling and fears were only temporary.  We learned that negative things and people in our lives are only there as long as we give them the power to be there. We made a decision to end the negativity and remove the hurt that our hearts were filled with.  The toxicity of life brought us to our knees with the knowledge and peace that there was a way of escape from our pain.  That way of escape was born long ago,  in a lowly stable.  That tiny baby would become our Savior and King.  He would eventually be known as our Wonderful Counselor, our ever present help in times of trouble.  All we needed to do was to ask God to help believe in our hearts that He could and would help, and then turn our lives...the good, the bad, and the ugly, over to HIS care.  In return, He promised us that in His timing, everything will work according to His plan.  We just need to live in the moment and trust Him.  (John 3:16) It's not easy to have faith in something that you cannot see.  I know that from first hand experience.  However, I also know that our faith in that loving God has helped Brian and I through some of the most challenging and painful times in our lives.  The fact is that presents and trees and fancy gifts are wonderful ways to bring loved ones closer together during the holidays, but Brian and I would give up all of that and more, just to be closer to our King. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JESUS, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to you, my sweet readers.  I am SO grateful for the time we've spent together this year.  May your holidays be peaceful, happy, and filled with all of the things that make your smile...

Happy Birthday Jesus

Comments

  1. Jo-Anne says

    Merry Christmas Becca. Beautiful post (sorry it's taken me over a week to read it). So glad that you and Brian have jumped over the hurdle that was in the way in November. Life is too short not to enjoy each other unconditionally. Happy New year too! May 2013 be the best year ever for you both.

  2. Beverley says

    oh I do love this and will give your yummy recipe a go when the boys come home next time. Thank you and Happy New Year xoxo

  3. says

    It sounds like quite an idyllic way to spend the holiday...and the bread looks pretty good, too. :) Each year has its rough spots but it sounds like you toughed your way through them. Have a happy and peaceful new year.

  4. says

    Sounds like you've got the spirit of Christmas down - have a blessed one!

    May 2013 be the best yet for you and Brian!

    (that's what my card would've read - had I mailed it on time!)

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