I don’t think I’ve really shared what our plans for the Summer in Maui are. And as time passes I will definitely have time to share more and more. But for now, suffice it to say that all of Jon’s family has converged in Oahu to attend Jon’s mother, Linda’s graduation. She has finished her doctorate program and getting her Ph.D in Special Education and Child Development. We are so proud of her. But that’s a post for my other sadly neglected blog, Lunar Musings.
For now, as a quick note I wanted to share the utter luxury we have been regaled with since arriving. A family member works for the holding company that owns a series a massive resorts across the world. And its because of this that we are able to enjoy staying at The Royal Hawaiian. The minute we stepped out of the car, everything was taken from us and we were ushered to the front desk, and asked to sit in lovely seats. And as the check in process started, an ’embassador’ came with a tray holding two glasses of a tea that was unbelievable. I haven’t gotten the recipe yet, but I will. It was hibiscus, lemonade, vanilla, and a few other things I can’t remember. Divine.
The room is gorgeous. But see that picture above? After being here an entire day and having arrived back at our room exhausted, we were laying down for a moment before heading back out to meet family. A surprise knock on the door prompted me to reluctantly get up and stand on my poor aching feet, only to be greeted by another ’embassador’ holding this lovely tray. “We wanted to welcome you again to The Royal Hawaiian!”
Now, its true. I can’t eat this, but Jon can and did. But it was just the constant attentiveness that has made this place so indulgent to be at.
Oh. And the banana bread that Jon said was delicious? Came with a recipe card!
::The Royal Hawaiian Banana Bread::
*Please note that I have not made this recipe, and it is in fact incomplete. This is merely to share the contents of the card that came with the bread. I have emailed the hotel to see about getting a complete recipe and have yet to receive a response.*
4-5 mashed bananas (use ripe ones)
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup shortening or vegetable oil
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
cinnamon to taste
1/2 cup Macadamia nuts as an option. You can use any nuts.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your 2x4x8 inch size loaf pan. Take a large bowl and add sugar, shortening (or oil) and eggs. Mix for a while. Add mashed bananas and mix some more. Add all the dry ingredients into the bowl – flour, salt, vanilla, baking powder and baking soda and mix. You will have a very thick batter. As an option, mix in the nuts of your choice. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for approximately one hour. Stick a toothpick in your banana bread to see if it comes out clean. Leave it for a few minutes to cool. Then serve. (If you would like the banana bread recipe even moister, add more bananas.)