Mimi’s Banana Bread 


By Claire Richardson

My mom…my rock. She is the one I call 13 times or more a day, often just to simply hear her voice, to tell her that funny thing the girls said or to just chat about the days events. I often think back over my life and the relationship I’ve had with my mom. It’s often been one of openess, communication and connection. Now in my own season of motherhood there is a yearning to learn as much as I can about her, know her deeper and take in all the stories I can. I look forward to the evenings her and my dad come over to eat a meal and connect with us. I look forward to the moments of driving down dirt roads with her talking about dream homes. I look forward to sitting at the table over a cup of coffee and talking about our moments in North Carolina. I look forward just to be with her!


  • Use the blackest bananas possible.
  • I store mine in the freezer until ready to bake. 
  • Allow to thaw, if frozen, in a bowl- (they will ooze).
Questions for the Table
Sunday dinner should be a time for you and your family to enjoy each other’s company without distractions. We know how hard that is, which is why we introduced three questions at dinner to engage the whole family. This exercise will reveal stories and details about your loved ones that you never knew – stories you will cherish.
Try it yourself! Use the questions below at your next Sunday Supper!
  1. What is something you learned from your mother that you find valuable today?
  2. What is your mom’s favorite hobby, thing to do?
  3. As a mother what are the traditions you’d like to pass on to your children?

Mimi’s Banana Bread

Recipe By: Jaime Cummings/Mimi



  • 4 to 5 VERY ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • (optional) 1/4-1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • (optional) 1/4-1/2 cup pecans, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Grease a 9X5 pan.
  • In a large bowl, mash the bananas. 
  • Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Place mixture into the greased pan.
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sugar on the top of the bread.
  • Bake 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Slice, butter and serve.