Next weekend marks my first family reunion. My family has never done the reunion thing, but Chris's fam loves their big get-togethers. In fact, my first time meeting his immediate family, I had the overwhelming pleasure of meeting one entire side of the family at his Great Aunt Edith's birthday celebration.
Things have gotten a lot more comfortable since that bday bash, but I'm still not sure what to expect from a weekend on the Wig family farm. I asked Chris if we get t-shirts. You know, the "I survived the Rodriguez family reunion 2011" kind. He laughed. Apparently we don't...
Despite the unknowns, I'm contributing the best I know how. By baking up a sweet storm. I've made my go-to fruit-on-the-bottom cake, from Chocolate & Zucchini.
As well, as Katie's super easy, Busy-Day Cake, from Baking Vintage.
And, my girlfriend, Amber's famous Marshmallow Brownies.
I'm most excited to share one of my favourite family recipes, Banana Oat Squares. I am brought back to my wonderful, warm childhood when I bake, smell and eat these soft squares. This is an ancient Company's Coming recipe, but it's stuck so far back in the 80s, their website recipe search turns up empty. Luckily, my mom passed on a written copy.
Banana Oat Squares
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 mashed bananas
2 cups oats
1/2 cup of chocolate chips, blueberries, chopped walnuts or coconut
Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer. Add the egg and beat well. Add the salt and bananas and mix. Stir in the oats and extras. I chopped up dark chocolate squares and grated cinnamon in my last batch.
Spread the batter into a greased 8x8 inch pan and bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Let cool, cut into squares, impress your in-laws. ;)