If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You, They Aren’t Big Enough!


So be scared, be very afraid and the sky will be the limit, ask any successful person who has and they will agree…Dare to dream…..

I am and it took me long enough..ha ha…but now I am and now I will… so watch this space……. and carry on dreaming…I DARE YOU!

What is scaring me? at the moment Scrivener….but armed with a webinar, u-tube etc I will master it! Yes, I will, of course, I will, a piece of cake, I will!

Anyway…FOOD….it was my eldest daughters birthday last week and as we were chatting she told me she had a great birthday brekkie and had Banana bread with Passionfruit Butter.

Well after said conversation finished I turned to my best friend ” Mr Google” and lo and behold it looked easy and sounded yummy.

So into the kitchen I went…. after I sourced the Passionfruit pulp, bought a lovely big bag, ready pulped, no additives or mess and that’s what I like, frozen and ready to go and will last for a few Pavlov’s and more Passionfruit butter and maybe a fruit shake or two..a bargain! and who doesn’t love one of them?

Banana Bread.


  • 2/3 ripe bananas.
  • 1/3 Cup melted butter.
  • 1 cup sugar ( I only used slightly less than 1/2 cup) don’t like it too sweet.
  • 1 egg beaten.
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence.
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda.
  • 11/2 Cups Flour.
  • Handful walnuts chopped( optional)

Oven 350/175 degrees.

4 x 8-inch loaf tin.

Let’s Cook!

Mash Banana, Stir in butter.Mix in Baking Soda and salt.Stir in sugar, egg and vanilla.Mix in flour.

This is the easiest recipe on record…

Bake for 1hr- 1hr 10 mins.

Cool completely before removing from tin.



Passionfruit Butter/ Curd:


  • The pulp of 5 large passion fruits. ( I used my frozen pulp) thawed of course and half cup.
  • 150g butter.
  • 100g  sugar.
  • Juice of half a lemon.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 5 eggs beaten.

Let’s Cook!

Melt butter and sugar in a heavy bottomed (or enamel) saucepan over low heat. Add lemon juice, salt and passion fruit pulp. Mix well. In a bowl, whisk all 5 eggs lightly. Increase heat to medium-low and add the eggs to the passionfruit mixture, whisking with a whisk. Continue cooking for a couple of minutes, whisking continuously. Once smooth, stir with a wooden spoon while cooking. The butter is ready when the mixture becomes thick and coats the back of the spoon (pouring cream consistency/store-bought pouring custard consistency). Remove from heat. Fill in lidded jars and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.


Because egg sizes may differ, if you find the mixture is too runny (slides off your spoon very easily), whisk in another egg and also add a tablespoon of butter. This helps thicken the butter to lemon curd consistency.

My guinea pigs were at our lunch before Majong where we all take a dish and it received an overall thumbs up, in other words, it was yummy. So enjoy.

Until next time. Love you all xx

18 thoughts on “If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You, They Aren’t Big Enough!

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  4. marisselee

    Banana cake is one of my sister’s best-sellers lol. But I am putting here my comment not because of the banana cake. I want to complain why you did not push thru your discussion about having big dreams dear lady. It is an injustice to titillate the reader’s imagination and not tell more hahaha. I am only kidding but hey, it is indeed a good subject so why did you stop blabbing? I love when you talk in your usual way — you know when you write as if you are just talking to us, readers. I love blogs that come naturally – the ones that talk to me like I am just the next-door neighbor.

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    1. Carol Post author

      Ahhhhh the world is not ready for me yet…I make little ripples not great big waves…One day maybe…Thank you so much for your comments you keep me on my toes… I wish you lived next door to me what conversations we would have …


      1. marisselee

        Ahahaha over a cuppa 😂😂😂 then the neighbors will be complaining our laughter and giggles 😛. Ripple is all it takes to disturb the silence of the river 😉. You wrote a piece about refugees — that one I love also. Just the other side of Carol.

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      2. Carol Post author

        Don’t ..Me and my bestie once got a knock from the hotel manager as some people( really) had complained about our laughing… I mean really…lolz


      3. marisselee

        Ahahahahaha I can just imagine. You have that twinkle in your face in case you don’t notice – something to be grateful for as many peeps forget how to enjoy life. 😉😊

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  5. Natalie Ducey

    Carol, this recipe sounds amazing. I love banana bread, but haven’t had it in years. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
    PS. I’ve tried Scrivener, too. It didn’t take! lol. Cheering you on, though! 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      I just can’t get it so I am going to put it down to experience..and give up!But Thank you, Natalie, for cheering me on…much appreciated… the banana bread is good and easy just chuck it all in the pot and mix 🙂

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    1. Carol Post author

      Yes, it is Diane I have always called it vanillla essence same as my mum and thank you it is my go to recipe , easy to do and I get so many bananas here I can’t give them away everyone has banana trees in their gardens 🙂

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  6. marianbeaman

    I’m living a scary part of my dream in broad daylight, revising my manuscript, a long and arduous part of the memoir journey.

    No, I have not mastered Scrivener, though I have the software on my desktop. Maybe now’s the time!

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    1. Carol Post author

      I have Scrivener on mine and methinks it will be there and inactive for a while…too much for this brain to process…Good luck with your revision Marian 😀


  7. Carol Post author

    Reblogged this on Retired? No one told me! and commented:

    Dare to dream…I said it! That was in 2015 and remember for every dream which comes true there are a few failures…Mine I never did master that dang Scrivener… The rest …I am still dreaming….


    1. blondieaka Post author

      It Is Clara and so easy to make and I just love experimenting and making new recipes , hope you enjoy 🙂

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