The banana bread was something of an experiment. I have never made such a thing before, so that was a first. I used Splenda instead of sugar. I used Egg Beaters instead of eggs. But I still used the half cup of butter that it called for. Despite doing some of the steps bass-ackward (and realizing once I'd started that I had no baking soda or baking powder - thankfully I have lovely neighbors who loaned me some) the banana bread turned out just fine - and yummy! Mom liked it enough to take some home with her. Hmmm, with a bit more planning and a few more ingredients in my house, I might be able to handle this baking lark.
I do want to know why, as a responsible chemistry teacher, that I can't seem to follow my own lab rules when cooking? I mean, I tell kids to read through a lab first before performing it, then read as you go. So why couldn't I do that while making the banana bread? I put the eggs in at the wrong time, I didn't have all the ingredients when I needed 'em, I didn't have the right sized bowls, etc. etc. It's amazing the stuff even turned out! :-)
The movie was also fun. And as an additional entertainment, we had Leo wandering around the living room and playing with a piece of foil that mom had discarded after having a Hershey's Kiss. (Did you know they now make dark chocolate Kisses? These weren't those type, but I might have to buy some when this batch finally disappears.)