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Make the most of your time left

By Jordan Slocum

Homemade Banana Bread. Photo submitted

Homemade Banana Bread. Photo submitted

This summer has really flown by. It has gone by so fast I was not even sure where it went. There was so much fun stuff going on around town to keep kids busy that is for sure. Summer sports, day camps, church camps and the Colleton County Arts Council kids classes were just a few of the things that were going on to keep a kid busy. Practice has already started for the Children’s Theatre production of “101 Dalmatians.” Make sure you come and watch the show. It will be great! I am really glad I live in a town like Walterboro that has a lot for kids to do.

One thing I enjoyed this summer was going to the beach. My mom and dad like to go too! My cousin Lindsay, from Michigan, came and went to the beach with me. We went for a long walk and looked to shark teeth too. They do not have an ocean in Michigan, but they do have a lake where they can go. One thing Lindsay likes to eat is banana nut bread. My grandma always makes it for her when she is here. I love to help when the bread is being made. It is really easy, so ask your mom to bake some and let you help.

First, preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Next cream ½ cup shortening and 1 ½ cup of sugar. Next, add two eggs, one at a time. Make sure you beat the mixture well after adding each one. Add 1 cup ripe mashed bananas to the mixture. Next, sift 2 cups of flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¾ teaspoon soda and ½ teaspoon salt together. Mix flour mixture alternately with ¼ cup buttermilk. Last, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and ½ to 1 cup chopped nuts. Bake the bread in a greased 5 x 9- inch loaf pan for one hour and fifteen minutes. Cool the loaf completely and wrap in plastic wrap. It will stay good for around two weeks.

This summer has been great. I hope everyone has been able to spend time with their friends and family like I have. School is right around the corner. Make sure to get your summer reading assignments done, if your school has summer reading, before you go back to school. It is not much longer before the bell rings so remember, have fun and don’t be a slug!

Christie Slocum (494 Posts)