If you’re part of my generation, chances are you remember Jane Fonda for her 80s exercise videos and her matronly roles in Jennifer Lopez movies. But if you go back and look at her career, she has a long history of amazing roles, and outspoken politics.
Her career began in the 50s, and she steadily rose to fame working on two movies a year, with her peak being 1968’s Barbarella that solidified her status as a sex symbol. She won an Academy Award in 1971 for Klute, and appeared in movies such as 9 to 5, On Golden Pond, and Agnes of God. She continues to work in films to this day.
But Fonda is so much more than an actress and sex symbol. A self-proclaimed feminist, she was very outspoken against the Vietnam War (although she later expressed some regrets), and she continues to fight for women’s rights, Native American rights, and continues to take a stance against wars across the world.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of high-school movies. From classics like Clueless to ABC Family original teen movies, I can’t get enough. Sure, I’ve taken my fair share of being given a hard time for this, but I can’t help it, the classic tropes, predictable plot lines, and of course, the fearless and over the top fashion.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite was Class Act. Probably not exactly the most age appropriate movie to watch, but it was on all the time on HBO and I couldn’t get enough. And in the early 90s, it seemed like the clothes were just so over the top. Bright colored clothes, eye gauging patterns, and fit akin to what you’d see on your crazy aunt. But somehow, the early 90s seemed to make it work.
No matter how old I get, once fall hits, I feel this need for a fresh start. Something about the change in weather makes me want to buckle down and get a bit more serious (if even just for a month) about life. And one of the best ways that happens is by getting my butt in gear and hitting the gym.
After I made last weeks Banana Jameson (which is seriously like candy, and is sitting collecting dust on my shelves as I take a drinking hiatus), I knew that I wanted to do something with the bananas. But what are you going to do with some nasty bananas? I mean, I guess I could freeze them and throw them in my morning smoothie (that would be QUITE the wakeup), but somehow having a Jameson infused banana before work seems…..irresponsible.
So, naturally, I made two loaves of banana bread. As a throwback to one of my favorite Brooklyn menu items, I wanted to see if these Jameson soaked bananas would give a hint of boozy flavor to an otherwise boring bread. And, it totally did. Not enough for it to be distressing, but just enough to bring an elevated flavor to a simple bread.
Jameson Banana Bread (makes 2 loaves):
Nonstick cooking spray
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 TSP baking soda
1 1/2 TSP salt
2 TSP cinnamon
3 cups sugar
2 cups mashed Jameson infused bananas
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350. Spray two bread loaf pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together.
In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, sugar, bananas, and vegetable oil.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until just combined.
Divide evenly among the two bread pans and smooth with a spoon or spatula.
Bake in the oven for 60-75 minutes or until a toothpick comes clean from the center. Let cool in the pans for a few minutes.
Run a knife along the edges and transfer the loaves to a cooling rack to let finish cooling.
After a summer of way too much fun, I’ve buckled down, and suddenly I feel spread way too thin. Between two jobs, and a new apartment that is begging to be actually moved into, my schedule has felt hectic to say the least. So I had to take a close look at areas of my life I could cut back on, obviously I couldn’t stop working (I wish), and since I have to deal with people all day, I didn’t want to compromise too much of my sleep (because seriously, you don’t want to see that).
So, sorry, The Dandy Life, but you and the gym, yeah, we need to take a break. I promise it’ll only be for a few days while I get moved in and settled (I can’t WAIT to show you my new apartment), but I’ll be back next week with even better content for the upcoming fall! XOXO