This bread is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

A new version to Gwen’s song! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I usually buy about 8-10 bananas every time I shop. They go pretty quickly at my house. But it’s a general rule if you see 2 or 3 bananas left you leave them alone. You let them get ugly and brown cause that means Mom will make banana bread. My family LOVES banana bread. It maybe last 2 days! So I make it often. I started off using a yum recipe from Paula Deen. As you can see this page is well loved. I honestly think that is a dried piece of banana!! But over time I have created my own recipe. I start off using this exact recipe. However, I’ve added in a few extras. I only use two bananas. For me, using three just makes it a little too “banana-y”. I also add in cinnamon and my secret ingredient, Maple Extract. It adds such a yummy flavor and goes great with the cinnamon. I also bake it in a bundt cake pan. So much prettier and it cuts the cook time way down. Here is my recipe: 1 stick of butter, at room temperature 1 cup of sugar 1/2 teaspoon of salt 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon maple extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 ripe bananas, mashed Bake it at 350 degree for 25 minutes. If you choose to use three bananas you might need to adjust the time a bit. Maybe add 3-5 minutes. I have also used whole wheat flour and it tastes just as good. I like to use a potato smasher to mash mine up. I don’t like the large bites of banana. I am really wanting to try a gluten-free version […]

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Snacks that Pop!

My Mom makes THE best homemade popcorn. I’ve tried to duplicate it a million times but mine never tastes like hers. At first I was a bit intimidated to make popcorn on my stove. I’ve always just made the good ole microwave version. But I decided to give it a shot and man I am glad I did. My kiddos love it, you don’t have to worry about the danger of the chemicals in the microwave version. And it takes about the same amount of time! So back to mine not tasting like my Mom’s – I am happy to say I have found and mastered my own version and it’s pretty tasty too! I use coconut oil, vegetable oil (just a small pour), butter and popcorn kernels.ย  Simply add your coconut oil to your pot, let it melt a second, then add a very small pour/tablespoon of vegetable oil. I know I know you are thinking vegetable oil?! One of the many times I was making this I was low on coconut oil and my pot was too dry so I added a pour of veggie oil and BAM!! I’ve used it ever since. Then dump in your kernels, make sure they are all coated. Then I cut about a tablespoon of butter into 4 little cubes and add them right on top. Cover your pot annnnnd the magic happens. Takes maybe 3-4 minutes to pop. I immediately sprinkle kosher salt when it’s still hot and just like that you have a tasty snack! I store mine in a large glass container that sits on my countertop. The popcorn stays good for a while. I try to make it on a Monday so I can send it with the kids as a snack for school and it usually makes […]

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Do you Advent?

In my years past the answer would have been no. This is my very first year to introduce the Advent Calendar to my family and I am very excited! I’ve pondered what I would fill it with. Of course Jesus being the main focus but also I wanted it to fun and educational and something everyone looks forward to each day. My son was gifted The Jesus Storybook Bible by his Mimi. We love this Bible! It’s perfect for kids. So during my search I stumbled upon an Advent Guide that corresponds to The Jesus Storybook Bible. It gives step-by-step instructions. You simply download the PDF, print the pictures with the matching scripture and cut! Now you can still use the guide even if you don’t have the storybook. You can look at the beautifully done pictures and read the scriptures from your own Bible. I decided to kick it up a notch and add a “bonus” treat to a few of the days, every other to be exact. I wanted my kiddos to get REALLY excited about each day. Not saying the story of Jesus isn’t enough but I have a 4 year old and an almost 6 year old. Incentives help! I added some fun “extra 30 minutes of screen time” and “hot cocoa night” stuff like that. I think they are really going to love it. I printed and cut each picture, scripture card and bonus card. I used a hole punch and tied them together with some cute ribbon. Now you don’t have to do that. You could just place them in each bag, basket, or holder you are using for your calendar. Even staple or paper clip! And instead of all candy…which most of it is! I added other goodies like mini ornaments for their […]

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Getting Your Table Thanksgiving Ready

I love the holidays! Especially Thanksgiving. I basically love any time that I can decorate my table. I prefer a traditional setting with beautiful plates, wine glasses and tons of candles. Now I know most do not and frankly find it overwhelming. Especially when you are the host in charge of guests, turkey, pies and NOW you need a fancy table?!! Fear not you don’t! I have created two very simple tablescapes that are sure to wow your guests and keep you underwhelmed. I like to mix my flowers and plants – some fake, some real. You don’t have to go wild and spend a ton of money of fresh flowers. For this first look I used some goodies from my yard. I have a Magnolia tree that I frequently cut leaves from. Makes a perfect filler for your vases, tables and wreaths. And they last a long time even out of water. I also used some Purple Fountain Grass. Again straight from my yard. It adds a perfect fun “fall feel”. Then sprinkled the table with some bright and cheery sunflowers…fake and fabulous! Holidays are also a great time to use dinnerware that you don’t use on the reg aka the fancy stuff. These beautiful plates were my Grandma’s. I cherish them and try to use them any chance I get. The rest of the table is decorated with stuff I already have. That’s the key. Use what you have! I pulled these candle holders from my mantle. Mixed and matched my charges to add a little shine and texture. I had a fall bouquet of the flowers left over from another project. So I cut the stems off and wrapped them around the napkins. Incredibly easy and so pretty! I love this next table – bright and fresh…and […]

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Powder Bath Reveal: Bye Bye Brown Cave

So I am so excited about this bathroom reveal. It has been one of the most dramatic changes we’ve made in our home. We have been in our home a little over four years. So this makeover has been long coming. When I say the bathroom was dark. I literally mean dark brown…like the whole thing! Not sure what they were going for. Darkness?! Scary?! I don’t think this is what people mean by Monochromatic. We painted the bathroom days after moving in. Not cause I already had this great vision but just so we could see!! We pretty much removed everything from the toilet, vanity, shower walls, floors, and fixtures. Had the pleasure of working with an amazing team from Ribo Home Remodeling. I’ve been told I am very “particular” (not sure I can argue…hehe!) so these guys had their hands full and did a stand up job! My vision for this bathroom came from this stunning cement tile from Cement Tile Shop. It’s a soft gray and off while tile. SO PRETTY!! It’s a small space and the bathroom that all my guests use so I wanted something special for the floors. We painted the walls a soft gray, Sherwin Williams Repose Gray. It’s a color we used throughout the house. And went perfect with the tile. I wanted a shiplap wall so my handy hubby did his magic. It added just a little more depth and brightened up the space more. Ok brace yourselves. If you are sitting in a dark room I suggest turning on a light…or you might not see the BEFORE pics! I told you it was dark! Now what you can’t see are the floors. They too are a dark brown tile. So several years, days and many hours later we have a […]

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Birthday Traditions

I’ve never really been a collector of anything. Until a few years back my sister surprised me with a MacKenzie-Childs Bufferlfy Garden Enamel Pedestal Platter for my birthday. I LOVED it from the second I saw it! It has a permanent home on my countertop. I fill it with banana bread, cakes, pies, biscuits, or even fruit! To date one of my favorite gifts. So each birthday I am gifted a beautiful new addition…to my new found collection. Just this year, the Butterfly Garden Collection was discontinued. Tear. BUT that didn’t stop the tradition from continuing. I have since added the Courtly Check to the mix. And I must say I love it even more. ย ย ย ย ย ย  Not sure what to do with those cute boxes the glassware comes in? Make a vase! Simply add water to a small glass, place inside the container and Volia! An adorable centerpiece. If you don’t like the white rim of the container try adding a ribbon around it.

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