Thursday, July 25, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Hello everyone! What do you do with some over ripe bananas that no one in the house wants to look at, much less eat? You make banana nut bread, of course! Today, I'd like to share my favorite banana nut bread recipe with you. Banana Nut Bread 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like walnuts, but you can use your favorite) 2 eggs, beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup mashed banana (I usually add about 3/4 cup cause we really like bananas) 1 tsp. vanilla Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts in a a bowl. In a seperate bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, bananas and vanilla, mixing well. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well. Pour into a nonstick 5 x 9 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 55-65 minutes or until loaf tests done. Remove to a wire rack to cool. This is such a delicious, moist bread. You can also add a cup of chopped apples to this to make Banana Apple Bread. It's yummy, as well. Fresh and still warm from the oven, pair it with a cup of coffee and you've got the perfect way to start your day!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
I loving decorating and accessorizing my home. But in this economy, money is tight and we are trying to live on a budget so there's not a lot of extra money to spend on home decor. I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest. It's amazing all the wonderful ideas that are shared on that site. However, like a lot of other people, my time is very limited, what with working outside of the home at least three days a week and then having to keep up with all the household chores we all have to endure. So I'm all about projects that are simple and don't take a lot of time to complete, but do make a huge impact. Here's some of my favorites I've pinned and plan on completing this year. This is a super cute idea using wooden utensils to create a paper towel holder. source I've seen versions of this next idea all over blog land. I was recently gifted two old salvaged windows from a friend and I'm seriously considering transforming one of them into something like this. source This next idea is one that I have already put my own spin on and will share with y'all in an upcoming post. It was simple, quick, easy and has really made a big impact on my bedroom wall. I'm in the middle of a small cosmetic master bedroom redo so this idea was perfect for my "new" bedroom. source And, finally, this little chalkboard tray is so cute. I think it would be perfect on a kitchen counter or baker's rack for grocery lists or a favorite recipe. The link to this has been removed so unfortunately, I cannot share credit for where this cute project came from.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Meatloaf is one of my hubby's favorite meals. And I've made it several times over the course of our marriage. I like meatloaf as well as the next guy, but after a while, I get tired of the same old, same old. So one day, while perusing Pinterest (which I do A LOT!), I found a link for a meatloaf that used a "secret ingredient". It looked good and sounded simple, so I decided to give it a try. This is my finished product:
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I have had this sad little lamp sitting on my kitchen counter for quite some time. She has served me well. But, alas, she has paid the price. As you can see, she is a victim of kitchen mishaps. She's been moved around, she has stains on her and yet, she just keeps on shining. The Concrete Cottage. Now, I know what you are thinking. My little lamp could in no way, shape or form ever look like her full sized "sister" lamp. And you'd be right. But, I knew I could take some inspiration from Jeannine and that's exactly what I did. First, I gathered my supplies. Jeannine details how she copied images and taped them to the inside of her shade and traced them with a Sharpie pen. I loved that idea, but let's face it. I ain't got time for all that! So I decided to use a script stamp I've had forever and just stamp my shade. I also wanted to bling her up a little bit so I decided to use some hairy ribbon (my husband's term, not mine) around the top and bottom of her. Copy Cat Party and Marty's Table Top Tuesday Party over at A Stroll Thru Life. Until next time...
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Hello everyone! Debbie over at Debbiedo's is hosting a Valentine Dollar Tree Party and I wanted to join in on the fun. So off to the Dollar Tree I went to see what I could find. I actually came away with two fun ideas! For this first one, I purchased an 8 X 10 silver picture frame, a package of puffy, glittery heart picks, and a spool of Valentine themed ribbon. I also used two different scrapbook papers, but I already had these at home in my stash. HERE to pop over and check out all the other creative Dollar Tree ideas for your Valentine at Debbie's party. I'm also linking up for Marty's Tabletop Tuesday weekly party over at A Stroll Thru Life. Please be sure to visit these sweet ladies' blogs. I promise you will leave very inspired!!
Until next time...
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Hello everyone! I have always loved to crochet from the time I learned how way back when I was knee high to a grasshopper! Lately, I've discovered a new kind of yarn that looks like fishnet. A friend of mine posted some pics on Facebook of some scarves she made with it and I just fell in love! So, upon inquiring about it, she led me to a YouTube video that shows you how to make these beautiful ruffled scarves. I had to run out and buy a few skeins to try it out. Here's what I've made so far:
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
I've seen several bloggers who chose a "word" for the upcoming year instead of making a lot of resolutions that, let's face it, usually get broken before the first day of the new year comes to a close! So I'm jumping on the band wagon and choosing a word for myself for the new year. 2012 was a good year for my husband and I in a lot of ways. It was also a not so good year for us in a lot of ways. It's so easy to be upbeat and positive when things are going well. But when we hit a rough patch, sometimes it's very easy to sink down to a level of self despair that is very difficult to pull yourself out of. In light of these reflections, I've chosen the word "calm" as my word for 2013. You see, I tend to veer to the side of negativity and hand wringing despair when things aren't going so well in my life. Even though I always make it through the rough patches, I dwell on the bad things that are happening instead of focusing on all the good things that I still have in my life. So for that reason, in 2013 I'm going to learn to: