Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The Perfect Way to Start Your Day!

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!
Until next time...

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pinterest Inspiration

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.
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.
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.
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.
There are tons of other projects I've pinned that I would like to attempt someday. There are just a few of my favorites. How about you? Does Pinterest inspire you to create?
Until next time...