Thursday, February 26, 2015

My All-Time Favorite Banana Bread

I've been working on perfecting a couple of breads here lately and today I'm going to share my new favorite Banana Bread recipe. I like it even better than my usual Paula Deen recipe, sorry Paula, but this one is so darn good. Your husband and kids will be begging you to make this bread all the time,  no lie y'all. It seriously makes one giant, plump loaf that's simply gorgeous. Enjoy y'all............

 My Favorite Banana Bread


1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar {I use organic cane}
2 eggs
3 bananas all smooshed up {for you non-southerners, that means mashed}
4 Tbsp. buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. baking soda
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350*. One of the keys to great bread, is to grease and flour your loaf pan really well. Nothings worse than all your trouble and then to have your loaf come out of the pan in pieces. So grease and flour that pan really good and set it aside.
  2. Cream butter and sugar in mixer.
  3. Then add eggs {one at a time}, bananas, buttermilk and vanilla, and beat till well combined.
  4. In separate bowl, combine flour, soda and powder and then add to wet ingredients.
  5. You're almost done, so wipe the sweat off your brow.
  6. Pour batter into your loaf pan and place on center rack for 50-55 minutes. My oven is old and way hotter than it should be, and mine was ready at 50 minutes but I started checking at 45 minutes. The goal is to be able to stick a toothpick in the center and it come out clean.
  7. Turn out onto cooling rack and try to allow it time to cool or do what we do, pour you a nice big ole glass of milk and eat it right away. Do try to save some for your hubby though.

The kids prefer no nuts, but I just adore them, so sometimes I'll sprinkle a handful on top right before it goes in the oven. Totally up to you. Any which way you make it, it's so yummy. Hope y'all enjoy it!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

February Living Room

Well y'all, we're heading into the end of winter, March in just a few days, can you believe it? I realized that I hadn't shared many house posts since Christmas and y'all hadn't even seen the brown slipcover on the sofa. 

I totally adore my white slipcover, but for winter I wanted more of a cozy feel, so I went with the brown cover and used lots of textured pillows and fur. I've honestly loved it and we have done lots of cuddling here in front of the fireplace on those cold dreary days. 

I'm sure I'll go back to the white cover when it warms up a bit, but for now, cozy it is. 

Our little computer area had a bit of a change up too. I began implementing more corals and turquoises as accent colors, so the previous red chairs were put away for the time being.

Are y'all still embracing winter at your house too? 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Slowing Down

I posted on this nearly a year ago, but I really needed the reminder today.......

I think that we have to intentionally tell ourselves to slow down. Each week tends to barrel on at an amazing pace and unless we stand right up in the middle of it all and shout "slow down", it will just keep right on flying. We take so many things for granted each day. Our sleepy eyes open each morning and the second our feet hit the floor, the race begins. Even us homeschooling moms do it. We're guilty too. We rise, slurp down some coffee and begin racing through the day.

So much to do. So, I'm challenging me and you to take it down a notch, to slow it all down intentionally. Drink your coffee slower today, watch your kids play today, heck, get out there and play too. Let's all intentionally slow it down today. Appreciate more today. Linger longer today. Love more deeply today.

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