Friday, September 28, 2012

Banana Nut Bread

What says FaLL more than something baking in the oven?  I had some bananas on my counter begging to be used the other day.  I took out Taste of Home baking to see what recipe I could try. 

Banana Nut Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed bananas
 (2 medium)
2 Tbsp. 2% milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 cup of pecans, chopped
adapted from Taste of Home Baking

* I substituted 1% milk instead and used walnuts because I like them better :)

Cream butter and sugar together and add your other wet ingredients.  Stir dry ingredients together and add gradually to the wet ingredients.  Fold in your nuts.

Pour into greased 9 x 5 loaf pan.  Bake @ 325 degrees for 65-75 min. or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool for 10 min. and remove from pan to cool on rack.  *You do need to back this the full time. 

My family and I really enjoyed this bread.  I'm not sure if it's my favorite, I think I would have added a little something to the batter.  It is still a very good quick bread.  Happy Baking!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Harvest Time, part 2

It's officially FaLL now!!! I am so excited to usher in this blessed season.  Here's some more areas I enjoy changing with the season.  I have been collecting some of these things for 22 years now.  As much as I treasure Christmas, Fall is my favorite time of year!  Come take a peak into my kitchen...

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.
Albert Camus

PuMPkin in a bucket, too cute!

Every leaf speaks bliss to me,
Fluttering from the autumn tree.
Emily Bronte
my stove top with CaRMel apple candle, YumMy!
Notice my big bowl of tomatoes from the garden?? 
the view from my dining room entryway into the kitchen 

Dining Room

 Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.Elizabeth Lawrence
 I've had the runner on my table for a long time.  I love what it says, "Among the trees are always apples and leaves." 
 my sideboard

my pie safe holds my yellow ware collection

Pumpkins in the cornfield,
Fodder in the shock,
An ear of yellow-golden grain, Hangs on every stock
Blackbirds flying here and there, The yellow corn they spy,
But I’m not thinking of the corn,  I’m thinking pumpkin pie!
~Adelaide Blanton

 I hope you have enjoyed my Harvest Time Kitchen and Dining Room tour.  I'd love to hear about your fall decorating and welcome questions!  :) Happy Fall Y'all!

Linky Parties

Tweak it Tuesday


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Harvest Time

It's my favorite time of the year.  Apples...pumpkins, cider, and pie are my favorite yummy treats.  I like to decorate early so I've had things up for a few weeks now.   If you're visiting me for the first time, welcome!!! I love new readers and followers. 

Come on in....

Sit down and have some Cinnamon Spice tea!

My Family Room Mantle
I recently painted this star white.  I really admired this look from another blog and couldn't find a white star so I found an inexpensive one that I could spray paint.  I can't resist the white pumpkins again :)  But I did add splashes of color with my pumpkin garland and sign. 

i love the little star pumpkin

Here's my little baking cabinet decked out with crows and little white pumpkins, baby boos.  I grew these in my garden this year. 

I just loved this little area from last year.  The great thing about blogging is I have a record of what I have done before.  I added the pie keeper here.

One of my new favorite fall scents from Bath and Body Works is called Cider Lane.  It smells like an apple orchard!

It's a party, I'm linking up! 

Happy Fall Ya'll :)

I'll be back soon to share the rest! 


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sunflowers and Tea

Good morning blogging friends!  I wanted to show you my transitional mantle from summer to Fall.  But I've already changed it...hint hint so Fall pics will be coming!  At the end of the summer when my friend was here we visited a tea room.  It was so much fun!  We had a blast.  I've decided I love Scones and Tea! I could do this daily and not tire of it.  Those women in England knew they were onto something...a scheduled break in your day that included a snack to tide you over till your evening meal and calming, soothing liquid.  I'm a devoted coffee drinker but this stuff had me change my mind.  It's my new favorite Fall drink too! 

This is called the Ruby Pear Tearoom in Noblesville, IN.  They took such great care of us and it was delicious.  I had the pecan chicken salad sandwich, a green salad, cranberry pecan scone, fat rascal cookie and a chocolate dipped strawberry.  It was yummy!  If you live in the area or are traveling close to Indianapolis it's worth the trip.  They have great shops in town too. I couldn't resist picking this cookbook up too :)  


The scones were made Southern style, which means sweet and lighter!  If you've dried scones and they were hard and dry...give these a try.  I promise they are yummy.

See you for Fall decorating soon!