Sunday, March 3, 2013

Quick Change... and a Quick Bread!

In an ode to lazy Sunday afternoons, I thought I'd share a few, quick changes that anyone can do to add a little oomph to their home decor and style.  And when you're finished with those, enjoy a quick and easy Banana Bread recipe that my family loves.


This was my great grandmother's dresser.  The gold drawer pulls are original.  I liked them but wanted more of a shabby chic look.
Knobs purchased at Hobby Lobby.  Normally $3.99 a piece, these white knobs were on sale for half off.  6 knobs were $12.00 before taxes.
The knobs add a soft and subtle charm to the dresser that compliment the shabby chic appearance.  Nothing fancy here; just simple accessories.
One of my favorite features of an antique dresser: dovetails.
I've always loved the unique carvings in this piece.

Accessory Rack

This rack was purchased at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  It hangs in my office and holds scarves and hats. I think the pop of color and unlikely wall art add inspiration in a creative space.

Banana Bread Recipe


1 cup granulated sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter a 9 x 5 x 3 inch loaf pan.

Cream the sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Mix in the milk and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Add the banana mixture to the creamed mixture and stir until combined. Add dry ingredients, mixing just until flour disappears.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove bread from pan, invert onto rack and cool completely before slicing.

Spread slices with honey or serve with ice cream.
I've been using this recipe for years and it always turns out fantastic.  In fact, it's actually written down on a piece of paper titled "Fantastic Banana Bread Recipe".  I found it on Food Network's website the year before my little Olivia was born.  I've made it for family dinners, holiday parties and even as part of a care package for friends and family during times of bereavement.  Nothing beats a warm, moist piece of banana bread.  Brings a smile to anyone's mouth.  Read more at: 

Happy Sunday Everyone.

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