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Banana Nut Bread & a Cozy Weekend

Posted Mar 28 2011 8:01am

After feeling a little stressed last Friday, this weekend was just what the doctor ordered.

I guess Old Man Winter got moody this weekend and decided to bring a frigid cold front through with the rain.  Needless to say, it was a dreary weekend.  Dreary, yet wonderfully cozy and relaxing!

I knew it was going to be a great weekend when Friday night I was able to satisfy a craving…

WOW- Hit. The. Spot.  I like ‘em HOT, too.  Baby D likes spicy food, just like Mom.  ;)

And on Saturday, after a few errands, we holed up inside for the afternoon.  Hubbs & Bug got to work on… PAINTING THE NURSERY!

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No, we don’t know the sex yet, so this won’t give anything away :)

While I focused on a task with a more pleasant, less harmful smell…

Banana Nut Bread

I used THIS recipe, and it’s a winner!

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A simple list of ingredients made it easy and fun to make… while watching a classic.

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“Fish are friends- not food!”

Love it.

Flour, salt and baking soda in one bowl.

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2 eggs and vanilla extract in another.

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Meanwhile, I toasted my walnuts to bring out their delicious nutty flavor.

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I’m a versatile baker and wasn’t afraid to use my avocado slicer to mash the bananas. 

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Worked like a charm.

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Then I brought out the big guns (AKA the Kitchen Aid Mixer) to get to work on creaming the butter and sugar.

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Once perfectly creamy, in went the eggs and the bananas…

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The recipe warned that the batter would look curdled, and that it was normal.  Good thing they gave me the heads up, because I was worried!

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The came the flour and the nuts.

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Then into the loaf pan.

Someone thought it already smelled pretty good …

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55 minutes later, the house smelled so cozy and delicious, and the bread was ready!

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I had to taste it while it was fresh and warm, of course!

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YUM! I loved this recipe because it wasn’t too sweet- just right.  Hubbs and I enjoyed a buttered piece fresh from the oven, then settled in for a cozy night at home…

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What is your favorite kind of homemade bread?

This was my first bread baking experiment, and it was much easier than I anticipated.  I’d love some recommendations on other delicious types of bread to make at home.  Let’s hear ‘em!

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