What do you do when life gives you browned bananas??? I know, banana bread- so simple, why not? It’s a sunday morning and this will surely make your tastebuds smile. This recipe was passed along to me when I got married from my Aunt Mary Jo (shout out- Love you!) and I have made it A TON of times when I have spur of the moment company or just need a little warm gooey dessert fix.
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 3 mashed ripe bananas
- 3/4 tsp grated lemon rind
- 1 1/2 cup flour
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/ 2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (nuts are optional too)
Spray your loaf pan and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In large bowl beat together sugar, oil ,eggs. Stir in bananas and lemon rind. In another bowl sift flour, baking soda…
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Another fantastic recipe from the blog Zestitup.com. This is so moist due to the combination of buttermilk and sour cream in the recipe!
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
This weekend I was able to go to one of my favorite places and do one of my favorite things. Call me crazy, but there is just nothing like doing a little pruning in the vineyard back home. Northern California will always hold a special place in my heart…how could it not? This is a place where people go 65 in the fast lane, leave their garage door open to show the neighbors that they are home in case they want to stop by, and stop and talk to someone in the store for 10 minutes…just because they don’t know them.
It made me pause for a minute. Just because we don’t all live in the far reaches of Northern California doesn’t mean we can’t all stand to slow it down a little every once in a while. Make sure you are making the most of all the little moments—dinner…
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Doughnuts are kind of an odd theme running through my life right now. I take that back…it’s been a year. I couldn’t even tell you how many doughnut flavors have been discussed lately (at least 50 in the past weekend alone). As much planning as has gone into the doughnut phase, there is little execution to be boasted. So, when my doughnut-collaborator’s wife had a birthday breakfast, the only logical thing to do was to make doughnuts. Birthday cake doughnuts!
I’m not sure whether to put this in the regular annals of Zest it Up or banish it to the far reaches of our “Messed it Up” category. See, this recipe was really pretty good (judging by the number of doughnuts that seemed to magically disappear the night before we served them), but it needs some improvement. Or I need some technique—that’s probably it. I think that I overbeat…
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Here is a great article about Cake Houses by Cakes and Party. I love that place that looks like a big, pink cup cake!
Paulette Le Pore Motzko
We’ve all heard of Gingerbread houses, but what about cake houses? We don’t know why it’s taken us so long to think of this tasty possibility! But how amazing would it be to live in a cake house?!
The outside would look something like this cupcake shop in Pflugerville, Texas. From (dishola.com)
We imagine the inside could look something like this decorated house in Canada – Niagara Falls (thecupcakebandits.com)
A tasty dream indeed! Alas, maybe we should make do with edible cake houses on a slightly smaller scale – check these yummy homes out!
Fit for a king!
The House on the Hill! Perfect for newlyweds celebrating a new home! A spectacular cake. From ‘poptasticbride.com’.
A BRIGHT and VIBRANT Green Cupcake House for the kids to get their hands on! Looks to g-ooooo-d to be true! From ‘oh-my-baby-gifts.blogspot.com’.
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