Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Healthy Banana Nut Bread { + Ideas on Overripe Fruit }

Secretly, I'm a bit of a penny pincher. Not in the sense that I will check toll booths for refused change, or only buy things if I have a coupon. I can't stand throwing my money away in the form of spoiled food, that we just hadn't gotten around to yet. If I lived in a city where it was practical for me to go to the grocery or farmers stand everyday I really would go European. This is the price I must pay for living 8 miles into the country, we all have our challenges I suppose. 

Whether you are on a fresh food meal plan or just a well balanced eater, you've come across some thing spoiled or nearly so in the bottom of your fresh food drawer. You can curse the veggie / fruit air vents that I've never been able to figure out, or the food gods for ripening your banana too soon. Either way that ship sailed-- and nothing short of Midas' touch is going to bring that wilted banana back to something useful. Right? 

That's where you'd be wrong! Behold: The humble (but tasty Banana Bread)

But you don't have to stop there, you can bake most fruit into any bread or crumble, but if your looking for something a little less traditional here are a few other ideas for that fruit that got the best of you. 

- Sweet Breads / Dessert Breads
- Crumbles
-Chop and Freeze for Smoothies
-Refrigerator Jams / Jellies
- Make salad dressing
-Pies or cobblers
- Chutney for meat on the grill
- Pop cicles for the kids
-Fruit vinegar's

Just in-case you were already sold on my Banana nut bread, (which can be frozen if you need to make more then one loaf.) It's healthy-er too, with no oil or bleached flour. Perfect for that morning on the go or to sit and enjoy with a nice hot cup of coffee. 

Healthy Banana Bread
Makes one loaf

1 ½ cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup cinnamon applesauce
2 eggs
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray loaf pan with cooking spray
Combine dry ingredients into bowl and set aside.
Mix remaining ingredients together until batter is relatively smooth with a few lumps from the mashed bananas
Slowly mix flour mixture into banana mixture
Once batter is fully mixed, pour into loaf pan and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes
Cool, slice and enjoy.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Apologies.

Last week was one of those weeks where I was stretched so thin I probably looked like a deflated balloon most of the time. I knew it was getting bad when I reach Friday and completely spaced on a client. As in, I was an hour late for an appointment, which for anyone who knows me I'm the girl that shows up 20 minutes early to everything.

Mr.Major has been covering an over night shift, and since he works from home that means were both covering an over night shift. I was a sleep deprived, jet lagged mess, but the weekend came and I'm back to normal. Er.. as normal as I can be. I will say, running my photography business, keeping up with projects, my home, blogging and my sisters wedding is beginning to make me long for another out of country trip, where no one can get a hold of me because my cell phone doesn't work overseas. Who's due for a holiday? This girl is

I'm in the home stretch, at least for the wedding. Were at the 34 day mark and you better believe I am counting them down.

Here's what I'm currently up to... 

Watching: Lost on Netflix... I'm aware I'm probably the last person to have seen this show. The hub's is hooked on it, but I'm dying for it to be over already. I have no idea but the whole time travel thing is a major turn off for me.

Listening to: Vance Joy-- Riptide-- seriously I can't get enough of this song. If you haven't heard it be sure to check it out, it makes me happy inside.

Thinking about: How excited I am for Fall to get here! Not only is it the most beautiful season, but the food is amazing and it's the one time of year I go nuts in Bath and Body Works.

Grateful For: My husband, who realized exactly how much I do for him while I was out of town and is now consciously trying to chip in more.

Hoping for: My sisters wedding to go smoothly. I know there will be some hitch because there always is, but I'm hoping it's manageable.

Number of to-do lists currently: Down to three but they are long ones.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Weekly Round Up.

Time again for the Instagram weekly round up-- I'd love to see what you've been up to this week so be sure to stop by and visit on the Facebook page! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Colorful Bridal Shower

This past weekend I flew down to Florida for my sisters Bridal shower, which my mother and I have been planning for several months now. It was really exciting (and gratifying) seeing it all come together-- we got so many compliments from our guests who seemed to really love every detail we put into it. Who could ask for more?

Along with the Bridal Shower Invitations we included some recipe cards and advice cards for each guest to include and give to the bride on the day of the shower. 

We did a lot of games, some were more interactive then others but everyone seemed to really enjoy each and every one of them. 

We played a game where you had to build lingerie out of toilet paper for the bride to wear on her honey moon. Some of them were too hilarious. 

We ended up doing a lot of finger foods and appetizers rather than catering a whole meal. 

For this dress cake we did Margarita Cupcakes that were completely gone before the end of the party.

And as a favor we did Tiramisu Cupcakes with a Kiss.

Probably one of the things the guests seemed to enjoy most was a little photo booth we set up on the patio. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guest Room Quandary

I get stuck occasionally, I'm not too proud to admit it. I've been dying to show of the guest room to you, but I have a problem. It's not entirely finished. Everything was going swimmingly, and pretty much everything is all wrapped up, except the bed. In particular the headboard. I can't seem to decide or make up my mind, maybe there are just too many options or maybe I'm just easily distracted. Either way I can't seem to commit to one idea. Maybe you can help? 

1. Old Doors

Rustic elegant master bedroom- DIY use two old wood doors sandpaper them to give them an extra rustic feel and then use them as a headboard.

2. Re-padding and painting an old head board

10 things every guest room should have!  Edie always has the best suggestions! 

3. Pallet wood Headboard

More minimalism—try stripping lamps of their shades to show off their wiry curves.

4. Window Board

window panes headboard - A New Headboard by Bedtime: 12 Unusual & Affordable DIY Headboard Ideas

5. Industrial Lettering accent

If headboards decorate the wall then wall decor can make for a headboard if there isn’t one. Use pictures, plates, gerbarium and other wall decorations to create eye-catchy arrangements as an alternative to a headboard.


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