Ultimate Banana Bread

banana bread

Saturdays are usually super busy for me. It’s a day full of cleaning, shopping, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, and everything else. But, it’s also the day when I bake the most. Working two jobs, running this blog, caring for child, dog and house keeps me busy all week. I usually don’t get any baking done on weekdays. So on Saturdays, I like to bake breads, muffins or granola bars for the week ahead. I eat them for breakfast, take them to work or put them in my son’s lunch box. Doing some baking on the weekend, and have it ready for the week, really helps me a lot.

This past Saturday, I made a banana bread. Super simple, moist and so delicious. Since I’m a huge fan of sweet breads, I’ve tried lots of different banana bread recipes. However, this was my first banana bread using buttermilk. It’s the best banana bread I’ve ever made, and my kids agree. I could eat the entire loaf myself.

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I found the recipe on the Taste of Home website but I changed it a tad. I added two cups of bananas instead of one, reduced the sugar amount to 1 cup and the buttermilk to 1/3 cup.

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Banana Bread

Ingredients

2 eggs

1/3 cup buttermilk ( I never have buttermilk in the house so I make my own. Pour enough vinegar just to fill the bottom of your measuring cup. Fill the rest with milk. Let stand for ten minutes.)

1/2 cup oil ( I use canola oil)

2 cups mashed bananas

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup sugar ( Add an extra 1/2 cup if you like your bread sweeter.)

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

 

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients.

2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.

3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, stirring until combined.

4. Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 325° for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and eat.

 

banana bread

DIY Large Letter Art

DIY Large Letter Art

Here’s a quick and inexpensive way to add art to your walls. This typography print is simple and clean… just what my 13-year-old wanted. And black and white is always a timeless, classic duo, don’t you think?

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I wanted the simple letter art to add a punch , so I went bold and big. Plus, I figured the piece will create a perfect shape for other prints or elements to align against, making this black and white layout very neat and organized.

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My son, Daniel, recently got a new bed, mattress, new sheets, comforter, etc., so I decided to update his wall art. He likes clean lines and modern design so he was happy with the large letter print.

DIY Large Letter ART

I went ahead and designed the large letter art in PicMonkey.

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If you aren’t familiar with PicMonkey, it is a free photo editing/design site. You can upload your photos, resize, crop, and enhance them. You can also add text, textures, color, etc. Or you can design posters, cards, business cards, even yearbooks with PicMonkey. It’s super easy to navigate, and offers a bunch of great design/edit tools. For a fee you can upgrade to Royal features but I find their free features offer plenty.  In PicMonkey I clicked on Design and then on Tt (text).

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PicMonkey lets you pick from a variety of fonts, colors and sizes. I chose the font Francois One. Play around and explore this site; it’s really fun. Once I had my desired layout, I saved it to my PC and uploaded it to the Staples photo/print services site where I chose an Engineer Print.

engineer printsThis service is pretty awesome as you can pick from various sizes, black and white or color. I chose 24″ x 36″. The print was ready within an hour and the total cost was under $4. Their 18″ x 24″ is only $1.79 (color is only $2.99). You can get a print as large as 36″ x  48″ for under $8.

I placed the print inside a simple poster frame I made a couple of years back. I painted it black, then stapled the print, along with a large piece of cardboard, to the frame.

Since engineer prints are inexpensive and easy to make (and teenagers like to change their mind a lot), I can switch out the wall art throughout the year. Maybe next time he’ll let me add some color.

e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder

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Being a mature person I have most of the undereye problems that people have: dark circles and fine lines. The more products I apply to the undereye area, the worse it looks. Who else has the same problem? Then I discovered this product.

I recently picked up the e.l.f. High Definition Undereye Setting Powder. To be honest, prior to buying this product, I didn’t know there was a special powder for the under eye area. This light-diffusing powder camouflages fine lines, dark circles and imperfections. The silky powder adds a velvety finish ideal for wearing alone or setting in cream concealer. The Vitamin C & K infused formula helps to restore and strengthen skin for a revitalized appearance. Cruelty free and vegan and you can get it for just $3.

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I have avoided putting any type of powder under my eyes because it seemed to make wrinkles more noticeable. This product doesn’t seem to do that. I use it very sparingly so a little does go a long way. This product sets my concealer and does not accentuate my fine lines or wrinkles. It also doesn’t leave a thick powder finish.

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The jar comes with a sifter. The powder is soft and velvety and gives a smooth finish ready for the rest of the makeup.
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The product is translucent and goes on smoothly. A light dip into the powder with my beauty blender is my favorite way to apply this.

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I like how well this setting powder works but the size of the jar bothers me. I like to tap the powder into the lid, but that gets a bit messy since the lid is so small. I’m thinking about dumping the powder into a larger, unused container. In my opinion, they need to sell this product in a larger amount.

Have you tried the e.l.f. Undereye Setting Powder? If so, do you like this product?

 

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