Monthly Archives: January 2018

01/22/18

Sweet Hospitality + Banana Nut Bread recipe

Preparing something in advance of someone’s impending arrival is such a nice thought. It lets that person know that they were thought of, that you are excited to see them and host them, and is a genuine way to show Christlike hospitality.

I really and truly believe that.

Food connects us. Food connects us to memories. And food connects us to new memories being made.

Plus, can you think of a better way to say “welcome to my home” than the smell of freshly baked goods?!?

Beats the pants off a candle or potpourri any day of the week.

Or maybe, you know someone in your life that needs some encouragement? That needs to feel cared for and loved by their community? Nothing says “I love you!” or “I’m thinking of you!” quite like fresh baked goods from your home.

It’s the ultimate in comfort.

So, here we go, let’s bake some banana bread…

Classic Banana Nut Bread Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 4-5 ripe bananas peeled & mashed
  • 1.5 cups chopped pecans (walnuts would be great too)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Butter two loaf pans. (I grease pretty generously. No sense in baking bread if you can’t get it out of the pan!)

2. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. This should take couple minutes.

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3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each. Add the vanilla, buttermilk and bananas.

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Mix until thoroughly combined.

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

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5. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

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Add chopped pecans and fold in gently until all ingredients are mixed.

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{Like all good Southern women, I have a plethora of pecans in my freezer. Just chop ’em up and throw ’em in!}

6. Divide batter evenly between the two prepared pans. Bake for approximately 1 hour. In my oven, these took exactly 55 minutes.

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7.  Remove from oven and turn loaves out onto cooling rack immediately.

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Let cool completely, slice, and top with all manner of deliciousness.

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Also known as sweet butter or maybe even some cream cheese.

It’s a heavenly combination.

But, don’t just take my word for it….

Enjoy!

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01/18/18

Favorite Winter Accessories

Y’all.

It is one of the more consistently chilly winters here in the Deep South that I can remember for a long, long time. And, I for one, (and I seriously may be the only one) don’t mind it one bit! I have said it once, and I will say it again, some part of me thinks I should have been born in a colder state a *bit* further North, or maybe it’s just because for my job, I travel largely throughout the Midwest and Northeast and I love the seasonality of four distinct seasons.

And the snow we got for 3 whole days in December?

Absolute Heaven!

I wrapped up in my UGA Snuggie, cranked up the little space heater, put together a puzzle, and read an entire book! It was bliss.

So, in honor of this winter season, I am sharing some of my very favorite cold weather, wintry accessories. Because “foul” weather is simply no excuse not to look and feel your best!

Glacia Knit Beret, $29.95

Glacia Knit Beret

The perfect blend of color, texture, and cozy. Very contemporary and chic! And, you can wear it as the model does above like a traditional French beret, or pull down lower as a beanie. Very versatile!

I’m a HUGE fan of the <slightly> over-sized, cozy boyfriend cardigans that are all-the-rage this season. I literally live in mind right now!

Here are a few of my favorites. Pair over your favorite jeans and either a T shirt or button-up for a comfortable, casual, and ultra-warm & cozy look!

Roccia Ruffled Cardigan by Moth, currently on sale for $69.00

Rocia Ruffled Cardigan

I love the undone sophistication of this cardigan, plus the muted mauve hue. Plus, it’s dressy enough to wear to work, but casual enough to dress down with jeans and sneaks. Love it paired with a fitted, long sleeve striped or graphic tee.

Lightweight Long Open-front Cardigan Sweater from JCrew for $88.00

Lightweight long cardigan sweater women sweaters c

A great and versatile duster! Comes in three colors, but I have to say, I am partial to the Frosty Olive.

lightweight long cardigan sweater : women cardigans & shells

Yum! A gorgeous neutral.

Colorblocked Wool Cardigan, $158

Colorblocked Wool Cardigan

A gorgeous chunky knit sweater/ blazer style jacket just perfect for this season! I love that it is elegantly color-blocked and fashioned after men’s wear. The sleeves are slightly belled and the pockets are just so stinking cute!

Faux-Fur Collared Cardigan, $129.95

Faux Fur-Collared Cardigan

The ultimate way to elevate a simple, cozy cardigan? Add some fur! It immediately elevates this overall look, and I am in love with it!

Echo Touch Tech Gloves, from Nordstrom for $23.40 (currently 40% off and also come in Black)

Echo 'Touch - Zip Bouclé' Tech Gloves

I personally own a pair of Echo Touch Tech gloves and I am a big, big fan! They are uniquely created to insulate and maintain warmth from within AND, very important, can be warn while using all touch-screen Tech accessories. No need to take your gloves off when making an all-important Instagram post in negative temps!

Striped Cape-Scarf, from JCrew for $39.50

striped cape-scarf : women scarves

The perfect blend of two of my very favorite winter accessories- capes & scarves! It’s a gorgeous, over-sized blanket scarf with arm holes… Hello versatility!

Or maybe you are feeling a classic Plaid instead?

plaid cape-scarf : women scarves

Got you covered! Literally…

And, of course, there is everyone’s favorite winter material… cashmere! It’s ultra luxurious and instantly warm.

Two-tone Scarf in Everyday Cashmere, currently on sale for $61.99 (that’s over 50% off regular price!)

two-tone scarf in everyday cashmere : women scarves, hats, and gloves

two-tone scarf in everyday cashmere : women scarves, hats, and gloves

Plus, they come in gorgeous colors!

So, that’s just a few beautiful ideas I had to share with you! Stay warm!

xoxo…

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