I smiled this morning because when I took #TheBoys out it finally felt like fall. The grass was covered with dew, the fog was on the hills, the sun was just starting to peek on the hill top, and the leaves are starting to fall. So after a decent night's sleep, I might've had to run outside with the camera in my robe and flip flops to get a few pics.
This recipe may not be a family recipe yet, if ever, it is my go to for banana bread. I have made a few substitutes at times and this recipe has never failed me. Below is my banana bread recipe and I've added a some tips at the end. Hope you enjoy!
Rich Banana Bread
Makes 1 loaf or 24 muffins
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 medium bananas
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x5 loaf pan.
2. In a large bowl, stir together melted butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt, stir into the butter mixture until smooth. finally, fold in the sour cream, walnuts, and bananas. Spread evenly into the prepared pan.
3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 C) for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool loaf in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- I have substituted heavy cream and Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
- I have used half all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour.
- Bake in muffin tins for 15-20 minutes (15 for gas oven).
- The loaf and muffins freeze well.
- You may want to lower the oven temperature slightly (I'm going to try 25 degrees) for a gas oven.
- Let sit for 1 day in an air tight container before serving.
Even though it's still in the 80's here I'm so glad it's finally fall! The leaves are beginning to change, the evenings are so much cooler, and football (I mean band) season is here. I have a yard full of leaves already that #TheBoys get lost in and I love hearing them crunch under my shoes. I. Am. Not. A. Summertime. Girl. I cannot stand the heat so I love the idea of walking outside without melting into a puddle. I hope to try to get out of the house more once the cooler temperatures get here for good just to be outside, maybe take a few pics, and overall enjoy this time of year. Below are a few of my fall must haves, with links to each, and I can't wait to put them to use.
Black boots-a fall and winter must for me, they pretty much go with everything.
A book-to curl up on the couch with on a chilly fall day.
Pumpkin Spice coffee-you know you all love everything pumpkin spice too. Tis the season!
Hiking boots-maybe I'll attempt a short hike here and there.
Camera-to capture all the beauty of fall.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Contrary to most people in my family i'm not much of an ice cream person. I rarely crave it, even being preggo, and I tend to stick to a few select flavors. So when I had to choose a flavor to describe myself I was at a bit of a loss. However when the idea, I mean flavor, came to mind I knew I'd chosen the right one, rocky road.
Rocky Road ice cream is made up a few select ingredients I feel represents life fairly well for most all of us. The nuts represent the rough patches and struggles we may face which can make us want to throw our hands up and say, "I give up!" But we know we can get through it just on bite, or crunch, at a time.
The marshmallowy fluff represents all of the good stuff in life. Everything that makes us smile, giggle, and enjoy every second of being here. These moments are also the ones that we tend to forget all too quickly especially when one of those "nuts" creeps in and we tend to unfortunately dwell on those more than all the good stuff.
Then we have the base for rocky road ice cream, the chocolate. When we throw in the "nuts" and "marshmellowiness" this is what makes up everyday life and makes us who we are. While some of us may have more good days than bad, or vice versa, we all face struggles and joys on this rocky road we call life.
Here are a few facts about me you may not know:
- My full name...Aimee Nicole Rose Kettel
- A nickname only my family calls me...Aimee Nickel
- My zodiac sign...Leo
- My phobias...open water, heights
- A song I secretly blast when no one is around...pretty much anything if I'm in the car alone
- One of my biggest pet peeves...when people do not use turn signals GRRR!
- My nervous habit...playing with my ring
- The side of the bed I sleep on...left
- My first stuffed animal was...small dog I called Snoopy and carried around on my shoulder
- Favorite place I've been...Cades Cove
- What I always order at Starbucks...berry refresher made with passion tea instead of water and light ice
- Which way I face in the shower...in
- Favorite comfort food I know is bad but I don't care...PIZZA
- A phrase or exclamation always say is..."good grief"
- What I wear to bed...tee-shirt and undies