The cotton maxi dress; such an innocent thing but at the same time so very complicated.
It’s been something that I’ve admired from afar but always on very fit, perfectly sun-kissed people and I never dreamed that I’d own one.
Not only do I own one but today I’m facing my insecurities and I’m rocking a pretty cute striped maxi dress with my tried and true, go-to jean jacket. There’s just something about like having a good friend at your back (literally) while you throw all your doubts into the wind.
P.S. Did I mention it’s as comfortable as wearing pjs but has the added benefit of being completely acceptable to wear in public
You ask your Husband to keep an eye on the banana bread and step out to run a few errands. Then when you get a call from said Husband who begrudging explains that the oven timer didn’t go off and you’re bread may be a bit overcooked you simply laugh and buy some more brown bananas. No reason to get mad, there’s lots of bananas out there.
Besides, once you cut off the burnt top and crumble the whole thing up it’s perfect for banana bread pudding. It’s almost like you meant to make that in the first place.
I love watching the show and I’m just as delighted/surprised/amazed when someone strike it rich with some 50 Cent garage sale find as they are.
If you want to join in on the fun you can apply for show tickets HERE. The selections is completely random and limited to one entry per household and you can start checking their website on 4/29/14 to see if you were selected. If you’re in they’ll send you two tickets 3-weeks before the show date.
First let me say that this Chai Banana Bread from Cooking Light was a lot more aesthetically appealing than its competition. It was, if you excuse the weirdness, just prettier and with a smidgen of spice and that banana flavor I’m giving it a solid 8 out of 10. Still not THE recipe but close enough that it wasn’t a hardship for me to snack on this for whole week.
Here’s the ingredient line up.
Combine your wet ingredients.
Next add your sugars and them combine; flour, salt and baking soda and add that to the mix.
Now it should be lookin’ something like this.
Finally add in your spices and the vanilla and stir just until it’s blended in.
Pour your batter into a greased bread pan and pop it in the oven.
Doesn’t that just look tasty?
P.S. I’m really liking what The Husband’s fancy camera does to my food pictures. What do you think, is this an improvement?
Due to the chance of rain I’ve decide to cancel our appearance at the De Anza Flea Market tomorrow. Depending on which website I visit it’s either going to be cloudy or raining and I just don’t feel like risking it.
So until the weather decides to cooperate our first 2014 appearance has been postponed.
Even though last year was a bust The Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s where Fox And A Parasol came to fruition and it was my first true introduction to the world of rummage sales.
This year it’s not going to be the big tah-dah that I’ve made it into for the last few years. Just a laid-back day spent shopping with a friend, looking for things we couldn’t possible live without and surrounded by hundreds of people.
Sound like your kind of weekend? Admission is free and the Sale will be happening on Saturday, 3/1 and Sunday, 3/2 from 10AM to 4PM, oh and everything is marked 1/2 off on Sunday.
If you need directions to 333 Lancaster Street, Oakland, CA 94601, HERE you go.
I know that’s probably not what you were expecting and trust me, no one is more disappointed then me. I really, really wanted one of the recipes to be THE ONE, the home run, the perfect copy cat recipe and sadly neither of them had it all.
Don’t get me wrong, both recipe on their own were good but I’m looking for something specific. The perfect balance of banana and cardamon, moist yet crunchy on the top and I think I must have just set the bar really high.
If you’re looking for a good, creamy go-to banana bread then the recipe from Cooking Light is the one for you.
If a little bit of spice with a hint of banana is more what you’re after than you’re going to want to go with the recipe from Once Upon A Chef.
Step by step instructions for both recipes will follow later this week. Until then the hunt continues for my perfect Banana Chai Bread recipe.
P.S. I finally gave in and let The Husband teach me how to use his fancy Nikon D800, what do you think, are the new pictures an improvement?
I’ve been biding my time until my Bananas were ripe and this weekend it’s going to happen. I’m going to make my kryptonite, my Achilles’ heal and my current weakness; banana chai bread.
New Leaf Community Market’s Vegan Banana Chai bread is bound to brighten my mood any day. The hint of spices makes my taste buds sing and the crunch of cardamon just make me do a little happy dance. I know I’ve got it bad and now I just need to find that perfect copycat recipe.
During my search I immediately discarded anything that didn’t involve cardamon since I knew the disappointment would be imminent and after much deliberation I settled on these two to try.