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Banana Oatmeal Bread! Easy!

18 Jan

img_2367I shop weekly for fresh fruit for making smoothies and green juices.  My plan to include bananas daily did not pan out and they also ripened very quickly!

The bananas are the sweetest at this stage and I was left with the decision; what should I do?

This year I’ve said I was going to embrace trying new things; one being cooking more! Then it dawned on me that I can make a banana bread; but use ingredients that were towards the healthy side!

The recipe is real easy and less than an hour to prepare.   And on this cold winter morning, the baking made the home smell wonderful!  The banana bread came out perfect!  So here are the steps and the recipe!

You will need 3 bowls, spatula, large spoon, mixer (if you don’t want to mix by hand), measuring cup, measuring spoons, whisk and a smile!img_2368

Get all the ingredients; to double-check you have everything! It’s nothing worse than starting and you find out that you thought you had everything and you don’t!

My substitutions were the walnuts, I like the walnut taste…..not necessarily the walnuts in the bread.  So I used walnut oil (1/2 teaspoon)!  If you don’t like walnuts; you can try raisins, pumpkin seeds,  anything you like.  Instead of white sugar, I’d used trubindao sugar.  I also used coconut oil; instead of shortening.img_2357

Oh! I’d also increased the measurements, because I had a lot of bananas – as you can see!  So my banana bread is larger than the proportions in the recipe.

 

img_23651/2 cup coconut oil

  • 3/4 cup Sugar in the Raw (turbinado sugar cane)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

 

 

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

 

In a large bowl, cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the banana and vanilla.

 

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In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Beat into creamed mixture. Stir in oats and nuts.

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Pour into prepared pan.

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Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.  Let the bread rest for about 30 minutes and then go for the slices!

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All photos by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design® (excluding sugar image).

 

 

DIY – Neat Candle Holder Idea!

26 Apr

Recycle…..with style in mind!

After your store brought candles burn out, keep the glass holder!  It can be kept to do many things! Use warm water to remove any wax residue, followed by a soap clean up!

Then take the kids and go for a walk and look for twigs!  Yes twigs!  You’ll have fun, then you can do the next step in this little project!

Get a glue gun and glue three areas of the twig and adhere to the glass holder, in any design!

Once completed, you have a very stylish and rustic candle holder!

Add your tea light candle.  Tea candle?  They are small and don’t have a high flame.  This DIY idea can be used for rope too!

The glass holders can be used for many other things, before discarding…take a moment and think…what can I use this for!  🙂

Candle Recycle Ideas

 

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Picture Source: Pinterest Originals

 

73 Questions, Answered by Anna Wintour!

10 Sep

anna wintourAnna Wintour is the name you should be interested in; during NY Fashion Week!  Are you interested in what she thinks is important?  Here is a candid view of the icon answering questions that are quick and funny – as she is working!  She is so delightful!

Oh, I’m going to wear my shades while I’m in the office tomorrow!!!!

The beautiful Anna Wintour is the daughter of Charles Wintour, former Editor of the Evening Standard. She started her career in 1970, working in the fashion department at Harpers & Queen in London.  Six years later, she joined its sister New York publication Harper’s Bazaar as its Fashion Editor.   After a stint as Senior Editor at New York magazine, controlling the title’s fashion and lifestyle coverage, Wintour was named Creative Director of American Vogue in 1983.  British Vogue hired her back as Editor in Chief for two years. In 1988, she rejoined American Vogue as Editor-in-Chief and in that capacity, has helped raise over $10 million for AIDS charities since 1990.

Enjoy Fashion Week!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia

Youtube video by Vogue®

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