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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




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.





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




Pour into prepared pan.



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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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®

CityRow NYC! Fun, Intense with that WOW Factor!

26 Jul
Helaine Knapp

CityRow CEO & Founder, Helaine Knapp

row·ing noun \ˈrō-iŋ\ : the sport of racing in long, narrow boats that are moved by using oars.

Not actually in a narrow boat, not even near the water…..then what are you saying; perhaps as you read the definition!

I’m trying to let you know that I was in the closest adaptation of rowing; in an exercise class at CityRow; right near Union Square in NYC!

Brilliant idea by the CEO and Founder, Helaine Knapp!  A young, enthusiastic and beautiful woman who decided to take a chance on her dream of her way of being fit and went for it!  Approaching her 1 yr. anniversary, it has had the entire city buzzing with excitement – no one else is doing anything like this in the city!

” I’ve taken tons of classes and became really passionate about the group fitness format, but it was probably my background in working at tech start-ups that inspired me to pursue this.   This time it’s my vision, and it’s been amazing to see it come to life.”

For some reason, I was thinking about an oar, but the type of movement of moving water on the side of the boat, first the right and then turn to the left!  Simple, right?  I was so wrong!  WRONG, I say!

An intense workout, where you are pulling utilizing your knees and those muscles you kind of forgotten about on this sexy looking machine called a WaterRower!

Well even though I was not on a lake or river, the rowing machines did have water – which was definitely felt when the endurance was increased.


CityRow – NYC Instructor, Neil Totton

The instructor for our class, was Neil Totton who was so patient and kind; and his that don’t wait now…keep going attitude was so on point!

My heart rate was up in about 5 minutes and I was so amazed that how the water you’re pulling played such an intricate path of feeling like you were actually rowing, but it is stationary!

The class was near shy of an hour-long, which also involved stretching and a little strength training!

When the class was over, I was exhausted from all the activity!  I keep asking jokingly, “Did we reach land yet?”… for I knew all the rowing I did – we had to have reached our destination, we were already in Manhattan, so we had to be in New Jersey, Treasure Island…any place!

I had posted a few pictures on Instagram when taking the class, where I’d gotten so many e-mails, asking was that me!  I’d often replied, yes that’s me with the “after” the workout hairdo and the exhausted look, but I was still smiling!  It really was a whole lot of fun!

Afterwards we all had a little bite to eat with Helaine next door at HU Kitchen!  It was just wonderful talking and spending time with her.  I wish her the absolute best; for she is soaring in the right direction.  I would not even be surprised at all, if there’s major cities in her future!  CEO & Founder Helaine Knapp and Letia Mitchell

Would I go again, I sure would!  The classes are simple and priced reasonably!

The staff is absolutely awesome.  I am planning soon on bringing a friend with me and then go to Union Square’s Farmers Market after.

So if you are tired of your current exercise routine and you are near or perhaps visiting NYC; CityRow NYC is the place to go!

I would like to give a big thank you to Mind|Body|Spirit/Network for their invitation to attend this great class!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & DesignLetia 🙂

CityRow is located at 80 5th Avenue, Suite 1501 New York, NY 10011 (212) 242-4790 http://www.cityrow.com  YouTube video by Glam.com

For more photos of the exciting CityRow NYC lifestyle via Instragram, click CityRow.



2013 Divalysscious Moms Halloween Spooktacular!!!

31 Oct

The Dynamic Duo - Batman and Robin (there twins!)

Where can you go to see Batman and Robin, ballerinas and even little Red Robin Hood; where they smiles would melt your heart away? At a  Halloween Spooktacular!

Lyss Stern, Founder and President of Divalysscious Moms and her staff every year hold a terrific Divalysscious Moms Halloween Spooktacular party!

Lyss Stern, Divalysscious Moms

A party where Moms can come for a couple of hours and have their adorable children just be children and have FUN!

This year marks her 10th year and the spooky event  was held at Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC on 60th street!

If you haven’t been at Dylan’s Candy Store, as soon as you enter you are completely mesmerized by all the candy everywhere!

I was so amazed, so I know the children attending the party were definitely extra excited. The party was being held upstairs and by the time I hit the last stair – you could hear the live entertainment and children just laughing with joy!

The live entertainment, The Little Maestros played happy tunes and even a parent’s favorite “Ghostbusters!” You know the song! “Who you gonna call?, Ghostbusters!” by Ray Parker Jr.!

There was coloring, raffle prizes, candy, trick-or-treat bags and a light food menu available for all. The children were dancing, jumping and singing; some were even crying…just for a moment!  Famed photographer, Heidi Green was also there; capturing beautiful photos of the entire event to be made readily available for those interested.

You just couldn’t help smiling, for it was a happy time!  The time went by so quickly!  Although my family couldn’t attend the party, the pictures taken will make them definitely smile with envy!

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I so love what Lyss Stern is doing! Not only is she giving Moms the opportunity to have a network to not only talk about their children, but also a way to also pay attention to themselves.  Moms are in charge of so many things, so it’s so wonderful to have a network to go to for ideas, support and fun; all while still aiming to be FABULYSS!  THANK YOU LYSS!!!

Leaving the event, I parted with a wonderful goody bag which included Robeez shoes, HelloFresh and fun Mom stuff! As if that were not enough, I also did buy some more candy (I couldn’t resist) for I knew the trick-or-treaters that would be ringing my bell!

Oh boy, as I am writing this…Manolo is barking, the door bell is ringing…it starting!  Happy Halloween everyone!  Enjoy!

Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design Letia 🙂

Lyss Stern is the founder and president of Divalysscious Moms, divamoms.com/, the luxury lifestyle company which caters to New York’s well-heeled and trendsetting moms.  Although the photos here are by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design, Heidi Green ‘s site is http://www.heidigreen.com/.  


Magazine Perfume Samples, Just a Fragrance Idea!

24 Aug


Catching up on my reading on the many Style and Design magazines yesterday; I don’t know why this suddenly became a visual to me!

Did you know there are at least four to six perfume samples in a magazine?

Hoping that you love the ad, bottle, style and pull the tab to smell! If you love it, you’ll buy it!

Well I’ve tried about four (J’Adore, Chloe, Modern Muse and Daisy).  I’m loving Daisy by Marc Jacobs !  I love gardenia, so I instantly picked up the fragrance of them.  By lifting up the tab and allowing the scent to capture my attention with no pressure, I can make an honest decision on the fragrance.  Which has violet leaves, ruby red grapefruit, gardenia, violet petals, jasmine petals, musk, vanilla and white woods.

Marc jacobs daisy 3 letia

So I tore gently the ad with the sample and placed in my bag, as a reminder to go to the mall.  Forgetting about it, I was receiving a lot of compliments while waiting on line to pay for an item at the drugstore (my bag was open).

“What are you wearing, it smells nice?” The fragrance was softly lingering from my bag!

So I got really great reviews and a free bag freshener !  Now I’m not saying if you put a sample in your bag; wait to get feedback!!!! I just reminding that the perfume ad samples are there for you to use to make a decision for purchasing and other ways too! 🙂

  • Place in your lingerie dresser draw.
  • Place in your car under the seat!
  • Attach to your air filter to carry the scent throughout the house

Only if you really like it!!!!!!!!  Let me know, if you have ever selected a fragrance, simply by testing the sample in a magazine, which one and did you buy it?

By the way, I did buy Daisy by Marc Jacobs and I’m very pleased!!!!!  See, the magazine perfume sample did exactly what it was supposed to do!  It smells absolutely wonderful!  There are other fragrances under the Marc Jacobs entourage, so when you get a chance; test them out when you are exploring the samples you’ve collected!   Some how this ended up being a review on Daisy!!!   Have fun!


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Marc Jacob’s company has expanded in several wonderful directions with two lines of ready-to-wear for men and women -Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs- as well as bags, accessories, shoes and the Marc Jacobs fragrances.  Marc Jacobs has done fragrances since 2001, with his first woman’s fragrance under his name Marc Jacobs, followed by the following year with the men’s.  Daisy was introduced in 2007.  His latest creation is Honey.

Marc Jacobs Gift Set photo by Vi.sualiz.us.  Photo of Marc Jacobs Eau So Fresh Fragrance, by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle & Design.  

Peaches! Peaches! A Summer Peach Iced Tea!

11 Aug

Peaches!Yesterday morning while preparing lunch for my friends coming later in the day, I’d got a call from my girlfriend Sandra about my iced tea!

She had attempted to make the ice tea and her daughter told her…”This doesn’t taste like Ms. Letia’s!”

Not to say in the least that my girlfriend was just a little annoyed with the fact, her daughter wasn’t appreciative of her attempt!  With my gentle reply, I said keep the tea you’ve already made, you can incorporate it in the the new batch, you are going to make with me!  For luckily I was just in the process of making some and brought her through step by step!   So while as I was making the tea, I said let me also share with you all too! 🙂

  1. You can use freshly brewed tea (green, jasmine, Lipton, etc.) or any Ice Tea or even lemonade mix; whatever you prefer!  In a separate pitcher make your tea the way you like it! If you are brewing your tea, the tea should be very well cooled before adding to the peaches! To sweeten the tea, you can use honey, sugar, agave or if you don’t like a sweetened tea; nothing at all!  However, if you are using a mix, read the instructions on how much to use based on the size of your serving pitcher.  What I usually do to make it easier, is to make enough tea to add to the serving pitcher or two, throughout the lunch.
  2. Take 5 ripe peaches (you will know that they are ripe, because of the wonderful smell that they give off)!  If not ripe, using the old fashion trick – place them in a paper bag about two days before you are to use them – that will get them ripe!
  3. Wash the peaches very gently under cold water and pat dry softly with a paper towel, you want to show the pretty skin!
  4. Then take a clear serving pitcher and now begin adding your peaches:
  • I have the pitcher with the funnel in the middle where you put ice (I freeze it) to keep the pitcher cold without compromising the beverage with added water from the ice! You can place the funnel in the freezer the day before you are going to make the peach tea! Otherwise ice cubes to chill per serving, is just fine!
  • You want to cut the peaches in wedges, showing the beautiful red color left from separating the peach from the peach pit! With a fork, take each peach wedge and gently make a perforation and place in pitcher. This will allow the peaches to begin to extract their juices.  Let the wedges sit a bit, while you clean up a bit!

Peaches more... Beautiful Sliced Peaches

Now add your ready-made tea to your serving pitcher and stir about three to four times lightly, this will allow the juice from the peaches to incorporate with the tea! Let sit for about 5 minutes and then serve!

Peach wedges Placed in Pitcher

That’s it! Now once the iced tea is gone and you are left with just the peaches, they can be eaten too! Or you can take a mason jar and add the peaches with your favorite vodka to sit for about a month! This will make a nice peach tea liqueur for a cocktail, like a Peach Tea Martini or Peach Tea Amaretto sour…be creative! Or if you can’t wait that dog-gone long, muddle the peaches for your cocktail drink!!!!! 🙂

Beautiful Peach Ice Tea!

Peach Ice Tea!

Oh! And my girlfriend’s daughter was very happy with the walk through!  LOL!!!!!

Later that day, the lunch I’d prepared was great too!  Everyone enjoyed themselves, can you tell I’m really enjoying the summer!

The whole idea is, if you love peaches…..it is best to enjoy them while they’re in season by either making  a wonderful summer iced tea drink, cocktail or just have the fruit alone <I just thought of vanilla bean ice cream; heading towards the freezer now! Yummy>!!!!!!

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Pictures by Letia Mitchell LifeStyle &Design ®. Pitchers purchased from Christmas Tree Shops http://www.christmastreeshops.com/.

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