When Life Gives You Bananas…Make Banana Bread!

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been going banana bread crazy! It all started when one of my friends gave me a banana on its way to being overripe. I’m not much of a banana fan but I took it anyway.

Days later, I forgot about it on the kitchen table and the banana is way overripe. Of course when I see this, it’s morning time and I’m on my way out the door. I glanced back at it and thought “hey that can be good for banana bread! I’ll make it later when I get home.”

10:30 P.M., Same Day
I was on my way upstairs to bed and saw the banana on the counter. Ugh! Forgot to make that banana bread! Being the INFJ perfectionist who must complete things, I opted to make the banana bread and justified “having it for breakfast” the next morning.

I grabbed my tablet to find a quick recipe and found this one by The Clever Carrot.

Yes! Now let’s see if I had the ingredients. I had everything EXCEPT an extra banana, wheat flour, white sugar and vanilla. Really?? How did I even run out of sugar and vanilla? That should be a baker’s sin!

My half-sleeping mind had to grab for a solution. Ok I have one large overripe banana, brown sugar and plenty of all purpose flour. Brown sugar has molasses in it so that could make up for the lost vanilla. I can substitute the wheat flour for all purpose. And I just have to work with just one banana. Oh and it’s too late to think about making a Greek yogurt frosting right now. Alright, plain banana bread plan is set!

So I altered this recipe a bit to create this loveliness:

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My Banana Bread!

Isn’t it pretty? And it was so moist from the eggs and brown sugar. Oh and it was so sweet! Needless to say, I only had a little bit for breakfast the next day.

Since that one loaf of banana bread was made, I’ve got more overripe bananas and made four other loaves since. I gave some away and kept some for home. I did buy white sugar but I continued to use brown sugar only for this recipe. I still haven’t bought any vanilla extract either lol.

Here’s my rendition of the Banana Bread recipe, inspired by The Clever Carrot:

Tools Needed
9×5 inch loaf pan
Measuring cup
Spoon
Fork
Oven
Cooling rack

Dry Ingredients
1.5 cups of all purpose flour
.5 tsp of salt
.5 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of cinnamon

Wet Ingredients
1 large or 2 overripe (brown or brown spotty) bananas
1 cup of moist brown sugar (light or dark)
2 eggs
1/3 cup of oil

How To Make It:
• Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with a capful of oil. Set it aside and preheat the oven to 350°. Mix all dry ingredients, in order, in a medium to large bowl. Set aside.

• Mash the banana(s) in the second medium bowl with a fork. Mash it until it looks like baby food. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and mix very well.

• Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and fold gently until dry mix is fully wet. Do not over mix or whip! Doing so will make the bread dense and tough.

• Add the new wet mixture into the greased loaf pan and bake inside oven for 50 minutes (60 at most). Check after 50 minutes if it is done by inserting a toothpick or clean fork through middle of loaf, making sure it comes out clean and not gooey.
• If it’s clean, it’s ready to come out and cool off on the rack! Cool off for 10-15 minutes and cut and serve.

See how much brainpower I had to use late that night for the first loaf? Whatever the case, it was worth the effort because it came out great! I may make one with walnuts soon, maybe even honey roasted? 😋 Try making this or the original recipe for yourself – bon appetit!

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Pin-Spired: DIY Frosted Glass {Tutorial}

Ever invite people over for a get-together and after sending that last invite, you realize things need sprucing up? Oh yeah, this was me a few weeks ago. I took a real good look at my living room and noticed I have very few table decorations. So I decided to seek advice from my techie “friend” (Pinterest) for quick decor ideas.

I kept looking at this huge glass vase that was in another room. It needed to be in the living room but just did not know how. Until I found these DIY projects: Frosted glass!

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Isn’t this great?! Absolutely love how it turned out by just using rubberbands for the decoration. Very nice indeed! It was even better that I had frosted glass spray that’s been in the craft drawer for a looooong time. It was intended for frosted doily patterned mirrors but that will come another day.

Here’s what you’ll need:
♡ Glass vase
♡ Krylon Frosted Glass Spray (I got this at Michaels)
♡ Rubberbands (about a half-inch thick)
♡ Newspaper
♡ Plastic gloves
♡ A well-ventilated area
♡ Optional, but very helpful: Krylon Sealer Spray

What to do:
1) Make sure your glass vase is free of dirt and fingerprints if possible.

2) Place rubberbands in a design of your choosing. I chose an alternate criss-cross. This is where the glass will not get frosted.

3) Go into a well-ventilated area with gloves on and newspaper at hand, preferably outside or on a porch. Turn vase upside down on newspaper. Follow the directions of the frosted glaze spray carefully. Even opening it. I had some issues opening the thing but once I followed directions, it helped. ☺ Be careful not to touch the exposed areas so as to not add fingerprints. Also, spray in a sweeping motion about 8″ away to prevent drip patterns.

4) The frost may look very light but trust me, it’s on there. Let dry for about 30 minutes before adding a second coat. Leave the ventilated area because that spray is no joke! Come back to vase, spray again, then dry for another 30 minutes.

5) Once dried all the way, remove rubberbands carefully. They will seem sticky but it’s ok. Now the optional thing to do next is spray a finishing glaze on the vase to seal in the rubberband pattern. If you do this, follow the spray directions and let dry for another 30 minutes to be safe.

6) Once everything is complete, now you can place it on the table for guest brownie points. 😉

Here’s my before and after:

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It came out very pretty and I received good comments about it. Someone even thought I bought it like this (aww shucks 🙂 )!

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