Gift Guide for Bakers and Cooks!

Gingerbread Mini Waffle Maker

KitchenAid Ultra Power Hand Mixer

2 Tier Wood & Metal Cake Stand

Wilton Mega Cookie Sheet w/ Cooling Grids

Nordic Ware ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Loaf Pan

Flex Core Spatula Set

Ember Mug

Plaid Apron

Grill Prep Marinade Tray w/ Wooden Lid

Le Creuset Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven

Round Wood Serving Platter

Ruffled Pie Dish

Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons

Kitchen Towel Set

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Banana Bread

This time of year I feel like all I want to do is bake and watch Hallmark movies!!! There is something about the smell of something sweet baking in the oven that I just love soooo much. Okay, so speaking of baking, today I wanted to share a really yummy banana bread recipe that I’ve been playing with for the last few months. It has such great flavor and is perfect in the morning with a cup of coffee or even as a late night snack:). It’s a quick recipe to put together and your house will smell amazing while it’s in the oven.

Banana Bread

4 medium over-ripe bananas

2 eggs, beaten

8 Tbsp. butter, softened

3/4 c. brown sugar

1 tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

2 c. flour

sugar to sprinkle on top, optional

Preheat oven to 350 and grease a loaf pan. In large bowl mash bananas with a fork and add butter, eggs and brown sugar. Mix together. In another bowl mix flour, salt and baking soda together. Slowly add flour mixture to banana mixture and mix. Spoon into loaf pan and sprinkle with sugar (optional, but it adds a great level of texture to the bread!). Bake for 45-55 min. or until toothpick comes out clean when placed in center of bread. Let cool in pan for 10 min then place on a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve alone or with butter (my favorite way to eat it). Enjoy!

Happy December!

I can’t believe it’s December! This year has definitely been an interesting one (I think we can all agree on that)!!! I know this month can get crazy for a lot of us with so many things to do so I’m going to try to share things through the month to help you out. Recipes, gift ideas, positive thoughts…those type of things! Also, do you follow me on Instagram? If you don’t I’d love for you to start because I share things there too.

For those who don’t follow me on Instagram you missed some exciting news I shared yesterday. I became a Beautycounter consultant! For those who aren’t familiar with Beautycounter, it is a clean beauty and skincare company that prides itself on producing clean, safe makeup and skincare that is good for our skin! I first tried a few of their products last year and was really happy with the results the products gave. I thought about joining their company for a few months and finally decided to take the plunge. I love learning about makeup and skincare and so I’m looking forward to learning more about the products. I’m excited to share this journey with you. So far the products I’ve tried I really have liked. I wanted to share with you the first product I tried from Beautycounter (and the reason I decided to try more!)

Overnight Resurfacing Peel-this is an award winning treatment peel that you apply at night and it helps with skin texture and skin clarity while you sleep! It’s not drying and the next morning my skin feels soooo soft! I use it every other night and have been really happy with the way it makes my skin look and feel. I’ll share more soon, but I wanted to first share what peaked my interest. Have you tried Beautycounter? If so please tell me what your favorite product is so I can give it a try if I haven’t already. If you’re interested in making a purchase or learning more, click on the Beautycounter link to head to my website to learn more.

I’ve been going through my pins on Pinterest on trying to update and add to my Christmas Recipe pins so I can find everything I want in one place. I’ve realized the more organized I am the less stress I become! Do you follow me on Pinterest? If not you should:) I add my recipes that I share here there too so you can easily find them. I’m putting the finishing touches on a recipe now and plan to share it later this week so don’t forget to check back.

My holiday shopping is staring off good, what about yours? I usually don’t start shopping until after Thanksgiving and this year was no different. I’m going to be putting together a few gift guides to share with you soon. Is there anything you need help finding? If so let me know in the comments and I’d be glad to help!

Have a great rest of your day!