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Thursday, March 18, 2010

....a cloudy day and 3 ripe bananas.....

I LOVE
RAIN
CLOUDS
THUNDER
LIGHTENING
This kind of day is my very favorite kind of day!!
and...
THIS PARTICULAR DAY...IT WAS RAINING AND I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF IT !!
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I always...ALWAYS...want to bake something full of wonderfulness when it is raining...
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and this day it was
BANANA NUT BREAD...
another favorite of mine!
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I used regular white cake flour for this...
but, I DID use SPLENDA instead of sugar.
I have found that everything baked with SPLENDA turns out DRY...
Surely with 3 ripe bananas, this bread wouldn't be DRY....!
It also doesn't seem to rise as much using Splenda...
*NOTE..
I just learned to add extra baking powder when using SPLENDA...
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This is that little vintage nut chopper that was my mama's...I've told you about it before....
I have an electric chopper...but I tend to want to use THIS one..
It's just special !
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Actually, I could just eat this BATTER with a spoon, raw eggs and all....
ummm...I always like to have a few WHOLE halves of pecans, along with the chopped..
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...but *sigh...guess I'd better bake it !!
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...in a RED loaf pan, of COURSE...so here it is...
all ready for the oven...
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Here's where we can share coffee and cake...
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Come on it...have a seat here at my breakfast table..let's have a slice as soon as it's done...warm...right out of the oven and smeared with good ole buttah....sound ok with you?
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Since I KNOW there's a lot of people that DON'T like cloudy...

I tried to set a sunny table for us...little yellow plates, thrifted from GoodWill.... and that cute cup with the cherries.I just love it! Sweet Valarie at GLIMPSE OF MY WORLD sent it to me and I've really enjoyed it.

O, and those little cute place mats were made for me by my lifelong friend, ALICE...I just love them! but I love ALICE more !!

Ummm, here we go...
warm and smelling so SOOO good...
It didn't rise up as pretty since I used the artificial sweetner...
and didn't use the extra baking powder.....*sigh...
BUT the bread was nice and moist, due to all the bananas....
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No special recipe here...just use YOUR favorite !
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O, and I meant to show you those little cherries inside the cup..
I just LOVE cuteness !!

Here's YOUR warm slice...with some healthy fruits and a hot, steamy cup of coffee...
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This little cute cup and saucer...thrifted from YOU KNOW WHERE....
for just pennies and I think it's adorable...cheery and bright.
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Glad you stopped by on this rainy, beautiful day...
Now....let me see....
hmmmm.....
what can I bake NOW....???

I am linking with:
GOLLUM for FOODIE FRIDAY

26 comments:

Sandra said...

Hi BJ. That banana nut bread looks yummy. I think i'll make a banana bread over the weekend too. :)We had cloudy days that last couple of days in my part of Texas. Today was a sunny day though. I love your cups with the little cherries on them:)
Have a wonderful evening.
Sandra

Kathleen Grace said...

When I saw the words 3 ripe bananas I KNEW we had some babana bread coming:>) I love rainy days too, especially spring rain with lots of thunder! It would be so nice to smell the fresh banana bread right out of the oven and the coffee brewing and to sit down at that pretty little table with you and enjoy some talk and laughter:>) This post is the next best thing to being there!

Martha said...

Love banana bread and yours looks yum!

Stacey said...

BJ, how do you do it? You make everything look so pretty! I love your dishes and that cherry cup is adorable.

I made banana carrot nutbread today...on this sunny beautiful day! It's pretty good. We are trying to lose a few pounds so I'm hoping the addition of the carrots will make it nice and healthy. :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love your black, white and red breakfast table and there's nothing like fresh banana bread!

The Muse said...

you know i giggle like a school girl whenever i get glimpses of your bright and cheery kitchen?

just love it!

susan said...

BJ-I love a good storm every now and then too. In fact, I much prefer it to just boring overcast :) Great for hunkering down with a good book or movie. I agree with you on the Splenda!

Blondie's Journal said...

Your pictures of food always makes me hungry, BJ. Everything looks SO good!! And I love banana nut bread with a passion. Oh...and the coffee. I will be thinking of this tomorrow morning. We are supposed to have snow this weekend here in the Midwest...:-(

xoxo
Janie

Kathy said...

Okay Miss Rainy Day Happiness!!!!
How does one BAKE as much as you do and stay so slim?

Enquiring minds want to know!!!!
Splenda or no splenda...I'd be as big as a barn if I lived at your house with all that yummy baking...How do you do it?
Your thrifts are darling!
So are you!!!!
Your metabolism must be off the chart!
...I don't think I even have one...sigh.

Happy weekend to you...and your nutbread!
xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Michael Lee West said...

I'll have a slice with coffee, please. I use Splenda and have wondered why things don't rise. I will remember to add extra baking soda. Great tip!
XX00
gollum

Julie Harward said...

I have a set of bowls just like your cups! I love your little nut chopper too. I love to bake on rainy days or when it's cold and snowy...I love banana bread too, it's always so good! Come say hi :D

Melissa B. said...

I share your love of stormy days. Went to the beach last weekend, and I really did enjoy the rain and the wind. And I know I'm going to enjoy your Banana Nut Bread, too. Thanks for the recipe! SITS sent me by, and I'm glad they did. Happy Friday!

Skyscraper Jigsaw

piginmud said...

Hi BJ! I love your breakfast table, it looks so cozy! Enjoy the banana bread!

Justine said...

Ooh, I love love love banana bread!!!! And I love your place mats and your cute cherry coffee cup too.

Send me the leftovers!

Justine :o )

Julie Harward said...

bj.the recipe is correct but adding a bit og fresh lemon wouldn't hurt I'm sure. Yes it can make a whole bundt instead too. :D

Sage said...

You banana bread is so tasty; thank you for inviting me. Love the hint about teh Splenda; great pictures!
Rita

Mary said...

I share your love of stormy days and given where I live that's a very good thing :-). Your table looks beautiful and your bread sounds wonderful. Thanks for the tips about using Splenda. Have a fantastic day , BJ.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

You love rainy days. And I love peeks into your world. :-)

Oh those cups with the cherries inside! Prrrrrrrrrrrecious! :-)

MrsJenB said...

Yay banana bread! Looks like we had the same idea this week! :-)

Bill said...

Hi BJ,

Love the bright, cheery coziness of your breakfast setting! The banana bread sounds sooooo good with a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Have a great weekend!

Warmest regards,
Bill

Nellyn said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I love your kitchen decor!

GrannySue said...

I love storms and thunder also. And I, too, have had trouble with the spelnda; I even tried the baking mix one but it was very frustrating so I went back to the regular old way. Your kitchen must smell like a little piece of heaven on a rainy day!

Theresa said...

I knew where you were heading with that title! I love Banana bread and My Little Daddy loved it better than anyone ever. My Daughter would make it for him ALL the time. He would brag on it and tell her it was the best he ever had. He would freeze it so that it would last longer:) Thanks for triggering that sweet memory. I miss My Daddy:( Hugs to you Dear BJ!

Tennis Girl said...

BJ,
If I was your neighbor, I would be right over. It all looks wonderful!
Robin

Deb said...

Happy Spring to you, BJ. Your banana bread looks scrumptious and I have a need to bake some too, now. Your great-grand-daughter is absolutely adorable and I love her fishy face. I enjoy your blog everyday and will be back again. Deb

Kathleen said...

After last weekends floods, I don't want to hear that 4 letter wor5d!
But I know what you mean!
You bread looks nice and healthy...
Darling cup!