Fall is taking its sweet time getting over to Alabama this year. It has started to cool off some but with highs still in the upper 80s it just doesn’t seem like Fall yet. I long for the cool breezy air, boots, scarves and vests (my love for vests is getting a little out of control, I mean just look at these beauties).
With Fall also comes comfort foods such as, soups, chili, casseroles and homemade bread. The aroma in my house while this bread was baking, in my mind, is the epitome of Fall. A mix of sweet bananas and warm vanilla. Instead of burning a candle, I am tempted to bake this bread everyday. Bonus, not only did this bread make my house smell amazing, it also was very tasty. Not too sweet and just the right amount of vanilla flavor. It is a no fuss, quick and easy bread to make. The ingredients are more than likely already in your pantry and fridge. So the next time you have bananas that are too ripe to eat don’t toss them, give this bread a try.
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 82
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Total Carbohydrates 38g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
- 1/2 tbs of butter (a stick of butter works best)
- 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Using a stick of butter, grease your loaf pan.
- In medium size bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until mixed well.
- In a large bowl, smash the bananas with a fork. Add the sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla and stir with a spatula or spoon until completely blended.
- Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir just until blended.
- Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it evenly.
- Bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick can be inserted and removed without the batter sticking to it.
- Let cool in pan for about 20 minutes before removing from and slicing.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
The Levee opened in Northport in March of this year. It overlooks the Black Warrior River which makes the perfect backdrop. We met up with several of our friends for dinner a few weeks ago. The guys had beer flights and I ordered a Summertime Mojito – a small twist to the traditional Mojito, with a strawberry/lime mixture and Bacardi Silver.
If fried green tomatoes are on the menu, I can guarantee you I will be ordering them. Every restaurant has their own spin on them. The Levee’s fried green tomatoes are served with a vegetable chow chow. The chow chow had the flavor of a sweet and sour sauce. For my entree I had the blackened Mahi Mahi fish tacos with slaw and peach salsa with a side of fries. The tacos were large and tasted good. The Levee is the perfect place for both a large group or a romantic date overlooking the river.
Perry, Sarah and I drove to Montgomery to spend the day with Anna on her birthday. The day was filled with mimosas, mani/pedis, sushi, cake, ice cream and a movie. It was a pretty fantastic day.
After our mani/pedis, Seth met us for dinner at Sushi Cafe. I ordered the LA Roll – crab meat, avocado, cucumber and cream cheese and the Zelda Roll – deep fried roll, crab meat, avocado and cream cheese. The sushi was very good.
After sushi we went back to Anna’s for chocolate cake courtesy of Seth and Anna’s Icebox Coffee ice cream but with a Symphony bar instead of toffee. Oh my, this ice cream was amazing! I would say I am going to try and make it but that would not be a good idea. I would eat the entire container…
After cake and ice cream we went to the Capri Theatre. It was built in 1941 and is an independent theater that plays movies not usually in your typical movie theater. We saw Testament of Youth. It was a good movie but super sad. So don’t watch it unless you need a good cry.
On the Saturday (June 27th) before Trey’s birthday, we got a group together to go see a Birmingham Barons game. I honestly couldn’t tell you who won but we had a lot of fun!
Last month was full of birthdays including Drew’s and Jacob’s! Sarah and Perry threw them a superhero party. We watched Marvel movies, went on a scavenger hunt/race and ate lots of yummy food. Sarah’s mom did a great job on the candy table. I attempted a homemade birthday cake. It didn’t turn out as pretty as I had imagined but it was delicious (if I can say so myself). There was too much fun to be had to stop and take photos so this is all I took…