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Warm Winter Banana Bread

“You gonna make banana bread out of these or something?” -my hint from my husband that the bananas I bought were looking less than desirable in the fridge.  These weren’t on my holiday baking list, but they’ll be a new addition in the future, it’s nice to have something to mix in that isn’t over the top sweet.  The star shapes and the sprinkled sugar on top make me think of snow and snowflakes.  How cute would these be at a Christmas brunch?!   Warm Winter Banana Bread

Believe it or not, my boys ate these just as quick, if not quicker, than any dessert I have ever made.  They would eat these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all the snacks in between if I let them. I’ve got another banana muffin recipe here that incorporates peanut butter, but I think I like this one even better which is surprise because I love me some peanut butter.


  • 5 Bananas (very ripe)
  • 10 TBSP Butter (softened)
  • 2 Cups and 1 TBSP Sugar
  • 1.5 TSP Vanilla
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 TSP Corn Starch
  • 1/2 TSP Baking Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Salt
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 4 TBSP Brown Sugar

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  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees.
  2. Mash bananas to a puree consistency and set aside. 
  3. Mix together sugar, brown sugar, and butter.
  4. Crack eggs and mix in, followed by vanilla.
  5. Pour banana puree in and mix.
  6. Add corn starch, baking powder, salt, and flour.
  7. Pour into your loaf pan or muffin pan.  I used this  loaf pan  and star silicone baking molds similar to  these . I used parchment paper in my loaf pan so they’d come out in good shape.
  8. Bake in oven for 30 minutes (longer if you prefer slightly browned).
  9. Sprinkle some sugar on top and serve warm with butter.  

Unfortunately I love carbs, but one good thing is I typically can eat bread without any butter and not have an issue with it.  This bread…however, tastes so good with a little butter glazed over it so treat yourself to it!  It gives it just a slight salty taste that balances well with the sweetness of the bread.  Those little snowflake shapes on the mini loafs are just mini cookie cutter imprints that I stamped on shortly after taking the bread out of the oven.  I kept the cookie cutter on the mini loaf, sprinkled the sugar into it, and then removed.  I hope you enjoy!


Holiday Style Inspiration

Time to get festive and merry!  Check back here often as I’ll be adding new items up through the first of January for all the holiday style inspo you need to get you through your holiday parties, events, and gatherings.  Jingle, jingle, jingle -let’s hear your sleigh bells ring!

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Outfit Ideas for Thanksgiving

“Do you know what you are gonna wear?”  -a reoccurring question between my sisters and I before most any get together.  Thanksgiving is no exception.  I will be surprised if this question does not come through via text message in the next couple of days.  In preparation, I’ve compiled a few Thanksgiving outfit ideas below, everything from dressy to casual to even a pair of pjs!  Let’s face it, sometimes we just want to be comfy, especially when a lot of food is on the agenda.  

We will be heading to a Thanksgiving at 2PM on Thursday and then another one at 5PM…not much of a break in there.  I’m not really one for pacing myself either…what can I say!?  I might just opt for my maternity leggings…that I’m currently in…and no, I am not pregnant.  We shall just see how I feel that morning :-).  There are numerous items below that are just good staple items to have during the colder months whether it is Thanksgiving or not.  With Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner think about opting to get sales alerts on any of the items you might like below -they are bound to go on sale if they aren’t already!  Drop me a comment if you aren’t sure how to do that, it is super easy and I’m happy to help ya out!  Gotta put my quick little plug in here to let you know that the links below are affiliate links.  This just means that I can earn extra cash for my piggy bank if you make a purchase after clicking on a link -this does not cost you a penny :-). 

Option 1 

Thanksgiving Outfit


Scarf      Jeans      Hat      Sweater     Boots


Option 2:

Thanksgiving Outfit

Dress     Boots (similar)


Option 3:

Thanksgiving Outfit

 Earrings     Top     Pants


Option 4:

Thanksgiving Outfit Idea

Top     Skirt     Leggings (similar)     Boots (similar)


Option 5:

Thanksgiving Outfit

Dress      Tights     Hat     Necklace     Shoes

And some comfy clothes too!  Throw a cardigan over either of these t-shirts and you’ll be cozy all day -or just lounge in some pajamas…even better!

I hope you all have a joyful, filling, and relaxing Thanksgiving no matter what you decide to wear!

10 Treats to bring to Thanksgiving


10 Treats to bring to Thanksgiving

Hi Friends!  We are halfway through November which means Thanksgiving is next week -sayyyy whaaaaattt?  This crept up outta nowhere, but boy do I have some goodies for you today.  We all know I’ve got a sweet tooth, this is no secret.  Naturally when I think about Thanksgiving my mind goes from dessert to stuffing…dessert to stuffing…dessert to stuffing…and throw some rolls in there too.  Never ever will you read a post from me about how to prep a turkey or the best way to cook a ham but you betcha I’ll talk your ear off about sweets.  Today I’ve got 10 of them for ya!  Make one to bring to your family, order a friend to bring one to your Friendsgiving, or make one for yourself to enjoy solo in your sweats.  Whatever your plans, I’ve got you covered with the help from a few other talented ladies; Lorie, Carissa, Susie, Jodie, and Emily -oh, and I can’t forget Betty!  We’ve got a range of desserts to pick from that branch out from your traditional pumpkin or apple pie -both of which I still very much welcome.  What are you going to go with?!


Salted Nutella Caramel Sugar Cookies (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine )

Salted Nutella Caramel Sugar Cookies

See that Nutella Ganache??  I challenge you to try and make these without licking the Nutella Ganache spoon.  Okay, no -don’t do that, you’ll be missing out!  Grab the recipe here.


Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Stuffed Crescent Wreath (Credit: Lorie – Lemons + Zest)

Snickerdoodle Cheesecake Stuffed Crescent Wreath


Brunch is probably my favorite “meal” of the day…if it can’t classified as brunch then we will go with breakfast as my favorite.  What I love about this recipe is that while it can easily be made as a dessert for your Thanksgiving spread, you could also make it for brunch or breakfast.  The fact that you can make it in under 30 minutes is even better!  You can get Lorie’s recipe here


Mini Heath Parfaits (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine)

Mini Heath Parfaits

An easy individually packaged dessert -that you can also make on a large scale too.  This one is all box mixes and fool proof!  You can get the recipe here.


Pumpkin Cookies with Cranberry Frosting (Credit:Carissa – Spoonful of Easy)

Pumpkin Cookies with Cranberry Frosting

Pumpkin and cranberry, can you scream fall any louder?!  I like that this recipe immediately makes you think of fall, yet the combination of flavors make it unique to the cookie crowd.  Carissa spent 2 years finding the perfect mix here and her final result is stunning, yet easy -hence, the title of her blog.  You can get Carissa’s recipe here.


Grandma Bartz’s Glazed Apple Slice Bars (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine)

Grandma Bartz's Glazed Apple Bars

Maybe you don’t want to go through the hassle of making an apple pie from scratch, but still want that true homemade taste.  Try these out for measure and you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to make a homemade crust in a rectangular pan versus a pie dish.  I brought these to work and had 3 people ask me for Grandma’s recipe -grab it here.


Easy Apple Pie Bars (Credit: Susie – Mom’s Dinner)

Easy Apple Pie Bars

But maybe, just maybe, you want to make your apple pie treat even easier.  Prep time for these beauties is just 10 minutes and you can eat them with ice cream, just like you would a regular apple pie.  You can get Susie’s recipe here


Mulled Apple Cider for Two (Credit: Ashley – Sprinkled Sunshine)

Mulled Apple Cider for Two

This one gets bonus points because it also will fill your home with the most lovely fall smell to get you feelin’ in the holiday spirit. You can get the recipe here.


The Best Caramel Corn (Credit: Jodie – Mama in the Midst)

The Best Caramel Corn

For people like me, the first Thanksgiving meal is typically not until at least 1PM in the afternoon.  What in the heck do I do before then?  Do I eat breakfast or should I just wait because I know I’m going to stuff myself 3 times over?  Yep…I said earlier my favorite meal is breakfast -so nope, probably not gonna skip that.  However, after that…enter my new solution -munch on these yummies!  This recipe is perfect for tiding you over until meal time.  Then when your stuffed and feel like you have no room for dessert -grab a small handful for your treat!  You can get Jodie’s recipe here.


Brown Sugar Pecan Cheesecake Pie (Recipe Credit: Betty Crocker Kitchens)

Brown Sugar Pecan Cheesecake Pie (Recipe from Betty Crocker Kitchens)

Okay, I’m not usually big on pecan pie, but I’ve got a mom and mother-in-law who are typically big fans.  I saw this recipe via one of those quick videos and it stopped my scroll.  It is not your typical pecan pie because you’ve got the cheesecake component…also, you get to use Betty Crocker Cookie Mix for your base -easy peasy lemon squeezy.  When I was making the Brown Sugar Sauce for this I knew it was going to be a winner, I could just eat a bowl of that sauce for dessert and be a happy gal.  I sent some of this to my mom and my mother-in-law and was told to bring it for Thanksgiving so we know it is a winner.  The true test, however, is that my husband loved it.  He’s usually a “if it’s not chocolate, I don’t want it” kinda guy -but  he had 2 pieces :-). Get the recipe here.


Puff Pastry Apple Roses (Credit: Emily – Handmade Farmhouse)

Puff Pastry Apple Roses

Maybe you want to go for a wow factor and you want to show up with something beautiful for dessert -look at this photo and need I say more?  I’ve gotta be honest, I tried to make something similar to these last year for Thanksgiving and mine did not turn out near as pretty, but I brought a few of them along anyway.  Emily has got me wanting to try again though!  She used puff pastry and jam for her apple roses, but if you search “puff pastry apple roses” on Pinterest you are bound to find a variety of ways to try these little lovelies out.  You can check out Emily’s post here.

There you have it friends, 10 treats for you to consider for your upcoming Thanksgiving…and honestly anytime!  If you go with any of these, we’d love for you to tag us on Instagram with your creations.  I’m thankful to have readers like you and wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving -fill those tummies and get some relaxation in this coming week!