Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Contests, Banana bread and Coffee, anyone?

I'm a little late posting today. I had Women's Bible study this morning....it was fabulous! Love my Tuesday mornings. Today we went over our homework from last week about trust and worrying. I think moms are way too good at worrying. I need to work on that. :)

I just nearly had a heart attack two minutes ago. Someone was knocking on my door like a MADMAN. I tried not to *worry* that it was badman, looked thru the peep hole (on my top 10 of best inventions), opened the door and was relieved that it was only my way-too-impatient postman with 2 PACKAGES for me! Yaay! One was a book I 'won' on Ebay along with "Tigger & Pooh - Hundred Acre Wood Haunt" that I WON from Holly at Tropic of Mom. She held a contest on her blog....speaking of, I'll be posting giveaway contests SOON. Stay tuned, folks. You know you've missed the giveaways! ;)

So, I have these way overdue bananas sitting on my kitchen countertop just begging to be made into banana bread. Who am I to refuse their request? I just hope they aren't too overdue. I'm using this recipe (from allrecipes.com) and adding applesauce to make up for the lack of the full 2 1/3 cups of bananas...besides, I think adding applesauce makes it more moist. Mmmmmm I love the smell of banana bread cooking in the oven.

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas
--I don't add nuts because my hubby doesn't like them. Pecans are fab in this bread though.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a *toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

*be sure to put the toothpick in several spots to make sure you don't mistake it for being under cooked because you hit a piece of banana.


Listening to Natalie Cole singing "Coffee Time" on our XM radio. Makes me get in the mood for some coffee to along with the banana bread...I'm not a huge coffee drinker. I'm the gal who goes for a cup of java when it's one of those mornings where I just cannot wake up, but coffee sounds fabulous right now...

Braun KF590 Impressions Digital 10-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker
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Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinders
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Never tried these...but Award Winning sounds tempting to me...
Award Winning Farm-Roasted 100% Kona Coffee, Whole Bean, Medium Roast 1 Lb
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Sale Price: $29.95 - 21% off

I need a new one of these...can't find my old one since we moved.
18-Ounce Stainless-Steel Insulated Travel Tumbler
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An interesting read. I haven't read it all, but parts...
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
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Oh and you can get some coffee at your favorite restaurant ... just go to Restaurant.com first. Take 60% off $25 Gift Certificates. Pay $4 when you use the code FALL. Valid 9/23/08 through 9/30/08.

Question of the Day
Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what's your favorite blend?


Anonymous said...

Big time coffee drinker...we use whole beans from Costco and grind them in the morning. Yum! Not sure what the blend is, but we like it strong.

I'm pretty sure my kids DON"T eat the bananas on purpose so that I can make this same banana bread...with applesauce! They love it!

For some reason, I feel like a cup of coffee...

Have a great day!

Heather said...

Yum, I can smell that bread baking right through your blog...

I love coffee, but I am not a coffee snob. As long as I have my hazelnut creamer, I'm good. I do like the "Free Trade" coffee beans that our church gets, though.

Banana bread and coffee...I'm liking this post!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely a coffee drinker - I grew up Seattle. But I have to say...I'd take soy latte over any blend, any day.

Anonymous said...

I just love a good Bible study. Keeps you going better than coffee can. :)

I like a dark French Roast....with LOTS of cream and sugar. Oh and I have that Braun coffee maker. Love it!

Jess said...


I am going to pick up that book stat. You, I have a feeling, are going to be bad for my amazon cart.

I am a HUGE coffee drinker, all the time, I can't live without it and puffy heart love it. My fave blend is Kona if I am going to have just straight up coffee...If I'm doing something else, I'm all about caramel macchiatos and white choc mochas from Sbux.

Have a loverly day!

Tyne said...

I would love to come over to your place for coffee and banana bread, and yes, that is me knocking at your door like a madman. I am a starbucks decaf breakfast blend girl right now, b/c I can drink several cups without worrying about my unborn babe. And I have to have cream, usually a bit of real whipping cream and a bit of Pumpkin spice creamer. Yum, and fat free.

Tyne said...

Oh yeah, what Bible Study are you doing? Sounds like something I could use...

Pennies In My Pocket said...

The White House,

Come on in...I love company! :) Just don't eat all my banana bread...I'm greedy with it, K? hehe

The study we're doing is Perplexing Proverbs...the author is Susanne Scheppmann. It's fabulous.


Anonymous said...

Yes, I've missed your giveaways. Can't wait for the next one.

I want some of the banana bread. I'll email you my address because I'm too lazy to make it right now. haha

Not a huge coffee drinker, but I do enjoy a vanilla latte from Starbucks from time to time.

Kacey said...

Ok, so you totally have to give me the dish on all you learned about worrying and trust. Mmmmhmmm. I have the worrying thing down pat! Ha! Ha!

I'm a coffee drinker. I'm the coffee drinker that makes the whole pot even though I know I'll only get to have one cup because it just tastes better that way. Now, my husband just picked up drinking coffee so I don't feel too guilty about it. Mmmm. Coffee on a cold morning is the best. I love a good french roast. I'm easy. :o)

ROXY said...

I am definitely a coffee drinker! I was hooked on Starbucks Vanilla Lattes until we realized how much the both of us combined spent on coffee. So last year we bought a Tassimo Hot Beverage System and we LOVE it!! I make my own vanilla lattes every morning now. I actually like them better than the Starbucks version;) Can't wait to try that banana bread recipe. Sounds delish!

Jess said...

Your comment made me snort in class. Whoopsie.

Your site is going to be bad for me ;)

Jen said...

Am I a coffee drinker? Am I a coffee drinker. No not at all, I only have 5 or 6 cups in the morning but thats it. Its not like a habit *twitch* or anything.

In all truth, I have not met a coffee that I don't like or won't drink.

Holly said...

I love banana bread! I am so lazy when it comes to coffee that I use the instant coffee bag from Folger's. That is, unless I'm having a treat from Starbucks.

Hope you enjoy the video. Congrats on winning!

"The Queen in Residence" said...

I am not a drinker but I am a smeller. I love to smell coffee brewing and I also love to go to Scentsy parties where you sniff coffee beans to clean your smell palate. I wish they made a candle like that......

Hollie said...

thanks for stopping by today!
Wow, you're blog is FULL of GREAT info and deals! Love it!

Anonymous said...

No BLENDS here! 100% Kona coffee all the way! Blending Kona with anything else overpowers the more delicate and smooth Kona flavor.

Renee said...

Congrats on winning the DVD! Your banana bread looks delicious too.I love coffee - any kind.

Cynthia said...

Banana bread...yum!

No coffee, tea here:)

Anonymous said...

I do not drink coffee...I mainly drink water. And I am so glad you have a recipe of banana bread without nuts! My husband and I hate nuts in stuff! Thanks!

Elisabeth said...

French roast brewed in a french press. A little cream, or topped with whipped cream. Yum. Or,if am stopping by Sbux, I get their dark roast of the day.