While you were out

My amazing guest blogs allowed me to take a hiatus from posting, but I was still snapping pictures for the good stuff.  There’s no way I could share a week’s worth of food in one post, so I will limit it to the top three highlights worth sharing…all of which happen to start with the letter “B”. 

1. Bread


I’ve made probably 5 loaves since I last blogged.  I’ve been changing the ratios of flours with each one.  Some have been stellar (like the 2 pound loaf that I single-handedly polished off in one day)…while others have been less than perfect (see below).


That one came out with what looked like a crown around the top.  It was the least regal thing ever, but after chipping away the toasty tiara it tasted fine.


This one was super spongy.  I think I over spelt-ed the ratio. 


I also went big with the seasonal ingredient.  Of course, I’m referring to pumpkin.

I made this loaf again.  Followed by a few different variations. 


But my OG recipe for pumpkin banana bread is definitely my fave.  

These were more like banana bars – perfect to add to my packed up lunches.


2. Butter


I may need a butter-vention soon (specifically an Earth Balance intervention).  I’ve been baking like crazy with it, but I’ve also been enjoying slice after slice of warm, fresh bread with it. 


I’m concerned with the rate I’m going through these rather large tubs. 


I refuse to take any responsibility for the matter.  I’m blaming Mama Pea’s dough balls

3. Bananas


My co-workers actually gave these to me to use in banana bread.  I guess I’m now known as the baker on staff.  Probably due to these goodies

I used them to make a cinnamon banana raisin loaf, which was exceptional if I do say so myself.


And I’d have to say so myself, because my coworkers never even saw them.  I think I’ll take the blame for that one.  Although Kyle should share in the guilt. 


So I guess you could say there’s been some baking in my life as of late.  When was the last time you had some QT with your oven?

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Comments (20)

  1. Katie

    Ahh! You are making me so hungry. And making me want to go bake some bread. I think I’ll have bread and Earth Balance for dinner…thankyouverymuch.

    I made some pumpkin scones yesterday that are almost gone. Meeker has had none. Whoopsies.

  2. Lou

    Yummo! Love the smell of baking breads… especially banana bread – I’m going to have to try out some of your recipes asap. Good thing bananas are coming down in price over here – a cyclone earlier in the year wiped out all the crops, so bananas were about $16/kg at one stage (like $2-3 PER banana arrrrrrrrrrrgh!) I miss them so much!

  3. Jessica Cali

    You MUST share how you made the cinnamon banana raisin loaf – it looks so good!

  4. hippierunner

    yum! That’s it- I’m baking some goodies tonight! The thing is that I neeeeever have overripe bananas because between me, my ultramarathoner dad and my energetic little brother, bananas don’t stay in the house very long lol. I’ll have to hide some!

  5. Red Deception

    I just happen to be making banana chocolate chip muffins right now! My oven and I are BFFs.

  6. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats

    I haven’t had any QT time with my oven in a while (other than roasting butternut squash and sweet potatoes!) but that’s going to change this weekend! I think I’ll make some kind of delicious bread for my brother and sister-in-law, and if my protein powder I ordered EVER arrives (it’s been a week and a half…) then I’m going to make some GF protein bars!

  7. Tracy

    I’ve had an addiction to earth balance lately too! Specifically on banana bread! Post the recipe for the cinnamon raisin banana bread soon 🙂

  8. Elise (Post author)

    im gonna demand the recipe for that one!

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  10. Elise (Post author)

    i have to hide them. seriously.

  11. Elise (Post author)

    whoa thats crazy! glad the prices are coming back down. thats so sad for the farmers though 🙁

  12. Emily

    I can totally relate on the Earth Balance addiction! There is just something about the combination of cold weather, baked goods, and EB that is so perfect.
    All of your creations look delicious!

  13. Greta


  14. Katie @ Peace Love and Oats

    It’s Mama Pea’s recipe, I’m just changing the flour!

  15. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Well hello there, Betty Crocker! It’s been a little over a week since I’ve bonded with my oven…with the last thing being my chocolate cherry cake donuts. Ohh, and I just remembered there’s still some in the freezer! Yes! 😉

    I’ve seriously been wanting to try making my own English muffins…hopefully I will get on that today!

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  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    This looks awesome. But glad to know you still like the other one…your pumpkin banana bread. I pinned that one awhile back to my pumpkin board. Love it!!

  18. Eva

    would love a recipe for your cinnamon banana raisin loaf– it looks amazing!!

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