Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bead Soup Blog Party

I was fortunate enough to be chosen to be part of the "Bead Soup Blog Party" hosted by Lori Anderson of Pretty Things Blog. One of the reasons why I wanted to be part of the Bead Soup was so that I can create something that I wouldn't normally make. Trying to think "outside the box".  It also sounded like tons of fun! What I didn't realize was that it spurred on this new desire to blog more often. We'll see what happens!

My wonderful partner Shanti Johnson and I sent each other our 'bead soup' this week.  Can't wait to see what's inside and create something really, really pretty!

Here is what I sent her:

A teaser of the beads I sent...

Of course, I can't reveal the bead soup just yet.  You'll just have to wait till we both get our beads!

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Best Banana Bread Ever

That's the name of the recipe for this delicious, sweet tasting banana bread.  Ever since the I made it for the first time a few months ago, my in-laws have been raving about it. So yesterday, I went out and bought an extra loaf tray and made two batches of banana bread.  I had made a loaf a few weeks ago and my husband took the last half of the loaf to work, so the in-laws didn't have a chance to eat it.  That's why the extra loaf.

When I had my bridal shower back in June, I wanted to do something that involved making something.  I wanted to do something that was different and I didn't know much about. My sister suggested baking! That lead to going to a baking workshop where a bunch of my girlies and I learned how to make chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and BANANA BREAD!  Yum!

My father-in-law and dad are diabetic, so I used substitute sugar (Splenda) instead of sugar.  I used half the amount of what I would normally use for sugar since Splenda (and the bananas) were already sweet. I also put some dried cranberries in it.  Mmmmmm.... I think I'll go have some more now.  Maybe I'll post the recipe one day.

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