Nov 152013

Pompeian provided the Grapeseed Oil Spray that inspired my Banana Nut Bread Recipe.  All words and opinions are my own.

Banana Nut Muffins are something I’ve been making for a few years now.  During the holidays, though, I often switch over to making Banana Nut Bread.  I think it makes a great treat for Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings as it’s a different flavor than you’ll likely have during your holiday feasts.

Wrapped up and tied with a pretty ribbon, Banana Nut Bread also makes a nice gift to send home with family and friends that drop in during the holidays.  Each year I put together a food gift basket for some of our extended family – my husband’s aunts and uncles, my in-laws, some of our friends, etc. – and I usually include a couple of mini loaves for each recipient.

Banana Nut Bread Recipe

My Banana Nut Bread recipe is a bit different than most.  I use the same topping on the bread that I do on my muffins.  It adds a nice contrast in texture and adds another level of flavor that my family enjoys. Continue reading »

Oct 082013

This dipping oil recipe was inspired by products received from Pompeian and Smiley360.  All words and thoughts are my own.

It may sound funny, but I threw my first serious dinner party when I was in high school.  I set the table nicely with linens, candles, and a centerpiece and served up four courses – appetizers, salad, entree, and dessert – to five of my closets friends.  It was a lot of fun – even considering the fact that the guys ended up playing swords with the crunchy rosemary bread sticks and then attempted to light them using the candles.

Gotta love teenage boys.

Being a hostess has always come naturally for me, and even when I’m only “entertaining” my own family, I like to try and make our meals as nice as possible.  Yes, we do take out now and then, and sometimes dinner comes out of the freezer.  But if I can carve the extra time out of the day, I like to add little extras whenever I can.

Bread Dipping Oil Recipe

One “extra” that I like to serve is bread with dipping oil.  Bread has always been a highlight of a meal for me; I’m sure it goes back to baking bread in the kitchen with my Gram while I was growing up.  But after the first time my bread was paired with dipping oil and herbs at a restaurant one night, I’ve made it as a pre-dinner nosh a few times per year. Continue reading »