Classic Banana Bread

I had a couple of bananas that were on their way out the door and I didn’t want to throw them away.  So I decided to make my favorite banana bread with them.  I could have slathered it with a tasty icing of some sort or used some sweet chocolate chips in it.  Trust me, with my sweet tooth I was ready to do just that but I decided to keep it simple and classic today.     🙂 Classic and easy are two great words to describe this banana bread recipe.  There are few ingredients in this recipe and …

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Easter Tablescape

Time to set the table for Easter dinner!  I don’t have a lot of Easter decorations so I tend to have more of a springtime table with accents of a bunny and Easter egg here and there. The delicate eyelet lace table runner creates a soft backdrop for my tablescape.  Table runners can be a good tool to help you get a sense of where things can be placed on the table.   I used a variety of hurricane glasses (mercury glass and clear glass) and tall chunky candles which run down the table.  Using objects of different heights creates …

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Honey Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

I’ve got the munchies and I need a snack!  I would love a chocolate chip cookie (or two) right about now and even my husband has been nudging me to make a batch.   I’ll make cookies some other time and share them with you then, but for now the healthy snack wins.  For now, what I need is something I can nosh on that won’t blow my calorie intake.  Oh and of course it HAS to be delicious too. I cook with chickpeas for dinner a lot but I never thought to roast them.   These golden brown nuggets are a …

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Easter Foyer

Happy Spring!  Although I wouldn’t know it since there are a few inches of snow out here in the Northeast.  Nevertheless, Easter is on its way! I love greeting my guests with a holiday themed entrance because I think it gets them into the spirit of the holiday.   When I think of Easter I think of Easter eggs so I wanted that to be the centerpiece of my look. I want to digress for a moment and give you a few suggested general money saving tips for holiday decorating. Check out the florist department in your local grocery because they have …

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Early last week it started to feel like springtime because we had warmer temperatures and sunny weather but now the temperatures have dipped back down to feel like winter again.  What happened?  Perhaps it’s the perfect last chance to make soup for the season, since I don’t tend to crave hearty soups in the warmer weather. I’m not really into using a slow cooker and by that I mean that I have literally used my slow cooker for one recipe, this one.  I’m not against using them but I guess I prefer cooking a meal. Okay so the term “cooking” is …

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