Banana Cinnamon Toast

banana cinn. toast

 

Is your mouth watering yet? I mean come on the sugar is actually caramelized on top of the bananas!!! I found an old blog by the queen herself, The Pioneer Woman, a few weeks ago on Cinnamon Toast the Right Way. For the complete instructions on the world’s most perfect way to make cinnamon toast please refer to her link…..she is the queen. But for today’s purposes I’ll show you what I did.

First off, I eat sprouted grain bread so that was the base for our toast. I also use turbinado sugar but other than that the rest of the ingredients are the same……other than my addition…….BANANA!!!! (see it hiding in the corner?)

banana cinn. toast ingredients

 

She explains how the best way is to make a paste with your butter, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. This was difficult since it tastes like cake batter and it took a lot of will power to make it off that fork onto the bread and not straight in my mouth.

banana cinn. toast spread

 

Next, I spread half the “paste” onto the bread. Please ignore how old my sheet pan is. Sadly, we received it as a wedding gift but we cook soooooo much it has had a lot of mileage.

banana cinn. toast with spread

 

Next I sliced the banana very thin

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And then I added the bananas to the bread and spread on the final layer of sweet, perfect, sugary glaze!!!

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Her directions suggest cooking on 350 degrees for about 10 min. and then cutting on the broiler for the last 1-2 min. I did it exactly how she told me to and let me tell you, it was wonderful!

Try it, let me know what you think, or better yet, try another fruit……strawberries, peaches, blueberries!!!!

 

Best. Book. Ever.

 

 

valley of the dollsI read a lot. I wouldn’t say I’m a bookworm, and was by no means one as a child, but I love getting wrapped up in a book. So I have read a lot of good books, well in my opinion good books, and year after year I have never found a book that compares to Valley of the Dolls. I don’t know what it is about this book that I love so much. Is it the striking pink cover (sure that helps) is it the old feel and look of the book, the font in my copy is even like an old typewriter? Or maybe it takes me back to Sophomore year of college when I devoured it in less than a week. Whatever it is, it is and always will be my favorite.

The author, Jacqueline Susann, won the best dressed woman in television 4 times during her career. It is rumored Susann typed the book on a hot pink typewriter and she was also well known for dressing in Pucci clothing almost every day……….not only would be be BFF’s I think she is my soul mate.

This book isn’t for everyone! It is flooded with drugs, alcohol and sex but maybe that’s what makes it oh so interesting! What I do love, behind all the darkness of the book is the message, all the material things won’t make you happy. In the end they had to be true to themselves to overcome…….life.

Have you read it? Do you love it like me? Do you go back and re-read it like I do? Do you want to re-decorate your entire house to feel like you live in the book? Oh wait that’s just me! But Jonathan Adler helps!

 

Tasty Tuesday

Rigatoni with Bacon, tomatoes and peas

Rigatoni with Bacon, Tomatoes, and Peas

3/4 pound rigatoni or other short pasta

4 slices bacon, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

salt and pepper

1 pound tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces

10 oz. package frozen peas

1 oz. parmesan, grated (about 1/4 cup)

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain.

Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until beginning to crisp 6-8 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, and 1/4 tsp. each salt and pper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, 6-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 8-10 minutes. Add the peas and cook until warmed through, 3-4 minutes.

Add the pasta, parmesan, and 1/2 cup of the cooking water to the sauce and toss to coat. (Add more cooking water as needed to loosen the sauce.)

Serve topped with additional parmesan. 

This recipe was in the June edition of Real Simple. When I saw it I knew it would be great for a quick dinner night. This ended up being one of the best pasta dishes I’ve made in a long time. It was simple, tasty and best of all quick. Note: I made this with turkey bacon but pork bacon will be even better I’m sure!

Weekend Re-Cap

I had a lot of fun writing about what was going on in my life last week. I don’t use Facebook much, other than for Sift, and mostly keep my personal life private but it was fun going through the highlites of my weekend so I thought I would share what we did this weekend as well!

You saw last week, how unbelievably glamorous our house is, well this weekend won’t disappoint (do you catch the sarcasm?)

hoke new shoes

First and foremost, Hoke and I started the weekend right by shoe shopping…..for him of course, those days are over for me. Our wonderful, sweet, perfect son has grown 1.5 shoe sizes in less than 2 months, note I didn’t say cheap. So off we went to Stride Rite and came back with these awesome big boy shoes! He couldn’t care less, the paper and the box were cooler but at least he has shoes that fit now!

Williamsburg Vineyard

I did do something very special this weekend and that was get a sitter and go out to lunch with my very good friends. I don’t do this……………EVER! But we decided we were going to bite the bullet and go celebrate a new baby boy coming. So we had a very nice shower for my dear friend at the Williamsburg Vineyard. We had lunch at the Gabriel Archer Tavern and it was perfect! I had an entire meal without telling anyone at our table not to throw food on the floor or having to feed any of them when they put too much food in their mouth, it was unreal! I even enjoyed a nice glass of wine.

bracelet set

Cary was out of town this weekend putting the final touches on our home before we list it. I had some time to myself Friday night so I decided to play around with some of my beads and made this cute new bracelet set! It’s available now on Sift with Style.

legos

And last but not least, Hoke got his very first set of legos this weekend. We had such a busy weekend with friends, sitters and running around that I thought we would lay low Sunday afternoon and get a new toy. We went to Target and picked out a huge bag of jumbo legos and came right home to make this dinosaur and dog……..you see it right??!!!

I joke I know, that my life is super glamorous, but in all honesty it’s the perfect life for me and I just love sharing it! It really is the little things that make you so happy, family, friends, love……….and wine!

Do You Agree with Chanel?

Once you’ve dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off. – Coco Chanel

The famous quote from the one and only…..Coco Chanel, but what you do think? She is talking about jewelry here. The older I get, the more I love to just stack on every piece I own. Especially today when all the rules have gone out the window. At one time you never mixed gold and silver, now not only can you but you can find one ring in yellow gold, white gold and rose gold and it’s stunning! Being a mom there are so many days, ok let’s not fool ourselves here…..every day, that I am just in yoga pants and an oversize t-shirt. As soon as I throw on a huge pair of earrings, 3 necklaces, every ring I own and bracelets up to my elbows I feel chic!

I thought I’d share a few of my favorite finds recently where each is dripping in jewels! (side note: in all other instances, Chanel is never wrong!!)

I love these by Sarah Chloe. I think they would be so much fun to have your husband’s name, dog’s first letter and child’s initials. And see, all three shades of gold!

And of course a necklace option, these all from KEI Jewelry. How amazing is that arrowhead?!? I love the dainty chains with the larger charms.

 

Here, of course are some of my Sift Beads (you can get your very own over on the Etsy Shop, link in the picture) I layer mine with a very casual brass necklace I got from Madewell

And last, but certainly not least, if you think this is “too much” you need to see a doctor! Happy layering!

 

Life As We Know It

Our lives are so busy now that we have a little one. I have always been the type of person who works best with too much on her plate. I took 19 hours one semester in college and had the highest GPA that semester than any in the entire 4 years. The next semester I had one class left, I got a C! I just work better under pressure

With life spinning so fast it’s nice to sit back and think of some fun things you have done over the past few weeks so I thought I would share a few that were fun to me!

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I do feel like our house is being taken over by tassels. I have been very blessed, my Etsy shop is doing very well and I have had more wholesale orders for necklaces! But that being said, finding the time to actually sit down and make the product is hard sometimes, it’s either done at 5am or 10pm but it has been a big part of the last few weeks. That brings me to the second thing I’ve been doing recently…….

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I’ve been obsessed with old movies. I have always loved old movies….Audrey Hepburn, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall, but lately it’s been all I want to watch, especially when I’m making all those tassels. Luckily Netflix has a great selection, and I’ve also collected a few good ones over the years. By the way, if you have not discovered Move Over Darling (which I had not until last week) check it out! If you love old movies you will love this feel good, funny film!

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Another fun thing recently……………..WE GOT TO THE END OF HOP ON POP!!!! This is quite a big deal in our house. Hoke is going through a phase where all he wants to do is read books, which is great but he never wants to finish any of them. I just love the color and images in Hop on Pop and we finished it! Not only did we finish it, we started it all over again AFTER finishing it! This is a proud moment for mama and daddy!!

photo 3 (3)We recently took a trip home, we are in the process of listing our house in Wake Forest, NC. We did stop for a bit to enjoy one of our favorite spots and let Hoke have his first taste of southern frozen custard, needless to say he loved it! If you are ever in the Raleigh area stop by a local Goodberry’s, it’s delicious!

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And that brings me to the last fun thing I have recently accomplished, my newest design. I love this bracelet! It’s made on stretchy, elastic cording with medium brown beads and a light lime green glass accent bead. It can double as a necklace as well. I wear mine every day, it’s also listed on the Etsy site.

So what is something fun you have been up to lately, or maybe share with me some old movies I can watch!!

Tasty Tuesday

Roasted Sweet Potato and wild rice salad

{Adapted from Pinch of Yum}

2 cups cooked wild rice (about 1/2 cup raw)

2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 

1 tbsp. olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

3 cups arugula

1/2 cup cashew pieces

For the Dressing

1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2 lemons-more to taste)

zest of the lemons

1/2 cup good quality olive oil

2 tsp. honey

2 cloves garlic

1/2 tsp. salt

1. Cook the wild rice according to package directions. Meanwhile, make the dressing ingredients in a food processor or shake up in a mason jar. When the rice is done, toss it with a little bit of the dressing and refrigerate. Let it rest for a little while so it takes on the flavors of the dressing.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the sweet potato pieces directly on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with the salt, and pepper. Stir directly on the pan to get everything mixed. Roast for 20-25 minutes, stirring every so often to keep from burning. When the sweet potatoes are golden brown on the outside, remove from the oven and set aside.

3. Toss the arugula, wild rice, sweet potatoes, cashews, and the remaining dressing together. Serve warm or cold. 

I love this salad. It’s great warm but still so lemony that is perfect in the summer. It’s also great for little ones, just toss the rice, dressing and sweet potato together. YUMMM!!!

Cheap Andy Warhol Art DIY

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I bought the Andy Warhol tomato soup cans back in 2012, yes I’ve had them that long. I love Andy Warhol art and these were just the cutest cans ever. Well, we don’t eat Campbell’s soup so for 2 years they have sat on my kitchen counter collecting dust. Then I stumbled upon this DIY project last year and had it in my mind that this was the perfect idea for the labels!

I don’t live very close to an Ikea but recently a friend made a trip so I asked her to pick me up a bunch of these frames, they were perfect and drum roll please………………………..$2 a piece!!!

I didn’t want to do a whole blog on this project since I completely copied the link above so check out her blog. This would be cute for any label you find, Campbell’s puts out specialty labels a few times a year!

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