Banana Bread

This Banana Bread is a classic recipe.  Simple, comforting and tastes like home. – – – – – Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned piece of banana bread?  Making banana bread is such a delicious way to use up those old bananas that no one will eat, and we get quite a few of those around here. No one will touch a banana if there’s even a speck of brown on them.  Picky picky.  So this week I tackled my growing stash of ripe bananas and made some loaves. This is comfort food at it’s best, and perfect for any time of year.  This recipe makes 1 loaf, but if you wish to have 2, it is easily doubled. I love making loaves…everyone here loves them, and I like being able to put one in the freezer for later.  It’s such a nice feeling to go to the freezer and be able to have something ready for snacking.  So every once in a while I spend a Sunday baking loaves for the week ahead.  Last week I was busy and made some banana loaves and chocolate zucchini loaves.  So good. Yummmmm.  Can’t you just smell them? This banana bread recipe is my favourite.  It’s simple and […]

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

This Chocolate Zucchini Cake is a tender and super chocolatey cake!  Perfect for dessert and birthday cakes! – – – – – – This time of year makes me want to bake all the things.  There’s just something about fall that gets me all excited to get into the kitchen and bake.  So last weekend as we were preparing for back to school, I did my part by baking some banana bread and chocolate zucchini loaves that the kids could take in their lunches.  I had a basket of overripe bananas, and more zucchini than I know what to do with at this point…perfect time for baking. Chocolate zucchini cake is a favourite around here. It’s rich, chocolatey and so delicious.  In fact, this cake would be perfect for a birthday cake…it’s amazing served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Did I mention this recipe makes 2 loaves?  One for now, one for later.  Whoop!  And don’t forget to sprinkle extra chocolate chips on to the tops of the loaves before baking…my kids love this!  So delicious…enjoy! – – –   Print Chocolate Zucchini Cake Servings 2 loaves Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife Ingredients 2 1/4 cups flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 […]

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Neutral Fall Mantel

Welcome to fall!  Today I’ve teamed up with 9 bloggers, and we’re sharing our fall mantels with you to get you inspired for fall!  A big thank you to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this fall mantel blog hop! – – – – – – It’s fall y’all!  That saying never gets old…I look forward to shouting it out at least once during the fall season.  I’m just so happy that fall is here…even though the temperatures are over 30 degrees right now (95 F).  But the nights are cool, the leaves are changing and the kids are back to school.  Can I get a hallelujah?! The change over in season now means that I can put away all of my spring/summer decor, and finally drag out my favourite decorations…bring on all the pumpkins, leaves, and cozy blankets.  I love the feeling of decorating for a new season. My Neutral Fall Mantel When I start my home decorating for each season, I like to start with the mantel.  It’s the main focus of our living space so I like to set the tone for the rest of our main floor here.  Come have a look at my fall mantel…then make sure […]

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Getting Ready for Back To School with Canadian Tire and Sport Chek

It’s almost time for back to school!  I always have such mixed feelings about this time of year.  On one hand, admittedly I’m getting tired of bickering and kids in my space 24-7, but on the other hand I really enjoy my kids company 95% of the time.  When they go back to school it gets awfully quiet around here.  But it’s good.  They get back to their friends and learning, and I can get back to uninterrupted work! This year for some of our back to school essentials I’ve teamed up with Canadian Tire and Sport Chek!  This is a really great fit for us because I do 80% of our back to school clothes shopping for the kids at Sport Chek anyway.  In fact, I shop online at Sport Chek all year…it’s easy and everything comes super fast.  They have all the styles that the kids are into, and I can get most of what they need there including backpacks, indoor and outdoor shoes, coats, pants, sweaters, and hoodies.  The kids are happy and I’m happy. We also got to choose some really great office furniture from the Canadian Tire CANVAS product line, that will be for our […]

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Summer Peach Pie

This Summer Peach Pie is a perfect dessert!  The crust is tender and flaky, and the filling sweet and full of delicious peach flavour! – – – – – – Oh my, is there any fruit that tastes better right now than peaches from the market?  They’re perfectly ripe and taste like summer.  So good…so we eat a lot of peach everything these days…fresh peaches, peach jam, peach crisp, peach cake and peach pie!  All the peaches.   A while ago I bought a flat of peaches and even with all of us eating as many as we could before they got too ripe, I still had more than we could eat.  So guess what that means?  It means pie.  Peach pie.  Peach pie is by far my most favourite kind of pie.  The taste of tender cooked peaches all wrapped up in delicious pie crust…mmm pie just doesn’t get any better than that. And because I just can’t leave a pie crust well enough alone, I decided to have fun with it again.  I used the same flower cutter in this pie, as I did for my Saskatoon pie, except that I put a little hole in the centre, and […]

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What’s For Dinner? Cabbage Roll Soup Menu

Soup nights are so comforting when life gets busy!  This dinner menu includes a hearty Cabbage Roll Soup, side salad and biscuits.  Oh, and don’t forget dessert! – – – – – – Welcome back to What’s For Dinner!  This week I wanted to share a dinner menu that would be great for back to school!  This hearty and delicious dinner doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare.  In fact, you can make the soup a day or two ahead, and serve it when you have a busy night! Cabbage Roll Soup Menu Main Dish:  Cabbage Roll Soup Bread:  Pumpkin Biscuits Side Salad:  Simple Green Salad Dessert:  Apple Crisp This Cabbage Roll Soup is a hearty, healthy and delicious dinner, and it tastes just like homemade cabbage rolls!  Ready in 1 hour.  And you can make it a day or two ahead. Pumpkin Biscuits are the perfect addition to soup.  They’re delicious served up warm from the oven with loads of butter.  And you can have them ready in about 30 minutes from start to finish! Serve this Simple Green Salad on the side.  This simple dressing is one of our family favourites! And for dessert, homemade Apple Crisp!  So delicious and comforting…and the best served with a scoop […]

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Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits

 These Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits are a perfect biscuit to serve alongside soups and stews!  Full of cheesy cheddar flavour! – – – – – There’s something about late summer that makes me want to get into the kitchen and bake.  I find my countertops full of all kinds of summer produce, just waiting to be baked into something delicious.  So when I received this month’s Canadian Cheese of the month, I knew I had to use it with some of this summer’s harvest! This month, through my partnership with Dairy Farmers of Canada, I received Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar Cheese.  This cheddar cheese is made by Cows Creamery in Prince Edward Island, where the salt air and iron-rich red soil adds to the flavour of their butter and cheeses!  This is a really flavourful, sharp cheese…perfect for baking, and on its own with a glass of red wine.  True story. But as soon as I unwrapped this cheddar I pictured it baked into some delicious and tender cheesy biscuits, but with a twist. Since I have more zucchini than I know what to do with, I decided to grate some of it into these biscuits.  Zucchini Cheddar Biscuits were born! Biscuits are so easy to make, […]

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