Friday, October 23, 2009

A Little Christmas, Amazing Banana Bread, and a Monster.......!

Hi! It's Friday night, and I'm sitting here in an absolutely quiet house.....this NEVER happens! My husband decided to take our two daughters out for a Daddy/Daughter date. They have just left to go up to Stanford University to watch a womens' field hockey game. My daughters all love the sport and were excited to go.

A few things to share with you tonight...I FINALLY got my Christmas wreath done!!! For the last few weeks, it's been shuffled around from kitchen table to one of many hiding places when guests come over and I have to pretend to have a clean house (anybody know what I'm talking about?!) Here it is:

Now that I see it here, I'm going to change the bells a bit--too dangly. I'll tighten them up and bunch them a bit more...

All these adorable images are from Crafty Secrets' new "Christmas" Vintage Postcard Kit--love these vintage kits! They make projects SOOOO easy! Just bought a wreath at Michaels, some ribbon I had on hand (from Costco, I think), bells & Christmas bobbles also from Michaels. I didn't use glitter this time...***GASP!***** Yes, I know! But, I didn't want it to get messed up when I stored it, and I felt with all the silver from the bells, and the shiny crackle effect on the images, it was okay!

Showing this one VERY closely so you can see the crackle effect from the Crackle Accents I used--I love this stuff!

Such adorable images.....

Next, a card I made using Crafty Secrets' "Christmas" Images & Journal Notes booklet. When I first saw this image a few weeks ago, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do with it!

The kids in the image were arced over nothing--just the lines on the notepaper, and it just screamed "giant snowball" to me! So, got out my Snow-Tex and Dazzling Diamonds glitter, and "painted" a snowball--very texturized. I really like how it turned out. Apparently got a few gold glass glitter flecks in there...hmmm.....Here it is close up:

Now how about some really amazing banana bread??? We had three VERY ripe bananas, so something had to be done. Looked around for a likely recipe, and found this one, which I'd never tried me, it WILL be tried again! Many times!

We ate it warm, steaming and gooey! With every bite, my daughter Sarah literally sighed! It's that good...
Here's the it from "The Taste of Home Cookbook", and the recipe was submitted by Susan Jones.

1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/2 cup sour cream
2-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, beating well. Stir in bananas and sour cream. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda & salt. Stir into banana mixture just until moistened. Stir in nuts.

Transfer to a greased 8" x 2" loaf pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

I did not add nuts--no one in the family likes them but me...oh, well! Instead, I added one bag of white chocolate chips, which made EVERYONE happy--they were incredible--gooey and delicious! Enjoy!

Since I was thinking Halloween past yesterday, I decided to delve a bit deeper into the Halloween archives and found these funny photos. The first is my brother, Steve, and I about 1968-69...not sure!

I was a black cat...well, obviously, right? Steve was, as he called it, "Chief of Cherokee"! I remember that night pretty well. We were Trick or Treating, running up and down each street, gathering all the candy we could, all the while Steve was screaming, "Chief of Cherokee!" while he ran. Finally, he tripped, fell down, ripped his tights (yep, my brother was wearing tights!), and started crying, so we had to go home.

These next just make me giggle! Not Hallween, per se, but definitely dress-up, sorta...I'm so glad my Mom wrote on the backs of these photos--priceless to me! 1964...

On the back of this one, Mom wrote, "This is a picture of the 'Monster' in her bedroom, on her horse 'Fury'." Love it!

Mom again, "Another of the same. She really got a kick out of wearing these paper bags around. She wore them till we had to take them off because she was starting to get a heat rash." YIKES!

Fashionista, right? Guess I've always loved playing with paper!

Thanks for joining me once again! Hope you have a wonderful fall weekend with your families!


  1. Hey..I have been drooling over those Crafty secrets kits for quite some time..yep..everything from them is the crackle stuff too..this wreath is sure tempting!! :) You can have my address to mail it over ASAP! Love "Your Vintage" photos too! he he he....

  2. That wreath is unbelievable! I love Crafty Secrets!

    The banana bread reminds me to let those bananas go a little's ok now that the temps are below 40!

    And don't get me started on the walk down memory lane with those photos...we have to be close to the same age!

  3. Hi Julia

    Wow, what a lot you achieved in your free time, such wonderful projects, that banana bread looks yummy and love the wreath.

    Have a good weekend.

    B x

  4. Precious photos, Julie! I love your wreath, and I was just thinking the other day about how my Christmas wreath needed a facelift. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I made some yummy banana chocolate chip muffins the other day, but my favorite were oatmeal muffins with mixed dried berries and white chocolate chips! Yum!

  5. Love the Christmas wreath! I am actually in the process of making one for my front door too! Your card is just awesome! Love the big ole' snowball! And I did a bit of giggling at your paper dress....... : ) Have a great weekend!

  6. Julie, first of all thanks so much for visting Oak Cottage and leaving your lovely comments! I just had to follow you back here and wow, what a lovely page you have here. I just adore the Christmas Wreath. What a nice job you have done there. I have never heard of Crafty Secrets, so that is something for me to investigate! I also had to smile at your old Halloween pictures. What a sweetie pie!

  7. Oh what cute pics!! I remember my dad used to make us paper bag vests and we spent hours playing cowboy and indian.

  8. The crackle looks great on these images! Loved seeing all the childhood pics and the bread looks delicious!!

  9. OMG .. this wreath is amazing! You are SO clever girlfriend!! LOVE the bread recipe ... sounds & looks YUMMY! How adorable these photos are ... thanks so much for sharing them with us!!! Your postings always make me smile!! Well done!!

  10. The pictures are adorable, and the wreath is gorgeous!!!

  11. What a great idea for using the Crafty Secrets postcards! I have both the Christmas and Halloween sets, and I think I'll have to make a wreath with one of them (hmmmmm... which?) Thanks for the inspiration!