fresh homemade banana bread

this past summer i posted a lovely spiced banana bread recipe – it is a fantastic recipe, very different from your everyday banana bread, with ginger and other spices to change it up a little. the rebel in me (and my mouth) loves that!

now i want to introduce another banana bread recipe.. it is more of a traditional banana bread, and i adore it because it’s the exact kind i crave when i want banana bread. it’s super moist (yeah, i said it) since each loaf is packed with 4 whole mashed bananas. this recipe calls for no other spices, which i think makes this banana bread stand out because of it’s simplicity – the banana flavor really takes center stage.
and i love the pretty cracks on the top. when i take it out of the oven and it’s so pretty, i feel a real sense of empowerment that day, like i could climb everest or solve a really hard algebra problem.

fresh homemade banana bread
adapted from


1 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 1/2 cups flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp fine sea salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup buttermilk
4 ripe, mashed bananas

1. preheat oven to 350. butter a loaf pan generously & set aside.
2. in a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt. in another large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a stand or hand mixer, until light & fluffy. with the mixer on low, add the eggs one at a time, beating for about 10-15 seconds after each addition. add the vanilla, buttermilk, and bananas.
3. add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. pour the batter into prepared loaf pan.
4. bake for about 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. turn loaf out onto cooling rack and let cool.
serve warm with butter and enjoy!

a few football season favorites

she likes to eat - a few football season favorites

sometimes i consider myself more of a basketball girl ever since i married a hoops guy, but when football season rolls around – COLLEGE football season, of course – i get super excited. i love the change in weather, the dinner parties we host to watch games, and most of all, the comforting foods. fall brings thoughts of shiny pumpkins and squash, sweet potato pies, and the finger foods and warm, creamy dips for cozying up at home on game nights. since all these glorious thoughts have been swirling around my head lately, i thought i would share them with you, with a collection of my fall favorites from she likes to eat.

spicy pinto bean dip

asian turkey meatballs with soy-ginger dipping sauce

dalreach house sandwiches - she likes to eat
dalreach house sandwiches (perfect for sunday afternoons in front of the tv)

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tex-mex sloppy joes

hoosier daddy chili

pulled bbq chicken sandwiches

chewy chocolate spiced molasses cookies

spiced pumpkin baked french toast

spiced molten chocolate cakes

and just because it’s one of my favorites, kahlua cake.

happy football season to you and yours, and happy eating..

photo via google