Sunday, June 28, 2009

b is for . . .

B is for Buttercup & Roses
This beautiful photo recently showed-up as a thumbnail on my blog roll for Buttercup & Roses. GASP! Look how dreamy. If I ever had a little shop this would be among my inspiration photos for sure. Even the name is adorable and when reading owner/blogger Jennifer's profile, I am so impressed that she is just 25 years old. (I was a late bloomer. Gosh, at 25 I was back at college working on my English degree. TMI?)

~ b ~

B is for Banana Bread
My boys and I love banana bread. I actually don't care for buttery baked goods (despite the photo I found) so I was happy to find this recipe. I have made a few small adjustments (ah, tinkering) to the original. Easy to throw together and quite delish with a cup of coffee. I think I shall give it a cute name . . .

cottage banana bread
(Original version: Lower Fat Banana Bread II found at
Photo credit:

2 eggs
2/3 cup white sugar
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup applesauce (or 1 little Motts cup)
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
A little brown sugar and cinnamon

Preheat over to 325º. Spray a bread pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until fluffy. Beat in mashed bananas, milk, oil, applesauce and vanilla.
Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Mix just until blended.
Pour half of the batter into your bread pan and then sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon (how much is up to you); pour the remaining batter over. (Also yummy with a little more sprinkling of brown sugar and cinnamon on the very top, too.)
Bake in preheated pan until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. About 1 hour.
Let cool and enjoy.

Bread packaging ideas from Martha Stewart. Even a can!

B is for Have a Beautiful Day



Unknown said...

B is for Blog Buddies like yourself who make such fun posts! That shop looks like a fabulous place to visit! I LOVE banana bread! Thanks for the recipe! Bye!

Melinda said...

B is for beautiful...and your blog certainly is!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Brenda Pruitt said...

I always have a beautiful day after I've come to visit your blog. It is so cheerful and upbeat and colorful. We're a little different in that you tend to like (at least from what I've seen) the more muted colors, and I like the bold, but we share the same idea. "B" is for have a beautiful home, no matter what colors you love! It is cozy and inspiring, every time I click on Cottage.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

oh Elyse! I love Jennifer's shop too! I wish I live near her shop.. we'll be going there every day! and Banana Bread is another fave of mine.. I've making one every two weeks.. my kids love them.. Have a great weekend! Hv fun!

shabbyscraps said...

love this post elyse, so cute and clever!! Just wen to check out Buttercups too, too darling! thanks for the lead!
xoxo, Tiffany

Cal said...

Lovely blog and pics. Thanks for recipe - last time I made one it didn't taste of bananas! Will try yours. (Don't think my bananas were ripe enough).


Kim-Fille de Fleur said...

Elyse, I love, love, love your blog. I just think your style is darling and love your perspective. A little quirky! Fun and informative! Sweet and sassy! You are a new favorite for sure! (!!!!! can you tell I am excited)
I am off to look at your etsy too. Hope you liked mine.

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hello Sweet Elyse!

B is for the B-est and sweetest B-logger in B-logland!!! Thanks for the yummy B-anana bread recipe!

At 25...I was excepting my 4th child! LOL!

Love ya sweetie!

LiLi M. said...

I discovered banana bread when I was in the States last year, and I loved it, but I never tried to bake one. so thanks for the recipe. I too was still in college at 25 (and still am thinking of a shop at 47). At least you have an Etsy! Have a beautifuld day too!

Claudia said...

B is for Beautiful Blog Buddy! And that is you! The shop is so cute - where is it? Enjoy your banana bread!

Sandi said...

Ohhhhhhhh I love banana bread. My recipe was my grandmothers and I love it! I am having a BEAUTIFUL day after reading your blog! :)

Fröken Tindra said...

You have a lovely blog! I will be back soon again.
Best regards from Sweden!

debi said...

Ooooh! The banana bread looks yummy! I love banana bread too. But I do like mine with butter...gobs and gobs of butter! hehe :)
And that little shop is just too cute for words. I am coveting that shop! tfs

Beki said...

I like my banana bread with butter and prefably straight out of the oven. When I was a little girl, my Aunt made the most delicious banana cake, I can still taste it and remember the moistness of the cake even now.
Buttercup and Roses is actually not too far from me but in one of those very awkward to get to places (if you don't drive) so i've not been there yet.
Hope you've had a great weekend!
Beki xxx

Lisa said...

fun B's!! I'll check out her blog!
Hugs, Lisa

Lori said...

Yes indeed her shop is as amazing as her age! This sounds like one awesome banana beread, have to copy it! Thanks for sharing, also cut etowel in previous post too! Lori

KatCollects said...

I love banana bread, now I'm hungry : ) That store looks adorable. Thank you for the sweet comment. I hope you have a good week.

Laurie said...

Love this post, and also it made my mouth water! I can taste and smell the banana bread just reading it!

Anonymous said...

b is for Brimfield!! So psyched to go!



Perfectly Lovely said...

How sweet of you to post about my little shop, and reading all the lovely comments about it has really made today a lovely day!...I have been having a quick peek at your beautiful blog, im going to have a long coffee break this afternoon so I can have a really good look, its so pretty and inspiring....Anyway I'd better go, ive got a window display to change and empty shelves to fill!

Hugs, Jennifer x

Stephenie said...

I just love this post...Just so cute...That banana bread looks so yummy...I just made some banana bread this weekend...Thanks for sharing your recipe...
Hope all is well...

Lori said...

LOVE that storefront...what a beauty...i want to go shopping there...right now...wanna come with me Elyse?
banana bread..yummy...i love to pop mine in the toaster and load it up with gobs of melted, oozy butter!!!

Unknown said...

Oh great post Elyse!!! I LOVE banana bread and pumpkin break. I could eat a load myself, lol! This sounds great and I am always up for something lower in fat! That picture is wonderful and she is only 25?!?!?! Unbelievable!!


Jennifer Hayslip said...

Awwww.fabulous post Elyse! Oh my heavens the Buttercup & Roses shop looks divine!!! YUM!!!! I LOVE banana nut bread as well. I even sprinkle a few chocolate chips in mine also. Mmmm...thanks for sharing, and a warm thanks for stopping by and paying me a visit. ;) XO,Jenn

Barbara Jean said...

Hi Elyse.
I just came over from Lisa's, but i have been here before too.
So great you are blogger of the week over there.
Isn't it a great idea she had?

blessings as you continue to create.

barbara jean

PS Yes, I love that store front.

Kammy said...

Hi Elyse !
Thanks for visiting my blog - your comment made me laugh ! I love your B post ! Have a great day !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Vintage Lizzie said...

Oh Elyse!!!...I LOVED this shop!!...It is SO happy and pretty!...Too bad it's all the way in England!!!...Hey!...Did you get the pretty mugs that went with the TeaPot??...I didn't and I think I might go back and get them!...Very Cath Kidston,Dontcha think?...and GASP!..I loved the pretty duck egg blue more than the pink!...Who woulda thought!...I don't see any sun yet...but they have promised some today...we'll see!!...Thanks for sharing this beautiful Shop!!!...Hugs, Liz!

Rue said...

Hi Elyse :)

B is Big heiny if I eat those two things LOL

That shop is adorable! At 25 I was .... well, let's not go there ;)

Have a Beautiful day!

Anonymous said...

We love banana bread at our house. I add pecans or walnuts to ours.

Banana bread brings alot of good memories up of our kids when they were little.


Barbara Jean said...

Great job listening to the little voice, and following through.
I'm sure she was truly blessed, and will not forget that kindness.

Barbara Jean

Jen from Windy Ridge said...

ps- lovely blog:)

LaurieStar said...

I love banana bread too - now I'll have to try "cottage banana bread." You are so funny! I love that pic of that shop. I wish we had a few fun shops like that around here, but alas, I live out in the middle of nowhere! :)

icandy... said...

What a wonderful storefront! Yes, it's VERY dreamy! :)


Char said...

What a sweet shop, I love the hearts hanging in the window. Banana bread!!! yum O, you just can't beat that, thanks, Char

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

How cute! You always have the sweetest posts!!

Thanks for sharing the recipe!!