Banana Bread: the Craving!
Recently, we have found ourselves making and eating a lot of banana bread. First, we have not been traveling as much as expected due to the pandemic so we are home more often and baking a LOT. Second, we like banana bread. Specifically, Shannon really likes banana bread and gets random cravings for it. Those random cravings have prompted me to keep extra bananas in the freezer so I can whip up a batch of bready banana goodness on short notice.
Wait… you didn't know that?
Yes, you can take bananas that have "gone over" (read: turning black) and pop them in the freezer for safe keeping. In fact, these overly ripened bananas provide a more intense flavor to banana bread (and smoothies) than regular bananas.
When we do have banana bread, we eat it fresh from the oven as a snack (regardless of when that actually is), as a general snack with coffee throughout the day, and in the evenings we will put nice thick slices in the toaster and slather them with a bit of butter… mmmmmmm…
What Ya Need
1 Cup Softened Butter
1 1/4 Cups Granulated Sugar
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
3 Medium Very Ripe Bananas
2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Nutmeg (preferably fresh grated)
1 tsp Salt.
1 Cup Crushed Walnuts (Shannon's favorite)
1 Cup Chocolate Chips (Jason's favorite)
What Ya Do
Note: Attempts should be made to allow your bread to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slathering with butter and eating. Our record for being able to wait is just over 4 minutes… oh well…
Tip: Few things are harder to eat than dry quick breads. To ensure you have a moist banana bread; watch your bread carefully the last 10 minutes and remove from the oven immediately when it is just done.
So there you have it! Really… this is a super easy way to introduce yourself to quick breads. Give it a try and let us know how it turns out!
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Designer Crochet Autographed Copy
Copy of Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby's Designer Crochet. Book signed by the author and photographer.
Complete Crochet Course - Autographed Copy
From renowned crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby comes the ultimate reference manual for the absolute beginner to experienced pro.
Filled with step-by-step photography throughout for an easy-to-follow and fully visual experience, this unparalleled guide teaches you how to crochet from the very first stitch—and will keep you crocheting as you gain experience! The Complete Crochet Course explains all the tools, materials, and techniques you need, from choosing a hook and yarn to seaming, working in the round, handling specialty stitches, and adding details. We've included ten patterns, perfectly designed for novices eager to complete their first projects, while intermediates can enjoy mastering even more advanced skills.
Sashiko Vest #1 Digital Pattern
Literally meaning "little stabs" or "little pierce", Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. We added Sashiko stitching elements to a vest based on Japanese patching technique, Boro to complete this design.
Boro came to predominately signify clothing worn by the peasant farming classes in the Edo era of Japan who mended their garments with spare fabric scraps out of economic necessity. A boro garment would most likely be handed down over generations, eventually resembling a patchwork after decades of mending. Only in the modern era are we beginning to see the care and beauty of these textiles.
Sashiko Vest #1 is a long vest sewn using Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric cotton cloth, then hand stitched in various Sashiko patterns using The Shibaguyz FAB Sashiko Essentials thread collection from Aurifil Thread.
Fabric: Body - Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric in Indigo.
Patches - Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric from fat quarters in various colors.
Sashiko Stitching - Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby hand stitched Hitomezashi Sashiko patterns (where the pattern emerges from the alignment of single stitches made on a grid) then the garment pieces are machine sewn.
Instructions for making the vest in Sizes Small through 5X and doing the sashiko stitching.
Fabric amounts for all sizes
Detailed schematics, stitching instructions for the vest and for the sashiko embellishments
Small (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, 5X)
To Fit Measured Bust: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60)" / 81.3 (91.4, 101.6, 111.8, 121.9, 132.1, 142.2, 152.4)cm
To Fit Finished Bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62)" / 86.4 (96.5, 106.7, 116.8, 127.0, 137.2, 147.3, 157.5)cm
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
2 YDs (3 YD for XL, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X)
10 fat quarters in various colors for patches
PLUS Two more fat quarters in the same color for the F Patch 1 (left and right)
Sashiko Needle and Thimble
Sashiko Pattern Templates
Not Required, but will make it easier
Circular plastic grid
Washable or heat removable White Marking Pen from Clover
Washable Blue fabric marking pen(s)
Mighty Ten Hand Sewing Essentials Thread Collection
This new collection of 50wt thread is perfect for machine or hand sewing, and includes 10 small spools (164 yards, 150 meters) of glorious 100% long staple Egyptian cotton Aurifil thread.
2692 - black
2024 - white
6711 - pewter
2260 - dark carmine red
5023 - medium green
5022 - mustard
2784 - dark navy
2770 - very light delft
4030 - plum
2395 - pumpkin spice (don’t judge us)
From the Aurifil Website
Aurifil’s 50wt thread is our most versatile and most popular Cotton thread. It is available in all 270 of our Cotton colors, and is wound on our iconic orange spool. The 50wt is strong and thin, and results in remarkably flat and crisp seams.
While it is wonderful for piecing, subtle quilting & topstitching, and English Paper Piecing it also works incredibly well for Needle Turn Applique, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, ZigZag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, and Dense Background Designs.
Perfect for: Needle Turn Applique, English Paper Piecing, Hand Piecing, Bobbin and Machine Lace, Machine Applique (Straight Stitch, Zig
Zag, Blind Hem and Blanket Stitch,) Machine Embroidery, Dense Machine Quilting, Subtle Machine and Longarm Quilting, Basting, Whole Cloth and Micro Quilting, Dense Background Designs
Shannon and Jason
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