Berry Banana Bread

This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with a secret ingredient and each mouthful is bursting with fresh berries. My family loves this recipe!

It’s the beginning of berry season! Oh how lovely it is to swap out my bags of frozen berries for fresh berries.

To celebrate berry season, I’ve made my favourite banana bread and stuffed it full of fresh strawberries and blueberries. This Berry Banana Bread is kept moist with my secret ingredient (pssst – sour cream!!), and each mouthful is bursting with berries.

To be fair, it’s not berry season in my backyard yet – for that, we’ve got another month or two to go – and by “backyard” I mean my potted veggie garden on my rooftop deck 😉 . It’s been an unseasonably cool Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, so my strawberry and raspberry plants only have buds so far!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

My very favourite moist 3-banana Banana Bread recipe is thrown together with a big scoop of peanut butter and sprinkled with a crunchy peanut topping.

Have you ever stopped to consider how many perfect pairings there are with peanut butter?

  • Peanut butter and banana
  • Peanut butter and chocolate
  • Peanut butter and jam
  • Peanut butter and honey
  • Peanut butter and celery and raisins

Peanut butter, you poly-amorous little minx! 😉

Let’s consider the first perfect pairing: peanut butter and banana. Peanut butter is one of my absolute Favourite Foods. Right up there with avocados, chocolate chips, and pie. I like to eat spoonfuls of peanut butter straight from the jar. You too?

Then you’ll definitely be with me in loving this Peanut Butter Banana Bread.

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Blueberry Brunch Cake

 Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

I have a couple of friends in my life whom I have known since I was 8 years old. We grew up together attending the same elementary school and living blocks away from each other. We went from kids who loved playing “house” to teenagers who were obsessed with clothes and boys.

As high school hit, our paths diverged as we went to different schools and found new friendships, but we all kept tabs on each other; there always seemed to be one common friend who kept in touch with all of us.

And as we left high school and started college and university and jobs, we reunited in various ways and at various times, and, as young adults with semi-serious boyfriends, living in our first apartments, studying toward degrees, working part-time jobs, we all became friends again.

Fast forward ten years and we are now in stable jobs, working on a Masters degree, married, homeowners, living in different cities, and/or with kids in tow – all of us in very different phases of life.

We met up last weekend, driving out of town to our homeowner friend’s home, where she welcomed us with a roaring fireplace and homemade baking.

And even though we hadn’t seen each other since my wedding last August and for many months prior to that, we fell back into a comfortable rhythm, laughing and sharing together.

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Cinnamon Scones

There's a lot of cinnamon in these scones. FOUR generous teaspoons of cinnamon are swirled into the batter, as well as a cinnamon glaze coating the tops. These are not healthy scones. These are scones to enjoy on a frigid winter morning with a steaming cup of tea. | breakfast for dinner

I’ve come down with a cold in the last week (me, you, and everyone we know 😉 ) and have been drinking incredible amounts of tea. Peppermint, Lemon Ginger, Apple Cinnamon, Moroccan Mint green tea, real ginger slices with lemon juice and honey… I’ve been gulping tea like there’s no tomorrow.

And guess what pairs perfectly with tea? Scones. So when I still had an ounce of energy to do a little baking this weekend, scones were on my mind. And not just any scones – Cinnamon Scones.

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