I usually buy a bunch of bananas every week from the grocery store to slice in cereal or just for an afternoon pick-me-up, but I’ve been known to buy way more than I know we’ll eat because it gives me a good reason (as if I need one!) to make the Best Banana Nut Bread ~ moist, nutty and loads of banana flavor. I like to think the addition of Greek yogurt makes it kind of a healthy option but any way you slice it with a big mug of hot coffee, it just starts the day off right.
If you read my Overnight French Toast Casserole post, you know I’m a huge fan of the overnight casserole, not only because they’re delicious but because I don’t function well in the morning; just ask my husband. The Overnight Breakfast Egg Sausage Casserole is almost like an extra set of hands in the kitchen because it’s completely prepped the night before and bakes while you’re having your first cup of coffee.
I love breakfast but unless it’s Sunday morning, it has to be fast. . .and good. . .like this Breakfast Pizza or even faster ~ a bowl of plain Greek yogurt topped with fresh fruit and Homemade Granola. It’s so ridiculously delicious sometimes I eat it by the fistful. . .without yogurt. . .or fruit. Just sayin’.
probably dating myself by saying Fannie Farmer was the first cookbook I ever owned. There may be a whole generation that’s never heard of Fannie since she’s never had her own cooking show or line of pots and pans on QVC. But Fannie has some good recipes, like her Banana Nut Bread that I’ve made countless times when I’ve bought too many bananas. I’ll intentionally buy extra bananas knowing they’ll become too soft to eat and I’ll have to (twist my arm) turn them into Banana Bread. Like a lot of people this time of year though, I’m in the midst of all things pumpkin, starting with pumpkin coffee creamer and ending with pumpkin scented hand soap. If it’s a sickness, it’s one I don’t want to recover from so when I realized I had a few brown speckled bananas, this Easy Pumpkin Banana Bread with a toasted coconut almond topping was born. Grab a cup of coffee with your favorite creamer and pull up a chair. You’re going to love this one. . .
Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home. We spent a really great month in Florida and even though we left sunshine and almost 80° to come home to snow on the ground and more predicted for today, there is still no better place to be. There’s something about starting your day off in your own bed and if the next part of your day involves a good breakfast, well it’s that much better. Best Breakfast Pizza is part breakfast, part lunch, fast enough to enjoy even on weekday mornings and every mouthful delicious.
I don’t necessarily rely on a calendar tell me when it’s fall. Oh no. . .I lie in wait for my local grocery store to stock Nestle´ Coffee-mate Pumpkin Spice coffee creamer. Now that may sound
a little totally crazy to you, but when that yummy pumpkin creamer shows its gorgeous face I just know it won’t be long before I bust out snuggly warm sweaters, tall leather boots and scarves and eat warm donuts dipped in tangy cider at one of several nearby cider mills. I am only slightly ashamed of my behavior one day last fall when I couldn’t find the pumpkin creamer at my local market. It was only October — they couldn’t be phasing into Christmastime peppermint yet!! Hopefully that stock boy is no longer in therapy. But this whole pumpkin thing got me thinking — what else can I pumpkinize? Hmmm. . .how about. . .Pumpkin Monkey Bread Muffins? Hello? Can we really put two amaaaaazing fall flavors together — pumpkin AND monkey bread?