banana chocolate coffee bread

So my last post lied. I returned to the country, but not to my blog. I can blame it on starting a new job (over 6 months ago..), living with my boyfriend, summertime, poor wifi at home…and I do; but regardless I want to capture some snap shots of these moments in my life (and my kitchen). I’m attempting to get back in the swing of things so, please stay tuned while I get back in blog mode.

Now that it’s almost starting to cool down here, the idea of baking in a warm kitchen sounds better and better. Noticing two more mushy bananas to add to the others I’ve saved, it only means one thing–banana bread. And why not add a little caffeine to kick off your morning? Here is a recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks (My Mother’s Southern Kitchen) along with some images of the day. Hope you’re enjoying the last few weeks of summer! With this delicious cake, my morning routine will be have a much brighter start.

banana choc coffee bread     breakfast

Ingredients:

  • espresso powder and two ripened bananas
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup peeled and mashed bananas

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease and dust a 10-inch bundt pan with instant coffee, then place sliced bananas around the sides of the pan.

In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream together with an electric mixer the butter, brown sugar, and instant coffee until smooth. Add the eggs and mashed bananas and mix well with the a spoon. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Eat all day long :)

kitchen view     bowls

i have returned

Did you forget about me? I promise I didn’t. It’s been too many weeks since I’ve been here.  As of late, I’ve been all over the place (really)! From a busy few weeks at work to my boyfriend moving in to traveling for two weeks, this is my first occasion to sit down and really digest it all. Thankfully, adjusting back to life in the real world (with a little wine and melodic guitar solos, thanks D) will do that to you ;)

NOT LONG AGO I:

Left for a two week holiday, as they say on the other side of the globe, beginning with a stay in London.

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Hung my feet off the Cliffs of Moher, 700 feet above the roaring ocean. Note: J’s entire legs are off…it felt better to know my calves were on the ground

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Drank beer(s) from the original Guinness brewing plant in Dublin.

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Discovered that the hostel life isn’t for me or my brother–cue frequenting the Temple Bar to ensure a good nights sleep (and really, just live like the Irish)

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Found that you need to flash more than your pearly whites to get into the Google’s European headquarters–maybe we’ll come with an actual plan next time (and take a non snapchat picture ourselves, thank you for everything google)

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Ate enough savory pies to have a personal competition : chicken, leek, and cheddar from pieman came out on top in my book.

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Learned quickly that free wifi is EVERYWHERE in the UK : buses, pubs, cliffs…the sky’s the limit.

no phones were forced to use data during the making of this photo

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Ate at the cafe where Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was written. The house is filled with elephant paraphernalia and graffiti covered bathroom stalls–team Malfoy v team Harry, he-who-must-not-be-named, Hermione <3’s Ron 4ever

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Learned the real Tom Riddle passed in 1802 and is resting in the Greyfriars graveyard near University of Edinburgh.

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Saw and stayed on volcanic lava fields (welcome to Lanzarote) // felt like we were on another planet #lifeonmars

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Learned that the Kardashians and Lena Dunham can be polarizing topics. But everyone can agree to (all inclusive) daytime pina coladas.

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Realized beach volleyball and I will never be a good match. Luckily cheerleaders are always encouraged.

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Witnessed 14 consecutive sunny days in the wettest part of the world: Dublin, London & Edinburgh look their best in sunshine.

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‘Twas a fun, hectic, crisp, and stunning two week excursion! Now I’m back cruisin’ in the ATL.

moody mood board (march)

It’s not Monday, it’s not the last week of the month so this mood board falls into the moody category of posts. The cold weather keeps me inside and under as many blankets as I can find. I know the weather in Atlanta pales in comparison to the Northeast, but nonetheless, it makes me a hermit…especially with Netflix now thrown into the mix. Thank you House of Cards, Parenthood, and Peep Show–you helped me through these winter months. This weekend, the sun shine is out, the weather is warmer and people of Atlanta are out and about. Here are some moods for the start of warmer times ahead.

moody mood board

1 // justin’s hazelnut butter: omg. this stuff is healthier, more delicious, and naturally pricier than nutella–have a spoon ready.

2 // my home doesn’t look like this (yet) but spring is right around the corner, this interior is proof!

3 // happy international women’s day to all — men too, closing the gap take you guys too. here’s to all my ladies <3 (we’ll be celebrating all month)

4 // planning my trip to travel with my brother in Ireland, Scotland, and England has been full of beautiful imagery. also realized that i should attempt to gravitate towards beer in preparation…

5 // favorite power couple–this in depth read (there are spoilers!!!)

6 // krog street market : the latest addition to the atlanta food scene / little tart pictured. the nice part of it being so popular is running into friends while you’re getting dinner & drinks (sometimes they help you find a seat too)

brown butter greek yogurt cake

Not your typical cake ingredients, but not your typical taste either! I’ve compared every baked morsel recently to this lemon ricotta cake (recipe by the blogger honey & figs), so I attempted another one of her recipes in the same category of cake. To make it a little more “birthday appropriate,” the cake is in a bundt shape with draped cream cheese icing and berries ;) With the assistance of a few friends, this cake (& many pictures) came together beautifully.

Full recipe here. Step by step photos & converted instructions below //

ingredients     mixing

browning     melted

mix masta     whisk

pour     baked

in action     frosting

berries     cake

cake cutIngredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cup gr. greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 2/3 unbleached white flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 2 eggs whites
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Start by cutting the butter into cubes and browning over medium low heat to melt the butter, then an additional 5 minutes to brown. Continue to whisk until you smell a powerful aroma throughout the kitchen.

Cream greek yogurt, eggs, and sugar. Add browned butter, vanilla, and lemon juice to mixture, stir to combine.

Add flour and baking powder stirring until mixture has no lumps. Pour into greased bundt pan and bake at 390 degrees F until you can stick a toothpick in and it will come out clean. Let cool.

Beat two egg whites, powdered sugar and cream cheese together until stiff peaks form and pour over cake. Garnish with berries, sprinkles–or both like this one. Get your piece quickly, this cake is a hit! xx