Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Bread

I waited until at least October before I whipped out the pumpkin recipes and now there’s no turning back. Last week I had two ripe bananas needing to be used and what better time to test out a new pumpkin bread recipe? My dad got me hooked on the Trader Joe’s version of cinnamon swirl bread so I loved the sweet addition to an otherwise standard fall treat. This one has just the right amount of pumpkin flavor. To me, this recipe is meant to be eaten at any time of day. Why save all the good stuff for breakfast?

Cinnamon Swirl Pumpkin Banana Bread
via the messy baker blog

ingredients:
2 cups whole wheat flour ( or 1 c. AP and 1 c. wheat flour)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 c. pumpkin puree
2 ripe bananas
3/4 c. brown sugar
4 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
1/3 c. greek yogurt (vanilla or plain)
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 c. pecans toasted and chopped (optional)

cinnamon swirl:
1/4 c. sugar (I used less)
1 tsp cinnamon

directions:
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Use non-stick spray to coat a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice and whisk to combine. In a large bowl, add the pumpkin puree and bananas. Mash together and add brown sugar, butter,  yogurt and whisk to combine. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir to combine. Fold dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in chopped pecans if using. For the cinnamon swirl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon.
Add half of the batter to the bread pan and top with cinnamon swirl mixture. Top with the remaining batter and place in the oven. Bake for 50-60 minutes.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

T&T Travels to…

New Orleans Print

… New Orleans!
Next month B and I are taking advantage of a rare vacation he has and heading to Louisiana! My previous time spent in New Orleans consists of one night before our senior year spring break cruise. Needless to say we spent that evening on Bourbon Street. This time around, I’m looking for a somewhat different experience. It seems like countless of y’all have been to the city, so I’d love any and all of your favorite things to eat, see, do etc.

We’re staying in a cute boutique hotel that we’ll be able to walk most everywhere. B loves the history side of things, while I can’t wait to hit up Cafe Du Monde and see the gorgeous old homes. We would love to hear y’alls favorite spots that we need to visit!

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Weekend + Links

breakfast in bed

Ah the feeling of a weekend with limited obligations. I forgot what this felt like, but can’t wait to relax. It seems there’s never a “down” season where things are slower and life isn’t so fast paced. Fortunately there’s just too many exciting things going on to warrant anything but a go go go schedule. I do love these rare weekends when sleeping in occurs, I can make an afternoon yoga class or just curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Isn’t that what the weekends are all about? I am however taking a calligraphy class and praying that I’m not terrible at it. Most of the time complicated DIY projects don’t work out for me because of my lack of patience (oops). We’ll see how this goes…

favorite links from this week….

+ For game day tomorrow I obviously need to make this seasonal spin on my favorite cocktail.

+ What screams fall more than a classic fisherman sweater?

+ I love that Allure put our favorite Scandal star on the cover with toned down makeup. How refreshing to see a less is more approach and embrace more natural beauty. Round of applause Allure.

+ The interior design bug continues. I loved this little space that was turned into a chic office.

+ Anyone want to go in on this together? Think of the views and dinner parties we could have!

Happy Friday and weekend friends!

xx

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Tuesday Eats: Easy Chicken Marinade + Shopbop Picks

Easy Chicken Marinade

I like to get as much use as possible out of a grill and will pull grilling recipes until it’s too cold to stand outside anymore. The flavor that comes from cooking food this way is the best in my opinion. B and I had some friends over for dinner the other night and since it was beautiful in St. Louis we opted to try a new easy recipe that wouldn’t heat up the apartment. I let the chicken sit in the marinade for around three hours and the flavor was delicious!  We used an Oktoberfest beer in the recipe, but any beer would work. You could probably also use this as a bake in the oven come winter time.

Grilled Chicken Marinade
via add a pinch

ingredients:
1/2 c. olive oil (I used a little less)
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp. black ground pepper
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp chopped onion
1/2 c. chopped fresh parsley
1.5 c. beer (I used Oktoberfest)

directions:
Mix together salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and add to the olive oil. Add garlic, onions and parsley. Mix together well with a fork. Slowly add beer so it doesn’t foam and spill over. Next, pour marinade over the chicken in a zip lock bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and seal. Turn the bag over and over to make sure all of the chicken is coated with the marinade. Place the bag in your refrigerator and let sit for a minimum of one hour or overnight. Turn the bag every few hours to continuously coat the chicken.
Grill and ejoy!

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Out of all the Family & Friends sale, Shopbop’s is my very favorite. It’s rare that most of these designers go on sale (or when they do they never seem to have my size…), so now is the time to snag a good deal! I can’t stop wearing these jeansI love this chunky sweater and these boots are so classically chic.

My favorite picks from the sale:

Wedding Update

Bridal Couture

Saturday marked the six month countdown to B and I’s big day! It’s hard to believe how quickly time is flying by. I lucked out working with a fabulous wedding planner whose style is so similar to mine that it makes designing everything so simple. We toured venues a few days after getting engaged so that B could be able to see them before heading back to St. Louis. If there was ever a picture perfect wedding town, Charleston would be it.

We have pretty much all of the big vendors booked, so now we’re just working on all the little pieces of the puzzle. Some of the vendor’s we’ve booked and my favorites…

+ Once Like A Spark Photography: This company might just be the best kept secret. It was started by two girls that were a few years older in my sorority at Georgia. They have tons of photographers that work for them, and they let you choose who you like best by their portfolio. They’re incredibly easy to work with and so nice. We loved working with them for engagement shots and can’t wait for April! (Note: this is not a southeastern company. They’re all over the US and I can’t recommend them enough!)

+ Siegel Films: Having a videographer cover the day was really important to us. Everyone stresses to me how quickly the day goes by and I love the idea of being able to re-live it, catching details we missed that night and seeing all of our closest friends and family again. Plus, I love watching any and all wedding videos. Who doesn’t?

+ On a totally unexpected day of shopping, my mom and I found my dream dress! We decided to pop into a bridal boutique that was around the corner from my old apartment in Charleston and see their collection of dresses. The fourth one I tried on was it. I left without the dress, convinced that I needed to try on more since this was my first stop. The next morning I was still thinking about it, went back to try it on and that sealed the deal!

+  Cake tasting was one part I wish I could re-do over and over again. The baker we decided on came highly recommended by our wedding planner and is the best cake I’ve ever tried. We’ve decided on an almond cake and simply put, it’s amazing.

+ Save The Dates have been sent out and we went with a postcard style since for 95% of our guests, it’s a destination wedding. We used Minted and were really happy with the quality and construction.

Save The Date

The registry is a constant work in progress.
I’d love to know what your favorite registry items were, or any favorite items that y’all have and love!

xx

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Weekend + Links

Kisses

Did this week seem to drag on to anyone else? Serious case of TGIF over here.
Tomorrow we’re celebrating my good friend’s wedding in Atlanta and I’m so excited! Weddings are the best are they not? It’s been a great week back in the southeast and I was finally able to checkout the new Buckhead luxury development. The L’occitane store I could spend hours in, Diptyque is opening today and there are so many great new restaurants (Shake Shack!) to try out.

favorite links of the week….

+ A skinny version of a seasonal favorite I plan on making asap

+ Score big with up to 50% off the entire site through Oct. 12th! This jacket is calling my name.

+ As if I needed another reason to love wine. Busy getting’ healthy over here.

+ If you need some Halloween inspiration, this list has a few great diy ideas.

Have a wonderful weekend!

xx

Show & Tell: Akola Project

Akola Project

Like I’ve mentioned before, I love supporting companies that have a strong mission and give back to the community. I discovered Akola Project on Instagram (that endless rabbit hole…) and promptly went to their website and social media pages to learn more about the company. The founder, Brittany Underwood, spent the summer of her sophomore year of college teaching in Uganda. There she met a Ugandan woman who was struggling to care for 24 young kids that slept on the floor. After returning to the states, Brittany started a mission to raise money and build an orphange for the homeless Uganda children.

The Akola Project was created to empower women and provide a future full of opportunities. 100% of the jewelry profits are returned to the women and their communities. Because of this success, vocational training centers were built, educational programs created, 23 clean water wells have been drilled and a 3 story orphanage was built to house 180 children. Now that’s doing some serious good in the world. Every bead in their Paper Collection is hand rolled by these talented ladies. How amazing is that?
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 >> Dallas ladies! You lucky girls, Akola’s first flagship store opened in your city today!
If you have time tonight, stop by to help celebrate and checkout the space for me!

xx

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Tuesday Eats: Your New Favorite Quiche

Italian Sausage Quiche

It’s taken me 26 years, but I’m proud to say I made my first quiche. These are so simple to make, but to be honest I’ve never been a huge fan of the dish. I never knew what meal to eat it for and it seemed to only fit in at a bridal or baby shower. On the other hand, B loves a good quiche and when I read the ingredients for this one I had a feeling my opinion would change. Sun dried tomatoes, italian sausage, zucchini and fresh gruyere cheese all come together to make the most delicious treat. I’m hands down a converted quiche fan and plan on making this again and again.

Italian Sausage, Kale, Zucchini Quiche
via designer bags dirty diapers

ingredients:
1 pie crust
1 lb. hot italian sausage, browned
1/4 c. chopped sun dried tomatoes
1 1/2 c. baby kale
1/2 large white onion, sliced thin
1 small zucchini, sliced
2 c. gruyere cheese
6 eggs
3/4 c. milk
3 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
salt & pepper, to taste

directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook pie shell for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
Brown sausage and drain fat. Set aside. Next, add olive oil to a pan and sauté onions and zucchini for 5- 7 minutes. Add in the kale and sun-dried tomatoes and cook until the kale is slightly wilted. Remove from heat and stir in cooked sausage. In a separate bowl whisk 6 eggs together with flour, baking powder, salt and pepper. Stir in sausage mixture until combined. Lastly, stir in cheese. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake at 350 degreed for 30-40 minutes.

Enjoy!

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