Banana Bread, and the cathartic nature of rain.

This weekend has been so uneventful in the best way.

It's been super wet, snowy, and gloomy this weekend which is just the kind of weather that makes you want to wrap up and stay home, isn't it? We usually start the weekend with a house blitz on a Saturday morning, which sets us up for the weekend because you already know all the not-so-fun parts of owning a home are done amiright?

This weekend was no different, apart from the fact that Sam's football game got cancelled and therefore he wasn't in the best of moods [read; I tried to ignore him for most of the day! Does anyone else's partner get in wingdinger moods if football isn't on?]

We decided to gut our under-stairs cupboard and rip everything out of there - it honestly feels so good knowing all the knickknacks we were storing in there with no homes to go to have finally found their forever home! We ripped up the flooring, removed the 1920's wallpaper and got to grips with the work that needed doing under there, and boy is it a lot!

[The dining room wall, which won't be in situ for much longer.]

[oh hey, Ax!]

I didn't any before shots, because I am the worst, but this is currently it. Everything inside the cupboard is looking for its new home either in the house or in someone else's house. Our aim is to remove this wall to expose the staircase behind, add a bannister and keep the under-stairs as our office space. We'e always looking for more ways to extend the space within our house and we think having the desk under the stairs will be a really great area to work in, and to also make use of the dead space. The lower part of the stairs will be repurposed for useful storage making the whole area a whole lot neater. 

After that, we had a date night with two of our closest friends and their toddlers. It was just the kind of wet, gloomy night that called for wine, pizza and snacks. 

[not pictured - four pizzas, garlic bread, cream eggs, popcorn and cookies. oh, and wine]

Today, Sunday, has consisted of nothing but grocery shopping, creating YouTube intro's and banners, and baking. I am blissed out, and only intend on eating cheese and crackers for the remainder of the day. Oh, I baked another successful Banana loaf, and I'm getting closer and closer to working out the perfect timing and temperature at the first try! Here's the recipe, if you'd like to try:

Banana Loaf, with extra blueberries!

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup plain flour, sieved
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
Pinch of salt

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c / 350F
  2. Mash the bananas and mix the melted butter in with the pulp
  3. Add the baking powder and salt, and stir to combine
  4. Add the egg, sugars and vanilla, and stir to combine
  5. Slowly add the flour 1/2 cup at a time until all mixed thorough
  6. Coat the blueberries in flour and then mix in [coating in flour stops them sinking to the bottom!]
  7. Grease a loaf tin [I use a silicone one], and pour the batter in
  8. Bake for 50mins with tin foil over the loaf, then remove and bake for another 20-30mins depending on your oven.
Your loaf should come out looking a little something like this, I ADORE the crack down the middle that banana loaves always seem to have [not pictured, because really who has time to wait?!]

Did you have a good weekend? What did you do? I'm excited to start my second book of the month tonight. The review of my first book of 2017 is coming, so stay tuned for that!

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