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:chocolate banana nut bread:

what you’ll need:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs (room temp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

what to do:

  • Sift flour, salt, and baking soda.  Set aside
  • Whisk eggs and vanilla extract.  Set aside
  • In a mixer, beat butter while adding sugar
  • Pour egg mixture into butter
  • Add bananas
  • Pour in flour mixture
  • Fold in nuts and chocolate chips

Pour into lightly buttered loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes at 350 degrees. Easy. Delicious.

The past few weeks have been very laid back.  Other than the freezing temperatures and everything covered in snow, I can’t really complain about Cleveland.  I’ve had time to catch up with old friends, go to a wedding dress fitting, hang out with my best girls when they get off work just to sit around and talk, free museums, bake, cook, clean, dyed my hair BROWN and believe it or not- draw.  I feel good.

In Cleveland on MLK Day, all of the museums are free admission so Sammie and I visited the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the Science Center.  The Rock Hall is pretty amazing with outfits, handwritten lyrics, music posters, personal items, and instruments from the greatest rock, blues, and jazz players of all time.  I only took a few pictures from my phone and not my camera because before photos weren’t allowed.  Now you can take pictures of everything in there.

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Dresses from the Supremes
photo 3Elvis exhibit
photo 1Jimi Hendrix watercolor painting

 

 

Stay tuned.

hi, how are you?

I hope everyone is doing well.  Sorry for the lack of photos and words, you must be bored.  Today I can actually say a few things that I know are for sure:

I made my first fully homemade apple pie that was extremely delicious.  I feel inspired to make more and photograph more and then I’m going to eat it.

I’m in love with this man I have.  I feel pretty perfect.

I’m obsessed with Bunny.

Just got done talking with my friend Lauren (I’m a bridesmaid in her wedding) about decor ideas, FLOWERS, pictures, everything.  It feels good to exercise the fairy tale ideas and inspiration you come by.

With that being said I’m having small urges to start looking more into flower arranging/growing direction.  I don’t know, it feels real, like something I could love and do forever.

Last week I saw a very rare all white deer with black spots.  It walked right past my work window.  This dear has only been sighted in these woods in Avon Lake.  I was always on the look out for it and the other day I finally got to see it.  A little treasure.

Mom came over with the BEST beef stew for dinner.  Holy yum and I got the recipe.  I love her.

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xo

good eats in cleveland not cle

Things have been very chill and beautiful on this end.  Bunny’s bump was benign SUCH A RELIEF.  Matt and I invested in a new tv and he let me watch Sex and the City for hours before I went into work, one of the reasons I love him.  We’re comin’ up on two years and it feels perfect.  I’ve been lazy and watching tv all night but I did get some delicious lunch with my bebe Sammie at BonBon and left with a full tum and some insanely soft and fresh chocolate croissants.  (run on sentences, so what) It was a last minute decision and the best one.  The food was absolutely yummers.  Sammie ordered a latte and the barista didn’t know us at all but made this accidental french bulldog latte art?  My mind was  blown.

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Not kidding when I say this was the best part of my day.  Also I just ate one of the croissants and will be tomorrow morning too..hmph.

sweet dreams friends

birthday boy, cleveland, birthday girl, cleveland, boat party, cleveland

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1. matthew’s birthday/dinner/opening night at Nano Brew

2. “roar on the shore” bands/booze/boat/cleveland

3. catie’s birthday at le petite/beverages/cheese plate/omelette/yum

4. flats in cleveland/anthony’s loft/romeo the pup aka cookie n crame

5. “zero zest” ice cream/ parma/ohio

6. barbie outfit/nothing black/new platforms (finally!!!)/bunny may/flowers from babe