Lifestyle

Recipe: Banana Bread

One of my favorite breakfast treats is banana bread like my mom used to make me as a kid. I have found a fantastic and easy recipe that is my go to whenever I want to treat myself.

banana bread ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe potato
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Optional: mini chocolate chips

Recipe:

  1. Stir together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites, sugar, and banana.
  3. Add oil to liquid mixture and mix well.
  4. Add both mixtures together. (Sprinkle in chocolate chips here)
  5. Pour into a sprayed 8x4x2″ bread pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60.

banana bread 2

A lot of people prefer to add crushed nuts rather than mini chocolate chips but that’s totally up to you!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!!

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Origins: A Perfect World

This past weekend, my friend Kendal and I went to the Origins event in Raleigh South Point Mall. It was the launch of their line A Perfect World and it was sponsored by Influenster. Influenster is a free blogger network with tons of product reviews.

 

At the event, we were treated to samples, a fun tea reading (apparently I’ll be taking care of six kids one day?!), and free facials. During the facial, I was allowed to test the A Perfect World line.

origins moisturizer

I’ll preface by saying that I have super sensitive skin. Once, after washing my make up off, my roommate thought I had to go to the hospital due to an allergic reaction – that’s how red I was! This makes it difficult to find products that won’t cause flare ups or discomfort on my skin. With that said, I LOVE this line.

 

I have dry skin but the product is designed for all skin types in mind. I purchased products without SPF just to ensure they wouldn’t cause my skin to freak out. I bought three products: Antioxidant cleanser with white tea, Age-Defense Skin Guardian with White Tea, and Antioxidant moisturizer with white tea.

 

The products felt lovely on my face and my skin did not react to them at all (a first for me)! The white tea smells lovely and clean without being overpowering and after use, my skin felt smooth for hours. I’ve been using this regime now for a week and have noticed a huge change in my skin. It is less reactive and less dry and flaky. I do the routine in the morning and use the moisturizer as a nice base for my make up and then again during the evening.

All in all, I highly recommend trying out this new line!