Thursday, March 14, 2013

Bee's Banana Bread Recipe... you will want to save this!

Bee's Banana Bread Recipe-
You will want to save this!
Are you ready for a taste of Heaven??? Introducing Bee’s Banana Bread Recipe! I’ve been working on this recipe for years, tweaking it here and there. What I now have is the most delicious banana bread recipe ever! It’s moist and spongy, sweet and decadent. This bread makes a delicious dessert and an even tastier breakfast. When this bread is baking, your entire house will be filled with the aromas that dreams are made of. Sometimes, I stand over the oven and just bathe in those warm cinnamon notes.

This recipe is literally fail-proof. I’ve “messed it up” on occasion and it still comes out delicious every time. One time, I completely forgot the egg and you couldn’t even tell a difference in the look or taste. So, if you want to leave out the egg to make this a Vegan recipe, feel free! I’ve tried this recipe with 1, 2, and 3 bananas… it has been a success each time, so use what you have even if it is only 1 banana.

Last year, I posted this recipe on my Facebook page and all of my friends went nuts! About once every few weeks, someone writes to me to ask for the recipe because they didn’t write it down, or lost it in a junk drawer. As of today, my flawless recipe will be out in cyberspace forever! Tip: Bookmark this page and try out this recipe on Saturday!

Classic Baking Ingredients

I hope that you enjoy it. I know you will! You, your friends, your family, your coworkers, your neighbor, your mailman… Just make it already!

Bee's Banana Bread
2-3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten lightly
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon + extra for top
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
powdered sugar (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large  mixing bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add all ingredients, ONE at a time, mixing well after each new ingredient. Batter will be smooth and glossy with small lumps of banana.
3. Pour into greased loaf pan.
4. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on top of the batter.
5. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
6. Let sit to cool completely, or serve slightly warm. Add a sprinkle of powdered sugar to each slice if you like!

In my house, bananas don't go bad...
they get good!

In my house, we deliberately buy extra bananas just to let them “go bad.” The darker the better for this recipe! When bananas “go bad” they get super sweet. The sweetness and extra moisture is what makes this banana bread so good.

Bananas, Butter and Sugar... sounds like a dessert just by themselves!

The bananas I chose for this recipe were HUGE. Three very large bananas would probably be too many, so I only used two for this batch. When I mash up the bananas, I like to pick out the hard, black knots at the very end of the bananas. You don’t have to do this, but I like to. I tend to pick out anything that’s questionable, but I am a bit neurotic. (My friends and family reading this are saying, “A bit?!?!” lol)
LOTS of cinnamon on top of Bee's Banana Bread batter!
I like to sprinkle a bunch of cinnamon on the top of the batter once I’ve poured it into the loaf pan. I think that this helps it to form a really crusty crust. If you aren’t a fan of cinnamon you can completely eliminate it from the recipe. I’ve had to do it when I forgot to add it to the grocery list. Still delicious!

Check out that crust... Banana Bread fresh out of the oven!

One week last year, my neighbor went out of town. He left his golden retriever behind and asked for my Honey and I to dog sit. We LOVE to dog sit that sweet boy! On the very first day, I noticed that he had a huge bunch of organic bananas sitting on his kitchen counter. No way those things were going to last a week… by then they will be perfect for my banana bread. So, the evening before he came home, I made two loaves of banana bread. My Honey and I devoured one loaf and the other was waiting for my neighbor when he got home. He was so surprised! He said that he originally planned to share with his friends at work… but then he tried a piece and had to keep the whole loaf to himself!

Bee-utiful! Would you like a slice?

One evening, I put the banana bread in the oven as a storm was rolling through. About 20 minutes into the 1 hour baking time, the power went out. And it stayed out. After about 10 minutes of waiting for the power to come back on, I decided to just leave the loaf in the oven and see what happens. Luckily, I had not opened the oven door, so all of the heat was trapped inside. A friend of mine was visiting so we lit a few candles, told funny stories and watched the storm through the windows. After about 45 minutes, we got impatient (I told you about the amazing smell!) and opened the oven door. The banana bread was PERFECT!! This actually might have been the best banana bread that I have ever made. No joke. We sprinkled our powdered sugar in the dark kitchen and ate by candlelight. I’m telling you, this Bee’s Banana Bread Recipe is fool-proof.
I wish you could smell this Bee's Banana Bread...

Powdered sugar is optional... but I like my options!

I hope that you enjoy this recipe for many years to come! If you make a loaf, think about making a second one for your neighbor. You never know when someone could use a little comfort food. I like to show my love for others with food and other homemade goodies.

Please come back and leave me a comment if you use this recipe. I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you for stopping by and Happy Baking!

Warmest Regards,

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Guitar Pick Holder Keychain- FREE Crochet Pattern!

Guitar Pick Holder Keychain
Well, today is the day! My very first original, FREE CROCHET PATTERN is ready for you guys! I created this Guitar Pick Holder Keychain pattern last year, but it's just been sitting in a spiral notebook just waiting to be shared. Almost ALL of the crochet knowledge I have gained has been from FREE patterns and tutorials that I found online. I would not be where I am today with my crochet business, if it wasn't for the hard work of others. Now that I have gone through the whole process of writing and publishing a pattern online, I have even more respect for the amazing people who have published so many before me. A million thank yous to each and every one of you!! It is because of you that I feel inclined to give back was has been so freely given to me...

Tribute to Paul Stanley of KISS
made for my future bro-n-law!

This past Christmas, I wanted to create something special for my future brother-in-law. He's my Honey's big brother and I love him dearly. He's a rocker through and through and deserved something really unique as a gift! After a lot of thought, I decided on a Crochet Guitar Pick Holder for his keychain. My Honey has a leather one, but I'm no leather worker. I looked everywhere for a pattern like this and couldn’t find one. We know a ton of people who play guitar or bass… so, there’s got to be other people out there looking for a similar pattern. As soon as I wrote the pattern, I knew it was destined to go online!



Guitar Pick Holder Keychain Crochet Pattern
Written By: Brittany “Bee” Williams

3mm hook (a small hook keeps everything nice and tight!)
Med. Worsted Weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
Large yarn needle for sewing in ends
Small snap and embroidery thread for sewing
Key ring of your choice

SC= single crochet
FO= finish off or cut yarn
SK1= skip 1st stitch
SC2TOG= single crochet two stitches together
SLST= slipstitch

For this piece, I chose to not use the “CH1 and turn” method to finish off each row. If I am starting an increase row, I like to skip the CH1, and just turn at the end of each row without it. I prefer this method in almost all of my work. If it makes you nervous, feel free to apply a CH1 as needed at the end of every row.

1- Using the back bumps, place 1SC in 2nd ch from hook and in last. (2)
2- 2SC in each (4)
3- 2SC, SC, SC, 2SC (6)
4- 1SC in each (6)
5- 2SC, SC, SC, SC, SC, 2SC (8)
6- 1SC in each (8)
7- 1SC in each (8)
8- 1SC in each (8)
9- 1SC in each (8)
10- 1SC in each, FO (8)
Make another piece exactly like that (rows 1-10) but DO NOT FO at the end of row 10!
Add these rows to the 2nd piece:
11- 1SC in each (8)
12- 1SC in each (8)
13- To create a ridge for the flap, work in Front Loops Only, 1SC in each (8)
14- 1SC in each (8)
15- 1SC in each (8)
16- SK1, 1SC in next 5 stitches, SC2TOG, CH1, turn (6)
17- SK1, 1SC in next 3 stitches, SC2TOG, CH1, turn (4)
18- 1SC in each. Do NOT cut yarn unless you are changing colors (4)
Sew in the yarn ends of both pieces. Place the two pieces together with the “wrong sides” facing. Make sure that the ridge that you formed in row 13 is facing outside.

19- Now, CH1 and SC down the top edge of the bigger piece. When you run into the bottom piece, start to SC the two pieces together.
When you reach the bottom of the pick holder, you have a few options:
a- SC evenly across the bottom with no keychain loops
b- CH4, SLST (1 loop) and then continue to SC up the other side of the two pieces.
c- **Preferred** Working through the two SC at the bottom of each piece… (SLST in first SC, CH4, SLST in same SC) (SLST in 2nd SC, CH4, SLST in same SC) (2 loops)
I prefer this method because it allows the key ring to pass through 2 loops. This is more secure AND forces the Pick Holder to stay “in line” with your keys. My Honey is a professional guitar player and personally requested his to be made this way. (See Picture)
Then, continue to SC up the other side of  the two pieces. After I SC both pieces together and make my way back up to the top of the piece, I like to finish the piece by putting a SLST in each of the 4 stitches from row 18 and then FO.  I think this gives the flap end a little sturdiness.
Next on the list, sew a snap onto the holder! I use a small snap, but one that is strong enough to have a good hold. You want to sew one side of the snap onto the flap and the other side of the snap onto the bottom piece. Just make sure that they line up! I messed up my first try! lol

My tribute to Paul Stanley...
with the flap up, it looks like his hair!

Final touch is adding the key ring. This part can be tricky, even for my tiny fingers. If you chose to add one loop, that’s easy enough to figure out. If you chose two loops, you want to make sure that the key ring passes through BOTH of the loops. Make sure that you get it through the loop and not through one of the individual chains.

If you chose not to add a loop at the bottom of your Pick Holder, you could always just throw it into your purse or guitar bag! Carry it in your back pocket? Maybe affix the Pick Holder to your guitar strap or an arm band?

Now, get to personalizing! Add a heart or flower! Embroider a design or monogram! Take it to the next level and make it a tribute to Paul Stanley from KISS!

©2013 Brittany Williams/Bee’s Booties and More, all rights reserved. You may sell items you make with this crochet pattern. You may not sell this crochet pattern or claim it as your own. You may publish or post a link to this crochet pattern, but you may not publish or post this crochet pattern in whole or in part.

I hope that you enjoy this awesome FREE pattern! If you like the pattern, please share it with your friends! Thank you, again, to everyone in the crochet community who publishes free patterns!

Warmest Regards,

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