Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thrift store finds, yummy banana bread recipe and I try out a “french-y” texture…

I love Kim Klaussen’s photo textures. 

If you’re into photography be sure to take her free Skinny Mini Photoshop e-course,

and also sign up for her free textures.

That is my way to warn you of a photo heavy post using my newest free texture from her, ”pour vous”.  Love it!

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On my visit to South Carolina, I discovered that the thrift stores are much cheaper than the ones in Portland, Oregon, but to me it seems that the antique stores in S.C. are more expensive than the ones at home.

At a Value Village thrift store in S.C. I bought this heavy, white, stoneware platter for 80 cents! 

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And some white English ironstone saucers for 10 cents each!

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Now we shall see how successful I am at getting them home on the plane unbroken.

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The banana bread was yummy.  Here’s proof…

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…and here’s the recipe

Banana Bread

Makes two loaves…

Preheat oven to 350.

In mixing bowl, mix together the dry ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread flour

1 cup granulated sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Add wet ingredients:

5-6 medium sized very ripe bananas mashed well

2 lightly beaten eggs

1/2 cup canola oil

Mix well with wooden spoon but do not over mix.

Spray two loaf pans with non-stick spray.

Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.

(chopped walnuts or pecans may be added to this recipe)




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  1. Oh, banana bread...yum! Your photos look so nice. I haven't tried that texture yet. I love it :)

  2. I don't understand the texture thing, although I've heard of it, but your pictures are delicious! I'm a fan of the ironstone, too!

  3. Love the pictures and your use of textures! Super job. I also love thrift store finds, but yours was surely a winner. Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious!

  4. Beautiful photos! And I want to try some of that bread! YUM!

  5. Gorgeous vintage feeling.... beautiful texture!
    And thanks for the recipe!!

  6. Elizabeth,
    Very nice photos and texture treatment.
    And thanks for the sweet recipe bonus!

  7. Loved seeing your finds. Wow! What prices! Safe travels for you and your dear ones. And for your finds, too.

  8. i made banana bread today too! YUMMY!

  9. What a beautiful post! I'm delighted to find you via White Wednesday! I live just across the river from Portland! You certainly found some amazing deals...and yes, much better prices than we have in the thrift stores around here! Good luck bringing your treasures home! I will certainly check out the photo workshop and free textures! Thank you for the link!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  10. Yes...pour vous works beautifully on your images!

  11. That texture is beautiful. Looks as if you have perfected it! And that banana bread recipe looks like it is to die for. Thanks for sharing!

    Be Blessed

  12. Lucky us, that we have three bananas that need to be used....pronto!
    Love the textured photo...and very excited to try it out - thanks!
    Karla & Karrie


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