It’s a nice day for a…

When I went a few years ago to a Food Blogger Conference I was in awe of how many people told me I was just like I was on my blog. This didn’t make any sense to me as of course I was like how I was on my blog, it’s my blog. Until I started to mingle with other people. People who’s blogs I read and realized that many of them in real life are much quieter in person and reserved compared to their blogs. In a way their blog is their way of letting out their inner extrovert. This was facsinating to me but also a good lesson. It’s a good lesson to remember if you follow me on Pinterest.

Let’s review a few emails involving Pinterest. I’m just posting this one but I can assure you that this question gets asked A LOT:

“This comes from a place of love even if it’s nosey. I follow you on Pinterest and you pin bunches and bunches of wedding dresses, are you getting married? Oh please say yes, I would love for you to be getting married and be happy.”

First off, I do realize that when I get email like this or others inquiring about if I am getting any that you guys just want me to be happy. Yes, I pin a lot of wedding dresses. My friend S is getting married at the end of September in a place where it will still be warmish. She wanted help with finding a short wedding dress or highly detailed dresses and we figured pinning was the easiest way to show dresses off. But here is the thing with wedding dresses…OMG are they gorgeous. I am a girlie girl. I love me some gorgeous dresses, wedding or not. Just because I post wedding dresses doesn’t mean I am getting married. No one asked if I lost a ton of weight and plan on wearing bikinis all summer long because I have a bunch of bikinis on there….just think they are cute. Or if I won the lottery to pay for the $4000 designer coat I pinned on there. Oh and for the record…you don’t have to be married to be happy. :)

“I started following you on Pinsterst and this will sound racist but hopefully not too bad as I am Asian myself, but are you secretly Asian?”

Hmmm, no not secretly Asian but this did amuse me greatly. Maybe because I post a lot of Hello Kitty stuff? That could also mean I am secretly 5 years old. Which I hope I’m not because I don’t really want to go through high school and junior high again.

“How can you stand to be on Pinterest and see all that yummy food? I don’t have the will power for that.”

The yummy food is one of the main reasons I go there to get inspired (like the banana bread in this post). Also I spend a lot of time reading other people’s inspirational quotes and posting workouts to get Carrie Underwood’s legs and other stuff they will never do…so I burn calories that way. :P So it all evens out. Seriously though people…want to be fit? For every one of those I’m not saying goodbye to my fat because it’s not coming back or 2011 is that last year I am fat pins…do 100 jumping jacks.

Anyway this bread does come from Pinterest. I was a little nervous about it at first because it didn’t seem to have as much flour but it was crazy good and very, very banana filled.


Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread

For the bread:
3-4 over-ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
dash of salt
1 1/2 cups flour
For the swirl:
1/3 cup sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350. Butter and flour a loaf pan (9-x-5). Just keep a close eye on it in the oven, and adjust the time as needed.
Mix bananas, butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla together. sprinkle baking soda and salt around on top of the banana mixture. Then gently stir in flour. Be careful not to over-mix!
In a small dish, mix together the 1/3 cup sugar and 1 TBSP cinnamon.
Add 1/2 of the batter to the loaf pan and then sprinkle half, or a little more than half of the cinnamon-sugar mixture all over the batter in the pan. Add the rest of the batter, and then sprinkle the leftover cinnamon-sugar on top.
Bake for 50-60 minutes, but remember, if you’re using a different-sized loaf pan, be careful and keep a close eyeball on it!

Recipe from SandwichHoss


  1. Is it wrong that I think I scare people when they meet me in person? Like Im going to jump them in a dark ally or something… God, I hope that’s really an over exaggeration.

    Im guilty of secretly loving a lot of your pins on pinterest and am learning to pin more just because I want to and not because I care what ppl think.

    Banana cinnamon swirl bread? Now I need me a slice of that. For testing purposes, I swear.

  2. Looks great! And easy enough for me to make vegan. Yay. Thanks!

  3. Ohmigosh I made that bread as soon as I saw it on Pinterest too and it was DELISH! Made the house smell sooo good too. I was curious about all those wedding dresses but I figured…not my business ;-)

  4. A divine sounding and looking bread!



  5. I have just recently become addicted to Pinterest (I held out for a long time because I didn’t need another time suck). And sometimes I have to laugh at myself for the things I pin or want to pin because I know that they are things I would never have or never really make in ‘real life’. But I do think it is a great place for inspiration regarding recipes, decorating, crafts etc. And this banana bread recipe looks like a great find!

  6. Ha ha ha! If I could afford everything I pin on Pinterest, I wouldn’t be online – I’d be out shopping!

    For the record, I love seeing all the frilly stuff you pin…

  7. Just wanted to say that I love you posts and following you on Pin Interest! I too just got started on there and am hooked! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This sounds particularly delicious! I’m not on Pinterest, but I may have to get going on it because I’m tired of hearing about it!

  9. Absolutely divine. Wish I was enjoying a couple thick slices right now.

  10. Well, I, for one, am THRILLED to hear that you are YOU no matter when or where! Perhaps that’s why I enjoy your blog so much! I comment here more than anywhere else…..mostly because I ‘read’ here more than anywhere else. ‘Just makes sense! I prefer that “What you see is what you get” personality. Again, back to having so few female friends because you can trust a guy more to be who he ‘is’ most all the time!

    And I’m sure I can trust this banana bread! It’s going straight on the g-free attempt list! I wonder what would happen if I subbed in some peanut butter instead of butter?!?!? Dang…..

  11. I am so going to make that bread! My oldest boy would love it!

    Too funny about the pinterest comments though… I love seeing what other people pin, sometimes I find something I never would have thought to search for!

  12. I followed some of your boards but I just discovered your Nutella board. Oh dear! Good stuff.

  13. oh LOVE~~ :D
    I love bananas
    I love cinnamon
    I love looking at wedding dresses even though there are none in my future~~

  14. I held out from joining Pinterest because I didn’t want another time suck, but now that I’m on it, it’s the best time sucker ever! This bread looks amazing…I’d love a piece to munch, while pinning fun things :)

  15. I have yet to attend a food blogging conference. I wonder what people who don’t know me already in real life would think.

  16. That looks good!! and I love pinning sinful recipes I will never eat. So I get it. ;)

  17. Elizabeth says:

    DUDE I was so cracking up at your “That could also mean I am secretly 5 years old”… so funny! Love it.

  18. I’m happy. Because you’re around. I like your blog. A lot… I’m sad. Because my family couldn’t care less about cinnamon. In fact, they ban me from using it in my kitchen, unless it’s for cooking curries. Woe is me…

  19. “secretly Asian” – LOL. :)
    I wonder what others would speculate about me, based on my pins? I think they would speculate that I have a massive shoe collection and wear heels daily, given all the fantastical yet not-practical-for-work shoes I have on my boards.

  20. I have to laugh at this because on my blog I am not myself..My personality would turn people off and I wouldn’t have any followers :) but on my FB I am totally me.. which is sarcastic, blunt and I use a lot of cuss words hehe :)

  21. Ok I love the questions, they are too funny. I haven’t wondered what people will think based on my pins but I sure will now! The bread looks lovely as usual Peabody!

  22. This is amazing.. I love cinnamon bread and adding a lil twist of flavor, perfect! Good for breakfast paired with the best cup of coffee— wonderful day!

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