Monday, 30 July 2012

Banana Bread

After a lovely week of amazing sunshine, my summer clothes making an appearance, lots of lovely evening walks, the London opening ceremony for the Olympics 2012 and even a BBQ with the family on Saturday. Sunday was a disappointment as it rained and thundered and looked like Autumn was back (this is such weird weather we are having).

To combat the doom and gloom of the dark and drizzly weather, I took to the kitchen and made some comfort food. My food of choice was Banana Bread, very easy and simple to make, makes the house smell wonderful and warms my tummy with the sweet filling taste, to be washed down with a hot cup of tea while relaxing on the sofa.

Of course, you now have to try this glorious mix of naughty and nice, when the next dark day appears over your home.

285g plain flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
110g of butter
225g of caster sugar
2 free-range eggs
4 ripe bananas
85ml buttermilk (or normal milk mixed with 1½ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a loaf tin ready for the mixture to be poured into.

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a large mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

Mash the bananas until they are smooth.

Add the eggs, mashed bananas, buttermilk and vanilla extract to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well. Fold in the flour mixture and when the banana bread mixture is all mixed together, pour into the greased loaf tin.

Bake the mixture for about an hour, or until well-risen and golden-brown. Once it is completely cooked, remove from the oven and cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before serving.

Then sit back, relax and enjoy. I can't help but eat some when it is still warm.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

F. Scott Fitzgerald - For what it's worth

A while back (and we are going back quiet far) every Thursday I would post an 'Inspirational Thursday' post. The posts would be filled with words, images or even a web link and would be something that I had seen, liked and wanted to shared.

I came across the below quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald and it really struck a cord with me, so much so I wanted to share it. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald is a well known American author, to become even more of a household name with 'The Great Gatsby' being released in cinemas, towards the end of this year. 

It is always comforting to know that there is always time to change the direction you are going. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

A room with a desk

There is a room in our house that still stands untouched. This isn't because we haven't got round to it, we just don't know what to do. The room is off the side of the kitchen and leads to the garden, it currently has Lola's litter tray, a table that we no longer use, a basket filled with shoes and a clothes horse (very glamours I know). To add to our confusion, the space of the room is a weird shape, it is long but thin.

To try and ease my troubled mind I have been pinning and posting images on Pinterest and Tumblr to get my creative juices flowing, we would ideally like to use the space as an office. Somewhere to work with amazing light, a comfy chair and lots of creative boards and inspiration around us.

These are a few images that I am loving and aiming for.

I think I would need to move to achieve this one!

Source: Pinterest & Tumblr

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Rachel Zoe - The Coveteur

One of my favourite go to websites is The Coveteur, so I was slightly shocked that I had missed their post on the fashion stylist Rachel Zoe.

Please prepare yourself for some serious shoe envy, I want them all!

I haven't included all of the images, so please visit The Coveteur to view them and their descriptions. 
Source - The Coveteur  

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

When the sun stops shining, life keeps moving

I haven't blogged much at all recently and firstly, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has sent me an email or tweet asking if I was OK and when I was going to write my next blog post..

Secondly, June was the hardest month of my life. After my holiday my life was turned upside down and I turned all of my concentration to my family and 'The Key Pieces' has taken a back seat. But, I will slowly start posting more and everything will go back to normal (or so I'm told). I just wanted to let you know I had my reasons and it isn't because I have fallen out of love with my blog.

These are a few photos I have taken with Instagram @thekeypieces, for more photos, please follow me.

You can also follow me on Pinterest and Tumblr.