For the first day of fall last week, it was clearly necessary to bake my first batch of pumpkin bread this season! It may be in the high 80s right now, and feeling very little like autumn, but some homemade pumpkin banana bread was perfect to celebrate the start of this new season. This new-to-me recipe made our home smell insanely delicious for hours on end, and I love this easy recipe! Do yourself a favor and make this simple, yummy pumpkin banan bread… the recipe makes two large loaves or four smaller loaves, which is perfect for sharing with neighbors, family, and friends.
Pumpkin Banana Bread
(recipe originally from Pizzazzerie)
2 sticks of softened butter
2 1/2 cups of sugar
1 can of pumpkin puree
4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon of vanilla
5 ripe, mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 350. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl with a mixer with a paddle attachment, and cream together til combined. Add in eggs one at a time. Add in pumpkin and mix til combined. Add in pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and flour, and stir til combined. Stir in mashed bananas and vanilla til combined. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Then enjoy!
If you want to host a fall dinner party or cook my favorite fall recipes or throw a chili + cornbread party – then don’t miss these wonderful posts from years past! And our Fall 2017 to-do list!
September is here, which means Fall is just around the corner! I have long adored making seasonal to-do lists (my summer 2017 + fall 2015, fall 2014, fall 2013 to-do lists!), and this year in clearly no exception! It’s our first married fall, and we’ve really excited to embrace ime here in town to seek out new adventures, explore our area, revisit old favorites, and soak up all this season has to offer.
Fall is definitely one of my favorite times of the year, and there is much to look forward to with the changing seasons. I adore the crisp air and crunchy leaves, the vibrant trees and leaves, anything and everything pumpkin and apple, constantly being outside enjoying the season, wearing scarfs and boots and layers again, festivals and fairs, trips to the mountains…
Fall 2017 Checklist
- visit the mountains for a getaway weekend and see the fall foliage
- go apple picking
- visit a pumpkin patch or two
- host a chili & cornbread dinner party
- host a blind wine tasting party
- go to an Oktoberfest and/or the NC state fair
- visit a winery, cidery, or brewery (or all three)
- go hiking amongst the autumn leaves
- make “thankful” treats for friends & family for Thanksgiving
- celebrate Thanksgiving in Charlotte with my side of the family
- bake an apple or pumpkin recipe from Southern Living
- make mulled red wine
Whew! I think that’s more than enough to include on this year’s edition of my annual Fall Checklist! We are so lucky to live in an area that has so many fun activities going on, and I love getting out an exploring new-to-us areas and events, seeking out adventures, and spending time with loved ones.
What are you most looking forward to this autumn? Do you have anything new you’re itching to check out or try? And if you have any local favorites (in the Triangle of NC), you know I’m all ears to hear more suggestions and ideas!
If you want to host a fall dinner party or cook my favorite fall recipes or throw a chili + cornbread party – then don’t miss these wonderful posts from years past!
Elements for hosting a memorable, fun fall dinner party:
-layering in plaid, festive colors, textures, and elements of nature (leaves, pumpkins, pinecones)
-going with a festive autumnal theme (all things apple dinner party, chili & cornbread dinner party, or anything you want!)
-fall-inspired cocktails or warm drinks (like mulled red wine, apple bourbon sangria, or salted caramel apple cider)
– delicious comfort food (homemade chili or soup – and don’t forget the homemade broccoli cheese cornbread!)
-delicious desserts (pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pumpkin bread, or apple cobbler
-great friends, great company, and great conversations!
And all of my favorite tips for throwing a fabulous, fun dinner party!