Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pink Knitting and Banana Nut Bread Recipe

A special friend wants a pink and green scarf. I did not get it done before Christmas, so here goes for Valentines Day!
I found this gorgeous, soft yarn at Joanne's on sale. 

Deborah Norville
Red Bayou
2 skeins

I think she will like it. I haven't decided if I am going to put some other stitches in this. I'm tempted to do some different ones.............................just tempted.

Using #11 needles, Bates aluminum,  I picked it up with a cup of coffee after my slice of NANNER bread and went to knitting. The wood stove burned all night and this morning it's got it toasty and cozy in here. 
PERFECT, I think! We both slept like a rock last night.

After I stitched several rows in garter stitch, I just had to show you you the lovely pinks, greens, plums this scarf will have.

 I cast on 26st.

And this little sweetie, Abigail is gathering any banana nut bread crumbs left from the little end we haven't eaten.

Sorry I didn't get a pic when it came out of the oven but it's a way yum recipe. I think it tastes better than the one in Southern Living magazine and that used to be my favorite.

I will warn you that in order for this NOT to overflow in your oven, set aside part of the batter for some little muffins or something. Mine overflowed pretty bad in the oven, using the streusel recommended in the larger size pan they recommended.

Here's the recipe for it!

This is from an old Better Homes and Garden book that is PRICELESS at Fox mountain.

Banana Bread

Make this favorite quick bread extra special by sprinkling streusel topping over the batter before baking.

2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of nutmeg
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups of mashed ripe bananas ( medium)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup cooking oil
1 small bag of chopped Walnuts
1 recipe Streusel-nut Topping (optional but I use it)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of one 9 x 5 x 3 inch OR 2 71/2  x 3 1/2 x 2 inch loaf pans. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and set aside.

In another large bowl, combine eggs, banana, sugar and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened (batter should be lumpy) ~~~~I did use my mixer,and liked it that way.
Fold in Walnuts with a spoon. Use 3/4 of the bag.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. If desired, sprinkle the Streusel-nut Topping over the batter in the pan.

Bake for 55-60 minutes for 9 x 5x 3 inch pan or 40-45 minutes for the smaller 2 pans OR until wooden toothpick inserted near center is clean.
I recommend covering with aluminum foil for the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent over browning.
Cool in pan on rack for 30 minutes before slicing or removing from pan.

OK~~~~~~~~the BEST PART
The Streusel Nut Topping

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup packed brown sugar and 3 tbsp of all purpose flour. Using a pastry blender (I used a knife and edge of spoon), cut in 2 tbsp of soft butter (spread butter) until mixture resembles really course crumbs. Stir in the rest of the Walnuts and then sprinkle on top of the batter in the pan.


That's alot of yummies in one day!

I enjoy your comments and emails! I"m still learning at this knitting but so much enjoying it.
I also started a Valentine freebie of my own for the model.
It's going fast and I will post this later.

Have a cuppa and carry on,


  1. That is beautiful yarn. I'm sure your friend will love it. I am stealing that banana bread recipe but I'm leaving out the nuts.

  2. Oh yum that banana bread looks so good. I never had it with a topping before so will have to try that.
    The yarn looks so soft and pretty.
    Gorgeous colours.

  3. Pretty yarn colors! The banana recipe is just what I needed. I bought some bananas yesterday and they are already turning brown.
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lovely cololurs in your friends c=scarf, I'm sure she will love it. Your Banana Nut bread really does look yummy and I might just have to give it a try.

  5. I too made banana bread this morning. Just got back from eating out this evening and decided to have a piece with a cuppa, and it's so good.

    I love the pink and green scarf Jennifer. Beautiful yarn indeed. I have two pink scarves to make and I'm trying to decide to knit or crochet them.

    Have a wonderful and blessed Sunday.

    LindaLee from
    CrossN' My Stitches


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