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cct // Sorry for all of the Game of Thrones (we’re obsessed…), but here is a nice Flash Back Friday round up of some of our fav actors & actresses!

rkv // Spinning off of yesterday’s post… the 12 most attractive soccer players of the 2014 World Cup

cct // Our new summer slow jam

rkv // A tip on how to remember someone’s name

cct // Apartment Therapy has got you covered for a fantastic summer!

rkv // I’m sorry, what? Microwave potato chips?

cct // I hadn’t really noticed this was becoming a trend, but now that I think about it, I think it’s true!

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Simple Banana Bread

So about two months ago, my lovely new roommate Liz moved in. Not only did she bring her sparkling personality, but also a stand mixer. I’ve never fully been “team stand mixer,” because I’ve always thought they seem like a lot of work to clean and more trouble than they’re worth. Boy was I wrong – this thing is wonderful! It made the process so easy and I will most certainly be getting one eventually.

Since I had some bananas aging at a rapid pace, the first thing I decided to bake with it was some simple banana bread. I was in a purist mood and chose to just make a classic plain loaf, but you can easily throw some chocolate chips, blueberries, orange zest in it for some extra flavor, or my favorite, a streusel topping.

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Ingredients:

– 3 ripe medium bananas

– 2 tbsp of vegetable oil (or apple sauce for a lighter version)

– 1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour

– 3/4 tsp baking soda

– 2 tbsp butter, softened

– 1/2 cup light brown sugar, unpacked

– 1 large egg, 1 large egg white

– 1 tsp cinnamon

– 1 tsp vanilla

– baking spray

– 1/2 tsp quick-cook oats (for garnish)

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To make:

01. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a loaf pan with baking spray or butter.

02. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

03. In a large bowl cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add eggs, bananas, oil (or apple sauce) and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

04. Add flour mixture and blend at low speed until combined, do not over mix.

05. Pour into loaf pan, sprinkle with oats, and bake for 40-50 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean.

06. Allow to fully cool, then slice.

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{recipe adapted from Skinnytaste)

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