Brunching with Bloggers was what I had on my calender this past Saturday in NYC. I have said it before and I will say it again and again but meeting like minded girls and spending the day together is one of my favorite pastimes. Blogging has opened doors for me in terms of brands and interior designing but it has also allowed me to meet some amazing new friends. This group is incredible. Get used to seeing their faces because they will be sticking around.
Who was there…
Me of Ever B. Styled // Sylvia of Sylvia Pilawa // Danielle of Pineapple and Prosecco // Megan of Pine Barren Beauty
Lindsey of The Fashionably Broke Teacher // Jen of Red White and Denim // Gillian of Just Like Gillian
On Saturday we headed back to The Gander in New York City (see the first gathering here) for brunch. The food does not disappoint at this restaurant. I started with the kale and beet salad and ended with the FRIED CHICKEN and sprinkled some cocktails and rose’ in between. I really appreciate a good meal and well put together food and you will get an incredible experience when stepping foot into The Gander.
Throughout brunch we talked shop and compared blogging notes and stories but mostly we just bonded over our love for clothes and this industry we are all lucky to be a part of. There were nonstop laughs and story telling and maybe also nonstop rose’. Whoops.
After brunch we headed to take photos in front of the Flatiron building and then made our way to Midtown to soak in some city views at the Refinery Rooftop. We had so much fun shooting photos of each other and singing out loud. Apologies to the other patrons if you were there! This group and I have a lot of fun things in the works for the coming months so keep your eyes for more!
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This is the best banana bread recipe and has been the one my mom used to make all the time, and still makes to this day. I have made this banana bread for friends, for my own family, for my new mommy friends after they have had a baby, and everyone in between. I have a few that request it and I am happy to make it because it is a ONE BOWL RECIPE. Which is one of my favorite kinds. The recipe takes less than 10 minutes to put together and about 40-45 minutes to bake so in an hour you have yourself the most delectable MOIST banana bread. (I hate that word, but in this case it can and has to be used). Onto the good stuff:
WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THE BEST BANANA BREAD:
2 Large very ripe bananas
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar
1 stick of butter melted and slightly cooled (do this first)
4 heaping tablespoons of sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
WHAT YOU DO FOR THE BEST BANANA BREAD:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Melt your butter so it has time to cool. Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together with a hand mixer or stand mixer until well blended. Pour batter into a well greased loaf pan. (I use butter spray). Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Let cool about 15 minutes in the pan before removing.
**Tip: after you take the banana bread out of the oven run a butter knife along the edges while it is still hot. This prevents sticking.
I have many things I love to do in this world and baking is one of them. My mom has always baked and I remember my sister and I used to help her in the kitchen. My mom has taught me a lot about cooking and baking and to this day I still call her for tips and tricks. I love that Blaire gets excited about baking. She is so happy to help scoop the ingredients and crack eggs! These muffins are one of our favorite things to bake together and the whole family eats them! We make them way too often, but I am not sorry about it! I hope you enjoy these as much as we do!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1/2 cup whole milk
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup plus 1 tsp sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with liners. These muffins do not stick, so need to spray. Melt your butter in the microwave and set aside to cool. In the meantime combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in one bowl. Combine milk and eggs in another bowl and stir. Once butter is cooled add it to the wet mixture and stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl. Gently fold in the blueberries. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups and sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon of sugar. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
Original recipe courtesy of My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family & Togetherness by Gwyneth Paltrow