Author Archives: nancyc

Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread

It’s been awhile since I’ve made banana bread, and baking up a chocolate version sounded like a good idea! Since I’m a fan of dark chocolate, I came up with this Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread—I used a good amount of unsweetened cocoa powder in the batter, plus added some chopped-up dark chocolate chips so there would be even more dark chocolate flavor! I thought it turned out really good—very chocolatey and moist—a quite decadent banana bread! 

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Zucchini-Vegetable Soup

Soup is a favorite winter meal of mine—a big hot bowl of soup on a cold day is just so warm and comforting! And if you like veggies, this Zucchini-Vegetable Soup is a good one to try. In addition to zucchini, it’s also made with green beans, chopped onion, and sliced carrots, all cooked until tender in a tomato–vegetable broth (or you can substitute chicken or beef broth instead).

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Book Review: Day by Day Guided Journal

I received a review copy of this book; all opinions expressed are mine.

If you love journaling, here’s a new guided journal, Day by Day: 100 Ways to Capture Memories & Create Your Own Story by popular social media influencer Jess Conte (hardcover; Worthy Publishing). The creative and helpful prompts in this journal make it fun to record your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. And if you’re new to journaling, they’ll be especially helpful to you as you capture memories and events that make up your unique story.

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Almond Butter Cookies

These Almond Butter Cookies remind me of both shortbread and sugar cookies. They’re rich and buttery like shortbread. They also have a nice sweetness, a chewy center, and crispy edges like some sugar cookies I’ve had. Since they have almonds and almond butter in them, that makes them healthy too, right? 🙂

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Cranberry-Orange Smoothie

I usually have a few bags of frozen cranberries in my freezer this time of year. During the holidays, I buy a some extra bags of fresh cranberries and freeze them so I can use them later, for random recipes I come across. Like this Cranberry-Orange Smoothie, which I found at Williams-Sonoma. The cranberry-orange flavors in this smoothie are so good together and I used honey to sweeten it instead of agave nectar, which was used in the original recipe. It has just the right amount of sweetness and if you like cranberries, I’m sure you will love this smoothie!

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