Brown Sugar Banana Bread & Celebrity Weight


Evening everyone!

As I hinted to in my previous post, I registered for the big race today! :D

I will be running the Mississauga Half Marathon on May 10, 2009! I am officially registered! Yawhoo! :D

151 days to go!!

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Now for some Women & Weight gossip in the news today:

1. Oprah admits to gaining 40 pounds and falling off the weight loss wagon and hits 200 pounds.

She says, “I’m embarrassed. I can’t believe that after all these years, all the things I know how to do, I’m still talking about my weight. I look at my thinner self and think, ‘How did I let this happen again?’”

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2. Already perfect looking Jessica Alba was still airbrushed for her recent post-baby Campari photoshoot

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Maybe it’s just me but I think she looked better in the before pictures….! What the heck.

I think it is so sad the way magazines airbrush everything these days! To me, the natural and real look will always be in style. Not some fake, plastic looking carton character.

3. Jennifer Lopez looks great thanks in part to her triathalon training.


Now for my yummy, work pot-luck  baking post!

I decided to make Brown Sugar Banana Nut Bread

Although I took out the nuts (and added chocolate chips) because someone in my workplace is allergic to nuts.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition. Stir in vanilla and banana. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.

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3. Blend the banana mixture into the flour mixture; stir just to combine. Fold in walnuts. Pour batter into prepared pan.

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In the loaf pan

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A mini loaf for Eric and I to taste test

4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted into center of loaf comes out clean.

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Our mini loaf to share :)

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So delicious!!

I prefer this recipe with the nuts, but it was still really good!

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I rate this recipe a 4.5/5 stars.


Night everyone!!

Stay tuned tomorrow for the inspiration and significance behind the name ‘Oh She Glows’

Oh yes…there is one! :D

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway.     
       - Fr. Jerome Cummings

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria December 9, 2008

Congrats on signing up for the race! I agree about the airbrushing. Why? She looked good already.


marafaye December 10, 2008

I absolutely HATE all the celebrity airbrushing!! They’d be so much easier to relate to if we knew they jiggled a little bit :)

That banana bread looks absolutely fabulous…send me some??? ;)


VeggieGirl December 10, 2008

Hooray for the marathon sign-up; boo to the airbrushing; hooray for scrumptious banana bread!! :-)


Mariposa December 10, 2008

congrats on signing up for the marathon!!!

i agree- jessica alba looked better in the before pictures. i wonder if she agrees!!! oprah also looks a little airbrushed..??? why??

that banana bread looks so fabulous!


Melissa December 10, 2008

Great post, looking forward to tomorrow’s as well!


Krista December 10, 2008

I have to agree…the before pic’s are MUCH better!

Awesome looking banana bread!


catms916 December 10, 2008

Congrats for registering for the half!! I agree with you about the before photos… I always remind myself when looking at magazines that the people totally airbrushed, etc.

Um, your bread = amazing looking!!


SonyaSunny March 22, 2009

Hi there,
Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.



Donna January 28, 2010

I’ll be making this tomorrow and the vegan banana bomb muffins – yes, I have that many bananas laying around :)

My daughter wants the banana bread with nuts :)


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