Friday, July 5, 2013

Peach Bread

Peach Bread. Photo: SouthernBelle Taste.
Last night,  I wanted something moist and peachy so I had this odd idea to bake a peach cake. :)  Yesterday was also the 4th of July, and hubby grilled a variety of delicious meats.  We watched the fireworks in our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods, and before I knew it, it was already 10:30pm.  So, the peach cake did not get baked.

Today, I worked from home, and during my lunch break, I decided to quickly whip up a baked peach sweet. Instead of cake, I went the bread route.  Peach Bread!  I have several cans of peaches, so I used one of those since this was a trial recipe.  My mom prepared several quart bags of fresh peaches that I have frozen, but I didn't want to "waste" those in the trial.

This bread turned out great.  So the trial was a success!

Here is my recipe:

Peach Bread

1 can of sliced peaches (do not drain)
1 tsp of vanilla extract
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of butter
2 large eggs
1 cup of whole wheat flour
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
3/4 tsp of baking powder
3/4 tsp of baking soda
1 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of walnuts (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10" loaf pan.
  2. In a blender, pour slice peaches w/ syrup and chop. (I only allowed the blender to chop the peaches for about 3 seconds. I didn't want the peaches to be totally liquefied, which is why I stopped it so soon.)
  3. Pour peaches in a bowl and add vanilla extract. Set aside.
  4. Beat sugar and butter together.
  5. Add eggs separately to the sugar/butter mixture.
  6. In a separate bowl, mix flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. 
  7. Add flour mixture and peach mixture interchangeably to the sugar/butter/eggs.
  8. Add walnuts.
  9. Bake in loaf pan for 50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Peach Bread. Photo: SouthernBelle Taste.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Interior Taste: Flipping a Vintage Chair

After moving into a home and having our first child, my focus has been on decorating our home, specifically the family room and baby girl's room.

I am a budget shopper, so when I saw that someone was selling this chair on our online community yard sale for only $5, I told the hubs that I had to have as my first "flip" project.

I bought the chair knowing I would spray paint it and upholster the seat.  I watched this Youtube video for ideas on upholstering chairs.

First, my hubs detached the seat from the chair, and then, I spray painted it gray.  I bought the spray paint from Walmart for $3.97.

While the chair was drying, I used a staple gun to upholster my new fabric to the cushion.  I bought 3/4 yards of fabric from Joann's Fabric for $7.  The fabric was in the "outdoor fabric" section and slightly tough, which is what I desired. I used a 50% coupon for this fabric. I had enough fabric leftover to make a small pillow.

After the chair dried, I reattached the cushion to the chair, and voila!  We have another seating space in our family room.

So basically, I got this chair for $14.50  ($5 for chair + $4 for spray paint + $5.50 for fabric (since I had fabric left over))! Plus, it now has a personal taste.