Banana CInnamon Bread

cinnamon quick bread

Banana bread with a cinnamon twist. This one was a big hit with my family.

3 ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups flour

Cinnamon swirl insert
1/3 cup sugar
2 Tbs cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350. Spray or grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan.

Blend the bananas, butter, sugar, egg and vanilla until well blended. You will probably have some small banana chunks and that’s ok. Add the baking soda and salt and flour.

Put half of the mixture into the loaf pan. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle over the mixture in the loaf pan reserving a tablespoon or so for the top. Put the remaining mixture over the cinnamon sugar in the loaf pan and sprinkle the left over sugar cinnamon on top.

Bake for about 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in to the middle comes out clean. Let cool an remove from pan.

Why Buy Handmade?


Buying handmade items not only supports your local economy it supports tradition.   Crafting has been around since the beginning of time when local folks were blacksmiths, carpenters and dressmakers.  And don’t forget the farmers, they are also artisans.  Crafting each crop by planting, waiting patiently and harvesting at just the right time.

However we now have large machines and big box stores that make everything we could ever want or need.  So why buy handmade?  Well, handmade items are unique.  Each one is crafted buy an artisan and, each one is different.  Every time you buy something handmade you buy a small piece of the love that the artist puts in to producing that item.  You also buy durability and a one of a kind item that will last a long time. Most of the time the pricing is very comparable to the big box pricing and sometimes even a bit lower. Who doesn’t love getting a unique quality handmade gift for Christmas or any special occasion?

Check out your independent local shop and the online shops too.  It is amazing what you can find.

Fall Is Coming…Are You Ready

Once again this year Country Loving Market has a monthly drawing.  This month, because it’s September, or just because we are giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to be used on ANYTHING you wish in the shop.  Just hop over to and send us a note thru the contact us navbar on the left side of your screen.  

No purchase is necessary just answer one question….What is Your Favorite Fall Activity? Make sure you let us know how to contact you if you are a winner.  You will not receive any emails and we do not sell your name to anyone for any amount of money.  

Planning a Wedding or Just a Toast?

Last year my son was married.  It was a spectacular October wedding outside.  The theme was country and since we have had so many requests on where to get some of the items I thought I’d pass along some information.  The napkins were made by my company, Country Loving Market.  They were 15 x 15 and reversible.  We do accept custom orders and offer large volume pricing.   The toasting glasses are make by Back Home Country Acres that can be found on Etsy.