Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

Mama's Style ~ Nana's Banana Cake

What do most people do with ripe bananas? Bake, of course! I had a nice stash so this afternoon the kids and I made a banana cake with cream cheese icing. We made a huge mess and it’s not the prettiest cake but it tastes delicious! I’d rather have the kids excited about cooking and making a mess, than not let them join in just to keep a pristine kitchen.

My Mum has been making this cake for as long as I can remember. I hassled her for the recipe quite a few years ago and I’ve been using her hand-written notes ever since. Out of curiosity I had a peek at the Edmond’s recipe only to find that they’re virtually the same… I’m pretty sure she’s been using their recipe all these years. What a sneak!

I think we all agree that I’m not the world’s best photographer. With two young kids I just don’t have the time to set up those pretty Pinterest worthy photos… and the crappy camera on my crappy phone certainly doesn’t help. I can assure you that the cake tastes so much better than it looks!

Anyway, here’s the recipe…

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups mashed ripe bananas (we used three smallish bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons hot milk
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add mashed banana and mix thoroughly. Stir soda into hot milk and add to creamed mixture.

Sift flour and baking powder. Fold into mixture. Turn into a greased and lined 20cm round cake tin. Bake at 180C degrees for 40-50 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave in tin for 10 minutes before turning out. Cool completely before icing.

  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind

Beat butter and cream cheese until creamy. Mix in icing sugar and lemon rind, beating well to combine.

Enjoy!

Mama's Style ~ Banana Cake

Aussie Curves ~ Metallic Take Two

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Metallic Take Two)

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This week we’re rockin’ metal again…

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I still don’t have a huge amount of fashion pieces that fit the brief, so just like last time I’m channeling metal through my accessories. I have added some new gold pieces to my wardrobe since the first time we did metal… my Sexy Stud Skirt from City Chic and fun gold Overland ankle boots. I’m sad that I’ll have to part with the skirt soon as it’s just too big, but I hope to wear these amazing boots for many years to come.

I teamed the glam skirt with a basic (ahem… classic) V Neck Tee from K&K. I just love their basic tee’s and tend to grab a few every summer. This year’s no different and I picked up one in white, black, bright pink and green. They’re a perfect weight and they always have a decent sleeve which is fantastic as I’m still not brave enough to go sleeveless. I’ll get there one day.

The rest of my gold bling is courtesy of a TS14+ clutch, Forever New cuff, Equip necklace and hoop earrings from Lovisa.

I look forward to seeing the other Aussie Curves girls in their metal outfits. I’m sure there’ll be a good many variations on the theme!

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Metallic Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Metallic Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Metallic Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Metallic Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Metallic Take Two)

Sexy Stud Skirt ~ City Chic
V Neck Tee ~ K&K
Arrow Necklace ~ Equip
Hoop Earrings ~ Lovisa
Cuff ~ Forever New
Disco Clutch ~ TS14+
Samauri Ankle Boot ~ Overland

 

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My Style ~ 6th December 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 6th December 2014

Today was a black kind of day. It’s supposed to be summer here in NZ but the crap weather has us thinking that it’s still winter. The first day of summer was bloody freezing… in fact, I think we were lucky if it got over 12C degrees here in Wellington. 12C degrees. In summer. What the f*ck is happening? We better have a long summer when it finally arrives to make up for the sh*tty start!

Sometimes when the weather’s blah I like to dress opposite, just to have a bit of colour when the sky’s grey. I become my own sunshine on a cloudy day. When I dress brighter it makes me feel that way a bit too. Not today. Today could suck eggs! It has been icky all week and I guess I finally had enough of fooling myself, so out came the black, black, and more black.

I’m not a big fan of head-to-toe black, but I do love all over colour with different textures. The texture in this outfit comes from the bolero’s sequins, the dress’s pretty draping and movement, flocking on the pants and the suede sandals (not that the photos show any of these properly unfortunately). I really am a bling girl at heart… there’s nothing I love more than being my very own disco ball! I was sparkling today thanks again to the sequins and my new very shiny silver Crystal Palace Necklace from TS14+.

Shimmer and glow…

Mama's Style ~ My Style 6th December 2014

Mama's Style ~ 6th December 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 6th December 2014

Mama's Style ~ My Style 6th December 2014

The flocking on these pants never photographs well. Here’s what they actually look like.

Mama's Style ~ My Style 6th December 2014

Miami Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Shoestring Body Dress ~ TS14+
Flocked Ponti Pant ~ Virtu
Sequin Bolero ~ Farmers
Crystal Palace Necklace ~ TS14+
Swarovski Elements Stud Earrings ~ Lovisa
Garage Carlina Sandal ~ The Warehouse (now only $15)

 

Stingy Challenge Update

If you’ve been reading my blog this year you’ll know that I undertook a stingy challenge in an attempt to buy a trampoline for Mr 7 and Miss 5 (you can read all about it here, here and here).

Mama's Style ~ Stingy Challenge Update

I attempted to follow the ’52 Week Challenge’ where for each week of the year you put aside the corresponding number in dollars. It starts off very easy. For week one you save one dollar, week two you save two dollars, week three you save three dollars… but by week 30 I was struggling to put that much aside each week. Things seemed to creep up on us… usually it was car repairs or larger than usual bills. But I also have a soft spot for good cafes, pricey ingredients and of course… fashion! I’m such a sucker for the new pretty pieces in stores.

The amounts changed from week to week, but I made sure to keep putting something into the trampoline fund no matter how small. I reigned myself in (but still had the occasional splurge) and thanks to a top up from grandparents, last week the kids had their first bounce on their new trampoline!

Mama's Style ~ Stingy Challenge Update

The excitement on their faces was definitely worth it! I really enjoyed working towards a goal and visualising them playing on the trampoline was a great incentive. The kids know that there won’t be much under the Christmas tree but they’re ok with that. I’m glad we made it. I never again have to say “wouldn’t it be great if the kids had a trampoline”.

I’m taking a break over Christmas/New Year then will be starting the Stingy Challenge all over again, but this time I’m not saving to buy something. My aim is to pay off as much debt as possible in 2015! I’d love it if some of you joined me.

What Stingy Challenge goal will you be aiming for?

Aussie Curves ~ Night Out

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

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This week’s theme is Night Out so here I am pretending that I’m heading for a night on the town with the girls. I say pretending because with two young kids, and having friends who have their own young kids, a night out together is a very rare thing. It’s sad that I now count popping down to the supermarket after 7pm as having a night out!

I will actually be having a night out next Tuesday with the gorgeous and fabulous ladies that I work with, but it would be too late to use the photos for this week’s theme. I’m so looking forward to getting together with the girls over a few Christmas-y cocktails, swapping Secret Santa pressies and of course there’s the ultimate treat for any Mum… a meal I haven’t had to cook myself! Wahey!

So here I am all pretty in pink dreaming of a night of fun, fluffy drinks, yummy food, great chit-chat and hopefully a juicy story or two.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

I love my Hopsack Frill Cardy from TS14+! It’s a stunning colour and because it’s longer at the front I can tie it up and wear it a few ways. You gotta love a piece of clothing that can pull double and triple duty! As soon as I saw the Virtu Roselle Dress I knew it had to be mine because it’s just so darn pretty and the shape is perfect for me. Did I mention that it’s pretty? I seem to be sneaking a lot more pink into my summer wardrobe.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

I just adore the super comfy Herms Grosby Comfort Shoe (sexy name, huh) from Number One Shoes. They’re only available in white or black which kind of pissed me off as I’d love them in every colour in the rainbow. Maybe if I hassle them enough they’ll make me some more colours.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

My obsession with MUD nail polish continues. It’s hard wearing, comes in great colours and I can pick them up for just $5 at my local Countdown supermarket. What’s not to love, people!? Today I’m wearing a base of Milk Shake and a glittery Glamming Around.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

This is so true…

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Night Out)

Roselle Dress ~ Virtu
Hopsack Frill Cardy ~ TS14+
Spun Necklace ~ TS14+
Earrings ~ Lovisa
Bluebird Pleat Handbag ~ Strandbags
Herms Grosby Comfort Shoe ~ Number One Shoes

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Aussie Curves ~ Favourite Colour

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

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I did things a wee bit different this week. I’ve been trying to choose my favourite colour all week and I just couldn’t do it! So I decided to leave it up to my Facebook followers. I shared six of my previous coloured AC outfits and they voted for their favourite which I would then restyle. The winner was… YELLOW!

The outfit that my followers voted for as their favourite is what I wore for Date Night. Specifically the fun yellow City Chic blazer.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

I hope you like how I reworked it…

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Favourite Colour)

Blazer ~ City Chic
Miami Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Shoestring Body Dress ~ TS14+
Cuff ~ Forever New
Seaglass Necklace ~ TS14+
Disco Clutch ~ TS14+
Maya Neera Wedge ~ The Warehouse

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Mama’s Potato Salad

Mama's Style ~ Mama's Potato Salad

I have been making my potato salad for years and it gets rolled out every summer. Mostly for family get togethers but I’ve been known to make a batch just for the heck of it and we’ll use it as a side for a few days (it’s fab with steak, grilled chicken, fish etc). If you are going to eat it over a few days I recommend making some extra dressing to ‘freshen it up’ each time.

I found the basic recipe in a magazine and have added my own extra wee bits to it. Put whatever you want in… avocado, blanched beans, asparagus, peppers, smoked salmon, tomatoes, flaked fish etc.

Enjoy!

1.5kg new potatoes (I use Perlas)
3 or 4 eggs, hard-boiled and chopped
2 ribs celery, diced
1/2 red onion, finely sliced
6-8 sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 spring onions, thinly sliced
4 rashers bacon, chopped
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Cut the potatoes into chunks (if needed) and put into a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil. Add the eggs and simmer until eggs are hard-boiled and potatoes are just tender. Remove eggs and put to one side. Drain the potatoes then cover with cold water to cool them quickly.

Peel and chop eggs, then add the potatoes, celery, red onion, sun-dried tomatoes and spring onion. Fry the bacon then add it to the potatoes. In another bowl combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, vinegar and Dijon mustard. Add to the potatoes and stir gently to combine. Fold in the dill (reserve a little to sprinkle over just before serving) and salt and pepper.

Eat warm immediately or chill and serve cold.

Mama's Style ~ Mama's Potato Salad

 

Aussie Curves ~ Races Take Two

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

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Hey hey… we’re off to the races again! And once again I’m only pretending. I’ve never been to the races, and to be honest I have no desire to go. It’s just not my idea of a fun day out. But I’m more than happy to put on something pretty and pretend that I’m going.

This is the second time that Aussie Curves has headed to the races (you can see my first outfit here). This time my look is more fun and it’s another example of how my style has changed in just 12 months.

I was lucky to have been sent this gorgeous dress from Autograph. It’s beautifully soft and drapey, and I love that it’s different to anything I have. The leaf print is so summery and the pinky mushroom colour will go with anything (although I’ve kept it fairly neutral here). I’m sure I’ll be wearing this year round.

Check out Autograph’s other pretty dresses here.

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

Mama's Style ~ Aussie Curves (Races Take Two)

 

Overlay Mid Dress ~ Autograph (gifted)
Sequin Bolero ~ Farmers
Seaglass Necklace ~ TS14+
Earrings ~ Lovisa
Headband ~ Lovisa
Clutch ~ TS14+ (gifted)
Shoes ~ Overland

 

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My Style ~ My New ‘Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

I’ve been needing a good chop for weeks now, but leave it to me to get my hair chopped off on the coldest sodding day. It’s November and I was wearing boots, a scarf and my leather jacket. Oh and lets not forget my sexy raincoat! It’s just one month till summer and we were wrapped up in more layers than pass the parcel! Thankfully it looks like the southerly blast is on its way out so normal shorts and sandals service will resume shortly.

Anyway, back to my hair. It’s really blonde, reaaaaally blonde. I don’t think it’s ever been this light. I put a colour in a box through it and it hasn’t quite settled down yet. I’m still toying with the idea of putting a bright streak of colour through it… pink maybe? I’m not sure what a patch of bright colour will look like with curly hair. The words ‘clown wig’ spring to mind! Hmm I’m rapidly talking myself out of it.

The cut was swept forward more with a sort of mini fringe. It didn’t grow on me so today I swept the front to the side and I think it looks so much better. It’s so short but there’s still enough volume to play with headbands and clips if I want.

I love it!

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Miss 5 joined in the fun…

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Mama's Style ~ My New 'Do

Northern Lights Dress ~ TS14+
Luna Sleeveless Nero Body Dress ~ TS14+
Debut Cardy ~ TS14+
Legging ~ TS14+
Fondant Necklace ~ TS14+
‘Garage’ Carlina Sandal ~ The Warehouse

Chicken Favourite

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

I get that this has a quite broad/random/boring name, but I promise you that it’s so much more delicious than the title suggests. After Miss 5 was born some of the lovely Mums at our local playcentre put together a dinner roster, and this is one of the meals we were given. I enjoyed it so much that I hassled the maker for the recipe! The name came from her husband… it was his favourite meal and it had chicken, so it became Chicken Favourite. Ta da!

I like to double the recipe so that there’s plenty of leftovers. Mr Mama is in charge of making dinner two days a week while I’m working, and I like to make this the day before so that I know there’s something for dinner that involved more than just opening a can. You know how we all dream about what we’d do after winning lotto? Well aside from the fantastic new house, helping out friends and family, taking that round-the-world holiday and loading up a platinum credit card… I dream of sending Mr Mama to cooking school! Yes, some days it’s that bad.

The problem with doubling the recipe is that it needs a lot of chicken, and meat isn’t exactly a cheap staple, so it generally only gets made after Pak n Save has a ‘meat week’. I also like bulking it out with whatever veges are in season. I’ve used spinach, mushrooms, leeks and peas today but it’s also really nice with potato, kumara, courgettes, peppers, grated carrot, spring onions etc. Also try it using leftover roast chicken meat… it has a different flavour (I prefer using non-roasted chicken for this recipe) but it’s still good and is a great way of stretching out a roast chook. I usually serve it simply over pasta.

Here’s the recipe…

  • 1250g cooked chopped chicken (steamed or poached is best)
  • 90g butter
  • 4oz plain flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup grated cheese
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Optional veges… onion, peas, kumara, potato, leek, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, courgette, cauliflower, spring onions etc
  • 1 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • A few handfuls slivered almonds

Steam or poach the chopped chicken then put to one side. Cook any optional veges then put them to one side.

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

Melt the butter, turn down the heat a bit, add the flour and mix. Slowly add the milk and the stock, stirring continuously until it starts to thicken.

Add the mayonnaise, cheese, lemon juice, egg, chopped chicken and any veges and combine. Pour into an oven proof dish. Sprinkle slivered almonds on top, mixing them in just a little, then scatter over the breadcrumbs.

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite

Bake at 180C degrees for 15-20 minutes until the top is golden.

Mama's Style ~ Chicken Favourite