Do you ever flip through cookbooks for relaxation?  If yes, have I got one for you.  The new Joy the Baker Cookbookis a delightful mix of comforting recipes focusing on good old fashioned sweet stuff. I got Madison to snuggle in next to me on the couch while we went page by page, admiring the mouth-watering photos and planning what to make.  We decided on the Mommom’s chocolate bourbon-spiked banana bread.  How could that not be good?

The recipes in the book are easy and use a lot of basic pantry ingredients.  I went a little healthier and used the white whole wheat flour for this recipe in place of all purpose and it came out great.  Well, not just great but amazing.  The bourbon gave the bread just a little kick and a unique sweetness.

I won the cookbook from Simple Mom during Project Simplify in March.  The book is signed by Joy and I was just a little bit giddy when it finally arrived.  I have listened to Joy the Baker’s podcast weekly for some time now and if you haven’t heard it, you can find it at  She chats with Tracy B. from Shutterbean (amazing font land/photography/recipes.) These podcasts are a treat to listen to while cleaning up the kitchen, they are random and always silly.

Next up to make…Carrot Cake Pancakes with cream cheese spread.  Oh Joy.

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