Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats: November 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

30 Side Dishes & Desserts for Thanksgiving

Have you been asked to bring a dish to Thanksgiving dinner?
I've got you covered, here are 30 great ones.

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

I adore Thanksgiving.

Really everything about it.  

The early morning anticipation.  Eating my pumpkin cinnamon rolls for breakfast {they are a must}.  Traveling to various relative's houses. Swirling together that combo of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and green bean casserole all in one bite. A silver of each pie on my plate. Watching the Dallas Cowboys play in the afternoon {I have no ties to Texas, but have always liked them}.  Thumbing through all the holiday ads. Taking a belly-full nap.  Watching a Christmas movie at night. Making a shopping list if I happen to get out early the next day for Black Friday.

I love it all.

Saying this, there is pressure to bring the best and brightest side dish or dessert to the table.  We wait all year for the meal, so it better be good!

I've hand-picked 15 side dishes and 15 desserts, many of them mine that I've personally made and shared over the years.  I hope this list gives you some easy, great ideas.

Let's start with those savory side dishes.

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

And now to the stars of the show {in my opinion} the desserts.

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 sides dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

30 side dishes & desserts for thanksgiving

Golly, I hope this list helps!

Whether you are a savory fan or a sweet fan there is something for everyone.  I'd love to hear which one you've picked off the list.

My two favorites?

The No-Knead Dinner Rolls and the Apple Slab Pie.  I love how both feed a big crowd.  You can't show up with a small dish.  Thanksgiving is all about sharing.  I hope you, your family and your friends have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Flour Sack Heirloom Towel on Sale + Famous Banana Bread Recipe

Today I'm sharing my Famous Banana Bread recipe + a brand new product 
that just was placed in my shop. 

You'll want to snag a few for Christmas gifts!

famous banana bread recipe

Today is a special day!

For a multitude of reasons.  First I'm sharing my famous banana bread recipe.  If you are old to the blog, then you may have seen this recipe before in a slightly different version.  Take a peek at that goodie HERE.

But honestly, this is the first time I've shared the original version.  IT IS FABULOUS. Not a soul who has tried this banana bread has not fainted.


But really, throw away all old banana bread recipes you have sitting around and print off this dandy.  It is the only one you'll ever need again.

famous banana bread recipe

Then....enter in this gorgeously designed flour sack heirloom kitchen towel.  My designer and I put this together and I just cannot love it more.  And did you notice?  Yep, that is my handwriting on the towel.

Pretty neat, huh?

I knew I wanted to create a kitchen towel for my shop and when my designer suggested putting an actual recipe on it, I did not think twice on which one.  This banana bread recipe came first to my mind and I did not second guess myself.

There were many reasons why.  First, when I think cute, adorable kitchen towels I think "baking".  Nothing screams coziness and home more than a fabulous baked good.  Second, this recipe is requested a LOT.  When I make it and bring it to whatever {coffee dates, school snacks, etc} everyone wants the recipe.  Just a few weeks back when I was subbing at our church's preschool the teacher told me her college aged daughter was making it now!

famous banana bread recipe

This towel is a dandy.

It is made of American, high-quality flour sack cotton, HUGE in size {28x29}, very absorbant and comes folded and packaged with a cute belly band.

I can already think of about 5 people on my Christmas gift list that would love this.  How much fun would it be to include it with a bottle of wine as a hostess gift?  Or prehaps with a new set of loaf pans for the baker in your life?

Or maybe even for that Mom who loves to bake and stay organized - check out this option to buy my Bread & Butter book AND this towel as a combo gift.

There are so many options.

famous banana bread recipe

It looks pretty cool hanging on a shelf {see above} or traditionally on your stove handle.  There are many ideas!  I even think gifting it to someone with it wrapped around the actual banana bread would be fun. 

So many possibilities.

Maybe your family requests handmade gifts at Christmas?  We've done that before in our family.  I find it much more fulfilling buying from small businesses than big boxed stores {don't get me wrong, I buy my fare share from Amazon, I'm not perfect}.

But these special, unique gifts that you cannot find elsewhere are pretty fun!

famous banana bread recipe

So here you go!


Order my Flour Sack Heirloom Kitchen Towel HERE.

If you are local to my area {and know me} I'm happy to hand deliver a towel to you!  Please use the local link at the bottom of this page HERE to save on shipping.

And how about that book + towel gift combo?  You can purchase that set HERE.

Famous Banana Bread

Famous Banana Bread
Yield: 20 (2 loaves)
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 55 Mtotal time: 65 M
The ONLY banana bread recipe you'll ever need. It's the recipe everyone asks for and they never turn back! Rich, sticky, sweet and full of banana flavor.


  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 large, very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


How to cook Famous Banana Bread

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease two loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. In a stand mixer cream together the sugar and honey until light and fluffy.
  3. Add in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  5. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.  Alternately, add in flour and buttermilk, ending with the flour.
  6. Pour the batter into the loaf pans and bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool and remove from the loaf pans.


Optional add-ins include chocolate chips, pecans, toffee bits, etc.
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