Welcome to the NEW RE and Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Enjoy this Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries recipe today, best when eaten warm out of the oven!

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Hi, friends! Welcome to the new RE! With many thanks to the talented Lindsay, from Love and Olive Oil (Purr Designs), who designed the blog, with plenty of inspiration from my good friend, Julie (The Little Kitchen), I think my new site is going to be much easier to navigate, with easier access to recipes, entertaining posts, gardening, and travel.

I updated my ABOUT page, and there will be more in store!

Here at my blog, food is more than food.

It’s a pathway plateway to getting to know others.

Connecting in a way you’ve always wanted to connect.

My Mission: Help reluctant entertainers Feast on Life.

It just takes a dash of time, a tablespoon of wisdom, and a few dollops of courage.

Here on RE, our home together, I’ll show you how.

Trust me, it’s easier than you think.

I’m excited to tell you more about my new TAG LINE, too, Feast on Life. That will be in a separate post with several awesome giveaways coming your way!

In the meantime, I made some yummy Orange Banana Bread the other morning when my son was home from college. Instead of the traditional loaf pan, I made it in a 9×13 pan, added fresh oranges sprinkled with sugar, and baked it. When it came out of the oven, I flipped it over – sort of like an upside down cake.

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries


I’m happy to share the recipe with you, and I hope you have a beautiful day, full of lots of love and happiness!

What are you most looking forward to on the new RE? And, what’s your favorite combination of banana bread?

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries
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Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries

Tasty, moist bread using overly ripe bananas, which you can also replace by using cooked, mashed butternut squash. You can adapt with gluten-free flour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Servings: 1 9x13 pan


  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar + 2 Tbsp.
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups mashed bananas 4 ripened bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour I used gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 2 oranges


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper. Spray the side with cooking spray.
  • Peel the oranges and slice. Place them on the parchment paper. Sprinkle with 2 T. sugar.
  • Mix all other ingredients together, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour batter onto the orange slices.
  • Bake 35 minutes, until done. Remove from oven and invert onto a large plate. Serve!

35 comments on “Welcome to the NEW RE and Orange Banana Bread with Cranberries”

  1. Pingback: Orange Buttermilk Pancake Recipe | TidyMom

  2. Your new blog layout looks fresh and interesting. The cake on the other hand just looks plain delicious.


  3. I love the new look! That backdrop is gorgeous. I’m on Lindsay’s wait list and I’m so freaking impatient. :)

  4. You know I love you and this new look! So excited for 2014 for you!

  5. Gorgeous Sandy! Love the new design, so bright and beautiful!

  6. Hi Sandy! I love the new design on your site. The background photo is spectacular and I love your updated photo with your family!

  7. Sandy, I know I said this before, but the new site is just gorgeous!! I love the fun colors and the photo of you family!! So great!

    And this bread!! Mmm! Bananas, orange and cranberries is the perfect combo!

  8. Sandy, your new site is just beautiful! It feels so YOU. LOVE LOVE LOVE the new tagline and description. What a beautiful new “home” you have here Friend.

  9. Congratulations on the new site. It looks great. All best going forward. That’s a lovely pic on your “About” page.

  10. Love the new look its very vibrant. This recipe looks yummy, and pretty. Since you asked I do lemon blueberry banana bread, or Coconut banana bread then served with a little bit(ok the entire jar who are we kidding?) of Nutella with coconut sprinkled on a slice. :)

  11. The new site is gorgeous! That autumn photo brings back good memories. :)

    And this dish looks amazing! Love those oranges!

  12. Oh, Sandy, yum! The redesign looks great too.

  13. The new RE looks fantastic, Sandy! So colorful and easy to navigate. Bravo!

  14. That cake/bread is so colorful! I love te combo of orange and cranberry too.

  15. This bread looks so good!! Can’t wait to try it. Love your blog!

  16. That backdrop makes me so happy. Love that picture. Oh, and this banana bread. Looks fabulous!

  17. Gorgeous blog, Sandy! Love that your favorite entertaining photo is your new backdrop. Lovely colors and atmosphere. Fabulous idea! That Lindsay…she’s one brilliant chick. And, the tag line is magnificent. Love that you opened the new RE with a recipe incorporating oranges. Perfect! As for what I look forward to reading here on your blog? Still Dating! Of course. :) Hubby and I still feel like we’re dating and learning about each other (after 20 years of marriage!), so this shall be fun. Wishing you a boatload of blessings moving forward with your blog, girl! xo

  18. How would I substitute wheat flour for say rice flour?? Any hint?

    • You can, Sarah, but rememebr rice flour absorbs more liquid than wheat flour, so you may need to add an extra banana or a small amount of liquid.

  19. Hi Sandy. I’m new to your “new” page. I clicked over from Pinterest when I saw your beautiful orange banana cake. What a great idea! I can’t wait for company so I can impress them with it for breakfast. I make banana bread all the time, but never thought of this.

    I like your blog so much that I am now a subscriber. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  20. Your new blog design is beautiful! Very modern and professional.
    I’m going to try the recipe this afternoon – my sister was asking for banana bread, and I have lots of fresh citrus waiting to be used.
    Looking forward to many more great posts.

  21. It’s gorgeous, Sandy! I love Lindsay’s work!!

  22. Congrats, Sandy! It looks great!!

  23. Love the new look Sandy! Always fun to update the blog!! And orange is my fave color!!

  24. Looks as beautiful as the orange cake–lush on the background, simple on the content area. Great new logo and tagline!

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