More About Jeanne (NanaBread)

Me as a child on my own Nana’s porch.

Welcome to the “Inside NanaBread’s Head” blog. It’s a lot like my junk drawers – filled with tidbits, trash and treasures. When you open it, you never know what might fall out.  I hope you’ll join me as I share my life with humor, common sense, and a pinch of sarcasm. I was born and raised in the Bermuda Triangle of the South (Texas/Oklahoma/Arkansas), which means I am usually polite, thoughtful, friendly and very family oriented.  I’ve been married to The Complete Package for 34+ years (got married when I was a baby). We have one daughter who also lives in Austin with our sweet grandkids – Jonah Bear & Lilly Bug.

I have four sisters, so I come from a large family of women with some menfolk married in and lots of children to boot.  We’re a large, diverse group known for being loud, funny and fiercely loyal.  Most of all, we love each other warts and all, and when we get together, hilarity always ensues.  Come to my world!

Thank you for visiting my blog. I really mean it. I live for comments, so if you like something, please leave a comment and tell me what you think. If you’d like to contact me, I can be reached by e-mail at heynanabread at yahoo(dot)com.

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56 responses to “More About Jeanne (NanaBread)

  1. So what you’re saying is, you’re in your early 30s, right? =) Heh heh. I love your humor.

  2. Pat Luther

    Just found your blog through my niece. The owl blanket and bib you sent her is precious. We can’t hardly wait for Drew to get here (although she will always be my Butterbean) and look forward to seeing more of your blog.

    • I love Butterbean as a nickname! We called Jonah Bear “Peanut” when My Baby was pregnant with him. Thank you for popping over to visit the blog. Your niece, Alex, is a special person and I’ve enjoyed getting to know her through her blog… as well as Nigel, Nash & Natalie. I can’t wait for Drew to join the party. I’m sure the family is beyond excited.

  3. What a great “about” you wrote up. Is that a photo of you as a baby? Super cute! Look forward to checking out more of your writing.

    • Thank you so much! Yes, that is a photo of me as a tyke. I was about 16 months old, and we were visiting my grandmother’s farm outside of Denison, Texas. My older sister and I were eating berries on the screened porch. It’s one of my favorite old photos of me as a wee one. That’s why I selected it for my blog. It reminds me to be fun and carefree. And a little mischievious.

  4. criandonoskat

    Hola, espero que hables alguito de español. Me gustó mucho tu blog, pero lo que más me gusta, son las recetas. So, i invite you to visit my blog….. in spanish! ;) http//

    • Cristina, me temo que no hablo mucho español pero me encanta Google Translate, que ayuda a mi comunicación cuando sea necesario. Pido disculpas si la traducción está apagado en modo alguno. Gracias por leer mi blog acerca de las madres. He visitado su blog, y amaba la fotografía de usted y su pequeña hija. Muy lindo! Espero leer más de su blog y mirando a sus recetas, también. Feliz Día de la Madre.

      For readers trying to follow along, I said (in English): Kristina, I’m afraid I do not speak much Spanish but I do love Google translate, which helps my communicate whenever needed. I apologize if the translation is off in any way. Thank you for reading my blog post about mothers. I visited your blog, and loved the photograph of you and your little daughter. Very cute! I look forward to reading more of your blog and looking at your recipes, as well. Happy Mother’s Day. -NB

  5. I too come from a big family. We are 7 kids – 5 girls and 2 boys.

  6. It was really sweet to read about you. And the golden baby locks are so cute! Love the picture and the emotion in all you wrote. :)

  7. criandonoskat

    Hi NanaBread, my english is too bad! I appreciate your visit. I just have one correction…, my name is not Kristina…. my name is KATRINA.

  8. I’m new in blogging and found some really nice sites like yours. I know i’ll be reading a lot of your post after reading this description. Have a great day! :)

    • Welcome to the blogging world, mommygems! I’m flattered that you decided to drop in and visit mine. Hope you find something you enjoy, or at the very least find a few things to inspire you as you begin your blogging adventure. Stop by any time, and best wishes on your new blog.

  9. Had fun reading about you, NanaBread! I came here from a sweetpeachef’s page but been having a great time reading your blog…there goes my day!! :-)

    • Thanks, Anu! I’m thrilled you dropped in from Lacey’s Sweet Pea Chef blog. Isn’t she awesome? I love her recipes. I’m looking forward to digging through yours now, too. It’s great to meet you, and I hope you’ll stop by again and again. -Jeanne

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  11. I’m having fun clicking around your blog and following random links. Nice work! I also love comments so couldn’t leave without saying hi.
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    • Thanks, Dianne. Feel free to dig around as much as you want. I hope you’ll find it entertaining. And thanks for the ‘congrats’ on Freshly Pressed. What a pleasant surprise! -jeanne

  12. I love your pinch of sarcasm..,is The Complete Package a part of that? In any case I’m laughing up a storm right now…

    • Is the moniker “The Complete Package” part of my sarcasm? Hmm… I’m going to have to plead the Fifth on that one, Ameena. Since he GAVE HIMSELF THAT NICKNAME, I’ll have to let him respond to that one. That said, he really is one of the good guys.

      Right honey? {He’s a reader, too.}

  13. Jeanette

    Funny just notice where your from no wonder I was drawn in. I was born in McRae, AR. Raised in Arizona, but did a lot of visit back there as a child until I was 15. So I have fun memories of the good old country life.

  14. Hi NanaBread! Connecting with you via Eileen at Joy of Caking – we’ll be “working” together on her fall dinner! Looking forward to following along with your blog.

  15. Great blog and pictures NanaBread! I’m following you now so I can’t wait to see more of what you cook :-)

  16. kbaggg

    Thanks for the Prague tips. My husband and I are visiting at the end of next month! Super excited :D

  17. eb

    I really like your picture of the Charles Bridge in Prague. I would love to use it on the soon-to-be revamped website of my company–Stone Bridge. What are your terms for granting permission to use your photograph?

  18. Sonya

    Your baby photo is so cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your blog, and I love America’s Test Kitchen too :)

  19. Hi! Just discovered your blog, and it’s wonderful. Just one question: how did you get the nana bread nickname?

    • Hi, Arti!
      It’s pretty simple, actually. When our first grandchild (Jonah Bear, now 8) was born, our daughter started referring to me as Nana since that is what she called her own grandmothers. As Jonah grew into a toddler, he fell in love with bananas and banana nut bread. Because I made it for him often, he called it NanaBread and the nickname stuck. Since then, I’ve blogged under the name NanaBread as a fun tribute to our sweet grandson. Even now, with two beautiful grandkids (his sister Lilly Bug is now 5), a loaf of warm NanaBread is a tradition in our home when they visit.

  20. Love the bit on menopause. I googled “sleepless, bitchy, hormonal” because I’ve been awake since 2am (it’s 4:16 and Law & Oder is on – insomniac’s bedtime story) and have been reflecting on my crab attack carb fest from earlier today, actually yesterday, and found your blog. Thank you for the sanity check…I’ll be here praying…for both of us.

    Suzanne Lambert

    • Hi, Suzanne!
      So glad you enjoyed the menopause piece. I’ve been officially menopausal for three years now, and I’m STILL experiencing monthly hot flashes, insomnia, breakouts, etc. Just because you stop menstruating doesn’t mean you stop cycling. These are the things they don’t tell you, but you wish they had. I just talked to my doctor this week about my continuing symptoms and asked when they might subside. Her response: “Someday.” Gee, thanks. :)

      Thanks for the prayers, the follow and the solidarity!

  21. Hi! I found you via your America’s Test Kitchen Chicken Salad recipe and I LOVE your writing! I also love that you are a blogger in the 30+ age-range! ;-) I myself am just starting out in blogging and feel there are so few women blogging that have much to say that I can relate to. I’m here for the recipes but I still love reading about you. Since I am facing so many challanges on so many fronts (never touched any of the settings on our camera before, or actually wrote in German or converted recipes to grams nor did I know a single thing about WordPress), I am in awe of women like you who didn’t grow up in the age of the internet (I didn’t either!) and are creating amazing websites! Thank you for sharing your talent with us! <3

    • Hi, Krista! Thanks so much for the blog love. I’m so glad you found me! I’m always amazed that people read my little blog, so keep writing. Keep creating. And most of all, keep having fun with it! -jeanne

  22. Barb

    I saw your article on Moonshine. I love the gift tag you used. Where can I get that or how did you make it? Loved the packaging!!

    • Hi, Barb!
      Thanks for your interest in the moonshine tags. I made those on my computer by searching for vintage moon photos, then using the website to create the text on the label. I then changed the color tone to sepia to make it look aged, then printed them on tan scrapbooking paper. To get a rustic edge, I tore the tags apart instead of cutting them with scissors. From there, it was just a matter of hole punching a corner and tying them on with a pretty ribbon. If you make your own moonshine, I’d love to hear how it went! -jeanne

  23. iggi ogard

    Hi NanaBread – I just found your RoadKill Rice Bags and I was wondering if you sell them and if I could use a couple of them in a short film I am making?
    Would love to hear from you! Thanks, Iggi

  24. Jeanne, I just found you and your blog. Can’t wait to read every post!

  25. Jeanne, my name is Janae with I came across your blog while looking for some pictures for our June women’s running retreat in the Huntsville/Snowbasin area. I wondered if I could use one of your images on my retreat website I’d be happy to site you as the source. Let me know your thoughts.

  26. Gloria Scott

    Where do I get the sandals

    • Hi, Gloria!
      If you’re asking about the embellished denim flip flops, they were made by a Michigan company called Jeans Hone Green. I believe they are no longer in business, sadly. -j

  27. Dear Jeanne,
    I love your photo of the Ogden Nature Center. I am working on a book project and would be interested to use your photo in my book. Please contact me if you are interested.

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