Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Homemade Banana Bread

Does anyone else get a little excited when they see the last couple of bananas from the bunch that’s been sitting on the counter start to turn black? No? Some may see more food that they have to trash because their family didn’t finish eating it, but I choose to see the potential in those sad looking bananas that have lost their bright color…I see a delicious loaf of homemade chocolate chip banana bread. Mmm….

Banana bread is seriously one of the best comfort foods. Most of my personal favorite comfort foods are more savory than sweet, but banana bread is one of the exceptions. There’s just something so cozy about it. That’s weird. Food isn’t supposed to be cozy, but grab a slice of warm banana bread and I just feel like snuggling under a warm, fuzzy blanket while I enjoy it. It may not have pumpkin in it, but it’s perfect for cool weather.

Banana Bread Slice

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 medium-sized overripe bananas, mashed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose¬†flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (or regular if that’s what you have)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Cream butter and brown sugar together.
  4. Mix in eggs, adding them one at a time.
  5. Add mashed bananas and mix until well blended.
  6. Stir in baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and flour one cup at a time. Be careful not to over mix.
  7. Add in mini chocolate chips and give the batter a final stir to incorporate.
  8. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until browned on top and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes before removing from the pan to slice and enjoy.

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hello Fall

Hello Fall

It’s here! It’s here! The unofficial start of Fall…at least here in the Moore house. I always hate to see summer go, but as soon as the new school year starts up (we live by the school schedule again now that we have a professor in the house), I am full-on ready for Fall.

Now that we live in the South again, it will be awhile before the cozy sweater weather of Fall sets in. Until then, we might have to crank the air conditioning and pretend that it’s cold enough to warrant breaking out the mugs for warm apple cider.

Baby D is still pretty young this year, but I can’t wait to share all of our Fall family traditions with him this year. I always love the holidays, but everything is even more exciting when you get to experience them through your child’s eyes. I just know he’s going to love it!

A Few Things That I’m Looking Forward to This Season:

  • Break out the Fall Candles. My favorites this year are Pumpkin Pecan Waffles & Caramel Pumpkin Swirl from Bath & Body Works.
  • Bake batch upon batch of our favorite Pumpkin Brownies.
  • Sip warm apple cider in the backyard.
  • Go Apple Picking! I finally found a local orchard to continue our New England tradition of apple picking.
  • Make an Apple Crisp with our freshly picked apples.
  • Attempt to re-create the magical Honey Pot Hill Orchards Apple Cider Donuts.
  • Paint nails with the perfect grey shade for Fall — Chinchilly by Essie.
  • Visit the Pumpkin Patch again this year. Last year we found the perfect farm for making pumpkin picking memories, complete with a hayride out to the actual pumpkin patch to choose your pumpkin.
  • Host a Pumpkin Carving Party.
  • Design our Monster Window. Each year we come up with a new design for silhouette monsters to go in our front windows.
  • Plan/Make our Halloween Costumes.
  • Watch Hocus Pocus…and pretty much have our own little Quote-Along showing.
  • Let the Husband visit a Haunted House. One of us is way too much of a scaredy cat to set foot in one of those places.
  • Take Baby D Trick or Treating and pass out candy to all of the adorable trick or treaters that stop by our place.
  • Make Trick or Treat Cookies again with leftover chocolate candy.
  • Bring out the Pilgrim Pair salt & pepper shakers to usher in November.
  • Thanksgiving meal planning before sharing the feast with family.

 

Happy September! Hope everyone finds a way to enjoy a little bit of Fall fun this month. You better believe we will be doing a little bit of early Fall decorating for Friday date night this week. Just a little…

Our Thanksgiving

 

Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!! ¬†So our Thanksgiving didn’t quite go as planned…

Ugh. I’m a little tired of saying “things didn’t go as planned” lately. I know that the logical thing to do would be to just stop myself from creating plans in the first place…but I really just can’t help myself. I’m a super-planner and always have been. Look around our house, car, my purse and you’re bound to find a list of mine hanging around. [end tangent]

Anyway…we were SO excited to have almost all of our family over to our new (rental) home in Alabama. And with all that family in town, when would be a better time to take a few family pictures? On our way to take said pictures our little family (Kyle, me, and Baby D) were involved in a head-on collision. We were driving down a two-lane highway and a woman from the other lane drove across the yellow line and hit us head-on. We still don’t know what caused her to do such a thing. Our car is gone, but thankfully we are still here. We are feeling very blessed.

Needless to say a car accident, ambulance trip to the ER, bruises, whiplash, pain meds, etc. are not the best way to start a holiday. I ended up not being able to cook at all with my stirring arm wounded. Thank goodness for moms because the food was still Dee-licious!

thanksgiving food

 

Our Menu Included:

  • Herb Roasted Turkey & Gravy
  • Plain Dressing
  • Sausage Cornbread Stuffing
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato Casserole (yes, the kind with marshmallows on top)
  • Broccoli Cheese & Rice Casserole
  • Green Beans with Toasted Almonds
  • Granny’s Homemade Hot Rolls
  • Cranberry Sauce (canned because I was told that if “it doesn’t have ridges, it doesn’t count”
  • Jello with Raspberries (another must-have for the hubby’s family)
  • Apple Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Bluebell Vanilla Ice Cream (simply THE best)