Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Raise your hand if you LOVE a delicious banana bread.  How about a banana bread that calls for yummy chocolate chips?  Pretty close to perfection if you ask me, personally.  Funnily enough, I actually remember the first time that I ever tasted this combination…and it was over two decades ago.  It was the summer between eighth and ninth grade and I was attending basketball camp at Princeton University.  My close friend was meeting me there and we would be rooming together in the dorms.  When she arrived, she began unpacking and pulled out a loaf of banana bread that her mom had made for us.  When I tasted the first bite of banana mixed with bitter chocolate, I was hooked.  Ever since then, it has been one of my favorite treats.

While searching for a new recipe to try, I stumbled across one that used a special trick.  Instead of mashing all of the bananas before mixing them in, you set one to the side and add it in at the end.  Before tossing it in, you gently cut that banana into thin slices.  This is what sold me on the recipe and let me tell you, this is genius.  It adds such great flavor to the end results as well as providing the perfect amount of moistness.

I gave some to Ryan last night after dinner and he kept saying, “Mmmm…yummy.  So yummy.”  Because he was so cute while eating it, I chose not to be offended when he kept asking where the banana bread came from and then when I would respond, “Mommy made it for you” he would ask where it came from again.  The kid didn’t believe that I was responsible for such deliciousness.

By the way, I made the banana bread yesterday afternoon and we now have two slices left.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes



3 extra ripe bananas

1/2 cup butter, melted

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (you could easily go up to 3/4 cups)

1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional…I chose to keep the recipe free of nuts)



1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Next, line the pan with a piece of parchment paper.  Spray paper with cooking spray.

2. In medium size bowl, mash two of the bananas, leaving them a bit lumpy.  Thinly slice the third banana and set to the side.

3. In large bowl, mix together butter and sugar.  Next, stir in eggs and vanilla until mixture is smooth.  Add in the sour cream, mashed bananas, baking soda and salt.  Stir until well blended.  Add in the flour and mix thoroughly.

4.  Fold in chocolate chips, walnuts (if using) and banana slices.

5. Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes.  (I pulled the pan out at 55 minutes and it was perfect!)

6. Allow bread to cool for 15 minutes (if you have more willpower than I do) and then using the parchment paper, lift the loaf out of the pan to finish cooling.

7.  Slice this amazing bread and slather butter on top.  Enjoy and please let us know what you think!




All the Velvet Kimonos

Morning, all!

Well, here in Raleigh we had a bit of a tease this past week.  It felt like fall was approaching and it was glorious.  There was a gorgeous breeze, the leaves began to fall off some of the trees and the temperature hovered between 70 and 75 degrees.  You better believe that the layers and booties were brought out with fervor!

Cut to yesterday…it was in the mid-80’s.  Now, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 80’s through the foreseeable future.  This 34 week pregnant lady would like to protest.

Speaking of approaching the end of my pregnancy, I refuse to spend any money on maternity clothes at this point.  It’s such an investment for a brief period of time so I tried my best to only purchase pieces in maternity wear that were absolutely needed, i.e. jeans and long tanks.  My new go-to looks consist of tunics, tanks with cardigans and now a kimono with a concert tee.  This is quickly becoming my favorite look…one that I’ll continue to wear often post-baby.  So many of these tees come in a tunic length currently, making it easy to wear even with a big ol’ bump.  The kimono is the perfect layering piece because it doesn’t add bulk to my already plumped up figure.  My love for kimonos is growing strong and I find myself gravitating particularly towards velvet ones.  There are so many gorgeous velvet options so I am sharing those with you.






Not Quite Ready to Say Goodbye to Summer

Hi friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  While the weather here in Charlotte was close to perfection, I constantly stop to think of those who are facing the devastation of Irma.  I can’t even begin to understand what families are dealing with as Irma literally destroys their lives; my heart just breaks.  I continue to pray for everyone’s safety over the coming days, weeks and months as I know recovery will not happen quickly.

While I love fall and all of the layers, I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to tank tops and flip flops.  For some reason, I’m wanting to hold onto warmer temps for a bit longer this year. Every time I go into my closet I reach for my white or blush jeans and then quickly remind myself we are almost half way through September.  As I was getting dressed for a gathering yesterday, I opted to wear my blush jeans, this beautiful black lace top and my denim jacket; I think I can absolutely get away with this during fall.

While my exact outfit is no longer available, I’ve linked some cute lace tops for you below.  You can shop by clicking on icon.

By the way, this is another Stitch Fix outfit…so cute, right?  Cannott wait to get my first fall box in October!