Amazing Banana Bread 

With bananas in the recipe, we can say it’s healthy right?

Banana bread is one of my favorites. My husband also loves it. And this will quickly become your go to banana bread recipe.

The bread is moist and amazing, and it’s topped with crunchy walnuts. Omg.

Ingredients:

3 very ripe bananas mashed

1/2 cup vegetable oil

2 tablespoons milk

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/8 cup white sugar

1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F

Mix dry ingredients in small bowl

Mix egg, sugar, and oil until well combined.

Add dry ingredients. The mixture will be pretty dry and lumpy.

Add bananas, vanilla, and milk, stir until thoroughly mixed together.

Pour into loaf pan, and top with walnuts.

Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.

Remove from loaf pan and let cool on cooling rack.

Enjoy!

Crockpot Taquitos

Tuesday taco night? How about Tuesday Taquito night?

These are delicious, creamy, and crunchy.

The chicken cooks in the crockpot, and then you bake them rolled up in delicious tortillas to create that Taquito crunch.

Ingredients:

1lb boneless skinless chicken tenderloins

6 oz cream cheese

1/2 jar salsa

1 tsp garlic

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 

1 cup Mexican blend cheese

Taco sized tortillas

Directions:

Spray crockpot thoroughly with non stick spray

Place chicken in crockpot with spices, cream cheese, and salsa

Cook on low for 3-4 hours/ High for 1-2 hours

Preheat oven to 400°F

Shred chicken with forks, and mix crockpot ingredients thoroughly.

Place a small row of mixture in tortilla, top with however much cheese you want. Roll tightly, and place on aluminum foil lined baking sheet, sprayed with non stick spray.

After all tortillas are filled, rolled, and on the baking sheet, spray tops generously with non stick spray.

Bake until tops begin browning. About 15-20 minutes. 
Enjoy!

Favorite Cleaning Products

When my husband and I first moved in together, I was pretty much a slob. I didn’t clean a lot, and I was pretty disorganized. Over the years I started to get better at it, but it wasn’t until we had Sophia, and I became a stay at home mom, that I really found my groove with cleaning. I never thought I would enjoy cleaning, because what weirdo does? Well…this one does…now lol. 

I always have antibacterial products in my stash. I am adamant about keeping nasty bacteria away from Sophia, to the best of my ability, to prevent illness. I also though, went looking for more natural products, that weren’t as harmful chemically to children either. 

So, here’s what I’m currently loving in my daily cleaning routines.

This doesn’t include bathroom supplies, or actual “equipment” (ie brooms, vacuums, or mops)

So starting from the left, is good old Clorox disinfecting wipes. I use them on everything really. But I really focus on using them to wipe down counters after cooking with raw meats.

Febreeze is the next product. I like to spray the curtains, couches, and dog beds down with them every now and then, to get the musties out.

Method antibacterial spray. I also use this on countertops, and it has a light scent that isn’t too over powering, plus it’s made with natural ingredients.

Method multi surface spray in lime and salt scent. I absolutely love this spray. I use it to dust the house with a microfiber cloth, and as I’ve told my husband many a times, the scent reminds me a little of cologne. It smells amazing. And it’s a natural cleaning product.

Microfiber towels are also amazing. They pick up dust really well (I was a huge fan of swifter dusters until I discovered the magic of microfiber), and they are washable (by hand), so they can be used over and over and are much less wasteful.


Mr clean concentrated liquid. This stuff is awesome. I use it to mop the floors with, and to clean tubs. It smells great, but not super overpowering like pine sol can be.

Mrs. Meyers multi surface spray in peony scent. I also love to use this spray to dust with, but this scent is only available in the spring/summer time. It smells great, and is also made with natural ingredients. 

What are your favorite cleaning products?

If you would like to know more about my cleaning routines, other tools, etc. Let me know!☺

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies 

So I’ve been behind on posting any recipes 😐

Sophia spent last weekend in the icu, and we’ve been trying to get back on track and watch her closely. She has been feeling better, but still sneezing and coughing a lot.

Anywho…this last weekend I went to a mother’s day tea party (done the friday before😉)

The theme was Kentucky derby, but alcohol was not at the party. Mint juleps are a signature drink at the Kentucky derby, and I love mint. 

Mint Chocolate Chip is one of my favorite flavors. Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream will never get old. 

I signed up for brownies (I made my fudgey nutella brownies, previously posted, check em out!), and cookies (of course). I decided to make a mint chocolate chip cookie. And they are amaaaazing!


Ingredients:

1 cup butter (melty-ish)

2 large eggs

1 1/2 cups white sugar 

1 tsp mint extract 

1/4 tsp vanilla extract 

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 1/2 cups flour (heaping-ish)

1 cup Andes mint baking chips

1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 

Food coloring

Directions:

Mix sugar and butter in stand mixer until fluffy. Add in eggs, mint, and vanilla extracts. Mix until combined. Mix in 9 drops green food coloring and 3 drops yellow food coloring, to create mint green coloring. Mix until desired color.

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients.

Add dry ingredients to mixer until just combined. Use spatula to fold in chips.

Chill for an hour. Preheat oven to 375°F

Roll dough into balls, and place on baking sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes.

Leave on baking sheet for 3 minutes, transfer to cooling rack.

Enjoy!

* note I live above 5000ft, if you live at a lower elevation, I suggest leveling flour and lowering oven temp to 350°F

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

So I think everyone has had leftover bananas, that we know aren’t going to get eaten. Most of the time, you think of banana bread.

Well, let me tell you, these cookies are like banana bread mixed with cookie heaven.

I love peanut butter in baked goods, so I absolutely loved throwing it in here. It’s a subtle taste, but gives the cookies a nice comfort, if you will.

These cookies are super moist and cake like. The perfect combo of banana bread and cookie!


Ingredients:

2 bananas ripe, mashed

1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips 

1/2 cup butter, melty-ish 

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar, packed

2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp cornstarch

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups flour (heaping-ish)

Directions:

Cream bananas, sugar, butter and peanut butter together, until light and fluffy. In a stand mixer. 

Add vanilla extract, mix until combined.

In separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together with a wisk.

Add dry ingredients into mixing bowl, mix until just combined. Do not overmix!

Fold in peanut butter and chocolate chips with spatula.

Chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 400°F

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Use teaspoon to spoon dough onto cookie sheet.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until turning golden. Remove, let cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, transfer to cooling rack.

Enjoy!

*note: I live at over 5000ft, if you live at a lower elevation, I suggest lowering temperature to 375°F and leveling flour off.