Banana Bread (+ recipe)

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My mom does a lot of baking around the holidays. My all time favorite thing my mom makes is banana bread. I think it’s the smell of banana and when it’s combined with coffee or tea-it’s a delightful snack in the middle of the day or even a quick breakfast.

What you will need:

2-3 very ripe bananas, peeled

1/3 cup melted butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of salt

1 1/2 cup of flour

Oven: 350

Mash bananas in mixing bowl until completely smooth. Stir in melted butter. Mix in baking soda and salt. Stir in sugar, egg, and vanilla. Mix in flour.  Pour batter into pan-be sure to butter it before!

Bake: 50 minutes

When it’s ready, I let it cool for about 30 minutes and then I take it out of the pan to completely cool.

Myke’s Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I’ve been looking to build my recipe book, looking for good recipes to always have on hand. Myke is a big fan of cookies and one night he wanted chocolate chip cookies and I was hoping to find a good classic recipe to have. I turned to Pinterest and found this one and it is a huge hit! Myke has requested it a couple time since and what makes it even better is the recipe is so simple!

8 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 teaspoon  vanilla

1 egg

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt (I usually put in another one)

3/4 cup chocolate chips

Oven: 350

Makes: 12 cookies

Microwave butter for a little bit, until it’s barely melted. Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Then add vanilla and the egg, beat until all are incorporated. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until crumbles form and then use your hands to smash in chocolate chips. The dough should be in between wet and dry. then roll dough into balls and place on cookie sheet. In my oven, it takes 10 minutes to cook. When I baked them at my friend’s house it took about 15 minutes. Keep in mind that ovens are different. I wouls say 9-13 minutes.

Eat them about 15 minutes after they are out of the oven. They are amazing warm!

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P Dunes 2016

May is a month I always look forward to simply because of my family weekend. My dad’s side of the family has been doing this trip for so long, it feel weird to not go. I will be flying up on tonight to be with Mom and Dad. Myke will be driving up on Friday afternoon.

Family is a special thing that so many people take for granted. I’ve been thinking about how lucky I am to have the family that I have. Many people aren’t close to their family or don’t have a big family like I do. My family isn’t as big or close in location like many families, but I’m happy that we have weekends like this to be together, catch up with one another, and just be with one another. They are some of the handful of people I am myself and I don’t feel judged. They are the reason family means so much to me. I can’t wait to spend time with them and hold the new babies. Peace out So Cal-Nor Cal, here I come!

throwback to 2014 P Dunes.

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