Mama's Banana Bread

Fall was here and now for some reason it's barely here in sunny Southern California, but I am forcing that autumn feeling regardless. The mornings and most evenings are chilly, so that is enough to sweat it out in a sweater and boots during the 80 weather during the day, ok?!

One of my most favorite things about fall (besides the fashion, the colors and the holidays...) is the food and the scents! My mom used to always bake us banana bread during fall and winter and I love making it myself, the smell filling our house. What is it about the smell of something like my beloved banana bread that will make any day that much better??

Mama's Banana Bread

Now days, baking has turned into such a fun / messy activity that I LOVE on a whole new level. Baking our family favorites with Cove and creating our own memories in the kitchen is the best. He loves to help pour in the ingredients and taste test the mashed bananas! He is known for liking it off the counter tops guys. It is seriously life giving and fills me with joy to see his little face light up baking and licking everything.

Mama's Banana Bread

A couple years ago, I wanted to just try and make the amazing bread a little lighter / healthier, so I started trying to substitute out some ingredients, like butter and sour cream. I am still always playing with it but here is my most recent version of my Mama's Banana Bread that knocks our socks off! Hope you and your family enjoy it as much as our does. 

Mama's Banana Bread

Mama's Healthier Banana Bread

  • 1 stick of butter - I replace with 6 oz of coconut oil 
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour - I want to try replacing with oat flour (finely ground oats)
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup mashed bananas - I usually use 3-4 brown bananas, the more wrotten the better.
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream - I replace with vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • *add 2+ tbsp of chia seeds 
  • *top with chocolate chips if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased loaf pan, this usually makes enough for one larger loaf pan or two smaller disposable tins. These can also be baked in cupcake tins and are a great on the go breakfast or snack! Top with chocolate chips if desired! Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy warm with a glass of cold milk or hot coffee!

Father's Day!

This year Father's Day has got me all sappy, surprise surprise! I have 2 incredible Dads of my own, gained an amazing father in law and my favorite guy in the world is the best Dad to my own little man. The laughter, leadership, joy, silliness, piggyback rides, kisses, giggles, and love these guys bring to the table should never go unnoticed! 

Gift giving is one of my biggest love languages! I delight in picking out a gift, wrapping it up super cute, and giving it to someone I love. There is something so special about the art of wrapping and opening up a beautiful package! Enter Josh's Father's Day gift this year...

This year I treated Josh to an amazing keepsake, a Jord Watch. It's this beautiful handcrafted wooden watch (Josh is wearing the Conway) that will last a lifetime. Watches are so special to me and have became a staple in special occasion gifts from me to Josh; I gave him a Nixon watch on our wedding day and I remember picking it out with such joy. Something about time and how we watch it each day (in this case, it's on perfectly crafted wood on your wrist!) is a beautiful gift to your loved one!

A Jord Watch would be an amazing gift to any of the men in your life.  I love Josh's watch so much that I have teamed up with Jord Watch to offer one person a $100 off any Jord Watch purchase, and $25 off for anyone who enters the giveaway! Just click the link bellow before June 25th to enter the giveaway and enjoy a beautiful crafted watch for yourself or that sweet Dad in your life!

This post was sponsored by Jord Watches but all oppinions are my own. 

It's June, but Christmas card photos, am I right?

We might be a week into June, but you guys still really want to see our family Christmas card photos right? 

I am finally updating all of our photos on our walls and I am obsessed with our shoot we did with Becky Davis in Santa Barbara this past late fall. Cove was hamming it up for the camera and I was smiling so hard it was making my cheeks hurt. These are the days people! 

I cannot believe this was November, already freaking 7 months ago! In ways, that looks just like Cove now! But in other ways, I am like, that is baby Cove and I have toddler Cove now. His neck is elongated, he's less chubby, ugh helloooo he's walking now! He couldn't even stand alone or walk here, AH! Wait and he only had like 2 or 4 teeth!! Time is flying and I am forever grateful for this beautiful evening and giggling with my boys on a mountain top. 

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