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1 year Blogoversary! And Peanut Butter Banana Bread for Kicks! October 2, 2010

I cannot believe I’ve been writing for a year! I started this blog just a few weeks before our first wedding anniversary. We had just bought and moved into this house, we had a dog. It was all very domestic. I was just discovering my love for cooking and I had so much to share with all of you!

Things have changed quite a bit in the last few weeks, but I’m still here. I’m not posting as much, mostly because I’m not cooking as much. It’s harder to motivate myself to cook for just one person. But I’m working on that. I’m collecting recipes that are easy to freeze in batches (ie chili) so that I can keep things ready for nights when I don’t feel like dirtying up my kitchen. AND, my coworkers love to have pitch ins so keep your eyes open for potluck recipes!

I’ve put up a Subscribe button in the sidebar. Since I’m not posting as often, I thought I’d enable email notifications so you guys will know when I DO post! Make sure you go sign up!

Our company is switching security companies, which means our long time guard is leaving us. So on Thursday, her last day, we had a breakfast pitch in to say goodbye. It was a last-minute announcement, and I had to babysit my cousin Wednesday night, so I needed something easy to throw together. This fit the bill. I made the batter before I left, and just threw it in the fridge while I sat, then popped it in the oven for an hour when I got home. It went over REALLY well. As in, everyone devoured it.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
Adapted from Sugar Plum

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 ripe mashed bananas
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch loaf pan.

In mixing bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In another bowl, mash together bananas, peanut butter, butter, sugar, and brown sugar until well mixed. (I left mine a little lumpy, so you could taste the banana in the bread.) Add eggs, vanilla and milk.

Add wet ingredients to dry, stir until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour, until toothpick comes out clean (excluding the melted chocolate chips of course).

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