Banana Chocolate Chip Bread


It never fails, the transitioning weather from Summer to Fall always gives me the itch to start baking again.  This recipe was given to me by a sweet friend of mine from nursing school.  One day, she showed up to class with this yummy loaf of bread and I stalked her until she emailed me the recipe.  It has become one of my go-to recipes when I want a quick and easy, yet satisfying baked bread.

Banana Chocolate Chip Bread

1 cup granulated sugar
4 oz. butter
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together.  Beat in the bananas, eggs, and vanilla.
In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Stir dry ingredients into first mixture just until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips.
Pour batter into greased and floured 9x5x3 loaf pan and cover with aluminum (make a tent to allow room for rising).
Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and continue baking for 30-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

Links to Love

ROYAL_ROULOTTE_RENOVATION_DECORATION_FONTAINEBLEAU_ENTREE_47Mondays, either you love or hate them.  I, personally, have a good relationship with Mondays.  It’s the start of a new week, one that is full of opportunities.  A productive Monday sets the tone for a productive week.  Here’s to a productive Monday, and hopefully a successful week ahead.  I leave you with a few links I enjoyed reading.

  • The image above is what Parisian dreams are made of, beautiful juxtaposition of old and new.
  • I have never purchased or owned a vintage rug, but when I’m ready to shop for that one-of-a-kind rug I’ll use this as my guide.
  • Have been following this renovation since the beginning, so happy to see the final reveal.
  • Love everything about this kitchen remodel, notably the wrap around kitchen counter and back splash.
  • With the bath renovation on my mind lately, here’s yet another gorgeous before and after I came across.  This time by the talented photographer Heather Kinkel.  Seeing the gorgeous bathroom had me going back and forth between marble hexagon tile vs black and white hex tile.
  • Long vs shortboard, see where these artists stand.

Bathroom Renovation: Tile Options

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen the galore of bathroom inspiration images I have pinned lately.  The flooring material is one of the elements in a room that sets the tone for the space.  For this bathroom, I want it to look like it belongs in this house.  I want it to have charm and character but also want it to feel new and fresh.  As I scoured images on the web, I was immediately drawn to small tile shapes; hexagon, penny tile, and herringbone pattern.  As for grout on the floor, we have pretty much decided on a gray color grout to hide dirt and stains.  Classic subway tiles will be installed on the walls about chair rail height.  I have narrowed the floor tile options to three.  Which do you prefer? or Do you have any of these in your house currently?


Bathroom: Inspiration and Ideas

The planning and design phase of a project is always my favorite because I get to look at pretty images all day.  I created a Pinterest board for the bathroom remodel and have been on a pinning frenzy ever since.  I gathered some of my favorites to share with you.  The look I’m going for is a marriage between old and new.  We live in an old home, built in 1912, so I’d like to bring back some historic character to the space, but with modern touches.

Love the herringbone tile pattern on the wall.  A great way to lay down subway tiles.BathRemodel1

I’m digging the mix of metals, white, and black in this bathroom.  BathRemodel2

Patterned tile, that’s all I’m going to say.BathRemodel3

This bathroom, it doesn’t go with the style of our house but I am in love with the different textures and beautiful neutral color scheme.BathRemodel4

This is more in line with what I’m actually looking at doing with our current bathroom.  Subway tile on the walls and small hexagon tile on the floor.BathRemodel5

Really like the modern look and feel of this.  I’m especially drawn to the wall mounted sink.


Loving the pattern of tile on the floor.BathRemodel7

Images via here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Links to Love


Image via here

Now that all of our travels are over with for the summer, I am happy to be home.  Lot’s of down time this week, which I’m happy about.  Much needed organizing going on throughout the house, some pool time with Vivian, and met up for dinner with my bestie.  I also caught up on my blog reading and found some pretty sweet reads along the way I want to share with you.  Enjoy the rest of your week!

One day, I will have a design studio and it will look like this.

This family just surpassed us all in coolness factor.  I mean, who lives in a castle? They do.

All you ever wanted to know about how to hang curtains (the right way).

My vacation pictures never look this good.  Speaking of vacation, I should really get to it and write a recap post about our trip to Mexico and Florida.

Wallpaper Wednesday

I recently came across Juju Papers and instantly fell in love with their beautiful wallpaper designs.  This small wallpaper studio is based out of Portland, Oregon and is doing so many good things.  They are an environmentally friendly company and each roll is handprinted and made to order, how cool is that?!

Feast your eyes on these beauties…

Juju1  Juju3 Juju4

Bathroom–It’s Time for a Change

Shortly after moving into our house two years ago, we updated the bathroom.  Just enough so it felt like “us”.  All we did was apply a fresh coat of paint and removed the awful chair rail.  At the time, we were busy updating more pressing items such as new electrical wiring throughout, new recessed lighting in the living room and kitchen, and how can I forget the holy grail of all messes.  Well, two years later I’m ready for a new bathroom.  This time we’re going all the way.



I want to come up with a closed storage solution to replace our current clutter-of-a-mess storage.  This will prove to be tricky since the radiator is underneath.  We’ll see what I come up with.  In the meantime, any suggestions or ideas?



I’d like to lay down new flooring, new shower tile, and install a new sink/vanity, and new fixtures throughout.  We’ll be keeping the tub and toilet to save money.  I’m excited for the planning stage, not so excited about the mess that is to come.