Delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Bread; Gluten Free!

Happy Sunday!! I’m still battling with being exhausted from having pneumonia. I started medicine on Tuesday & finally feeling a bit better.. but still soooo tired.

So far today has consisted of a nap at 10:00am (hahahah, so me.), grocery shopping, watching Age of Adaline (one of my FAV movies) & now I’m curled up on the couch smelling this delicious banana bread bake.

Even if you aren’t gluten free, this is a delicious recipe you can swap out for regular white flour if you’d like 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flour
  • 4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

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How TO:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, set aside. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture and chocolate chips into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for at least minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Slice and serve warm with a little butter! YUM.

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Let me know if you try it out! 🙂

xo

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The Best Day Ever.

HI FRIENDS! I’m back! & I’m a wife!

I’m still playing catch up after the long & crazy eventful wedding weekend, but I wanted to post a sneak peak of our day ❤ I will share more pictures in a bigger post; but enjoy this sneak peak for now 🙂

It was the most magical day of my entire life. We were both amazed with how great everything turned out and I truly couldn’t have asked for a better day. I feel incredibly blessed.

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Home Decor Favorites; Rustic + Cozy: Gratitude Challenge Week 4

Hello! This week’s 8 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge! is a fun one!

Week 4: Your home

Home decor is my guilty pleasure. Since moving into my own home back in February I’ve gone a little nuts in the decor department. I just love the feeling of a clean, well decorated home! I can’t be alone on this one!

I feel very fortunate, blessed, and proud of myself for buying my own home at the age of 22. My fiance and I worked our butts off and reached our goal together. When we moved in I knew exactly what “feel” I was going for. Rustic, but classic. Chic, but quirky. And above all COMFORTABLE! So I’m going to share some of my favorite pieces and tips I’ve accumulated over the past 7 months to make your home cozy!

Some of my favorite stores are Home Goods, At Home, Kirkland’s and Walmart. I’ll have links at the bottom if I can find them. Enjoy!

Craving Cozy?! Here are some tips I’ve picked up. 

  • Pillows, Pillows, more pillows. Don’t be afraid to mix & match patterns.
  • Throw blankets. I’m a blanket addict. Blankets give a comforting vibe.
  • Mini-Succulents. Add some green! I love these mini succulents to add a little natural element to your home.
  • Personal pictures. Decorate with your life! Show off some of your favorite memories. Personal pictures make your house feel more like a home.
  • Monograms/Letters. I think these are so cute. It puts a personal touch on things but in a classy way. I have numerous “R’s” in my house 🙂
  • CANDLES. This is a must. Making the room smell nice with a candle is always cozy and inviting.
  • Natural light. I LOVE natural light. I try not to have the bulbs on as much as I can. For one you’ll save on that electric bill $$$$ and for two it gives a softer, more calming vibe. Nothing I hate more than florescent lights!

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Some of my favorites:

Sauder Cottage Road TV Stand Walmart

Throw Blankets and Pillows – At Home (they have every color pillow you can imagine)

Faux Mini- Succulents Mine are from target but you can find these everywhere now!

Join in on the 8 Week Challenge!

Week 1: Why start this challenge?

Week 2: Your spouse/significant other

Week 3: Someone who inspires you

Week 4: Your home

Week 5: Your heritage

Week 6: Music you love

Week 7: Something you created

Week 8: Did this challenge change you?

What are your favorite cozy pieces and favorite home decor stores? I love new ideas!

8 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge: Week 2!

Week 2: Your spouse/significant other.

Oh I am excited for this one ❤

Lets start from the beginning. My fiance’s name is Everett. FIRST of all, I adore his name. I was instantly drawn to him because of his name. We have been dating since May 25th, 2012 and are getting married October 7th, 2016! (just under 2 months.. EEEK!)

We met freshman year of college. We both went to the Art Institutes of Minneapolis and studied Graphic Design. We were in the same typography class, and at the time I had a boyfriend (a very shitty self-absorbed boyfriend). According to Everett he had his eye on me for awhile but was too shy to talk to me. I first noticed him in the lounge on campus. He was sleeping in a chair in between classes and I remember thinking to myself “he is really cute… isn’t he in one of my classes?” so anyways I was eyeing him down as he was sleeping… (creepy? maybe.)

I remember being really drawn to him and thinking it was weird because he was NOT the type I usually went for. He was blonde hair, blue eyed and really shy.. and every guy I dated previously had dark hair, dark eyes.. and a big outgoing jerk.

A few weeks later things went VERY south with my boyfriend. He had been dating me on the side and had a girlfriend of 2 YEARS back at home in California. (hahahahahahah ok so at the time I was super upset but now it just cracks me up how big of an idiot this guy was) So things got cut real fast with him.. and I decided to facebook message this cutie I now had my eye on from typography class. So we exchanged numbers.. and I hate to say the rest is history.. but really… the rest is history! We haven’t spent more than 3 days apart ever since.

Everett is the most patient and loving guy ever. He is everything I never knew I needed. I think its so crazy how he’s so opposite of everything I dated before and he’s exactly what I needed. It was pretty instant. They say “when you know, you know”and all those cliche things.. well for me it was true. I feel so lucky to have him and I can’t believe I’m going to be his WIFE!

I tell my single friends that it happens when you least expect it and to never settle. I went through some bad guys and got to thinking I would never find “the one” and then within a few weeks my life changed.

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So that’s our story ❤ nothing excites me more than the thought of the next 60+ years with him. I love hearing love storys. Tell me yours below! 🙂

Alright enough of the mushy gushy love story. HAPPY THURSDAY FRIENDS! Just one more day ’till the weekend 🙂

 

8 Weeks of Gratitude Questions:

Week 1: Why start this challenge?

Week 2: Your spouse/significant other

Week 3: Someone who inspires you

Week 4: Your home

Week 5: Your heritage

Week 6: Music you love

Week 7: Something you created

Week 8: Did this challenge change you?

8 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge

ecca60_bd548215404e4af4a3ea1d1370be5ca2.jpgI might be a bit over optimistic thinking I can fully commit to 8 weeks of this challenge. BUT I AM GOING TO TRY! 🙂 I think these questions are really great to not only get me into blogging more.. but really focusing on one of my goals which is to be a more positve, happy person. I would LOVE for you to join in on this yourselves, or even join in once in awhile in the comments. Each week I will answer a different question/prompt.

Week 1: Why start this challenge?

Week 2: Your spouse/significant other

Week 3: Someone who inspires you

Week 4: Your home

Week 5: Your heritage

Week 6: Music you love

Week 7: Something you created

Week 8: Did this challenge change you?

 

Week 1: Why start this challenge? 

As I kind of “restart” this blog I wanted to start with a more positive mind. This has been a goal of mine for a LONG time. I see myself making some progress.. but it’s still so easy to get caught up in the “bad” things. SO I thought this would be a fun way to not only get into writing on here more, but force myself to focus on the GOOD. 

Lets talk wedding planning for example. For the past 6 months wedding planning has been in full swing. DIY’s, lists upon lists, timelines, food tastings, venue meetings… the list goes on. It’s been so much fun, but I also find myself feeling like it’s a chore sometimes which is sad.. because this should be the HAPPIEST times of my life. I ran across a quote that changed my perspective.

“People will not remember Pinterest crafts, or your bouquet of flowers.  They will remember the sparkle in your eyes, the smiles shared, and the way you glow with excitement.  There is no possible way to please everyone, accommodate everyone’s needs, nor ensure perfection.  What you can control is to truly enjoy the process, let those little things go, and enjoy those little moments licking envelopes with your fiance.”

I’m so lucky my fiance is so loving and understanding through the process. He is constantly telling me everything will work out and to remember that this day is about our love.. not the minor details. With that being said I’m going to start sharing some of the fun decor, and DIY’s I’ve done so far. I’ve found a new love for making chalkboard signs and I’m excited to share! 🙂 Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

The Versatile Blogger & Liebster Award!

I’m excited to be nominated for both the Versatile Blogger & Liebster award here in the blogging community. Such a fun way to get to know and discover new bloggers. A HUGE shout out to Krystenfos & Simply Caitlyn for nominating me. Check out their blogs if you don’t already follow, great stuff! Let’s start with the Liebster award:

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Rules:

1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you and include the Liebster Award sticker in your post.

2. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.

3. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.

4. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer. Or, you can repeat the same questions.

5. Copy these rules into your post.

Answers:

1. How did you get into blogging?

I followed lots of blogs on Instagram just from finding them on the discover page. I always thought it was such a fun way to express yourself, document your life, and make new friends. I put off making one for years due to college, and just time in general, but now I find myself in a much different situation. I have more free time now that I have a full time 8-4 job and I also have a lot of fun events coming up in my life like moving out & becoming an auntie for the first time & i’m so excited to document!

2. Do you have any siblings?

I have 3 sisters! Jamie (The Grady Bunch Blog), Jessica, and Jodell.

3. What is your favorite thing to wear?

Depends on the season, right now definitely leggings, big sweaters and boots!

4. What are 3 hobbies you have?

Adventuring outside, I LOVE fishing, reading, and hanging out with my amazing family.

5. Where is your favorite place to vacation?

I have SO many places on my list to visit, so for now I have to say my favorite is Clearwater Beach, FL.

6. What is the last thing you ate?

A pumpkin-spice cupcake. YUMMM.

7. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?

Anything with my family. Usually my weekends are spent going to lunch or dinner with the whole crew, or relaxing and watching movies with Everett.

8. If you could go back in time, what would you go back and see?

Ohhh this is a tough one.. I would love to go back when my grandparents were teenagers and see what life was like for them.

9. If you could travel to one time in the future what would you want to see?

It would be so cool to take a sneak peak into my life with Everett years down the road, how many kids we have, what we look like, where we live. But only a sneak peak, I wouldn’t want to spoil anything!

10. What is your favorite tv show of all time?

I have to go with Friends. Such a classic.

11. What is your favorite theme park?

Busch Gardens, Tampa!

Same questions for my nominees 🙂 Nominees are:

On to the Versatile Blogger Award: Thank you KrystenFos for the nomination!

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Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that has nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination
  5. Share seven different facts about yourself

Here are my 7 facts about myself!

  1. I have a rock in my elbow from falling off my bike when I was probably 5 or 6 years old.
  2. I collect coffee mugs, It’s a fun way to remember all the places I visit. & a great gift idea!
  3. I never wear matching socks, my drawer is completely unorganized.. oops.
  4. I’m obsessed with trying new face masks & cherry carmex.
  5. I’ve been gluten free since Nov. 2014 because my stomach absolutely can’t handle it. I’m still trying to figure out this new diet, and have a tough time finding things to eat because I’m a very picky eater, and a terrible cook. Not a good combo.
  6. I am a crazy cat lady. If I could have 10 cats, I would but for now i’m sticking to my one crazy baby named Oliver.
  7. I have 2 puppy nieces, one kitty nephew, and a human nephew due Nov. 28th 2015! So excited to meet him!

What a fun tag! My nominees are:

The Monday Blues.

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Today was a typical Monday and I hated every second of it. I woke up after tossing and turning all night with yet again a pounding headache and terrible neck pain, the last thing I wanted to do was go to work and sit at a desk for 8 hours. I have to admit, one of my worst qualities is my negativity. I find myself constantly thinking of all that could go wrong instead of what could go right. Too often I beat myself up about that one tiny thing I did wrong instead of focusing on the twenty other things I did that were good, or had a positive impact. Especially at work. I think the first step to seeking a more positive life is admitting your faults and acknowledging what isn’t working. I envy those people who always are smiling, always seem happy, and always have a positive outlook. Soooo I’ve decided to force myself to write (or in this case type) ten positive or good things that happened when I’ve had a terrible day or just find myself being a negative nancy. So here are my ten for this Monday, & heres to hoping tomorrow is a better day.

  1. I treated myself to a delicious caribou coffee this morning.
  2. I finally got my order in the mail from jane.com (love that place) & it’s an adorable ruffle long sleeve shirt!
  3. It was a beautiful fall day today! So warm for this time of year!
  4. My cat, Oliver is being extra snuggly today.
  5. The Voice is on TV right now! Love this show.
  6. It was a good hair day. (always a plus)
  7. I rediscovered my love for Jack Johnson & bought 3 of his songs on iTunes.
  8. I made fettuccini for dinner! YUM.
  9. The new face wash I bought this weekend seems to be helping my skin. I’ll share it if it keeps impressing me!
  10. I realized there are only 5 days until I get to see my favorite artist in concert again, KIP MOORE!

P.s. The image in this post is created by yours truly! I hope to incorporate some of my graphic design skills into blogging, let me know what you think!