Listerine Pimple Trick

This one has been circulating around Pinterest for awhile now. It claims that Listerine will help dry up a pimple in minutes. Yesterday I woke up with a deep pimple on my face. One that takes weeks to go away. I figured this was the perfect time to try out this Listerine trick.

You can shrink a pimple in minutes by putting a dab of Listerine on it. The alcohol will dry it up and cause it to fade.

Since it was a liquid I used a cotton ball to soak up the Listerine. I then held that up to the pimple for about a minute.

My initial reaction was that it immediately went down in size. After dabbing some more Listerine on the area, I decided it wasn’t doing anything. Maybe this works for regular pimples, but not for the deep ones.

Grade: Cost: Time:

F

$1 (Find the airplane sized bottles) 2-3 minutes
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
Use a q-tip to target the pimple instead of a cotton ball.
Try this on a regular pimple instead of a deep one.
Overall Impression:
Disappointed. I’d love to find a way to get rid of deep pimples.

Paleo Snack Wrap

Hi Pintertesters! I know I’ve been quiet again. I wanted to work on so many projects for you all. Then I realized there were only a few weeks left of summer. My subconscious started to panic. I am NOT ready for winter. I’m not even ready for fall. Summer is my favorite month. I hate when it’s over. I view fall as the guard dragging me away to prison (aka winter). Every day is a little darker. Every day there is less time to accomplish things. The cold wind comes. It goes right through whatever you’re wearing and chills you to the bone.

Ok, enough already. Let’s leave fall and winter where they are. I’ve been quiet because I’ve been trying to enjoy the last bits of summer. I’ve started to make daily trips to the park to read. I’m making more plans with friends. I’m starting to exercise again. I’m also working on improving my cooking.

“If you’ve been working on new recipes, why haven’t we seen them?”

Easy, it’s because they aren’t from pinterest. I bought a small e-book with some great new recipes in it. They are healthy alternatives to popular recipes. My favorite is a fontina pizza. Instead of red sauce and mozzarella, the dough is topped with fingerling potatoes, crumbled bacon and onion tossed in olive oil (rosemary is optional). The entire pizza is topped lightly with fontina cheese. I love it. It has helped me cut out my weekly pizza delivery orders. I honestly can’t remember the last time I even ordered takeout. It has been at least two weeks and that was just for some boneless wings. Not terrible.

While my dinners have been healthy and nutritious, my lunches have been a mix of hits and misses. Some days it’s incredibly healthy. Other times it’s a disaster. This week I wanted to give healthy eating my all. That meant prepping a meal before work. This Paleo Chicken Wrap seemed both easy and quick.

The pin was attached to a dessert website. Talk about temptation! Luckily the pin had all the ingredients in the description. I started by day by getting out of bed at my first alarm (I usually hit snooze for 20 minutes). This gave me time to defrost and cook a single chicken breast. While that was cooking, I grabbed the other ingredients and put them in my bag. Then I left for work.

Come lunch time I was excited. I pulled out the ingredients and went to town. First up i spread the almond butter on the leaf of romaine. Then i diced up the chicken, apple, and grapes and spread them on the lettuce. Lastly, i drizzled it with honey. Rolling up the leaf was the hardest part. I ended up folding it more like a burrito than a wrap. Took one bite and WOW was it good. For a moment I felt like a rabbit, but once I got to the fillings I got over that feeling. I wish i had enough to make a second one, but turns out I didn’t have enough chicken.

 

Paleo Chicken Wrap

Dice up the apple, chicken, and red grapes. Toss together in a bowl.

Paleo Chicken Wrap

Spread 2 tbsp almond butter on the lettuce.

Paleo Chicken Wrap

Place apple mixture on lettuce and drizzle with honey.

Paleo Chicken Wrap

Roll or fold the lettuce. Mine folded best like a burrito.

Paleo Chicken Wrap

Enjoy!

 

Grade: Cost: Time:

A+

$10 (Almond butter is expensive…) 2 min, unless you need to cook the chicken.
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
Add a little more honey.
Overall Impression:
YUM!! I might make this again tomorrow!

 

 

Paleo Snack Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup diced chicken
  • diced apple (about 1/4 of an apple)
  • diced red grapes (about 3-4)
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • Romaine Lettuce

Instructions

  1. Spread almond butter on lettuce.
  2. Chop up apple, grapes, chicken and toss together.
  3. Spread apple mixture on lettuce.
  4. Drizzle with honey.
  5. Fold everything into the lettuce.
  6. Enjoy!
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Restoring Old Towels

When you move out on your own you get a lot of hand-me downs. That includes getting the older towels your parents no longer want. My towels are all in various stages of wear. 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years. I should probably set aside money for new towels but I have more important things to save my money for.

Make old towels just like new againMy latest Pinterest project has been on bringing life to these old beauties. I’m not sure WHAT is up with them, but they feel soaked after one use. You’re probably thinking “they’re towels…. they should hold the water”. Yes, they should, but I don’t remember them being THIS absorbent. Maybe they’re being less absorbent. That could explain why they feel SO wet. I could think about this for awhile, but who really cares about how well my towels work?

What to do?
Easy,  run your towels through on the hottest cycle with a cup full of white distilled vinegar. Will this harm the machine? Everything I read said NO. I also tried vinegar when I washed my shower curtain and there were no problems. None that I know about at least. After the vinegar cycle has run through, run the towels through another hot cycle. This time use 1/4 cup of baking soda.

After two cycles in the washing machine, switch them to the dryer and dry completely. When I pulled them out, they weren’t soft. I thought they’d be soft like brand new towels. They were pretty stiff.

How’d they hold up to my water problem? I felt like they absorbed the water and held it better. They seemed to dry a little quicker after the shower. Did it last long? Not really. This seemed like a nice temp solution, but I think some new towels should be added to the monthly shopping budget.

Blue and Green Towels hanging up in bathroom

Grade: Cost: Time:

B-

$2

2.5 hours
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
Separate the towels into two loads. Put the worst together, and the newer ones in a separate pile. I’d then compare the two.
Overall Impression:
My towels might just be too old. This helped but I really thought they’d be soft after. Instead they were stiff. They felt like towels that had been used 3 times, and left to dry for a 4th time. I really think I’ll need to test this a few more times to get a really good opinion

p.s. if you know specifics about towels (like how much it should absorb or how wet/dry it should feel after you use it) leave us a few comments. Is it time to save up for new ones or do I follow the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” method?

Reeses Pieces chocolate cake mix cookies.

Reeses Pieces Chocolate Cookies

Reeses Pieces CookiesWork has been crazy lately. Part of me wanted to make something special for them. Another part of me REALLY wanted a cookie. I planned to make a variety of cookies but my kitchen got ridiculously hot halfway through my first batch. What was that lucky first batch? They were these Reeses Pieces chocolate cookies.
Look good? They’re pretty easy too. All you need are eggs, oil, chocolate cake mix and Reeses’ Pieces. That’s it! Well, you’ll also need and oven and baking sheets.

Reeses Pieces Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Milk Chocolate Cake Mix {15.25 oz.}
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 bag Reeses Mini Pieces Peanut Butter Candy baking chips, 10 oz. {approx. 1 and 1/3 cups}
  • Also needed: Cookie Sheets

Instructions

  1. Combine cake mix, eggs, and oil in large mixing bowl, and beat well.
  2. Stir in Reeses Mini Pieces baking chips with spoon.
  3. Transfer dough to refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes – 1 hour.
  4. After dough has chilled, drop onto ungreased Nonstick Cookie Sheet in rounded balls.
  5. Bake for approx. 8 – 9 minutes {or until done} at 350 degrees. ENJOY!
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That’s great, but how were they? Well, my cookies were not done after 8-9 minutes. They were still undercooked. I left my first batch  in for 12 minutes. They didn’t burn, but they were more dry than I wanted. The second batch I only put on for 9 minutes. They were pretty soft and hard to  get off the pan in one piece but they worked.

Overall this was a great, quick cookie recipe. It’s also inexpensive. My coworkers seemed to love them. Most were gone by lunch. I personally wan’t their biggest fan. I love peanut butter and my homemade peanut butter cookies usually have double the peanut butter chips. I also substituted some of the pieces with regular reeses chips. I don’t think that affected the flavor much. These cookies would be great for a birthday party of holiday, but I would only rate them so/so. I’ve had and made better.

A sneak peak at all the ingredients I bought for cookie day. Yes, there are cheddar bay biscuits in the group too.

A sneak peak at all the ingredients I bought for cookie day. Yes, there are cheddar bay biscuits in the group too.

 

Mixing the chocolate cake mix, the reeses pieces and reeses chips together.

Mixing the chocolate cake mix, the reeses pieces and reeses chips together.

Reeses Chocolate Cake mix cookies.

The finished Reeses cookies.

Grade: Cost: Time:

B

<$5

Prep: 10 minCook: 10 Min
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
Cook 10 minutes an no longer.
Overall Impression:
My first batch was a little overcooked. There also wasn’t enough peanut butter for me. The recipe isn’t bad, but it just wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t quite a cookie and wasn’t quite a brownie. If I want a chocolate fix, I’d rather have brownies.

 

Plant Nanny (app)

Do you drink enough water during the day? You probably said no. I found a list of apps that are supposed to make you more efficient. The first one I downloaded was this one: Plant Nanny (ios) (android). I’m writing a whole post about this app because I love it that much. It’s also really simple. Pick a pot. Pick a plant. Pick a background. Tap the glass when you drink a glass of water. Every time you tap the glass it waters the plant. Watch as your plant grows!

Plant Nanny

I really am hooked on this. It’s simple, easy to use, has cute graphics, AND had a health benefit to it. How many other apps can claim that? You can also set the app to remind you to drink more water. I have it set for every 4 hours. I love this feature. Sometimes I get so busy that I forget to drink. The notification is a nice reminder that I need to take care of myself too.

So far I’ve been using this for two weeks. I love seeing how much my plant has grown. Even if I’m having a rotten day, somehow opening up that app and seeing it smiling back at me just makes my day!

Grade: Cost: Time:

A+

Free

A few seconds a day
Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
Nothing.
Overall Impression:
Love this! What a great little app! I look forward to watering my plant throughout the day.

 

Quick and Easy Chicken Burritos

Quick and Easy Chicken BurritosHi Pintertesters! I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since our last post! I promise that’s about to change.

While I was working on a bunch of upcoming projects, I decided to take a quick break for lunch. This chicken burrito was supposed to be a really quick and easy meal. I also happened to have all the ingredients.

 

Quick and Easy Chicken Burritos

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend (or mozzarella)
  • 1 avocado (diced)
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (chopped)
  • 4 large tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Instructions

  1. Mix the shredded chicken, cheese, cilantro, and the diced avocados.
  2. Lay a tortilla flat on a plate and add ¼ of the mixture, form a roll. repeat the process for all four tortillas.
  3. pour 1 tablespoon oil into a heated pan or griddle. Place all four tortillas on the pan and cook for 2 minutes on medium- high heat. Flip on the other side and cook for another minutes or until the the burritos are golden in color. Serve warm.
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Review:

I didn’t think I’d like this. I thought it would be bland and dry. I was wrong. This was actually REALLY GOOD! The avocado becomes mushy when heated, so it blends really well with the cheese and chicken. It was also incredibly filling. If you’ve ever had a cheese rollup or quesodilla, you know how heavy the cheese makes it. I always feel “bleh” after eating them. I didn’t feel that with this. I actually felt a good full. SO full that I didn’t even want to eat dinner later.

Chicken Avocado Burrito

Grade: Cost: Time:

A+

Approx $5 makes a few burritos.

10 minutes

Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
Dip in a little salsa or green sauce.
Overall Impression:
Really surprised how much I liked this. Before I made it I thought “Blah health food… but I gotta stop eating junk”. After taking a bite it was “wow, that was good! I’m gonna make that again!”

 

View of the Riverwalk in Cedarburg, Wi.

Family Vacation to Cedarburg

View of the river in Cederburg from Silver Creek Brewery.

View of the river in Cedarburg, WI.

I just finished a wonderful 5 day vacation with my family. We went to Cedarburg, Wisconsin which is a cute little town just north of Milwaukee. It is right on a river and filled with little shops and pubs. It’s a lot like Galena, IL. The first place we ate was a restaurant made from an old blacksmith building. It was called the Anvil Pub and Grille. Their food was delicious! Highly recommend it.

The riverwalk in Cedarburg, WI

Start of the riverwalk in Cedarburg, WI.

We made side trips to Summerfest in Milwaukee and another little day trip over to Port Washington and Grafton. Port Washington is a work in progress but looks like a great stop for fishing. Being right on Lake Michigan they have a popular charter business. I saw some massive salmon being hauled off the boats. The last day we finished up with Strawberry fest in Cedarburg. It’s HUGE! Everyone comes out for it. Right in their downtown, they line the streets with more venders, and pop up eateries. We went though all the shops earlier in the week, but if you’re coming up just for strawberry fest you’ll need two days to see everything. I saw some crazy foods. Strawberry dipped corn, brats with strawberries on it, and even strawberry beer!

I came away with some great finds and a VERY satisfied stomach. Cheese curds are my favorite guilty pleasure. I have to give a shoutout for the Baltica Bistro and Tea Room. I was seeing stars after eating here. The owner/cook came from Poland and makes 5 star quality meals. It IS pricey, but their caprese flatbread is one of the best flatbreads I’ve ever had. It used up our whole meal budget for the day so we had to make do with leftovers for dinner, but it was worth it.

Apple Tart from Baltica Bistro and Tea Room

Apple Tart from Baltica Bistro and Tea Room in Port Washington, WI.

Really, I’d love to give a shoutout to every place we went. We found so many great items. My favorite is this turtle necklace I picked up in Port Washington. If you’re near the area be sure to stop by the little shop across from their fire department and police station. The shop is built in the original firehouse and is run by two really nice people. They told us so much about the area and are working to restore the old firehouse. I tried to find a link to their shop, but no luck. They should be on E Pier St and N Wisconsin St. Make sure you check them out! Don’t forget to look in the back at their old fire department references.

By the time our vacation was up, we had a lot to bring back. The car was already pretty packed before we set out. Three women, a sedan and all their bags and suitcases. To save as much space as possible, I set out to find some packing tips. I found a lot of great ones.

1. Use a chip clip to elevate your toothbrush. I don’t trust putting my toothbrush directly on the sink. Call me high maintenance if you want. It just grosses me out. The chip clip was a great way to keep it off the sink. It was also a backup for the bag of popcorn we brought.

Chip clip holding toothbrush.

Use a chip clip to keep your toothbrush elevated off the sink.

2. Roll your clothes. Don’t fold. Rolling not only saves room, but also helps lessen wrinkles. I’ve been rolling the shirts in my dresser for awhile. It’s a favorite tip.

3. Use that shower cap. They’re cheap and have dual purpose. I brought a whole bag of shoes so I wasn’t worried about them. Instead I was more worried about my soaps, shampoos, etc. I wrapped all these in my shower cap and left the opening face up.The elastic keeps the opening tight. If anything were to leak it’d land in the bottom of the shower cap and is contained by the elastic in the opening.

Shower cap holding shampoo, soaps, and bath products.

Use a shower cap to keep items from ruining the clothes in your suitcase.

4. Use saran wrap to leakproof your bottles. If you’re worried about your bottles leaking, add a little extra saran wrap under the cap. It’s thin enough to twist closed, and the wrap blocks the liquids for getting out. I use this same method during moving too.

5. Makeshift speaker. Put your phone in a glass or bowl for amplified sound. I use this at home all the time. Rather than blow out my phone speaker I just put it in a glass and let that do the work.

6. Pack things inside one another. This was handy on the trip back. That negative space in an object will take up space with or without something inside of it. You might as well use that space to your advantage.

Lastly… Do you forget a lot of stuff? I always forget something when going on vacation. Usually it’s aloe for sunburns. I used this handy checklist to double check as I was packing.

Another great tip for packing less…. Try on every outfit before you pack it. You’ll save so much room! Be sure you plan your shoes with it. You’ll be surprised how much less you pack if you try the outfits out first!

Grade: Cost: Time:

A+

Free

N/A

Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
I’ve seen tips that you fold the clothes, then seal them in plastic bags. This keeps them even more condensed.
Overall Impression:
Some great tips! Using the shower cap was my favorite.

 

fire isolated over black background

Firefighter’s Daughter T-Shirt

I can officially say I’ve bought something I’ve seen on Pinterest. My cousin sent this to me about a month ago. They were collecting money to print these shirts. I had 3 days to decide. Really it was a no-brainer. My dad is a firefighter, and fathers day was coming up. I bought it.

TO BUY

Firefighter's Daughter T-ShirtI love this shirt. My dad loves this shirt. My mom loves this shirt. We all do. It is a little big on me, but is 100% cotton and will shrink some. They also make shirts for firefighter’s mothers, and wives. The price was also really reasonable. For a custom shirt, I thought the price was well worth it. I can’t wait to wear it to all future firefighter events.

Want a different Firefighter shirt? Check out their full line here.

Grade: Cost: Time:

A+

$28.42

N/A

Level of Difficulty:
N/A
What I Would Change:
Maybe take in the stomach area a little to better fit my figure.
Overall Impression:
Love this shirt. Price was reasonable and I know it will get a lot of wear. I feel proud to wear it because I’m proud of my dad and all that he does.

 

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

Peppers have been on sale at my grocery store. $0.99 lb. Considering they were $2-3 lb only a few months ago, I’ve been stocking up. I’ve been looking for recipes to use up these peppers and came across this recipe for a creamy cajun chicken pasta.

I like to multitask when cooking. This recipe called for a lot of steps, so I tried to do as many as I could at the same time. It looked doable but it led to some “oops” moments. I’ve rewritten the steps in case you’re like me.

Original recipe is from: Cooking Classy

Ingredients

Chicken (step 1):

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts (shrimp can be substituted)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp cajun seasoning
  • Saucepan/Grill

Pasta (step 2):

  • Pot of boiling water
  • Linguine or Spaghetti
  • Save 1/3 of cooking water when pasta is done.

Sauce (step 3):

  • medium skillet
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1-3 tsp cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (I used grated, seemed fine)

Veggies Mixture (step 4):

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips then strips halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, sliced into thin strips then strips halved (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 large red onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 2 cups sliced button mushrooms (about 8)
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Directions

  • (STEP 1) Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Brush chicken with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and sprinkle with 2 tsp of the cajun seasoning (I used 2 chicken breasts and this is 1/2 tsp per side). Grill chicken until cooked through, about 8 – 10 minutes, rotating once halfway through grilling until chicken registers 165 degrees on in instant read thermometer in center of chicken. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes then cut into strips.
  • (STEP 2) Boil pasta in salted water according to directions listed on package. Reserve 1/3 cup pasta water before draining.
  • (STEP 3) In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat. Stir in garlic and flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. While whisking slowly pour in milk and whisk vigorously to smooth lumps. Stir in 1 – 3 tsp cajun seasoning, to taste (season with additional salt as needed). Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce heat to low, stir in parmesan and cream and cook until cheese has melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • (STEP 4) Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add red and yellow peppers and red onion and saute 2 minutes. Add 1 tsp cajun seasoning and mushrooms and saute 2 minutes longer.
  • Toss drained pasta with sauce mixture, adding reserved pasta water 1 tbsp at at time to thin sauce as desired. Toss in pepper mixture and chicken. Serve warm sprinkled with parsley and additional cajun seasoning to taste.

CHANGES I MADE:

Combined steps 3 and 4. Cooked peppers and sauce together in the same mixture. (Cleaned the skillet I used to cook the chicken at this time)

Once peppers/sauce was done, I cut up the chicken into strips and added it back to the now clean large skillet. Then I poured the peppers/sauce mixture over the chicken and kept it on low to keep warm/simmer.

Once pasta was done, I poured some of the water into the mixture, then added the pasta into the large skillet (with peppers and sauce). I stirred it around (still on low) until it was completely coated.

My counter while making the cajun chicken pasta

My counter was jam packed with ingredients while making this cajun chicken pasta. I was also setting up some ribs, so not ALL ingredients are for this recipe.

Cajun Chicken Pasta - Making the sauce and the peppers

I combined the steps of cooking the peppers and sauce. It added more flavor to the sauce, and also meant one less dish I had to wash.

Stove setup during the making of cajun chicken pasta.

Stove setup during the making of cajun chicken pasta. You need so many dishes.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

This delicious recipe incorporates fresh peppers, mushrooms, onion, and chicken all in a nice homemade creamy cajun sauce.

Review:

This was me:

Nom Nom Nom

SOOOOOO GOOD!! My boyfriend and I couldn’t stop eating it. In fact we had 0 leftovers on a recipe that probably could have fed a family of 4. I still have all the ingredients to make a second batch. It’s possible I could be making this again before the week is up.

Grade: Cost: Time:

A

$5-15

30 Minutes

Level of Difficulty:
Medium
What I Would Change:
I cooked the peppers in the sauce instead of separately. When the pasta and chicken were done I also combined them all in a large skillet and let it simmer for another minute or two.
Overall Impression:
Delicious! Highly recommend. Loved the flavors. It wasn’t as heavy as traditional alfredo. It reminded me a lot of the cajun chicken pasta that they make at TGI Fridays.

 

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Casey

My dog Casey guilt tripping me.

I miss my dog. Unlike people, dogs don’t understand when their family goes away. While my dog has accepted that I no longer live at home, I think she’s still upset by  it. When I visit home, I  try to spend as much time as I can with her but it’s never the same. I almost think my visiting and leaving is more more stressful than when I stay away.

I had a couple hours open, so I decided it was the perfect time to visit my pup. She’s not as young as she used to be so her days mostly consist of sleeping and begging for food. While she was taking her early afternoon nap in the sun, I used the time to try out a new recipe: “double chocolate banana bread“.

Look at that chocolate. If you look closely you’ll even see the chocolate chips.

The original recipe is written so well, and have even better pictures. Make sure you check it out!

INGREDIENTS
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten.
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • mini chocolate chips for topping – optional
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and coat an 8 inch square pan with cooking spray.
  2. Combine the mashed bananas and sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the applesauce, vanilla and egg. Stir to combine.Double Chocolate Banana Bread Mix
  4. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Add the chocolate chips and pour into the prepared baking pan.
    Chocolate Banana Bread mix right before it is put in the oven to cook.
  5. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the top and bake for 25-30 minutes. Mine took 28.

RESULTS

Ooooooooooooooooh. FAVORITE THIS RECIPE! This is SO GOOD! I doubled my batch, and brought it in to work. At first people thought it was brownies (not a big seller. Brownies are known as being unhealthy and hence aren’t that popular.) Banana bread on the other hand is made with real bananas. It’s bread, not brownies…. not cake… it’s bread. “healthy”. Ha. No chance, but this is still incredible. People devoured this. Once you had one piece you couldn’t help but go back for a second or third piece. Another thing I altered was the chocolate chips. A doubled recipe would call for for 2 cups of chocolate chips. That was way too much. I only used 1 cup, and didn’t add any more on top. I’m glad I did this. It was already chocolatey enough. I wouldn’t eliminate them, because the chocolate chips break up the texture of the banana bread. Half was just right. (MAYBE 3/4 cup) Depends if you add any more on top. I didn’t.

Note: I didn’t eat this right away. I put the traveling lid on this when it was still a little warm. This sealed in some steam that might have affected the moisture of the bread. It was unbelievable moist, but perfect.

Grade: Cost: Time:

A+++++

Easily $20 if you have nothing. My mom has lots of baking supplies so I used all of hers.

40 minutes

Level of Difficulty:
Easy
What I Would Change:
I cut the chocolate chips in half. Glad I did.
Overall Impression:
Put it in the list of top 10 desserts I’ve ever made. This is heavenly. Chocolate and banana. Mmm. You should make this. Then hop on the treadmill, because you’re going to eat the whole thing in one sitting.