Recipes

magnolia banana Bread Recipe

This is the best banana nut bread you will ever eat! Joanna Gaines knows her stuff! It’s rich and cakey! Do yourselves a favor a make this now!

Ingridetns

8 TBSP (or 1 stick) salted butter, melted and cooled (I used unsalted)

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

4-5 very ripe bananas, mashed

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/2 cup chopped pecans or chocolate chips

1-2 TBSP granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8×8 baking pan with nonstick baking spray or line with parchment paper.
  2. In a stand mixer, beat together the butter, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla with the paddle attachment until well blended. (You can also do this with an electric mixer.) Add the bananas until combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and beat just until combined. Add the chocolate chips or pecans and mix until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Sprinkle the sugar over the top.
  5. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until a tester or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle. Let the bread cool slightly in the pan on a rack. Slice and serve warm with butter.
Friday Finds

Friday finds Fall edition

Happy Fall!!! I thought I’d share some of my favorite Fall finds so far!

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I love to decorate my kitchen for Fall since that’s where ill start all my Fall time baking. The Galvanized Metal Jack O’Lanterns are so fun for Halloween. If you put an essential oil diffuser inside it looks like fog coming out of its mouth. SPOOKY! The little boys bomber jacket is a must for the Fall! Last but not least how cute is this Leopard print shirt from J.Crew? Pair with a cute cardigan and jeans for the perfect fall outfit!

Recipes

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been trying to figure out how to make more gluten-free baked goods lately. I have some family members who have either Celiac Disease or a sensitivity to gluten. I saw this King Arthur’s All Purpose Gluten-Free Flour online and was not sure if it would work. So far I can use it just like regular all purpose flour and it works perfectly! 

 

Ingredients

2 1/4 cups of King Arthur Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup or 2 sticks of butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-ounce package) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!

Family

Two Infinity & Beyond 🚀

Another year has gone by and my boys have turned two years old! This probably sounds dramatic but some days I really feel like it’s a dream that they are here.

I spent my whole life dreaming about what my kids would look like. How their personalities would be, if I’d have girls, boys, or multiples of each. The dreaming got worse when Robby I got married.

We talked about our future kids all the time.  We had no idea how hard our road to them was going to be. We would do it all over again if I had to.

They are twins but they couldn’t be more different. Their personalities have been very apparent to us since their time in the NICU.  James is always on the go, his brain working a million miles an hour. Cameron likes being in his own little world. Quiet and away from others. He is very good at entertaining himself!

They both have the biggest hearts and love each other the way only twins can.  It has been the best thing in the world being able to witness their minds and personalities grow this past year.  My husband and I want to always honor who they are as individuals.  And make amazing childhood memories for them.

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They have brought so much joy and laughter into our lives.  I am so excited to see how much more this two grow in another year.

Happiest 2nd Birthday my boys!

Friday Finds

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!!! Here are a few of my favorites finds this week! It’s starting to getting pretty toasty weather wise here! I realized I need a few summer clothing items!

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Happy Friday!!! Here are a few of my favorites finds this week! It’s starting to getting pretty toasty weather wise here! I realized I need a few summer clothing items!

I also found these hats I want to get the boys, but they have been sold out of there name initials! Hopefully they will be back in stock soon!

I love these shirts for little best friends or sisters!

This new lemon hand soap from Young Living is the bee knees! It smells like lemon sorbet. Perfect for summer!

Lastly, I got this planner from Target by Rachel Hollis! It is a really nice planner with tons to get you motivated to knock out those #goals. It even has reviews about your weeks, months, and end of the year.

Friday Finds

Friday Finds Mother’s Day Edition

Welcome to my special Mother’s Day edition of my Friday Finds. I could not limit it to 5, so I picked my top 5 and a ton more! I you enjoy my selections and they help you find the perfect gift! 

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Every mom needs a good wine glass. This wine glass is the perfect size. 

The Young Living Welcome Home Starter Kit is a great addition to getting your basic membership. It comes with their most popular oils and has everything you need to infuse your home—and your life—with the power of pure essential oils. 

What mom does not need super comfy slippers? These slippers are soft and plush just like wearing a teddy bear on your feet. 

I love Smallwoods frames! We have used them in our house and gotten them for others as gifts. There selection and quality are amazing, definitely something you need to get. 

I got this necklaces for Christmas and I love it! You can personalize however you want. I got with all of our family initials on it. I love the gold and fits up higher around the neck than most necklaces which I like for this style. It also comes in silver.  The owner of the company is the sweetest and also a twin mom!

Below I listed out the rest of my Mother’s Day gift ideas. If you have any questions about them just leave it in the comments. I hope these helped give you some awesome gift idea’s for all those amazing mom’s out their! 

Friday Finds

Friday Finds

Hello friends! I thought it was about time to bring Friday Finds back! These are some things I’ve gotten over the past few weeks and have really loved.

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I got Joanna Gaines newest Magnolia Table Cookbook the week it came out. I’ve already made a few things from it. I LOVE it! Everything is so good and simple to make.

With the boys getting closer to the “big two!”  We’re starting to turn their nursery into a more of a “little boy” room. They are obsessed with Toy Story. It only seems fitting to make their new room Toy Story themed. I love these Toy Sheets we got from Pottery Barn. They are so different from the normal Toy Story stuff you usually see. The graphics look hand-drawn and almost retro. The sheets are super soft. They fit their crib mattress’s that will transition into toddler beds perfectly.

These running shorts are the comfiest running/ lounge wear shorts if gotten in a long time! I love the length as well.

These sunglasses are so fun and gorgeous!

 I ordered Lysa TerKeurst’s children’s book “It Will be okay” for the boys for Easter. It’s so good you guys! It is the sweetest story about trusting God through fear and change. I can’t say enough about this book. It’s a definite must-have

Family

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is Friday!! I feel like people never seem  excited about Valentine’s Day. I think it’s because it’s not a super exciting day off from work kind of holiday. But I mostly think it’s because it feels like we just celebrated Christmas yesterday. Hahaha!

My parents always made Valentine’s Day a little special for my sisters and I.  I want to try to do the same for my boys.  My parents would put Valentine’s bears out in the living room so when we walked in from school it was a nice little surprise.  My mom would make shrimp scampi for dinner and brownies for dessert.

We would eat at the table together and have our little family Valentine’s Day.  Here are my favorite recipes for Shrimp Scampi and brownies.  I also included my favorite recipe for Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes! They are soooo good you guys! I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Shrimp Scampi

Brownies

Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes

Family

Back to the Grind

I hope you all had a great holiday and are now enjoying being back to the grind.  We feel like this is the first weekend in awhile that we have been able to just relax.  We had a great Christmas with our families.  It was so fun watching the boys understand the holidays a little more than they did last year. 

They loved learning the word “Santa” this year too! We did set up a photoshoot with Santa for our first ever family Christmas card.  James loved Santa as soon he saw him.  He ran straight to him, hugged him, read a book with him, brought him a prop present. Cameron on the other hand liked Santa in theory but not reality.  He said “Santa” about a million times a day but clung on to me as tight as he could when he saw Santa in the flesh.  Mine and Robby’s expectations were low for this whole photoshoot.  I just held out hope for at least one good family photo.  Luckily, we got one out of the two boys to be a little model for us, and if Santa hid behind the backdrop, we got a few with Cameron as well! Hahaha!

We spent almost every weakened with family and friends, baked cookies and did all the things holiday.  Before we knew it, it was a new year and we have been peeling ourselves out of bed trying to get back at it. Is it seriously still January?  Our big plans this year are to take our first ever big family trip to Colorado to watch Robby graduate with his master’s degree! We are so excited! I’ll be sharing more on that very soon!

We have been wanting our year to focus on our goals but also on giving back. We feel so blessed that we just hope to bless other around us.  Robby and I got to do that this month by donating and volunteering at our church with the organization Feed My Starving Children.  They feed children in different communities all over the world.  We spent two hours packing as many food packages as we could, with a group of people.  It was honestly some the most rewarding two hours I’ve ever spent.  Giving back feels so good and brings me the most joy. 

If you have the chance to spend even the smallest amount of time doing good for your community, I strongly recommend it.  If you can make a date out of it, that’s even better!  We hope to keep making this something we not only do this year but, in the years, to come.  Robby and I want volunteering to become our family’s tradition as the boys get older. 

I hope you all are enjoying the new year so far and are making fun vacation plans for the spring and summer!  Anyone have any big summer vacations planned??