Friday, May 22, 2015

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #116: Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)


The linky is at the bottom.

Last week I decided to make banana bread with the children. It has been so long since I had made banana bread, and I never had the children help me with it. I used to make it all the time for bake sales, but for some reason we just hadn't had any for a long time. I made some for our church's refreshment time and had enough bananas left to make two loafs for us.  As I made that first loaf, I realized it is such an easy recipe, no reason the children shouldn't be helping. We ended up making 1 plain banana bread and one chocolate chip banana bread (which is the exact same recipe, just had the chocolate chips). Even though we did a double batch, I will be sharing the ingredient amounts for a single loaf.  I have had this recipe for years, long before I had internet, and I am not sure where it originally came from, but I have looked up other banana bread recipes when I misplaced this one, and I have never enjoyed them as much as this one, it has a yummy flavor and great texture. 


3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana (approximately 2 large or 3 small)
Make sure the bananas are nice and overripe for best flavor.
1 3/4 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tea salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Two girls all ready to help.

They took turns mashing bananas, because they both wanted to help with that step. While Amelia mashed her share, Tabitha was combining the sugar, oil, and eggs.

We just use a fork to mash the bananas.

We mix the oil and sugar first and then add the eggs.

We beat it until it was nice and frothy.

When Amelia was done with her bananas, Tabitha took over in the banana mushing department while Amelia combined the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.

When the bananas were ready we added them to the sugar mixture.

Tabitha stirred it up, while Amelia finished the flour mixture.

We then poured the flour mixture into the sugar/banana mixture and folded it together. Technically, it ended up to be more of a gentle stirring. 

We then stirred in the chocolate chips.

We greased and floured 2 loaf pans and poured the batter in.

Two loaves of bread ready to go in the 325 degree oven.

We baked it for 1 hour, til the crust was golden brown.


1- Combine sugar and oil, then add the eggs and beat vigorously until frothy.
2- Mash bananas and blend thoroughly. Set aside.
3- In a small bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 
4- Stir flour mixture gently into sugar/banana mixture until well blended.
5- Stir in chocolate chips.
6- Pour into greased and floured loaf pan.
7- Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour until crust is golden brown.
8- Remove pan to a rack and let stand for 10 minutes.
9- Remove from pan onto a plate and allow to cool if you can resist the temptation to dig in. (We can't as we enjoy it nice and warm from the oven.)

It tastes really, really good with butter. Or you can omit the butter if you are like my husband and just enjoy the bread

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?

I'd love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:
PhotobucketMore the Merrier MondayFull Time Mama

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn'sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #48: May 21, 2015

Welcome back to... 

I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around May 21st, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook. 

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. 

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post:

Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:

Brenda from Counting Pinecones shared

To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

Exploring How the Cosmos is Designed for Human Life with Privileged Species from {A TOS Review} Review

I don't know about you, but I sure do miss the good old days, when the programs on television were wholesome and worth watching. It is so hard to find things these days that are decent, not just for our children to watch, but for us as Christian adults to watch as well. If you are searching for inspiring and entertaining programs, I would like to introduce you to a new-to-me company that I learning about thanks to the Schoolhouse Review Crew. is an online store owned by the Christian company, Lukas Media.  You will find a wide variety of quality films at at affordable prices. Members of the Crew were able to select from several wonderful movies. My husband and I were thankful to be chosen to review Privileged Species.

Privileged Species is a 33-minute long documentary put out by the Discovery Institute that looks into the evidence that the universe was designed for us.  I always enjoy finding new resources to strengthen our knowledge of creation and God's hand in it. Though this documentary is more from an Intelligent Design perspective, I have found it very informative. As the subtitle states, this DVD looks into "how the cosmos is designed for human life," and shows how random processes could not have ensured that all the intricacies necessary for life are present. 

The DVD begins with a clip of Bill Nye "The Science Guy" expounding to a group of humanists that he (or any human) is just a "speck on a the middle of specklessness." This is the thinking behind evolution, that we are nothing; we are no different than any other creature in the universe. In fact, according to George Gaylord Simpson, "Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind."

However, Privileged Species, featuring Biologist Michael Denton and narrated by Andres Williams, sets out to prove Mr. Nye and this worldview wrong. There is a meaning to life and man is not an accident. This documentary shows how the forces of nature (gravitational, electromagnetic, strong nuclear and weak nuclear) must remain constant for life to continue and flourish. All of creation works together and is fine-tuned. 

The majority of the documentary is focused on the importance of carbon, water, and oxygen. It is stated that there is no substitute for carbon and life would cease to exist without this key building block. Water is described as a "driving force of all nature," which is a quote attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The viewer is introduced to several important things about water. We explore how it is the ideal solvent, has low viscosity, has just the right thermal properties, and expands when frozen.  It is also explained that the tectonic and water cycles work together, which is something I never realized. The importance of oxygen and the fact that there is just the right amount is also discussed.

My husband and I both watched the DVD on separate occasions. Though there is nothing that would be inappropriate for young children, the majority would definitely be over my children's heads, so I haven't had them sit down and watch it yet. I can see them watching it for a science unit when they are a bit older, perhaps middle school or high school age. Though the majority of the documentary was easy to understand, there was a section toward the end where even I was having trouble following along. This is definitely a DVD that needs to be viewed more than once at times when you can concentrate on all the scientific information being shared.
Though I may have struggled with a portion of the documentary, I found the majority of it to be full of relevant information that really needs to be shared. As Christians we do not have a blind faith. Privileged Species shows that there are scientific discoveries that have been made and are being made that point to a designer, a creator. I highly recommend this DVD.
You can currently purchase Privileged Species for $9.99. 
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The Crew was given several different FishFlix DVD's to choose from for this review.  In addition to Privileged Species, you will find reviews for Exploring Ephesus, Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story,  Unbroken Legacy of Faith Edition, Flight, and Metamorphosis Review
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: May 20th, 2015 (w/linky)- Fun at the Lake

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

Tots and Me

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