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    The BEST Banana Bread

    First let me say….the things you do as a mother. YUCK.

    I HATE bananas.

    I know what you’re thinking,
    “If you hate bananas how can you make the best banana bread in all of the land?”

    Answer: Everyone tells me that it’s the best banana bread. 

     

    This is super easy and one of my kids favorite breads that I make. 
    All of the ingredients you need you probably already have in your kitchen. Did you forget to eat a few bananas and feel guilty about throwing them away. WELL DON’T TOSS THEM! 3-5 past what you would have eaten the bananas are the best banana bread bananas. You want them to be brown and squishy!

    Plus I got to use my new cast iron bread pan that I got for christmas! Thank you secret santa! 
    Heres the one I use

     

    What You Need:

    • 2 Cups of Flour
    • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
    • 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
    • 1 Egg
    • 1 1/8 Cup of Sugar
    • 1/2 Cup of Vegetable Oil
    • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
    • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
    • 2-3 Ripe Bananas Mashed
    • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips or Chopped Walnuts (OPTIONAL)

     

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees fahrenheit.
    2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl and set aside
    3. In a separate bowl mix egg, sugar, and oil until completely combined. 
    4. Now add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. It will be very dry and thick
    5. In the small bowl mash bananas until it looks like a creamy mixture.
    6. Add milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas. Mix until it’s all combined. 
    7. (For our optional ingredients you can now mix chocolate chips or walnuts. I personally don’t add the walnuts into the bread I add it as a topper but you can add it into the bread if you’d like.)
    8. Pour into your bread loaf pan (Now would be the time to add the walnuts to the top of the bread)
    9. Bake for 60-70 minutes, knife should come out clean and Tada! 

     

     

    I hope you guys enjoyed this recipe. I’ve been making it for years!  You can also bake these into little muffins. The kids like these in the morning for breakfast. Just cut the time down to 30 minutes and check on them. 

     

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    Easy Pumpkin Chili Recipe

    Chili is a staple in our house come fall/winter time. A huge perk is any dinner I can make in the crockpot. It’s so convenient to start in the middle of the day after school drop-off and not have to worry about it again until dinner time! This chili recipe feeds about 8-10 people so it’s perfect if you want to invite friends over or have plenty of leftovers! Read more

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    Easiest 3 Ingredient Homemade Latte

     

    Ethan and I are coffee lovers. We love going out to get a latte, drinking coffee at home, and even going on morning coffee dates when the kids stay the night at the grandparents house. One of the best purchases we have ever made was our Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine. I’ve talked about this glorious machine before and totally recommend it to EVERYONE! It’s saved us so much money and all of our family and friends love it when they come over.  Read more

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    Mistletoe Cocktail with A Fizz

     

     

     

     

    This holiday season is going to be a different one for me. I am trying to lose this last little bit of baby weight. If you have any tips send them my way! So in this attempt to be good for the holidays, I am going to be laying off the sweets, well as much as I can!!!  I mean common it’s the best time of year with all of the treats! I wanted to come up with a fun cocktail recipe that was still delicious but cut back on the calories. Sparkling Ice is the perfect fizzy water to add to this creation because it has ZERO calories!  Read more

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    Best 7 Layer Bean Dip

    In case you didn’t know, Cinco De Mayo is on Friday. Who is ready to Fiesta!?

    We usually have a little Cinco de Mayo party every year with family and some friends which is so much fun. This year though, this mama will not be having any margaritas or pina coladas! Total bummer!

     Being a host of a party I love doing pot luck style. It takes some pressure off of me to cook everything and I love trying the different recipes people come up with! So if you’ve been invited to a  fiesta this Friday, this super easy and totally tasty bean dip will be great to take!

     

     

     

    Best 7 Layer Bean Dip
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    Ingredients
    1. 1 9x13 pan
    2. 2 cans of Refried Beans (We like to use Rosarita canned vegetarian beans)
    3. 4 Avocados
    4. 1 24 oz Sour Cream
    5. Salsa
    6. Shredded Cheese
    7. 1 can of Olives
    8. Green Onions
    Instructions
    1. Starting at the bottom, open your can of beans and spread evenly at the bottom of the pan.
    2. *Get your avocado mixture and spread evenly over the top of the beans.
    3. Add a layer of sour cream. I use about 3/4 of the container
    4. A layer of Salsa on top
    5. Spread a good amount of shredded cheese
    6. Toss on olives and cut up green onions to sprinkle over top
    Notes
    1. *For avocado mixture I just like to mashup avocados in a bowl, squeeze some fresh lime juice over top and salt for flavor and mix everything together.
    Hey Erin Nicole http://www.heyerinnicole.com/

     

     

     

     What’s your favorite pot luck dish?

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    Get Cooking In The Kitchen With HelloFresh

    This post is sponsored by HelloFresh
    As always all thoughts are my own

    I’ve teamed up with HelloFresh and couldn’t be more excited about this concept! Especially considering we were out of town for the holidays and came back home with no food in our fridge but we did have food at the door!

    They have a good selection of plans to choose from. Considering we are a family of four we got the Family Plan, which serves 2 adults and 2 children. You get three hand picked meals that contain meat, fish, and veggie recipes. The  Veggie Plan has vegetarian meals only. This meal plan comes with 3 recipes also and serves 2 – 4 adults. Last but not least the Classic Plan. You get to pick from six meal recipes. Just like the family plan it comes with fish, meat, and veggie recipes.

    Kellan and I had so much fun with these recipes. The best part about the family plan is that the flavors are super kid friendly. Nothing is too spicy but the do provide extra spice for anyone who wants to add it.

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    The first day I made Garlicky Shrimp Scampi. I will be the first to admit I am not a seafood person. I have never, not once, cooked seafood in my life. I was pleasantly surprised by this recipe and yes I ate it! The recipe was incredibly easy to follow along and told me exactly what to do and when to do it. I’m notorious for starting something too early and it gets cold before everything else is done.

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    Let me just say, I’m excited that they come with a recipe book because these are going to be some recipes we start to rotate in our dinner menus!

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    The second day we made a Tomato Bisque that was incredible!!! I am seriously in love with this recipe and so surprised how easy it was to make! Kellan and Knox decided to help me in the kitchen this time. We had so much fun making this one together. If you can’t tell both of my boys love cheese and bread! They take after their mama!! I’m a soup out of a can kind of maker and I just love how fresh and healthy everything tasted.  I’ve already went and bought the ingredients to make it again because I loved it that much!

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    The third recipe was Chicken Satay Skewer. This was the kids favorite because well lets be honest, you can never go wrong with chicken for kids. It had a tasty peanut sauce to make and the snow peas were so delicious that I actually could have eaten them all!

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      This was so fun and definitely something we’ve never tired before but I can’t wait to for our next order! If you’re interested in trying it out and want $35 off of your first order use code HEYERIN35.

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    3 Easy New Years Mimosa Recipes

    Mimosas are a New Year tradition in our house! Granted for 2 year I had a mimosa minus the champagne, so the orange juice was delicious, but we love doing breakfast and mimosas!  I wanted to add a little twist this year to the traditional mimosa that we make and I came up with three mimosa recipes that I know you’ll love!

    I rimmed the glasses with corn syrup and our organic sugar.

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    Sunrise Mimosa 

    What You’ll Need:

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    Cooks Brut Champagne
    Malibu Coconut Rum
    Pineapple Juice
    Orange Juice
    Maraschino Cherry Juice (I couldn’t find grenadine at the store anywhere so I just used this)

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    In a seperate glass add 1/3 orange juice, 1/3 pineapple juice, 1/3 Champagne, 1 oz Malibu Rum, splash of cherry juice. Mix together and pour in to glass. Strawberry for garnish

    Pineapple Mango Mimosa

    What You Need:

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    Pineapple Juice
    Cooks Brut Champagne
    Mango

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    In a separate glass mix 1/2 pineapple juice, 1/2 champagne, and dice up fresh mango. Frozen mangos would work too. Pour into champagne flute and enjoy!

    Orange Creamsicle Mimosa

    What You Need:

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    Cooks Brut Champagne
    Orange Juice
    Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
    Heavy Whipping Cream

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    In a separate glass mix 1/3 cup of orange juice, splash of heavy whipping cream, and 1 oz Pinnacle whipped vodka. Mix and add to glass. Top off with champagne, add an orange for garnish and enjoy!

    I hope you guys like these drinks and let me know what your favorite New Years drink is?

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