Mama's Banana Bread

Fall was here and now for some reason it's barely here in sunny Southern California, but I am forcing that autumn feeling regardless. The mornings and most evenings are chilly, so that is enough to sweat it out in a sweater and boots during the 80 weather during the day, ok?!

One of my most favorite things about fall (besides the fashion, the colors and the holidays...) is the food and the scents! My mom used to always bake us banana bread during fall and winter and I love making it myself, the smell filling our house. What is it about the smell of something like my beloved banana bread that will make any day that much better??

Mama's Banana Bread

Now days, baking has turned into such a fun / messy activity that I LOVE on a whole new level. Baking our family favorites with Cove and creating our own memories in the kitchen is the best. He loves to help pour in the ingredients and taste test the mashed bananas! He is known for liking it off the counter tops guys. It is seriously life giving and fills me with joy to see his little face light up baking and licking everything.

Mama's Banana Bread

A couple years ago, I wanted to just try and make the amazing bread a little lighter / healthier, so I started trying to substitute out some ingredients, like butter and sour cream. I am still always playing with it but here is my most recent version of my Mama's Banana Bread that knocks our socks off! Hope you and your family enjoy it as much as our does. 

Mama's Banana Bread

Mama's Healthier Banana Bread

  • 1 stick of butter - I replace with 6 oz of coconut oil 
  • 1 Cup of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups flour - I want to try replacing with oat flour (finely ground oats)
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Cup mashed bananas - I usually use 3-4 brown bananas, the more wrotten the better.
  • 1/2 Cup sour cream - I replace with vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • *add 2+ tbsp of chia seeds 
  • *top with chocolate chips if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and put in a greased loaf pan, this usually makes enough for one larger loaf pan or two smaller disposable tins. These can also be baked in cupcake tins and are a great on the go breakfast or snack! Top with chocolate chips if desired! Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Enjoy warm with a glass of cold milk or hot coffee!

It's June, but Christmas card photos, am I right?

We might be a week into June, but you guys still really want to see our family Christmas card photos right? 

I am finally updating all of our photos on our walls and I am obsessed with our shoot we did with Becky Davis in Santa Barbara this past late fall. Cove was hamming it up for the camera and I was smiling so hard it was making my cheeks hurt. These are the days people! 

I cannot believe this was November, already freaking 7 months ago! In ways, that looks just like Cove now! But in other ways, I am like, that is baby Cove and I have toddler Cove now. His neck is elongated, he's less chubby, ugh helloooo he's walking now! He couldn't even stand alone or walk here, AH! Wait and he only had like 2 or 4 teeth!! Time is flying and I am forever grateful for this beautiful evening and giggling with my boys on a mountain top. 

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spring & summer styles for bub.

Ok, who has more fun shopping for their kids than themselves? Or it's at least damn close, am I right??!!!

I feel like I am constantly on the hunt for cute boy clothes. People are always asking where I shop for Cove and honestly, everywhere. That kid is always growing and so I am always trying to keep up, restocking his wardrobe.

Here are some of my favorite spring & summer picks for the little man so far!! 

1. Salt Water sandals in black & tan 2. Freshly Picked Moccs in weathered brown and Jetset Geo 3. Target : Cat & Jack shorts 4. Target : Cat & Jack swim 5. Zara - all Zara Baby boy 6. Nordstroms Rack : Tailor Vintage

What are your favorite places to shop for your littles? I am on the hunt for some sweet Insta shops to partner with, would love to know your favorites!!