Chocolate Banana Bread

I will confess that I am not a huge banana bread fan.  Banana isn't even a flavor of anything I would choose.  This recipe however? Pretty tasty and easy.  Plus by now you know that if I add it to this blog, it's a good recipe, right? Right.

Chocolate Banana Bread
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup melted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar 
1 teaspoon salt 
1 large egg 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 cup chocolate chips (your choice, maybe even white chocolate?)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 5 by 9in pan. 

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and allspice. Set aside

Mash bananas in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer: Combine with sugar, butter and salt. Mix in egg and vanilla. Slowly add flour mixture to banana mixture. Don't over mix. Stir in chocolate chips. 

Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately an hour.  Test with toothpick or watch for sides to pull away from pan. 

Enjoy! Even you non-banana bread fans! :)

Nerf Gun Storage (for about $20!)

We recently redid the boy's rooms, painting, adding shelves, etc.  One of the main projects we did were these Nerf Gun storage elements.  This solved the problem of them living just anywhere on the floor and in closets and were simple and cheap to make!

Want to make some? You only need a few minutes and barely need a saw!

Here's what you need to make your own (we got everything at Lowe's):
peg board (the one shown is 2ft by 3ft)
2 1in by 2in boards cut to the width of the peg board
anchors and screws
pegs for holding tools (found in the garage storage part of Lowe's)
a peg board "bucket" for holding bullets

Figure out where you want the peg board to hang and attach one of your 1in by 2in board to the wall by using anchors OR screwing into studs.

Hold peg board in place on top of board and mark on the wall where the bottom 1in by 2in board should go.

Attach the bottom board to the wall the same way you did the first one.

Screw peg board into the 1 by 2s across the top and bottom.

Insert pegs, arrange guns and enjoy the praise of your children at how awesome you are!

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