Bestie Banana Bread

  A lot of you have been inquiring as to how my children have handled the “Toy Closet Lock Down”. 

  Um, surprisingly well?  I don’t know whether to be proud or disappointed at how well they adjusted.  It’s been eye-opening to say the least.  They played WONDERFULLY today!  They read books, painted the bricks with water, made race tracks with the 1 lone race car that escaped lock up and played with the Train table.  And when it was lunch time and time to pick up? Scarcely a mess to be seen.

It. Was. Awesome.



You know, this re-motivates me to really work on “crowd control” so to speak.  We used to have a “One Toy Basket Out At A Time” rule and it had to get picked up and put away before you could get the next basket out.  Well, that worked perfect with 1 kid, by 2 kids, we had to loosen up a bit and by the 3rd…..A one-at a-time basket rule, what’s that?

  Hmm, wonder how many more days I can keep those toys locked up before it’s just plain mean????? Maybe through Friday? hee hee 🙂  I’ll keep you posted if anything new develops, and to those who asked, Avery has YET to cry about the whole thing.  She walked up to the toy closet looked up at the sign, removed her hand from the door knob and said very matter of factly, “Nope, no toys today” and marched away to do something else.

Stubborn child, just like her daddy!

“I tan’t heo you.” 

Translated : “ I can’t hear you {cause I am stubborn like my daddy}.”

Haha, not really, she was just telling me “It’s LOUD!”  And it was. 🙂



I have a delicious recipe to share with you today.  This recipe, along with my kiddos picture and short “interview” are featured on Picture Me Cooking today.  How FUN!  Please take time to check it out!

064  This Banana bread recipe was given to me by my best friend, Kasey, who insisted it was the best she had ever tasted.

WELL.  You know how we all have a favorite banana bread recipe?

  I was a bit skeptical that it was the best EVER, but once I read sour cream on the ingredient list, decided it was worth a shot.  Well, that and the fact that my best friend was going to ASK me, “Sooo, did you make it?”

  Yes, I made it.  In fact, I’ve made it like 6 times, since.  This is in fact the BEST banana bread I have ever had. 

  My little chefs are usually pretty eager to help when it comes to a baking project!  When I asked them if they wanted to make banana bread, they raaaan to get their aprons on. Tylan insisted he needed his Chef’s hat too!


Where’s Paxton you ask?  Oh, you know, getting into trouble, as usual!

“I want to come help! Sitting in this highchair is boring!!!”


For my first trick, I’ll balance on the tray, while looking adorable…..”


“Oh dear. You seem a bit worked up, mommy. You don’t like my trick? What does ‘SITDOWNSITDOWNSITDOWN’, mean?”


“That was a cool trick, huh mom?! 

Yeah. I’m big stuff you know.”


*Excuse the “naked” high chair, Pax got food all over the cloth cover,
go figure, so it was in the wash!

  SOOOO, without further adieu, or any more of Paxton’s antics, I give you…..

“The BEST Banana Bread“ 

Here-by dubbed: “Bestie Banana Bread”!!!! 

(Click on the title to be taken to Tasty Kitchen to print.)

Bestie Banana Bread


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter, Softened
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 4 Tablespoons Sour Cream
  • 1-½ cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 3 whole Mashed Over-ripe Bananas
  • ¼ teaspoons Salt

Mix ingredients in your Kitchen Aid in the order listed. Bake in a Pampered Chef loaf pan (or two 6×3 metal ones) at 350* for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Enjoy! It’s SOOOO yummy!

Look, it’s so moist it’s falls apart!


Happy Baking!


Updated photo, 11/30/12:

Bestie Banana Bread Collage