recipe: chocolate chip + banana bread

I'm not a big fan of bananas, I always feel like I'm eating mushy baby food when I bite into one. But baked with chocolate chips? Yes, please. I found a recipe online and tweaked it a little bit to make this version. It came out super moist and delicious. I will definitely be making this again with our next batch of ignored bananas.

ingredients: 3/4 cup room temp butter, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 5 tsp milk, 3 over-ripe bananas (mashed), 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used mini)

Preheat oven to 350. Combine the butter and sugar and whip until combined/fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and combine. Add the mashed bananas and milk and mix for about 1 minute. Add flour and baking soda and mix until just combined. Mix in the chocolate chips. Grease 2 loaf pans, split batter evenly between them, and bake for 35-45 minutes or until knife comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!

diy: geometric cement pots

I'm sure you've all seen something similar to these at a garden store or local boutique. If you're like me, you've ran over to it going "I NEED THAT" only to realize that no, you don't need that because you don't have $75 laying around. Well, I'm here to cheer you up because these are easy to make. 

I must admit, working with cement was a little intimidating at first. I had visions of myself getting stuck to something or the project just cracking in half when dry. It turned out to be really simple (when wet, the cement actually acts a lot like clay) and extremely cheap. My kinda project!

what you need: clean/dry carton, scissors, scotch tape, vaseline, quikrete (only $2.50/bag!), water, disposable cup/bowl and utensil (knife or spoon), water, dixie cup *optional: paint
Start with a clean, dry carton (milk/creamer/juice/whatever). Break it down and lay it flat. Trace out the shape(s) you want and then tape it all together. Make sure you tape every corner very well or cement will seep out. You also want to add extra tape for strength.  
When your shape is completely taped, rub vaseline on the inside so it's completely coated. This will make removing the carton easier once the cement is dried. Mix cement with water - the package will tell you that you should use one pint per bag, but I used a lot more. Continually stir and get all the chunks out. Once your cement is your desired consistency (mine looked like pancake batter), pour or scoop it into your tapes shape(s). When the cement has dried for a bit and had some time to harden (about 3 hours), stick in your dixie cup to the center and push down. This will be the spot for the plant. Allow to dry for 48 hours. Once dry, remove the carton/tape from the outside. Decorate/paint however you'd like!


thrifted sweater/jeans, Old Navy bag, Swedish Hasbeens clogs c/o

When I told Kevin I was getting clogs, he reacted just like I thought he would. I guess wooden shoes don't exactly scream "sexy", but then again he regularly wears a t-shirt that reads "I'd rather be playing board games", so...

I wore this out to dinner and his first question was "What shoes are those?" (Kidding, his first question was "How much were those shoes?!"). When I explained they were the clogs I got, he seemed genuinely surprised and actually even admitted that they're cute. I think in his mind he expected them to look something like this, but he's silly because I won't be buying those ones until winter.