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Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread

Saturday started with bright warm sunshine.

It shone a steady stream of light through the windows.

These days call for crackling wood stove fires.

And freshly baked bread.

Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread

  • Servings: makes 1 loaf
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  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a loaf pan with butter.

Combine mashed bananas, melted butter, sugar and eggs in a medium sized bowl. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix ingredients until fully incorporated. Fold in the  walnuts and chocolate chips, (leaving out a handful of each to sprinkle over the top).  Pour batter into prepared pan and sprinkle the remaining nuts and chocolate chips over the top.

Bake for 50-55minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Enjoy your weekend!

xo Jodi

 

 

 

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September

There’s something special about September in New England.

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The days are cooler but the sun still brings warmth.

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Flowers still bloom.

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Wishes can still be made.

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There’s a golden hue to the sun filtering in through the windows and splashing across the hardwood.

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It’s still warm enough for strawberries.

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But cool enough for fires in the stove.

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There’s abundance in September.

Here, in the form of apple cake.

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And center stage in September are the leaves turning from green to yellow and red.

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Get outside and enjoy these last few days of September.

These days that bring crisp air, bright sunshine, crinkling leaves underfoot, the smell of pumpkin spice, the taste of apples and the sound of acorns falling to the ground.

Change, the only constant

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Heart-shaped, fluffy white clouds in the blue sky.

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Purple and pink sky in the morning. A sure sign of an oncoming storm.

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Snow can change the landscape dramatically.

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And it sure is fun to play in. Peaking through the hemlock boughs as Ethan prepares to sled down the big hill.

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Have you ever browned butter? If not, you should. Swap out one stick of softened butter with one stick of browned butter and your chocolate chip cookie recipe will be forever changed.

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Do you see what Regan sees?

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Afternoon sun shines on cattails in the frozen ground. My shadow on the bridge.

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Daffodils are emerging from the leaf litter. Change is upon us.