Recipe: Peanut Butter Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips


Okay, so I really don't bake much because my apartment oven is weird, and frankly, baking is a just an added hassle when I have biology coursework to tend to. But, last week I ended up baking a banana bread (of my own design) for a Sherlock/Olympics viewing party. It was a hit, so I made it again this week for my roommate's birthday (happy birthday, Robin!). 

Because the lighting in dorms kind of stinks, and I'm pretty sure all the banana bread is gone anyway, I've substituted a legitimate picture for one of one of Gru's minions... with bananas. It's barely relevant. If I'm feeling particularly motivated later, I'll replace this with a real photo.

I don't really bake using strict measurements... but one of my roommates really wanted the recipe, so I felt obliged to come up with one, and I think this is pretty darn close!

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups of flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbs vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup of chocolate chips
3 mashed bananas
1/3 cup of oil
1/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/3 cup of peanut butter (approximately)

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x9 inch pan.
2. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. (So, bananas, oil, eggs, milk, vanilla, peanut butter, and brown sugar.)
3. Add in the flour and baking soda. Stir until thoroughly blended, then add the chocolate chips (as many as you want!). 
4.  Pour into the pan, and stick it in the oven for about 25 minutes.
5. Take it out of the oven, slice it up, and share it with your friends. :0)


P.S. I declared my major today, so I can cross another one off the "20 Before 20" list. 

Freshly Painted (A Fun Present)

Made this little painting for one of my dear friends here at school. It was a Christmas gift, but I unfortunately didn't get around to actually giving it to her until today. (Whoops...) 

I've been experimenting more with color mixing lately, and I think my efforts are beginning to pay off, which is nice. Of course, the not so nice thing is that I'm fairly certain I've been painting more to avoid the work that needs to be done. 

Anywho, I have a genetics exam tomorrow, so I better study. Just needed a quick 5 minute breather from Muller's morphs and epistasis (if you know what those are, props). 

Geeking Out About {13}: Don't Know Much About Geometry Etsy Round-Up


Left to Right: 1 by RecocoNYC // 2 by touchthedutch // 3 by violetfly 
4 by Nuann  // 5 by RecocoNYC 

Well, snowstorm Pax gave all of us in Philly a snow day. WOOT! Unfortunately, this is the week that I chose to give up TV, so I don't have much to do except for study, and fall down the rabbit hole that is the internet. After a couple hours of studying, I leapt down the rabbit hole, and found some cool-beans stuff on Etsy. Be sure to check out these sellers' shops. They have some neat-o things!

Stay warm, friends! And thanks for stopping by.

In This Moment I Am...


>>missing... home. "No place like home," becomes even truer when you're from Alaska. Skyscrapers just don't compare to mountains.

>>listening to... the Frozen soundtrack. Disney did such a good job on this one. After I watched it, it immediately went to my first rank for Disney Studios animated features. With Tangled and Frozen, I feel like a second Disney renaissance might be underway. My fingers are definitely crossed for that one! (Am I a nerd? Absolutely yes.)

>>reading... Xenocide (book 3 in the Ender's Game quartet). Yup, I've totally hopped on the sci-fi train–and I have to say, it's a lot of fun. My only regret is that I didn't read Ender's Game when I was younger. I would have loved it!

>>thinking about... meditation. Both Time and Psychology Today had a couple articles each dedicated to slowing down and meditating once a day for a few minutes. It sounds like a good idea... I'm just not sure if I'm patient enough to sit still for 10 minutes doing nothing. Therein lies the problem, I suppose.

>>snacking on... brie and tortilla crisps from Trader Joe's. Do they make anything that isn't out-of-this-world-amazeballs?

>>watching... nothing! One of my friends (who is also my discipler) and I decided to not watch TV this week, because we felt like it was sucking up too much of our time. But... before the rule was in effect, I was definitely geeking out about Veronica Mars. I haven't ever watched it before, so when Amazon Prime posted it, I got way too enthusiastic about it.

>>waiting for... my new coat from Modcloth to arrive. Yay for sales, and boo for cold winters. I'm also waiting for spring, but that's another matter entirely.

>>hoping that... school will be cancelled tomorrow. Philly has declared itself to be in a state of emergency from 8pm tonight until the following morning. Of course, given my school's hesitancy to cancel anything, I doubt it'll happen... but a girl can dream.