Banana Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

banana chocolate chip zucchini breadAre you swimming in zucchini as much as I am? My zucchini and squash plants took on lives of their own this year.  Not only did they cross pollinate to make a new variety, but they also sent out shoots and grew new zucchini plants.  This has never happened to me before.  I have been pinning zucchini recipes like crazy.  One that I found was an interesting take on zucchini bread.  It combines two classic bread recipes- banana and zucchini.  The original recipe is from Taste of Home and I first found it through the blog Life’s Simple Measures.  It got a thumbs up at our house with just a few tweeks.

Banana Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

adapted from Taste of Home

3 Cups All Purpose Flour
2 Cups Sugar
2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
2 Eggs
2 Cups Mashed Ripe Bananas (about 4 medium)
1 Cup Canola Oil
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Shredded Zucchini
1 Bag Milk Chocolate Chips



Preheat oven to 325°F.  Prepare 2 loaf pans by coating them with cooking spray.   In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  In a small bowl, beat eggs, bananas, oil, and vanilla.  Combine with dry ingredients and beat until moistened.  Mix in zucchini and a little over half the bag of chocolate chips.   Divide the mixture into the two loaf pans.  Place remaining chocolate chips on top of each loaf.  Bake approximately 60-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.  Watch carefully that you don’t burn the top.  If it is looking too brown, drape tin foil over top of it.  Cool bread completely before removing.

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oversized white shirt refashionI am thrilled to tell you all my latest news! I am one of the new refashion contributors at Brassy Apple! Say what?! Thank you, thank you.  I am beyond excited to be working with Megan.  She has refashion down pat and not just with clothes either.  That girl can refashion anything!  I will be sharing a new refashion once a month starting today! So head over to Brassy Apple to get my tutorial for how I transformed my husbands white linen button up and a shirt of my own into a stylish oversized white shirt.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Easy creamy crock pot chicken recipe_2I had every intention of busting out my next refashion for my Wardrobe Revamp and Refashion this past weekend.  Unfortunately I didn’t count on a being held hostage in my bed by fever, chills, body aches and a cough.  Boo.  At first I thought it was the flu, classic flu like symptoms.   Then my second child in the course of 2 weeks got diagnosed with pneumonia.  So the jury is still out. Instead of getting a cute refashion you get an easy and taaasty recipe straight from my Mom’s kitchen.  This screams comfort food which is so what I am wanting right now.  This creamy crock pot chicken recipe started out as a way to try and duplicate the French Chicken from Molly’s, a little homestyle restaurant in Provo, Utah.   It doesn’t taste exactly like Molly’s French Chicken does but it is surprisingly similar and incredibly simple.

brown chickenYou start by dredging chicken breasts in flour and then seasoning them with salt and pepper.  Heat up a skillet with extra virgin olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides.  Place your chicken breasts in the crock pot but leave the juices and browned bits in the pan.

cream cheeseDeglaze your pan with a can of chicken stock.  Add the cream cheese and heat until combined.

pour it_chickenPour the mixture on top of the chicken inside the crock pot.  Cook on low for 3-4 hours.  Add parboiled carrots the last hour.  You could also add onions if you want but I am not a fan of onions so I didn’t do that.

I like to serve mine over homemade mashed potatoes.  The extra sauce left over is like a creamy gravy for the potatoes.   Now that is comfort food with minimal effort.

Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

2 Chicken Breasts

1 Can Chicken Stock

8 oz Cream Cheese

Salt and Pepper, Flour

1/2 lb-3/4 lb Mini Carrots

Heat a pan with extra virgin olive oil.  While the pan is heating, dredge the chicken breasts in flour to coat them on both sides. Season coated chicken breasts with salt and pepper.   Brown the chicken in the pan.  Once browned, remove the chicken and transfer it to the crock pot.  Leave the juices and browned bits in the pan.  Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock.  Add the cream cheese and mix until combined.  Pour mixture on top of chicken in the crock pot.  Cook on low 3-4 hours.  Add parboiled carrots the last hour.  Serve over top homemade mashed potatoes if desired.

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Pins of the Week No. 2

pinsofweekIt has been a while since I did an installment of my favorite pins of the week.  I am constantly amazed at the ingenuity and creativity of others.  I agree that Pinterest can often be a downer as it is inevitable and all to easy to compare myself and my house to every picture perfect pin I see.  BUT, and that is a big but, I love and truly appreciate all the great ideas that other people have and freely share.  So here are my favorite pins of the week. If you too are smitten with these ideas/images, please jump over to the original site and pin from their post and not from this one.

Alright, starting this off we will take a look at my Adorn Me {Clothes and Accessories} board from which I pinned this pretty dress:

Anthro_lace_dressThis dress is so beautiful! It is reminiscent of something you would come across in an old chest of linens.  I am having refashion visions about using a vintage pillowcase and making it into a dress inspired by this Leveled Lace Dress from Anthropologie.

From my DIY and Tutorials board is this incredibly creative DIY purse from The Sewing Rabbit.

ModernPurseRefashion4 She took a thrift store purse and completely transformed it into a gorgeous purse that I really and I mean REALLY want.  I am going to have my eye out for a thrift store purse because this DIY project is high on my list!

From my Decor board I pinned this darling wire basket from Honeycomb Creative Co.’s Powder Room Redux.

wire_basketCourtney’s whole bathroom is calming and serene, down to the last detail.  I am secretly opening up the door to my bathroom and wishing that I saw her powder room in front of me instead of my blah oak cabinets.  At least now I have some great inspiration to get me one step closer to the look I am dreaming of!

All of this daydreaming is making me hungry! Let’s move on to the Dinner board shall we? chicken fried riceI am anxious to try this Chicken Fried Rice from Rachel Schultz.  I am thinking it would be a great way to elevate some leftovers.  Leftover rotisserie chicken, leftover rice… this is sounding very easy! I am sure her teriyaki chicken would be even better in it but I will take baby steps to ease out of my laziness.

We are going to round out this edition of Pins of the Week on my Kids Board which is seeing a little extra game time lately with Back to School on the horizon.

lunchables There a a ton of pins on Pinterest with lunchbox ideas but I really like how Nike from Thrive gave a side by side cost breakdown between lunchables and DIY lunchables in her Pack This Not That post.  This is my first year with a child who will be taking a lunch so I am really digging all the lunchtime ideas!

Speaking of lunchtime ideas, also from my Kids board is this pin from Rook No. 17 of a smarties treat with a printable tag.

smartieLucky for us, Jenn has the pdf free for download!  I am pretty sure my daughter would be too fixated on the smarties to read the cute tag but I would feel like super cool mom if I included this in her lunch for the first day of school.  And you know, it is all about me anyways right?

Well that round up my favorite pins of the week. I would love, love, loooove it if you followed me on Pinterest! I would also love to see some of your favorite pins of the week!

Amazon Gift Card Winners!

winners_2_$25The results are in! Thank you everyone for participating in the 2 for $25 back to school giveaway! I loved seeing what everyone would get! By far school supplies seem to be top on everyone’s list.  The two winners though both opted for something different.  If you wanted:

A phone cover because you need one bad or some make-up goodies then you are the lucky winners!

Without further ado, a big congratulations are in order for Amy Morgan and Bianca Rogoveanu! You were chosen by for your comment Amy and Bianca for liking Grey Luster Girl on facebook! You get to choose your hearts desire! Please email me and let me know the email address you want your gift card sent to.  greyluster(at)gmail(dot)com