Banana Bread’s Secret

I’m not a banana fan in the least. Don’t like the taste, the texture and certainty not what they do to my kids! However, mix them up in a delicious bread and my mind completely changes. The sour cream in this recipe makes the bread super moist and I am always caught sneaking a second piece!

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup sour cream
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp salt
1-2 cups chocolate chips, optional


In a medium sized bowl mix together bananas and sour cream. Set aside.

In large bowl cream butter and sugars until smooth.

Beat in eggs and vanilla.

Stir in banana/sour cream mixture.

In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients then add to banana mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into two greased 7×3 inch loaf pans or one 9×13 pan.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and bake for 5 minutes. Then turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake an additional 45 minutes. * this will help to prevent the top from getting too dark*

Bread is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Baked Pickles

I made these delicious baked pickles the other day with all intensions of sharing with Reagan and saving some for the husband when he got home from work.  Things didn’t really play out that way and I ended up eating 14 1/2, yes I only made 15- don’t judge, but gave half of one to Reagan who was totally not interested and fed to the dog.

I found the recipe here ( but switched it up a bit, knowing that I didn’t want to use dill pickles, I’m not a fan, or have 50 baked pickle pieces hanging around the house that I knew I would eat before the husband came home.

These pickles were YUMMY!  I had left over ingredients in my bowl that I could have used to make three or four more baked pickles (based on what was left of the bread crumb mixture), but since my pan was full, I opted to just discard the extras.  FYI- I had to wash my thumb and pointer fingers (the dippers) off twice, because they got a little gunked with the mixture, but other than that this wasn’t messy at all.

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 7-10 min

Serves: well…it served me…

15 Bread and Butter Chip Pickles
1 Egg
1 TBL Milk
1/3 cup Flour (All Purpose)
1/3 cup Bread Crumbs
1/4 cup Panko Crumbs
1/3 cup Cheddar Cheese (Finely Shredded)
Cooking Spray


Prep & Cooking Directions –

1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

2. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray

3. Take out the 15 pickles and place on a plate

4. Take 3 small mixing bowls and put the flour in one, the egg and milk mixed together in another, and in the third bowl combine the bread crumbs, panko crumbs, and the shredded cheese.


5. Coat each pickle chip with flour, then the egg/milk mixture, and then the cheesy bread/panko crumb mixture, and place on to an oiled cookie sheet.

Pickle 3  pickle6 pickle4


6. Bake @ 425 degrees for 7 – 10 minutes or until desired “crispiness” is reached.

The original recipe suggests dipping the pickles in ranch dressing.  This sounds fantastic, but I didn’t have any on hand, so I went without and they were still delish!