Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe (or Banana Bread)
We stopped at a coffee shop on our recent day trip to Raleigh and I got a banana nut muffin (and a latte:)…which of course reminded me how much I love these muffins!! See me running home the next day to whip up a batch??
I’ve been making this banana bread recipe for more than ten years. It’s old hat to me and almost comfort food in a way. Originally it was from Paula Dean, but as usual I tweaked it by adding the applesauce and chocolate chips. The applesauce makes it super moist and delicious!! It’s a family favorite!
You can easily make this recipe in a loaf pan to make banana bread or go the muffin route like we do. I choose to make muffins because my son has a severe nut allergy. By making muffins, I can make some with nuts and some without. Just fill the muffin tins without nuts first, then add the nuts to your batter and scoop the rest. Super easy and makes everyone happy! If you choose to make the banana bread in a loaf pan, just cook on 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
It’s been a stressful week. My daughter broke her arm (again), my to-do list is still a mile long, we have family coming to visit, and my kids won’t stop bickering. I mean why do they insist on arguing over EVERYTHING?? The arguing is the one thing that gets to me more than anything. And it can often bring me down.
But, I have so much to be grateful for…
- My daughter only has to wear a brace…no hard cast or splint! Woot!
- My family is coming to visit! Yay!
- My husband and I have been able to go on a walk every night this week. The weather this time of year is so wonderful!!
- I made the bomb chicken enchiladas…it makes my day when everybody actually truthfully loves a meal I have made! Check out the recipe HERE.
- I was able to spend an entire day with my sweet mother in law shopping and genuinely enjoyed our girls day.
Usually I try to combat stress by focusing on the positive and taking a few minutes to myself. I tell me kids all the time that they have “to choose to be happy”. They aren’t going to have a good day if they don’t have a good attitude. And this week I found that I needed to take my own advice!
Some ways I typically try to de-stress:
- Go outside- Even if just for a few minutes…take a deep breath and try to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
- Call or text a friend- helps me to get my mind off of me!
- Read a book- escape for a little while.
- Meditate- this is a new one for me- but I kinda enjoy it. I just got a free app on my phone and when I’m feeling the stress, I take a few minutes to complete an exercise.
- Take a bath- I don’t have a luxurious bath tub yet this still one of my favorite ways to “come down” off the anxiety roller coaster.
- Focus on the positive! Find the silver lining. There’s always something to be grateful for.
What are you thankful for this week? What are your best ways to de-stress? Happy Friday friends…let me know what y’all think!
The Most Amazing Creamy Chicken Enchiladas!
I know y’all know by now how much I love Mexican food.
And Cinco de Mayo is just the perfect opportunity to make my favorite chicken enchiladas!
I was totally inspired on our recent trip to San Antonio by all the amazing Tex-Mex food…so I absolutely had to come home and throw some together for dinner!
These creamy chicken enchiladas are so flavorful. My entire family raved about them! Homemade enchilada sauce paired with tender chicken and lots of cheese make for a winning combo. If you’ve never made homemade enchilada sauce before, please I beg you to try! It is so freaking good…I can’t even explain how yummy it is! Again, I cook my chicken in the crockpot with just some salt and pepper which allows me to shred it so easily! Then, I add white sharp cheddar cheese and cream cheese to fill my enchiladas. Top them with the sauce and more cheese and you have the most amazing chicken enchiladas! I like to serve with chips, homemade salsa, guacamole, fresh corn, and refried beans. Oh! And a margarita-it’s a fiesta!!
Amazing Chicken Enchiladas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Homemade Enchilada Sauce
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Double concentrated tomato paste
Chicken breasts (shredded)
Grated extra sharp white cheddar cheese (or 12 ounces)
To make the Enchilada Sauce
Heat olive oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat and add flour. Whisk together about a minute. Add seasonings and tomato paste and whisk constantly until thoroughly combined. Gradually add the chicken broth stirring constantly to make sure there are no lumps. Let come to a boil for about 2 minutes. Take off the heat and let cool.
To assemble the Chicken Enchiladas
I like to do this assembly line style in a 9 x 13 pan:
Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on half of the tortilla and enchilada sauce on the other half of the tortilla.
Next add the chicken and some cheese in the middle of your tortilla.
Roll each tortilla letting the cream cheese act like glue.
Repeat with each until you have rolled all the enchiladas.
Cover all the rolled tortillas in the enchilada sauce and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
I like to cook my chicken in the crock pot for two reasons: it shreds so easily and you can use that chicken broth in the enchilada sauce. I typically cook the chicken on high for four hours with salt and pepper. You can use any cooked chicken for this recipe if you don't have time to use your crock pot.
This enchilada sauce recipe was originally from Happily Unprocessed with of course my own little tweak.
Cheers Friends!! My margaritas are pretty plain and simple: just your favorite mix, tequila, and some fresh limes. I prefer mine on the rocks, but frozen is always good too! And of course you need a margarita to go with these amazing creamy chicken enchiladas!
Let me know what y’all think…and be sure to check out my salsa recipe HERE and my guacamole recipe HERE!
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Super Simple Guacamole Recipe!
Holy Moly I love Guacamole!
No, seriously…I might have a problem. I can eat this stuff as a meal by itself.
I love getting it at restaurants…but A. you never know if it’s fresh and B. it’s expensive!! Truth be told…I ate a lot of this stuff on our recent trip to San Antonio. So, as soon as I got home, I decided to share this super simple recipe to make at home…you should give it a whirl! (Read about all the amazing food we ate in San Antonio HERE.)
Fresh ingredients…just avocados, onion, lime, and some spices…and you are good to go! One important thing to remember is that it does not keep long…I usually make it in the morning and it’s gone by the next day. But you can totally make as much as you want depending on how many people you’re trying to feed. This recipe is usually good for two people. If it’s just me, then I cut the recipe in half- simple! Some people don’t mind room temperature guacamole, but I prefer to chill mine if the refrigerator for a couple hours. I think the flavor is better, but that’s just my opinion!
Who loves chips and salsa??
Well, this girl sure does!! I adore Mexican food…it’s pretty much my favorite.
We just got home from spring break in Houston, Texas and ate at this amazing Mexican restaurant with the best salsa!! Read about our fun trip HERE.
So…Cinco de Mayo is just a few days away! I guess that means I better get busy, right?? Homemade salsa is actually quite simple. Throw a bunch of fresh ingredients in your food processor or blender and voila! I’m going to stop you here though. If you are accustomed to jarred salsa, this has a very different flavor and you may not like it! My recommendation might be to start with half canned tomatoes and half fresh if you don’t love the taste of fresh tomatoes. But if you love fresh homemade salsa…try this recipe!
Salsa is super fun because you can definitely mix it up if you want more heat, then add more jalapeno. If you want more spice, add more cumin or some chili powder. Taylor it to your taste and what you like…that’s the beauty of homemade salsa! I like a little bit of cilantro, but my mother would add an entire bunch if I let her!
Things to do in San Antonio with Kids
There’s so much more to San Antonio than just the River Walk. That being said, you still have to go, see, and experience the River Walk. We jam-packed our four days in San Antonio with some really cool family friendly things to do! I loved the city and I think my kids did too. It was a great mix of nature, history, and good old fashioned fun!
So…Here’s my list of 7 family friendly things to do in San Antonio:
The Meaning Behind the Name: More than Main Street
I’m still rather new to blogging although I’ve been thinking about it for quite awhile now. A few years ago I even signed up, but was scared off by the technical side of blogging, so I scrapped it. When I decided to give it a go again, I put a lot of thought into it and a name true to myself. And More than Main Street seemed to be the best fit. Almost every town has a Main Street. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most common street names in America. It represents the norm or the status quo in my eyes.
And I want more than the norm out of life. I want to teach my kids to aspire to want more too. And I completely understand that “the more” is different for everyone. For me, “the more” is fulfilled through travelling, experimenting in the kitchen, going on adventures with my family, spreading kindness, and recognizing how fortunate we are. The more is a feeling of success in a way, from a proud mommy moment to a meal everyone actually ate to facing a fear.