Delicious Banana Bites

Growing up, my sister gave me a lot of advice. It started with simple stuff. Wear your backpack on one shoulder, not both. Tight roll your stone washed jeans. Don’t buy hot lunch at school. As we got older it progressed into more practical advice. Which classes to take in high school. Run for Class Officer not Student Council. Park in “the pit” not on the streets. And now as we have entered our adult lives, and I’m married while Abby is living the single life, the advice comes, but maybe not as often and not as serious. Find a job you love. Watch My Red Neck Wedding (clearly we have the same appreciation for trashy reality tv). And texts saying “Turn on the Today Show! Now!”

But one thing that I rarely receive from Abby is baking advice. I have appointment myself as the baking guru of our family so, typically, I am the one making things and sending pictures to my family. However, ever since Abby moved to Virginia and started “nesting” things have started to change. She has started to encroach on my Martha Stewart talent and I am not sure I like it. I’m not going to lie – I feel threatened. And there’s nothing more threatening than the combination of peanut butter, chocolate and banana.

Pinterest has given Abby the ammunition she needs to over take my talents. She made chocolate covered pretzles during Christmas that she found on Pinterest. I think they were most popular than the Oreo truffles Matt and I brought to the table. She made a super cute paint chip banner, melted crayon art and don’t even get me started on the Birthday party she threw for her dog Bexley. But now, she went to far – she made these delicious banana bites and wouldn’t stop talking about just how good they were. Naturally, I had to make them myself.

I started by following the receipe –

1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup peanut butter

While I melted them together I cut 3 bananas into bite size pieces.

Then I dipped the banans into the chocolate/peanut butter mixture and placed them on parchment paper. Now here’s where I took things to a whole new level.

I added sea salt to the tops. YUM!

Molly 1, Abby 0.  And all feels right in the world.

 

Halloween Weekend

Below is a photo montage to the weekend that was Halloween.

Funny how last year I was a flapper and the other people I were with (Matt, Kinsella and Nator) were top gun. The this year, I was with 3 flappers, 4 Star Trek characters and 1 Pauly D…. Not sure how Quinn from Glee fits into that mix (or Pauly D for that matter) but I am ok with it.

Let’s be serious, Quinnifer Bray would never go for a Trekkie.

Unfortunately this picture does not do Nick (Pauly D from Jersery Shore) justice. Let’s just say, we heard a lot of “Cabs are here!”

and “It’s t-shirt time!”

 

On Sunday I had the pleasure of working a Taste Buds event. It was a Halloween party for the Bowery Babes (a sort of sorority group for NYC mothers… I know, enough said) where I lead cookie decorating. It goes without saying that my cookies were far superior to any that these 2 and 3-year-old kids made.

Between working on Friday, the Halloween party on Sunday and Trick-or-Treating last night, I saw a lot of super cute costumes. But the winning award goes to my favorite niece puppy who dressed up as a little Chiquita banana! Honestly, how cute is Sunny?