Old Fashioned Banana Bread


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Ingredients





2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 - 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 large or 4 small bananas (mashed)
2 whole eggs
1 Stick of Butter (softened)
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

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Preheat your oven to 350.


Grease one 9x5 or two 8x4 loaf pans.

Tip: You can use a brush or the discarded butter wrapper with the shortening to grease the pan for less mess on your hands.


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Mash bananas in a bowl, blend in the brown sugar and vanilla extract, set aside.


In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar.



Add the eggs to the butter / sugar mixture



and blend together until fluffy



Combine dry items together.




Mix together the dry and wet ingredients.




Add banana mixture, and mix until well combined.




Add Chocolate Chips and stir by hand.






Bake at 350 for 35 minutes and then lower the oven to 325 and bake for another 20-25 minutes, keeping an eye on the bread toward the end of the baking time.




Bread is done when a toothpick or cake tester has only a few moist crumbs on it.

*If more baking time is needed, bake an additional five minutes, adding more five minute increments, as needed until bread is done. It can take the bread an hour +/- to completely bake.

Cool in pan for 10 minutes.



Remove from pan, let cool completely on a cooling rack.


Serve with coffee, tea, or your other favorite beverage.

This recipe is a favorite at our house and we hope that you enjoy this Old Fashioned Banana Bread as much as we do.


Missing Alpha Files

In the process of switching things around I seem to have lost many files. I would like to continue to make some of those available to others and have access for my own projects. 

I would appreciate it if there is anyone that downloaded either of these two Alpha's to upload the zips to your own Google Drive, Drop Box, or some other that is not overloaded with ads or popups and then share the link here in the comments. 

This way I can download and make it available to others again. You can continue to share after that if you like for these two Alpha's or stop sharing from your accounts. 

Thanks in advance for your assistance.





Scaling to Avoid Paper Waste


As part of an effort to not print so much, I have been saving many items to my devices (usually PDF's) or saving (clipping) to a note taking app. When I do print, I prefer to use as little paper as possible, so the tip below is useful to me. I hope someone out there also finds it useful. 

When you select to print a document from the internet, you might end up with an extra page that only has between one and five lines on it. Maybe you don't mind having that extra sheet of paper with the one to five lines, maybe you do. If you do mind, keep reading and learn about one way that you can avoid this.

Below you will see sample images with a recipe that I selected to print. I had planned to test out the recipe too but a Hurricane delayed those plans. 

If you want to check out the recipe for yourself, or just use it to test out this tip, head over to Jo Cooks and print yourself a copy of the No Knead Dutch Oven Crusty Bread

Now back to the tip... 

You will see inside the oval that this recipe currently requires two sheets of paper to print. The arrows on the right are there to show you what text will be moved and where it will be moved to once we adjust the scale setting. 

Notice the black rectangle on the left side near the center of the sample image. Inside the rectangle there is a + and the words More settings. 

You will need to point with your mouse and click on the words More settings.



This will open up additional options and one of those options will be the scale setting. This is the setting we will adjust.


The scale setting is generally set at 100 (100%) which you can see inside the black rectangular box in the next sample image.



I find that I only need to adjust the scale a small amount, usually from about one to ten percent less. 

So instead of a scale of 100%, you will adjust down from about 99% to as much as 90%. 

In this sample there was about four lines of text and a line of space. This required an adjustment down to 90%.



If you have a page with only one line of text, it may only require an adjustment of 1-3% less. I usually adjust my settings based on the goal of not having a page with only one to five lines on it and making sure that my printed page is still easy to read.
 
You can adjust less or more depending on your needs. That is it for this quick tip. I hope you found this useful. 

The sample images were edited in *Paint.net, and the watermark was created with *UMark. *No affiliation, I just like them and find them useful.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out the blog!