Sour Cream Banana Bars

Sunday, April 19, 2020

We had some overripe bananas the other day. Like most people I use my overripe bananas for banana bread or muffins. However, a few years ago my life was changed forever when I tried to make banana bars. Guys! These bad boys are so yummy! I combined a few recipes and tweaked things where I thought needed and I'll tell you what, these things are soo good! The sour cream makes the bar soo moist and the brown sugar glaze just ties it all in perfectly. The glaze was a concoction I made while pregnant with with Oaks because I was craving something with the salted caramel flavor. I'm telling you, my best recipes come when I'm pregnant and craving things haha. Anyways, these bars are soo yummy and I hope you love them as much as we do! Let me know if you make them!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy




Sour cream banana bars 
-3/4 c white sugar 
-3/4 c brown sugar
-1 c sour cream
-1/2 c softened butter
-2 eggs 
-2-3 overripe bananas (mashed) 
-2 tsp vanilla 
-2 c flour
-1 tsp salt 
-1 tsp baking soda 

Brown sugar glaze 
-1 c butter 
-1 c brown sugar 
-1 c powdered sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-dash of Salt (Just like a shake or two from your salt shaker. If you're using salted butter just do one shake but if you're doing unsalted you might want more. Just taste test it!)

Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper (or grease and flour a jelly roll pan) Mix sugars, sour cream, butter, and eggs in a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) until well combined. Beat in mashed bananas and vanilla. Mix until combined. Slowly add in flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. Pour into the pan and bake until golden. (20-25 minutes) Let bars sit for about 10 minutes and then poke several times with a fork and pour glaze over the top. 

To make glaze:
Melt butter in saucepan. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, and dash of salt. Continually whisk until smooth. Let boil for 5 minutes whisking occasionally. Slowly add in sifted powdered sugar in 3 increments whisking each time. Pour glaze over banana bars and use a rubber spatula to spread evenly. Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut, and enjoy!


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A Little Life Update

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

I used to do these often and then just kinda fell off of it when my life got insane. Last year I decided to coach cheer at my old high school. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and it ended up taking over my life, ha. In a good way... most of the time! Blogging is truly one of my passions and something I love doing, but there just weren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. Sooo blogging ended up getting cut from the lineup. Sad. I'm really hoping to make more time for it now though because I love and miss it! I've been getting quite a few messages on Instagram asking how we're doing and if something happened to make me stop sharing and posting as much. The answer is that nothing happened but life just got a lot busier. So, here's a little catch up post to hopefully answer my most asked questions as well as share just what we're up to!


Hunter
-Working at GA still and excelling. I never doubted or worried about him but he just keeps getting incredible performance reviews. Good job Hunter!
-Working from home during this quarantine and being so good being patient with the little ones running around crazy all the time, haha. 
-Teaches Sunday school to the 12 and 13 year olds at church. I've had the opportunity to sit in during a few lessons and he is a wonderful teacher. I'm so grateful he's the one helping me teach our children!
-Coached the JV basketball team at our old high school last season. I didn't get to go to many of his games since I was coaching at the varsity games but from the few I did get to see and the practices I got to see him in action at, I can tell that's yet another thing he's a rockstar at. 
-Wakes up around 6am even when he doesn't set an alarm. Ha, he gets most everything done before I even wake up!

Aleigh
-Finished up my first year coaching varsity and competition cheer. We actually got cut short due to the quarantine. I was sad to have things end so abruptly but still made lots of wonderful memories over the year. Yes, year. Cheer is completely year round which makes it much different than other sports. We started in May and would've gone til April if the quarantine didn't happen. Tryouts are ion the Spring. We practice over the summer, start competition practice in the Fall. Cheer for football in the Fall. Work on halftime routines and pep rally routines in the Fall. Compete in the Winter. Cheer for basketball in the Winter. Finish with any school performances in the Spring.
-Got called to being an advisor in Young Women's at church. I was really enjoying getting to know the girls and spending time with them. Hoping we can return to that soon!
-Doing little homeschool lessons with Oaks to fill our time up now that preschool is done.
-Remembering how much I love cooking now that I have time to again!


Oaklyn
-Finished up her second year of preschool. It obviously ended sooner than we thought it would but we're looking forward to her starting Kindergarten in the Fall. She made some really awesome little friends and learned SO much!
-Taking hip hop classes and honestly... not totally loving it, ha! I thought she would since it's faster paced but she just keeps saying she wants to be a cheerleader. I can't blame her since she was surrounded by it constantly for the past year. She's currently doing her classes virtually and we are really hoping the recital will still happen this June. 
-Turned 5 in February. (WHAT)
-In CTR 4 at church and we are LOVING seeing her in Primary Programs. 
-Acts like a teenager and is definitely giving us a run for our money. But, she is also very thoughtful and kind when she wants to be... ha. 



Cambria
-2.5! She will be turning 3 in August and I literally cannot believe it. These last 2.5 years have actually flown by.
-Grows an inch of hair each day, I swear. Her hair is gorgeous!
-Such an active little squirt but also such a snuggle bug. She loves to be held and snuggled in a blanket next to anyone she loves.
-Working on potty training. She's doing amazing with pee! Poop however has been quite a struggle...
-Still taking a nap but figured out how to climb out of the crib. And how to open doors... I may or may not have found her in the backyard during nap time. Don't worry, we figured out how to contain her 😓 
-She's still an easy, happy go lucky child with a hint of sass now. She's such a funny little stinker and her vocabulary is becoming hilarious. 


As for a family update... we are still living in San Diego but are planning on moving next summer! Where? Not totally sure yet. We're pretty sure we know where but nothing is set in stone. We'll definitely share more during the process of moving and are getting really excited for a change! As for now, we're enjoying where we're at and are trying to take things day by day rather than wishing time would speed up. There's a lot to be grateful for right now so we're trying hard not to be too anxious! I feel like the most asked question I get is, when will there be Baby Moore #3? Haha! The answer is, we absolutely want more kids! We're very excited to have more kids but it just hasn't felt like the right timing. We definitely don't feel done at two, but we're also not in a rush for three. I guess time will tell... ha! Sorry there isn't more exciting news there. 😉 

Here's to hoping this isn't the last post for a while... I'm going to work on posting more, yay! Let me know anything you guys want to see more of!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Dresses were found at my local Marshalls. They have the best and most reasonably priced dresses!





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A Quick Date Night Touch Up!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
This post was sponsored by Gray Away as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own


When did you get your first gray hair? Or are you one of the lucky ones that still doesn't have any? I remember seeing my first gray hair in high school... yes I'm serious! Of course at that point in time it was just one or two that would pop up once in a blue moon so it wasn't much to worry about. After having kids though, I started noticing them much more often as well as some discoloration surrounding my roots. When I dyed my hair for the first time last year, I did a balayage. I love the way it looks but with the top of my hair being much darker than the bottom, the gray and lighter colored hairs surrounding my face really show up! I really don't want to dye my hair all over or do anything else that requires a bunch of maintenance so I've been trying to figure out what to do! Luckily, I came across the perfect solution!




I normally have my hair in a braid, ponytail, or bun but I love getting dressed up and putting more effort into my appearance for special things like date night with Hunter. Being a mom of two little ones, I clearly have limited time to get ready and definitely don't have time to go sit in a salon chair. That's why I'm so grateful I found Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer! It's such a quick and easy solution when you are in between salon appointments. It is  a quality root concealer that can be used at home and fits perfectly with an on-the-go lifestyle!



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All my love,
Aleigh Joy
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