Chocolate Chip Banana Nutella Pie For One

Chocolate Chip Banana Nutella Pie For One- Holy Yum! 

Did you have a nice Easter? I hope so… I, myself ate WAY too much chocolate.

I also think I have become an addict. Before I was a chocoholic… I have been for a long time, but a chocolate addict brings things to a brand new level. The Easter egg sales has been kind to me, in a evil chocolate sort of way.

I was lucky enough to be on holidays for two weeks. I spent the first week with my family back home and then my Mum came to stay with me for a few days. I love my Mum… lots, and the older I am getting, the more I am realising that we are super similar. Shopping trips are so physically demanding and long that they are counted as exercise, brunching is a must, amazing cheesecakes must be tried and Easter eggs (okay, chocolate) is a food group all on its own.

Chocolate Chip Banana Nutella Pie For One- Holy Yum!

We spent part of this shopping trip looking for Easter eggs on sale (not that we didn’t already have enough…) You know it isn’t great when every time you answer your phone you explain that you are searching for 1/2 price Easter eggs. It is even worse when someone comments ‘but weren’t you doing that the last time and the time before that when I called?’ Ah, yeah I was… and yeah I have just driven to another shopping center to check there. I 100% blame Mum and her influence :)

The constant chocolate on my bench has been more than tempting. One bit turns into two, three… four… okay, who am I kidding? Between you and me… I ate a whole Crunchy Bunny the other day and it was great!

Chocolate Chip Banana Nutella Pie For One- Holy Yum!

But, the fun has to stop somewhere… my head and jeans have been chatting and the outcome isn’t great. It is time to ween myself off the sweet stuff….

Okay, that probably isn’t going to happen…

It is time to add more ingredients to my favourite sweet snack to make something else delicious. What could be better than Nutella, chocolate, banana and pastry?!? (add some peanut butter in there and I could possibly be in heaven)

Chocolate Chip Banana Nutella Pie For One

I love this recipe because it is easy, hardly any mess, it is pretty quick and it is just for you. Yep, this recipe is one serve. It is for those late nights when the sweet munchies hit, but you want something a little more.

Are you still indulging on Easter egg deliciousness or is it just me?!

RECIPE

Chocolate Chip Banana Nutella Pie For One; Crunchy, buttery pastry filled with sweet, soft banana, chocolate chips and a layer of melted, thick Nutella.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 large tablespoon Nutella
  • 1 medium-large ripe banana
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate chips
  • 1-2 tablespoons of milk to brush pastry

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 180.

Line an individual pie or pastry dish with puff pastry and cut away the edges so that the pastry fills the tin/dish perfectly without pieces hanging over the edge.

Poke some holes in the pastry on the bottom of the tart with a fork. Place a piece of baking paper over the top and fill with uncooked rice or baking balls and blind bake the pie shell for 10-15 minutes (depending on the brand used, check the packet).

In the meantime, in a small bowl mash the banana until it is broken up and a some what smooth consistency.

Add the honey and chocolate chips to the banana and stir well to combine.

Once the pie shell is cooked, remove the rice/baking balls and spread the Nutella on the base, followed by the banana mix.

To finish the pie, cut strips of the left over puff pastry and arrange in a criss cross pattern. Brush this pastry with milk.

Place the pie in the oven and cook for 15 minutes or until pastry is cooked according to the directions on the packet. Depending on the moisture in the banana, not all of the pastry on the bottom criss cross might not become crisp.

Serves: 1 Time: Approximately 30 minutes

Banana Chocolate Chip Nutella Pie

DIY Copper Pipe Bunting (and Bedroom Sneak Peak!)

DIY Copper Pipe Bunting

If you read Monday’s post, you’ve already seen a sneak peak of our bedroom… but it hardly counted- this definitely counts! This DIY Copper Pipe Bunting was crazy easy to make, I bought the pipe to make it probably a month ago and left it sitting for a day that I had enough time. Turns out, I didn’t need too much time! I love the way it looks against our navy bedroom walls. Those nails were in the wall from my driftwood garland and I honestly can’t decide which I like better over our bed! I do love the look of mixed metals, but the driftwood has been there for almost a year and I’ve gotten so used to having it there. Sometimes I feel like our walls play musical chairs with all the decor bits I make and then can’t decide which looks best where. One of these days I’ll finish a room and post a full room tour on here for you- sound good?

DIY Copper Pipe Bunting

DIY Copper Pipe Bunting

Until then, let’s talk about how you can make your very own Copper Pipe Bunting! Here’s what you’ll need:

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Around Here: Our New Favourite Book

*This post contains sponsored links- as always, I’d never write about a product I didn’t 100% love (full disclosure)*
Life Lately- Our new favourite book

2015 Has been flying by, friends. I can’t believe that I’ve let time get so away from me- I haven’t given you all a life update/behind the scenes here since my Year in Pictures post for 2014 (whaaaat!?). So today I’m sharing some of the happenings around here, but mostly sharing these sweet photos of my babes with their new favourite book. I posted a photo of the book open to my sister for National Siblings Day on Instagram and had lots of texts asking all about it, so- Let’s talk about this sweet book really quickly, then get on with our update, shall we? Mostly because I can’t wait- isn’t it adorable?

Last year I spotted this post from my friends at Pretty Providence to make a DIY children’s picture book. I loved the idea and bought a mini photo album right away. Then it sat there (like too many things) and I never printed photos for it. THEN I spotted this! Pinhole Press has tons of adorable photo gifts (which you know are my favourite type of gift) and this Mini Storybook of Names and Faces was calling my name. I love that I just had to drop in the photos, and type in the names- that’s it. The hardest part was deciding who to put in the book because we have ginormous families (no joke). I also love that it’s a board book- my kids don’t do paper yet and with how much they’ve been carrying this guy around it’s holding up incredibly well.

Life Lately- Our new favourite book

Life Lately- Our new favourite book

We’ve been having more babysitters than normal lately (you’ll hear why…) but every baby sitter has to sit through them flipping the pages and naming every person in the book. Over and over. I can’t complain, I’m so glad they know and love their cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents. They even give kisses to the pictures sometimes and it makes my Mama heart melt. Other than the puppy puppets in our home- it’s now the most fought over item, and that’s a win right? I can’t even handle this next photo, it makes me laugh so hard! This is a regular scene in our home right now.

Life Lately- Our new favourite book

Anyways, a little about what we’ve been up to. Emmitt and Aubrey have been fighting colds and fevers and even though I registered them into daycare for one day a week so I could get some work done during the week, it’s been a month since they’ve been able to attend! I have to say, I’m really missing my alone time! They’ve both always been quite stubborn (but in different ways) and lately that’s been kicked up a notch. Miss A has been exercising her defiant streak and Mr E seems to think he can cry until he gets what he wants. We’re working on it- I’m thankful for the nicer weather so we can get outside and let them run free.

With their new behaviour has come some wonderful things too though- we’re loving how their personalities are becoming so apparent, they may be twins but they’re certainly nothing alike! If you follow along on Instagram, I’ve been posting lots of photos of their newest love- holding hands! They want to do it everywhere, I can’t get enough! They’re also getting so clever, Aubrey has more words than I can count and even though Emmitt doesn’t say as many words, he jabbers like crazy and understands almost everything we say. Continue Reading…

DIY Birch Plywood Wall Hanging

DIY Birch Plywood Hand Lettered Wall Hanging

Things are finally settling down for us- Easter weekend was a blur of fun and chocolate. We had lots of family and friends in town and had fun visiting with them, we even managed to sneak in a little baby shower! But, thankfully, things have calmed down a bit and I’m getting back into the swing of things. I am so excited to bring you a fun DIY (I can’t believe it’s been a week since I shared a DIY here!), this Birch Plywood Hand Lettered Wall Hanging! Before I give you the full How-To and a free printable of the quote so you can make one for yourself…

DIY Craft Wood Challenge- I love all of these so much!

I’m extra excited for this post today because it’s part of a Materials Challenge I put together with the lovely Karisa from Petite Modern Life. We shot out some emails to a few of our favourite blog pals and challenged them to create a project using Craft Wood from Michaels Stores… I’m so impressed with the projects they’ve pumped out (and the girls we got involved- #WCW)! Before I get to the DIY on mine, you can see all of their posts above, links as follows:

Annabode: DIY Bud Vase | Nalle’s House: Mid-Century Modern Ball Clock | Brave New Home: DIY Wooden Modern Cuckoo Clock  | Lemon Thistle: Birch Plywood Wall Hanging | Petite Modern Life: DIY Craft Wood Shelves | Persia Lou: Inkodye Wood Wall Art | Squirrelly Minds: DIY Animal Head Mounts
DIY Birch Plywood Hand Lettered Wall Hanging
 Alright, back to my plywood wall hanging… here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

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Postcard Collaboration: Freebie, Giveaway AND Products

Happy Easter! I hope you’re spending it relaxing with family. I feel like this week has just been nuts, friends! I was head down working hard to get my Mini E-Course, ‘Never Run Out of Ideas Again‘ off the ground for last Friday (did you check it out yet?) and now I’m thrilled to be announcing another (but completely different) product that’s available for you! It’s so much good all at once.

You’ve heard me rave about my dear friend Troi Crombie before- she has taken my family photos, maternity photos, and even helped with our wedding photos (she’s pretty much amazing). And when she mentioned she was opening an online store and asked if I’d be interested in collaborating, you bet your bottom I said yes!

Hand Lettered & Typographic Postcards- Free Download, Product, and Giveaway

So- here’s what we’ve come up with (and I’m SO excited!). I sent over some lettering and she just sent me the final copies of the lettering paired with her gorgeous photos. Her photography makes me want to get outside and explore, I so need to make more time for that! We’ve created 15 different post cards which are available in her store as 10 packs for $17 CAD.

BUT, you know I couldn’t let this pass by without giving you something for free. Each Troi and I are sharing one of the post cards as a free printable on our blogs today AND we’re doing a giveaway to get a couple packets of these post cards (and some coordinating stickers- bonus!) in your hands.

Hand Lettered & Typographic Postcards- Free Download, Product, and Giveaway

Hand Lettered & Typographic Postcards- Free Download, Product, and GiveawayContinue Reading…