Out With the Old, In With the New


I 've been blogging for almost three years - the same age as my laptop. I started blogging after buying a new laptop one day at Best Buy. I chose a Gateway, not really knowing if that was a good choice or not. It turned out to be a good buy. A BEST BUY??

She's been a good laptop to me these past three years; I haven't had many problems at all. But she's slowing down on me and making blogging more difficult lately. Three years doesn't seem very old, but it is for a laptop. She's a senior citizen now. She keeps wanting me to take her to Golden Corral and I'm like, NO we are not eating there.

Goodbye my Sweet Little Gateway.


Hello my new Compaq Presario CQ62.


I bought a new laptop today!! I'm so very, very excited. Eric and I went to Best Buy today and he helped me pick one out. He's a network technician at a local college and he knows his computer stuff. I do not know my computer stuff.

Here are a few things I learned today.

-Gateway is an Emachine.
-Compaq Presario is an HP.
-An Intel processor costs more than AMD but AMD is just as good.
-3 gigs of ram is very good.
-Windows 7 is very good.
-I love pretty backgrounds that make me feel like I'm in the Rocky Mountains.


This is a big deal to me because I'm on my laptop all of the time. Anyway, I love it. It's so fast and clean and bright. And I can leave it unplugged without the battery dying instantly! This is a great day.


Goodbye plain banana bread.

Hello Butterscotch Banana Bread.


I don't know about you, but I've baked regular banana bread about a hundred times in my life. I love banana bread because it's banana bread and it's awesome as is. But it also can get a little boring. In the past year or so I've tried creating banana bread recipes that are still traditional, but maybe have a few interesting ingredients in them or some different techniques in the baking process.

I was really pleased how this recipe turned out. Here we have classic banana bread with some new ingredients: browned butter & bananas, and melted butterscotch chips.


The browned butter and bananas go well with the brown sugar and maple-y butterscotch. This banana bread has a deeper, darker, more complex flavor than traditional banana bread. I think I'll most likely make this recipe again in the future.

But right now I feel like doing some cookin'. I feel like baking buttermilk biscuits and cooking green beans with bacon. I'm feeling awfully southern today.

Have a good Monday! I think ya'll are great.


Butterscotch Banana Bread

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup mashed ripe banana
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt (add a tiny bit extra if you like things saltier)
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup butterscotch chips, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a (9-inch) loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; cook 2-3 minutes, whisking frequently, until butter foams and turns golden brown. Whisk in banana and cook 1-2 minutes until well combined and creamy.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together butter-banana mixture and brown sugar until combined. Whisk in eggs and vanilla until combined.

Place batter into prepared pan; swirl melted butterscotch into batter using a knife. Bake 40 minutes or until well risen, golden brown, and a toothpick inserted into loaf comes out with moist crumbs attached.

Cool completely before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf


  1. Yay for new computer toys and butterscotch.

  2. Wow looks amazing! I can almost taste it

  3. my hubby loves banan bread..I think he will love this..bookmarked!

  4. Oh what a combination! This sounds so yummy :) Will definitley be making it because I'm in a banana craze

  5. This bread sounds great! I have never thought to add butterscotch to banana bread. I will definitely give this a try!

  6. Congrats on your new laptop! This banana bread look so good with the butterscotch!!!!

  7. Congrats on the new laptop... happy blogging with your new computer friend :)

  8. I've been blogging for the same amount of time as well - and I remember your blog was one of the first ones I ever started reading! :)

  9. Hi new laptop!!!!!! Thats so exciting! What a change from going from a slow laptop to a fast and new one! It makes you appreciate technology and how very convenient it can be :)

    Mmmmmm and heeello to that banana bread!! Looks so good. What a great flavor combo!!

    Have fun baking biscuits!

  10. May your new laptop bring you many years of happy blogging.

    One can never have too many variations on banana bread!

  11. Good luck with you new laptop! I love mine...they are so convenient. Your banana bread recipe is perfect timing for me to try....I am entering the Prince William County Fair with a banana bread and was going to enter one I won with before. I am going to give this recipe a try since it's something different and I'll let you know if I enter it.....

  12. Looks yummy! And congrats on the new laptop....I'm thinking I might go MAC when mine finally is eligible for Social Security....

  13. I have wanted to go to the Golden Corral breakfast buffet for the past year. It never works out (i.e., babies don't cooperate). In fact, I want to go so badly, it is #1 on my Refrigerator List of things to do. It reads: Breakfast Buffet at Golden Corral, dammit!

    Now I come here to find that it means I am old. Way to dash a girl's. . uh, I guess I mean old lady's. . .goals, Em.

  14. I'm really addicted to banana breads! I'm always looking for new recipes for a little change ... With butterscotch chips, I've never tasted. It must be amazing!!

  15. I love the idea of butterscotch banana bread. I am always looking for new banana bread recipes.

    Congrats on the new computer! Battery life is such a good thing!

  16. Way to go with your new laptop! And the banana bread looks delicious. Love the combo of ingredients. I'm new here and see lots of great recipes to look at!

  17. Cute computer--even cuter bread!!!

  18. Yay, congrats on your new computer! Mine dies if it's not plugged in now too, which drive me crazy.

    Love that banana bread too - yum!

  19. I would have never thought if adding butterscotch to banana bread but it sounds like a winning combination. LOVE IT!!!

  20. wait, some people cook green beans without bacon or pork fat of some kind? say it ain't so! :)
    i love your banana bread, version 11.9--butterscotch morsels are an instant draw.

  21. I fricken LOVE your recipes....I work at a bakery and decided to do an adapted version of your stuffed Pb chocolate chip cookies....wow....delicious! You are really amazing at what you do. AND this bread look scrumptious.

    Also....Yeah for new laptop!!! Woo hoo

  22. oooh, congrats on the new laptop. I have tech-jealousy raging over here. I work on a desktop and have a mini-laptop for travel but it just doesn't cut it!
    gorgeous banana bread. there isn't much that browned butter doesn't make better :)

  23. Congrats on the new computer. I need to get a new one just haven't jump the gum yet, this inspires me to get a new one soon rather than later. Banana bread looks delicious!

  24. Funny post..."you're feeling southern today", that made a lightbulb just go on!! You don't have a southern accent...hmmmmm;) Anyway, that banana bread looks mighty fine!!

  25. Congrats on the new laptop--super exciting!! And that bread? Yes please!

  26. I've never heard of gateway but it looks rather solid! :D but nothing beats that bread though!

  27. "It turned out to be a good buy. A BEST BUY??"

    HAHAHA. So lame but so funny. You crack me up. =)

    And oh my, that butterscotch banana bread looks and sounds diviiiine.

  28. Totally jealous! I need a new laptop too. The bread looks delicious!

  29. New computers are so exciting! This bread is even more exciting...YUM!!! You really took banana bread to a whole new level..

  30. Congratulations on your new laptop, it looks so cool.

    I have not tried butterscotch in banana bread so this is surely a new twist that I am open to it, thanks for the idea.

  31. Thanks everyone!

    Eric, no, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure I'm right.

    Veggiegirl, I know! Same here.

    Amy, hahahah. You are too funny. I've never been for the breakfast. I bet that is good. :)

    Maureen, thank you for the nice compliment! I'm glad you like recipes. :)

    Christy, I try not to have one! :o

    Jena, haha that was pretty lame. That's what happens when you blog at two AM.

  32. Emily, this cake looks so good. I am totally in agreememnt with you about banana bread. Its good becasue it is Banana bread. Just perfect. I have never tried it with butterscotch. Perfect.

  33. Yay on your new computer. An old, sluggish computer is the worst. Love butterscotch and with bananas? Even better.

  34. Yay for new laptops! I had an HP all throughout college and it lasted four years before blue screening on me. That was sad.

    This banana bread sounds fantastic! Like you, I'm always looking for ways to mix it up!

  35. I hate Best Buy but I love banana bread and brown butter and butterscotch it is a must try recipe...

  36. Congrats on the new computer!

    Lovin' that banana recipe! Butterscotch definitely ups the yum factor.

  37. Congrats on your new computer and your even more magnificent banana bread.

  38. ::droooooool::

    This looks fantastic! I'm always looking for new ways to try my banana bread! Can't wait to try this!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  39. Wow I have an extremely similar recipe that I developed last year, with whole roasted bananas, brown sugar and brown butter. No butterscotch though, that does sound good.

  40. congrats on the new computer! I love the butterscotch addition to this banana bread! Can't wait to give it a go with these prime bananas I have laying on the counter!

  41. Yay for new computers - I totally need a new one too!

  42. I really need a new laptop - mine is 5 years old (yup, almost ready to kick the bucket), and it is so super slow that it drives me crazy. I don't know my computer stuff either, so I am dreading buying a new computer. The buttercsotch banana bread looks delish - I like banana bread.

  43. You really crack me up. "She keeps wanting me to take her to Golden Corral and I say, no we will not eat there." Too funny, Girl!
    Yay for new computers.
    Word up--don't drop your laptop! Just sayin'. Especially when they're new.

  44. Oh, and yum to banana bread in any form!

  45. Delicious! I love banana bread. Looks like you did a great job. I haven't baked banana bread in a while. Usually, it's just Beer Bread. Keep up the great work here! I'll check back soon!