I feel like all moms can fit into one of two categories, those who play with their kids or those who do not. Take a wild stab at which one I am.
Unfortunately I am not one of those “spontaneous” moms with the “dishes-can-wait” attitude. You know why? Because of course the dishes will wait for you! They will wait all the way until your little darlings are tucked into bed. Then you know what you will be doing once you have some free moments to yourself? Damn straight, the dishes. I like to condense all my mandatory obligations into the 12 hours my kids are awake. Then once the calm settles over the house, also known as bedtime, I can completely relax because I don’t have anything staring at me that needs to be done. Maybe this isn’t the best way to tackle the inner workings of life, but unfortunately I’m just hardwired this way.
If I’m kicking back playing legos with my kids, who’s flying this plane? No one wants to be cruising at 30,000 feet above sea level and see the captain come out of the cockpit, holding a cocktail, to sit down and shoot the breeze with his passengers. There would inevitably be a lot of turbulence that could have easily been avoided or even a crash and burn, in a worse case scenario. I prefer to stay one step ahead of these situations.
Plus, there’s the fact that I’m a grown woman. I’m not really great at making army guys talk to each other anymore. Been there, done that. Furthermore, I’m not really a fan of my kids telling me exactly what has to come out of my action figure’s mouth. Anytime I do offer up some material or story lines I get shut down. “No, Mommy! Your guy doesn’t say that! You say, ‘Let’s go to the Bat Castle to throw the bad guys in jail’.” Maybe that’s not how I saw this particular scene playing out. I was thinking Batman and Robin can finally profess their lifelong love for each other. They can get married in the White House Rose Garden with President Obama officiating and historically symbolize the legalization of gay marriage. Now that sounds like something I can really work with. Maybe if I had a little more creative control every once in awhile, I’d turn my cheek on that basket of unfolded laundry.
I’m not always such an industrious workhorse, though. I’m a barrel of laughs on vacation. Beds unmade? Not my problem. Out of clean underwear? Sorry, kids, out of luck. Dinner table’s a disaster? I’m generously tipping someone to deal with it while I enjoy a second glass of wine. My only responsibility is to keep the crew together and breathing until we make it back home. I can handle that.
If you categorize yourself in the same club as me, I’ll let you on a little secret I’ve discovered. The more kids you have, the less you are required to entertain them. But then, you know, you have more kids. So there’s that. And, unfortunately, that doesn’t always work out in your favor. Take a look at this post if you want to see what chaos ensued while I was busy not playing with my kids, and instead making this delicious Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Quick bread.
I did add the word “quick’ to the recipe title because it is, in fact, quick to throw together. But if you decide to knock out a few other things like I did, plus make the bread, I can’t promise your kids will still be operating on cruise control when it’s all done. The good thing is you can always hold out sharing some of this fabulous bread with them until they clean up any disaster they’ve created.
- 3 cups flour or gluten free all purpose flour (I recommend Cup 4 Cup gluten free blend)
- 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup buttermilk or soured milk*
- 1 cup miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbsp. milk
- 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. vegetable oil or shortening
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray two 8 1/2 X 4 1/2" loaf pans and set aside.
Whisk together flour or gluten free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. With a stand mixer or electric mixture, beat peanut butter, butter, sugar, and light brown sugar in another large bowl until very light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in eggs, then vanilla. Slowly pour in buttermilk or soured milk, beating until combined.
Gradually add flour mixture and beat on low until combined. Stir in miniature chocolate chips and divide between the two loaf pans.
Bake 45 minutes (5-10 minutes longer for gluten free) or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.
In a small microwave safe bowl melt 2 tbsp. peanut butter for about 20 seconds. Add powdered sugar and milk and stir vigorously until smooth. Drizzle over the loaves of bread with a spoon.
In a small microwave safe bowl, combine 1/4 cup chocolate chips and shortening or vegetable oil. Microwave for about 1 minute, stopping every 20 seconds to stir and smooth out. Drizzle over the top of the peanut butter glaze on bread loaves.
*for soured milk put 2 tsp. of lemon juice or vinegar into a liquid measuring cup and then pour enough milk in to equal 1 1/2 cups all together. Stir and let stand for 5 minutes.
Gluten Free Adaption: Even with the large amount of flour called for in this recipe, it still turned out fabulous subbing in the gluten free flour blend. I baked it about 5 minutes longer as well.
Make Ahead Instructions: If you want to freeze the bread, make sure it is cooled completely, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place in freezer gallon bags. Make the glazes and drizzle on after it is thawed and you are ready to serve.