It all started back in October when I was grocery shopping. There – sitting in the produce aisle – was an entire banana box full of bananas for $8.00.
An entire banana box!
Yes, they were getting ripe fast – but still it was a great deal!
I bought them and we ate them – quickly.
The last few we peeled and threw in the freezer.
A few weeks later I saw the same deal. Only this time the kids weren’t so thrilled with eating that many bananas. More went in the freezer.
Then my husband brought one home. Even more went in the freezer.
This went on well into November before we realized that none of us even wanted to look at a banana again!
Last week I cleaned out the freezer and realized that we had many, many bags of frozen bananas – and there were starting to impart a banana flavor in the homemade rolls and even the frozen french fries they shared the freezer space with.
Major banana fail.
It was time to use them up. The problem was, we are banana’d out. We’ve had banana bread, banana muffins, banana cake…you name it, we ate it, until we can’t stand to look at it again!
Then I thought of smoothies.
I taught the kids the basics, gave them a few ideas ideas – and set them loose. The only rules were they had to use a frozen banana AND they had to eat what they created.
Boy – were they creative!
Some were actually good.
Dagmar’s peanut butter, yogurt, banana and chocolate syrup was yummy. As was the blueberry, raspberry, banana and yogurt combination.
Pedro did not do as well. His banana, chocolate syrup, raspberry syrup, and a carrot stick combo was not very tasty. It was edible, however. But in his zeal to out-do his siblings he added barbecue sauce.
Words can not describe.
He sat and tried to drink it for over an hour (remember rule #2!) until I showed him mercy and grace, allowing him to feed it to the chickens. Such relief on his face! (I did hear him tell his brother at lunch that he could still taste it several hours later!)
The kids continue to enjoy smoothies for breakfast and snack – but are more cautious about their choice of ingredients!
Little by little the massive banana pile in the freezer is slowly dwindling – one smoothie at a time.
And when I go grocery shopping – I walk right by those cheap bananas!
PS: I’ve linked this post up with my friend Myra over at My Blessed Life for her Friday Fails fun!