Well, it had to happen. Summer is here. We made it through the last-minute flurry of final exams, piano recitals and field day. And so the question begs, "Now what?"
As Camp Mommy kicks into high gear, I consider myself fully-prepared. Memberships are updated to the Zoo, Aquarium, Children's Museum and City Park amusement area. I've located the fishing rods in the shed. Bike tires are pumped up. The blazing southern sun hasn't made the pool feel like bath water yet...YET. Wii is online. Library cards stand at the ready. I should be cool, right? RIGHT?!?
And then it starts, "Mo-o-o-m, she's hogging the remo-o-ote!" BING! Round One of the summer battles begins. I SCREAM. YOU SCREAM. Just wait till they get really bored. That, my friends, is when I pull out my secret weapons.
And my pops won't have a drop of high fructose corn syrup. In fact, they'll have fruit, vitamins, milk and fiber! All summer long, we'll have fun coming up with new concoctions to tickle our taste buds (and soothe the savage beasts). Here is our first set of recipes.
2 ripe bananas
1/3 cup of milk (I used canned pet milk)
1/2 cup of fresh, ripe pineapple chunks (you can use canned)
1/3 cup sweetner (sugar, Splenda...up to you)
1 tbsp honey
pinch of cinnamon
I am always looking for ways to use up ripe bananas. In the winter, I make bread but this is a great idea for summer. Just blend everything together and pour into a freezy pop tray. You can also use small cups with wooden sticks that you can get at the store. This batch makes 8 pops. If you have leftover, throw some ice cubes into the blender and enjoy a quick smoothie.
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
Blend all ingredients except the chips. Stir in the chips. Freeze in your pop tray. This batch makes 4 pops.