a pile of bananas


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Sometimes, your life doesn’t go as planned. Okay, all the time your life doesn’t go as planned. If you even tell me yours does, please tell me your magical secret or be ready to accept the fact that we won’t be friends anymore. Sometimes, situations just drive me bananas. You may not have used that phrase since you were in the 5th grade — however, I have an excuse because I’m around 5th graders all day. Therefore, I am allowed to use the same vernacular as them.

Just so we can say we played, let’s just imagine (totally hypothetically of course) that the snow that was said to hit Chicago last night didn’t hit until rush hour this morning. Thus ruining any chances of my much fantasized snow day.

Just for kicks, perhaps the woman who usually works at the gym wasn’t there this morning. No, I don’t have a crush on her — she just gets there at 4:30 instead of 5:00 when they’re really supposed to open. Loss of 30 minutes of a workout? BANANAS!!!!

You might even figure out during the day that you secretly have “jealous parent syndrome” or as I like to call it, JPS (okay, I’ve never called it that before — let’s hope it sticks). Pretend your child sits at the door and waits, cries, and whines when your significant other leaves. However, you know for a fact said child does not do the same for you when you leave. You would only know this because you secretly peered in through a window after you left for work. Not that I would know or anything…

You’re right — that drove me bananas.

Not to mention my dirty rug… let’s not talk about that.

Luckily for me, whenever something drives me bananas, the only thing it really does for me is get the word “bananas” stuck in my head. Thankfully, I have the perfect cure for such a situations.

Perfect Grilled Bananas Recipe

  • 1 banana (ripe = caramelized sugars)
  • cooking spray
  • cinnamon

Begin by picking the biggest and ripest bananas of the bunch. Unfortunately for me, this day was kind of on the less ripened side. However, you want a riper banana so the sugars caramelize together and make an ooey gooey (technical term) mess.

You only need half of a banana — unless you like a whole (who am I to tell you how to eat your bananas?). Slice the banana in half length-wise.

Spray a small skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Do not heat your skillet too high as no one likes scorched bananas. Sprinkle cinnamon on the inside slices of the bananas and lay facedown in the skillet. Heat for two-three minutes and flip. Before you flip though, be sure to sprinkle cinnamon on the other side as well. Heat for an additional 2-3 minutes.

What you end up with is a sweet and delicious grilled banana that will make you forget your world’s troubles.

I think I might start feeding Charlie these bananas until he realizes he loves me more. Because let’s face it — not being able to control any said situation drives. me. bananas.

Question: Is there anything that drives you bananas? OR Have you ever tried grilled bananas?

PS — Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win 3 packages of Jessica’s Natural Foods granola! The giveaway enters Thursday, January 13 @ midnight.

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