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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Food for Thought : Happy Banana Lovers Day!

Have you had a banana today? Today is Banana Lovers Day. Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the world; the average person eats about 25-30 pounds of bananas per year. Bananas are full of vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are low in fat and sodium, and make a simple 100 calorie snack. Here are a few tips to enjoy bananas in a healthful way:

1 .  Bananas are a great snack and mid-day pick-you-up. Pack a banana in your lunch bag to have for a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack. They contain B vitamins that can help you with energy.

2 .  If your bananas are green and you would like them to ripen faster, put the bananas in a paper bag with an uncut apple, pear or tomato. The ethylene gas produced by the fruits will be trapped inside the bag and this will accelerate the ripening process.

3 .  Bananas are great additions to peanut butter sandwiches. Or crush graham crackers in a plastic sandwich bag. Cut bananas into half-inch slices. Place banana slices in bag and shake until coated. These make a great crunchy and sweet snack.

4 .   If your bananas are too ripe to eat, put them in the freezer, whole and uncut. They can be used later for baking or making smoothies.
                            Homemade  Banana Pudding
1½     cup granulated sugar
2        tablespoons all purpose flour
⅛       teaspoon salt
⅛       teaspoon baking powder
2        cups whole milk
4        large eggs, beaten
2        teaspoons vanilla
6-8     ripe bananas, peeled and sliced
1        12 oz. box of vanilla wafers
For whipped topping (optional):
1        cup heavy whipping cream
2        tablespoons powdered sugar

1 .   In a double boiler, whisk together the sugar, flour, salt and baking powder.

2 .   Mix in the milk, beaten eggs, and vanilla. Combine well and cook, stirring occasionally over medium-high heat until thick, about 10-15 minutes. Let pudding cool.
3 .   In a casserole dish, or individual dessert dishes, starting with wafers on the bottom, repeat layers of wafers, bananas and pudding until all ingredients are used.

If desired top with whipped cream.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Words of Wisdom :

Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.

I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

A proud grand-poppa               G.


  1. Hi Poppa ,
    You keep getting better and better , a lot of the ladies are asking when and if you are going to bring your Food for Thought back to Nee's Place. I told them soon (hopefully) you was helping aunty now . I told them to send in their recipes to Wanderingbrook , Kathy and her bunch will , Human Resources are waiting for aunty to get home .
    Uncle is a gem to help , he will turn it over to aunty when they get back . Talk to my kids and they are having a great . I missed them , they are in good hands with aunty and MeMa .
    Your sweet granddaughter

    1. Hello my sweet granddaughter ,
      I thank you ever so much . Yes I am helping Nee for the time being , Gil said she seems to be in the dumps , so we are trying to get her up to her old self , the kids are a great help ., I will call you tonight ..
      Always your sweet poppa

    2. Hi HB
      Boy, that dessert looks too good to eat. I bet the kids would love that one. This week I really liked your first wisdom quote. I wrote it down. It was a keeper. I hope your vacation is marvelous and you are staying well and happy. I am doing my best to get well and come back to work. Until then thank you for helping . I know Nee appreciates your assistance.
      Best regards
      Love and hugs

    3. Hello Nee,
      Thank you and Kathy once again for your kindness. I am doing my best to get well. I'm a little sad my recovery is not going better and I sure do miss my friends.
      Don't work too hard young lady. And take good care of yourself.
      Best regards
      Your friend Genie

  2. Hi Aunty and Genie ,
    How you doing Genie , improving , relaxing and taking it easy , it may be slow going , it will get better .

    Aunty , what a lovely trbute to Robin Williams on Starhooks , his birthday was Friday and he was 64 , still a young man .
    Love and miss all of you , I think mom is going stir crazy .
    Your sweet niece
    Dear Maxy ,
    My boyfriend's daughter has been acting out recently . After my boyfriend spoke to her , she admitted she feels alone because she does not have a mother . Her mother has been removed from the family for many years and my boyfriend's daughter is legally protected from her . Now that I am her father's partner , I would like to bond with her and help her have an older female figure in her life . I do not want to overstep my boundaries , but I want her to know that the girly experience that she cannot have with her mother , she can have with me . how do I broach this topic ? I do not want to seem insensitive or over eager , but I want her to know she can rely on me .
    Treading Lightly

    Dear Maxy ,
    I belong to a strick yacht and country club where their are many rules . Although the rules are not clearly stated , they are meant to be universally known .
    One of the most awkward rules to explain to my guests is that there is a no-texting rule when one is at the club. I need to maintain a good reputation , but with my teenage children and their guests , I am not always heard . I do not want to have to reprimand others' children , but I feel so embarrassed when I look over to see teenagers eating and staring at their laps . What should I do ?
    Club Rules

    Dear Maxy ,
    Why do some people insist on arriving late for family dinners ? My husband and I are great-grandparents with the only home large enough to set up and cook and I set the time that seems most convenient for our family members .
    When there is a football game in the evening , I set the time for noon . When there is early morning rain , set time for late afternoon . When asked if we can set a specific hour , I always agree . On Memorial Day , I told everone to be here at 1 p.m. Ten people were here waiting , and the last two came in 45 minutes later.
    We didn't set dow to eat until after 2 . This is awkward for everone , but especially the young children , who are hungry , seniors who haven't eaten since early morning, and one family member who is diabetic and needs to time her insulin .
    Why is it no longer to be punctual ?
    Late Arrivals

    Dear Maxy ,
    My wife and I are lucky to live near the friendliest , most helpful neighbors we could ask for . They are a middle-aged European couple who moved to the states two years ago .
    Here's the problem . They have a swimming pool in their backyard , and when the use it , threy do not wear swimsuits . I assume they are just doing what's normal in their native country .
    When I am outside , I simply try to look the other way and ignore them . However , when they see me or my wife , they almost always call out to say hello and to start a conversation. My wife and I is not bothered by it , and will go over and talk to them .
    However , I'm not so comfortable . Generally , I wave and go back into the house until they are out of the pool.
    My wife says I am overreacting , but I don't think I shpuld feel uncomfortable in my own back yard .
    My wife does not want to put up a fence , as she thinks it would be unsightly and unwelcoming . Can you help ?
    Neighbors of Lord and Lady Godiva


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