This post is about keeping it real. For many of us who work from home, summer is hard. While some people are sharing their summer adventures on social media and still churning out glorious posts, others of us are just trying to make sure the kids are getting baths every few days and trying to make sure the house doesn’t turn in to a complete pig sty. Meeting deadlines and spending quality time with your kids does not go hand in hand. I really try to make sure that I make breaks in my to-do list to do something with the kids and give them all my attention. We recently started making this banana “ice cream” as a special treat. It is something we can do together, eat together (without feeling guilty) and clean up together.
I hate sticky messes. Nothing grosses me out more than sticky messes in the car or kitchen. I’m so grateful for the Wet-Nap products. For real. When we graduated from baby wipes, we moved right on to these. I love that they have the canister that works super well for arts and crafts or working in the kitchen and the to-go packs for bringing along in the car, on road trips or even just on playdates. I picked these up from Walmart on one of my recent trips. They offer a .55 cent off coupon on any Wet-Nap products (which can be found in either the napkin aisle or in the travel section) so you save even more than just their everyday low prices (while supplies last!). P.S. the citrus scent smells amazing! It smells more like pineapple than citrus but it is so great! The wipes are softer and stronger than before and moisturizes with aloe so your hands don’t get all dried out.
They work perfectly for cleaning “orange finger.” You know, from eating snacks that are completely unhealthy and full of processed cheese-like flavors. Sure I may have made you believe that we are super healthy eaters based on the banana “ice cream” talk. But we eat the banana “ice cream” because of the horrific snacks we consume on a far too regular basis…but the individual packets are perfect for tossing in my bag when we finally do make time to have some fun away from the house.
Real talk: I am super grossed out by bananas. Not the flavor, just touching them. I used to work at a restaurant where we had to make shakes. It seemed like all of my regulars were part monkey because I was constantly making shakes with bananas. I would peel the banana and wash my hands. I would prepare the rest of the shake ingredients and then add the banana and then wash my hands. Then I would clean up the shake area, touching the gross peel again and you guessed it, wash my hands. Ewww. So slimy. And while I am trying desperately not to pass along my banana phobia to my kids, I am super glad that I can hand them a Wet-Nap wipe so they can get that goop off of them before they spread it around or get it on me.
The banana “ice cream” is SUPER easy but takes a little planning ahead. Each serving uses 1/2 – one whole frozen banana. They are easier to blend if they are cut before freezing. So before a bunch of bananas starts to get too ripe, we cut them up for these frozen treats. My youngest loves to cut things in the kitchen so I may or may not have him cut the bananas so that I don’t have to touch them.
The reality, though, is this is what my kitchen looked like last week in preparation for the creative retreat I was planning. And that face is him telling me he was done with his photo shoot. He just wanted to cut his bananas in peace. And shirts are not part of our wardrobe during summer.
Fast forward to when the bananas are fully frozen and ready to be made in to “ice cream.” And check out that bed head. That is how we really roll in summer. Our blender is fantastic for this recipe, although you can’t even really call it a recipe since it is just two ingredients and you blend it. I use our single serving size containers so each kid really has a hands on experience. They add their own ice and one bag of bananas. That is all. (I didn’t invent this recipe and the one I saw also added canned coconut milk to make it a little creamier. I skip that part because I didn’t want to add the calories but it would probably be delicious. And I would totally link to that recipe if I could even remember where I saw it – if you know, leave it in the comments!)
And when they know you are taking photos of your supposed quality time with them, they start to make demands. My oldest is always wanting to use my camera. You know, my good camera that I don’t even want my husband to use. But you finally say yes because you are feeling guilty for working quality time in to a blog post. And the picture turns out all cute and you promise to post it. So you do.
And in the end everything works out. They add banana “ice cream” to the menu of the cafe they created this morning. And you come and order it so you can really get some quality time with them while you eat it.
And your oldest son asks if he can pass out Wet-Naps with to-go orders so people don’t get messy. And you realize that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. And then you vow to take them bowling tomorrow. No cameras allowed. (But definitely an entire box of Wet-Nap hand wipes because bowling is even more gross than bananas.)