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Dine In: Banana Cream Pie Bites


Banana Cream Pie BitesIf you know me, you know I don’t like bananas.

It’s really the only food I will not eat.

When my boys were little and I was packing school lunches, I had to hold the banana in plastic wrap when I cut into it so my hands wouldn’t smell like the fruit.

Most people love bananas. They’re really good for you, chock full of potassium. I just don’t care for them.

Recently, my best friend and I were eating at the restaurant where her daughter works. It’s a French café and bakery.

After our super-healthy salads, she plunks down, right smack in front of us, two of the “Cupcakes of the Month,” which happened to be banana pudding cupcakes.

Now, I’m not opposed to eating banana in other forms other than the (healthy) raw form. I like a good banana bread and still bake my favorite Southern Living recipe several times each winter. I will put a banana in a fruit smoothie. When I was on a job interview once over lunch and my prospective employer told me to order the banana pudding for dessert, I did so and enjoyed it immensely.

So, I was up for trying the Banana Pudding Cupcake. After all, NOTHING this bakery has ever produced is less than excellent.

What I didn’t expect was to enjoy it so much! It was a delicious blend of banana and vanilla. Yummy!

I wasn’t up for baking cupcakes last Friday night, but I did see this Pinterest recipe and decided to try it! I have to say, it was delicious.

Maybe it’s made a banana convert out of me.

Banana Cream Pie Bites

Ingredients:
1 (16.5 oz) roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (3.4 oz) box vanilla or banana pudding, prepared according to package directions and chilled
1 banana, sliced into 24 rounds
1 ctn French Vanilla flavored Cool Whip topping

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 24-cup, mini-muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Divide sugar cookie dough into 24 pieces and roll each piece into a ball. Place dough in prepared muffin tin.

Bake until golden-brown and set, about 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven and use the back of a spoon to press each cookie down; let cool 10 minutes. Remove cups from pan to a rack; cool completely.

Place a slice of banana into each cookie cup. Top with a generous dollop of pudding and finish with vanilla Cool Whip. Serve immediately or chill until ready to eat.

Makes: 24 bites

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 104, Calories from Fat: 33, Fat: 4 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (2 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 7 mg, Sodium: 235 mg, Potassium: 18 mg, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Sugar: 7 g, Protein: 1 g

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Family Matters: Twin Differences


Twin DifferencesI took a trip back in time last week, in lots of ways, but one of the big ones was that I spent the week with my sister and her twins, who turned six months old last week.

It’s been 12 years since I had a baby in the house, and wow, how quickly we forget, or at least how quickly I forget how little they are, how much they need and how simply sweet a baby can be.

Patrick and Emma are my sister’s twins, and they are as different as night and day. This isn’t unusual, according to experts, especially with boys and girls.

Emma is social and engaging, and she is physically developing ahead of Patrick. Patrick is quieter and less vocal, and he is slightly behind Emma’s physical milestones. Since multiples are usually born a little earlier (three weeks early for these guys), developmental milestones need to be adjusted just a little.

At six months, they are eating solid foods, responding to voices, cuddling into their parents, rolling over and having a great time laughing at amusing antics, like cousin Luke sticking his tongue out repeatedly.

Soon, they’ll be sitting up.

And then crawling and creeping.

Heaven help my sister.



Family Matters: Let Imagination Grow


Let Imagination GrowMy nephew Beau is a hoot.

He’s a lean, mean, superhero machine, and he’s not even three yet.

Beau was hilarious last week at the beach. I’m pretty sure his suitcase of superhero toys was larger than the one containing his needs for the week.

He was attached to those superheroes.

Around age two, you’ll see your toddler’s imagination start to skyrocket.

Beau was pretty convinced he was the real Batman, after all. When your baby is born, he has about 100 billion brain cells. By the time your child reaches the age of three, his brain will grow to have 1,000 trillion connections. Crazy, huh?

The way he develops these is through talking, taste, touch, sound, sight and smell.

To nurture your child’s imagination, read to them. Tell them make-believe stories. Weave a tale out of walking down the grocery aisle with them. Let them lead the way. Start a story and let them fill in a word.

Dress them up.

Play hide and seek.

Encourage them to solve problems through games.

Play with them. Give them a box and call it a pot. Give them a sock and call it a hat. Laugh.

The best way to nurture your baby’s imagination is to have one yourself. Be silly. Don’t be afraid to make a mess or make up a fictional story. Baby will love it.

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Family Matters: Jolly Jumper


Jolly JumperWhen I visited my parents’ house, they had an apparatus hanging from a door frame we used to call the “Jolly Jumper.”

It’s basically a seat that hangs from the door frame on a spring, and your seven to 12-month-old (and beyond) can sit inside and jump to their heart’s content.

Mine started in the Jolly Jumper at about 7 months. Luke, my younger one, jumped and giggled, and he had a great old time. Curt, my older, took the Jolly Jumper to a whole new level. Extreme Jolly Jumper, if you will.

He wouldn’t just bounce; he’d SPRING INTO THE AIR, getting slack in the line and landing back on the floor with a gentle “thud.” He’d laugh and laugh and laugh.

However, his most famous feat was planting one chunky baby foot on the ground and spinning himself, nonstop, for minutes on end. I have him on video shrieking in delight.

While most kids don’t do that, they do benefit from the movement, the jumping and the stimulation. You benefit from the time to get a shower or hear baby giggles.

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Product Talk: Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars


Nature Valley Nut Crisp BarsI ran into Brookshire’s on my way to work this morning to get a few items. I was out of town all weekend and didn’t have the chance to do my big, weekly grocery shopping on Saturday.

I needed something for breakfast, and I was out of snacks at my office.

I try to choose fruits or vegetables for snacks, but let’s face it: sometimes during the work day, you just need something quick and shelf stable!

These Nature Valley Nut Crisp Bars hit the spot.

I got the Almond Dark Chocolate flavor (two of my favorite things). New from Nature Valley, these bars are deliciously crispy, and full of nuts and seeds. They have two grams of dietary fiber and three grams of protein for 130 calories. The bars include almond pieces, roasted peanuts, roasted sunflower seeds, flax seed and barley.

They are the perfect mid-afternoon snack to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner.



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