Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter / Nutella Healthy Snack

bananna chocolate peanut butter frozen snack healthyI saw these and my mouth watered. I often find that I want a nice tasty not overly sweet (and in the summer cold) snack. I have tried these and they are sooooo goood! They are rather simple to make and there are some variations. I will talk to you about the basic creation like is pictured and then give you some dynamite options to switch them up.

Slice bananas into 1/2 inch slices. Keep them consistent. Wipe a dollop (you can judge amount of a lot or a little based on preference but don’t make it too thick) of peanut butter (no preservatives and no sugar added – get as organic as you can) on one side and sandwich with the other slice of banana. You will need to freeze these to get them cold. While they are getting cold use a chocolate melting pot (if you are lucky enough to have one – I want one) or use a double broiler (two pots one smaller than the other with the big one having water to boil that you will set the small pot down into to melt chocolate in) to melt chocolate. If you are tight on a budget use candy melts but I often can find dark chocolate chip bags at a dollar store and that is your best bet. Take out the bananas/peanut butter treats from the freezer (you don’t want these frozen hard as a rock because the chocolate will drip right off). If it takes you a long time to get chocolate melted instead of freezer use the fridge. Now roll the banana/peanut butter treats in the melted chocolate and put them on wax paper lined COLD cookie sheets. When you get a tray of them made stick them in the freezer.

OPTIONS:

-Instead of peanut butter use a hazelnut spread from Jiffy or Nutella

-After placing dollop of peanut butter/hazelnut spread on one slice of banana stick slices of nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnut) into spread and seal with the other slice of banana.

-I used dark chocolate but by all means use white, milk or one of the flavored chocolates like mint, peppermint etc.

-After placing dollop of peanut butter/hazelnut spread on one slice of banana stick crushed candies (peppermints, red hots) into spread and seal with the other slice of banana.

-Decorate the outside with a drizzle of a different type of chocolate or melted candies to go along with a party theme or special occasion.

-Keep in the fridge or in the freezer after preparation – delicious both ways.

I hope you enjoy these delicious scrumptious (can be made in a healthy way) treats as much as I do. I enjoy going to the freezer when I get the munchies and pull one of these guys out and enjoy it knowing that they are really not that bad for me.

Colored Lemon Slices

lemon party color food dyeWhat an interesting idea for your tea, your child’s sweet drink or party. Fill a small bowl with water enough to cover the number of slices of lemon to be colored and add liquid food coloring drop until it is slightly darker than desired color. Remember the color will be mixed with the natural color of the lemon so it ill not be perfect. Place lemon slices in the bowl of colored water and make sure each slice goes in individually to ensure proper coloring. Do this for each color you water lemons to be dyed to.

You can also use Kool-Aid unsweetened packages to add color in the same way above except to make sure the Kool-Aid is completely diluted first.

Use this in punch bowls, tea, Kool-Aid, lemonade etc.

Birthday / Party / Wedding Balloon Decorations

wedding decoration decorations cheap balloon tree hang budget country and victorian times

This is so simple and cheap and makes a huge impact of color that can be hung from a ceiling or tree or from whatever is above you on your next celebration. When balloon is blown up add a penny to the balloon before you blow it up. This is just the perfect amount of weight to stabilize the balloon so it will hang with little movement from wind or air conditioning. Pictured is all white for a wedding –  but think about what your color combinations are for your event and play them up. Multicolored would do for a birthday party; white silver/gold for anniversary; colors of a school for graduation; red white and blue for Fourth of July or Memorial Day; red pink and white for Valentines Day – the possibilities are endless. You could literally have hundreds of these for under ten dollars.  Major impact of color(s) and you will be sure to  have people in awe.

Balloon Garland

balloon balloons party decoration hanging string needle country and victorian times register

Blow up balloons and with a needle and thick thread thread them together to make a balloon garland. This is very cheap and a great way to add a lot of color to a party. You can use thread but would be more secure if you used embroidery thread. Mix and match colors for your theme to go with the colors of a school for graduation or just go random for a birthday party. This can be something done at the last minute as well as you can get everything you need and have it ready to go.

Sierra Mist Pink Watermelonade

Found this incredibly tasty looking drink and just had to share. I remember one time when my son and I were at The International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM and we shared a watermelon drink over ice and this reminded me of that occasion. The memories of seeing the hundreds of hot air balloons at the show for the first time and the watermelon drink were fantastic. Now I will surprise him with this drink one afternoon when he gets home from school and see if it brings back the same memories that we once shared.