Home Sweet… Madison! (& Frozen Dark Chocolate Covered Banana Bites)

29 May

Whew! So, settling in took A LOT longer than I thought it would. The first week or two consisted of going to work, coming home and unpacking, taking a break to make dinner with whatever we could muster up in the fridge, and going to bed.

We also didn’t have couches delivered until May 11, so I didn’t do a whole lot of sitting down in the first two weeks!

Our dinners in the last 3 weeks have been quite strange, and have often looked something like this…

Pat’s “What the hell?” dinner

Ingredients: Onions, green peppers, Canadian bacon, pierogies, marinara sauce. Not pictured: A lone fish filet. So random.

Ok, no excuses. We are also trying to take advantage of the nice weather and everything Madison has to offer. (Going to the driving range, playing softball, hanging out with friends in the area, planting flowers, sitting on the patio at a restaurant havin’ a few…)

Umm, plus I’m 3 minutes from a mall, Kohl’s, and Target, so that helps too. AND, we can finally go to restaurants and not have to add 60+ minutes round trip drive time! It is so nice.

The Capitol building on a beautiful Saturday in May

I finally got out to the Farmer’s Market, yay! It was gorgeous (hot) weather, and it was graduation weekend at UW, so there were a lot of out-of-towners… very busy! There weren’t tons of veggies at the moment because it is early still, but I imagine everything will be pushed up a few weeks because of the unusually warm spring we had. They had some beautiful flowers, tons of tomato plants, and of course tons of cheese.

Say CHEESE!

Jams & Jellies

I bought some nice asparagus, mixed greens, fresh honey & raspberry/cherry jam… also some chipotle havarti, fresh squeaky cheese curds, and of course Stella’s Spicy Cheese Bread. Actually, the cheese bread was sooo greasy that it leaked grease all over everything in the bag… might rethink it next time, sadly!

I feel myself actually starting to settle down now. Mostly everything is put away, and I can get back into the swing of things. My new kitchen isn’t quite as big as the old one, and either is the fridge, but I’ll be just fine.

Tonight I made frozen dark chocolate covered bananas, which are just delicious. I yoinked the idea from Trader Joes. When the bananas are completed frozen, they taste almost just like vanilla ice cream. Super yummy!

I forgot to take pictures while I was making them…. plus my fingers were covered in chocolate.

1 bag of Special Dark Hershey’s Chocolate chips, melted
1 scoop of peanut butter
3 bananas, sliced

Easy directions:

Melt chocolate + peanut butter in a bowl, dip sliced bananas in chocolate mixture and place on foil on a cookie sheet. Do it quick, the chocolate gets more difficult to work with as it sits at room temperature.

Freeze for 15-30 minutes and transfer to Tupperware container. Delicious!

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