Weekly Photo Challenge: Names

When I saw that the Weekly Photo Challenge for this week was “Names”, I knew exactly what my contribution would be.

I laugh whenever I think of the name of this bakery in Vallikavu, India– and I thoroughly enjoy eating their ice cream sundaes. I, of course, had to buy one when I went to town to take this photo today. The sundae was called Chocolate Fantasy. Yummmm!


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The Daily Prompt: Vice


I once heard a story about a monkey who decided to give up eating bananas. Even though the monkey was  committed to his goal, when he saw a banana in a tree far away, he decided to sit closer to it. That way he could at least enjoy looking at it. Nothing wrong with that!

Soon, he decided to move even closer to the banana. And then closer. And then closer yet. Before long he was sitting right next to it. At that point, the monkey reached over and grabbed, peeled and ate the banana, telling himself that he would give up bananas “tomorrow.”

I often use that story when talking to my psychotherapy clients about breaking their addictive patterns. If you have the addictive substance, such as drugs, alcohol, a particular type of food, porn, etc., in close proximity to you, it is unlikely you will be able to keep your commitment to abstain.

That is the way I am about chocolate. Dark chocolate to be specific. A little dark chocolate can be healthy, but if I have some, I usually want more. If it is in the house, and it comes to my mind, it won’t be long before I go looking for it. Once it is in plain sight, forget about abstaining, I will do that “tomorrow.”

I don’t intend to ever give up dark chocolate completely, but when I am serious about stopping my over-indulgence, I know to not have it in the house and before I leave the house to recommit to myself not seek it out.

(Note: At the moment, I’m congratulating myself for choosing to use a photo of a monkey eating a banana for this post rather than a photo of a piece of dark chocolate. That way, every time I see this post in the future, I won’t be tempted to go buy some!)


Written for The Daily Prompt: Vice

Photo Credit: By Mouli kundu (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Around the Campfire

Photo Credit: Wikimedia

I knew that today I would be writing my 400th post.  That’s 400 posts since I started my blog in March 2014!  I’m very excited about this landmark.  I never would have guessed when Sreejit encouraged me to start blogging that I would love it this much. I decided 400 was important enough to me that I would spend some time thinking about the topic for that particular post.

When I was growing up, I belonged to the Brownies and then the Girl Scouts.  I used to love to go on camping trips with them.  My memories are of sitting around the campfire singing and making s’mores.  I belonged to other groups in my teen years.  We also roasted marshmallows, and put them, along with pieces of a chocolate bar between graham crackers to make the much loved s’mores.

But that wasn’t the only thing we made during these early years of my life.  We also made banana boats!  Most people nowadays know about s’mores but I don’t ever remember talking with anyone who knows about banana boats.  Some years back, I realized I could make them without the campfire, so today I will show those of you who are new to banana boats how to make them in your house!  Hopefully even if you already know about them you will still enjoy making and eating them vicariously.

All you need is a banana, marshmallows, chocolate, some aluminum foil and a way to cook them.  I have always used the tiny marshmallows but I’ve been making s’more ice cream so I used the marshmallow creme I already had at home.


First, peel the top of the banana skin from the banana without breaking it off.


Then hollow out the banana like a canoe.  Do leave some of the banana in the boat though!


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and roasted marshmallows, small marshmallows or marshallow cream.


Put the banana pieces that you scooped out to make the boat on top of the chocolate and marshmallows.


Cover it all with the peel.


And then wrap it in aluminum foil.


If I were camping I would put it in the campfire to cook.  I’m at home, though, so I put it in the toaster oven!


How long you bake it depends on how much you want the banana to cook.  What is most important is that the marshmallow and chocolate melt.  I wanted my banana to be well cooked so I decided to bake it at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.

Time to open it up and see what happened!


Ready to eat! Yummmmm….


All gone until the next time!


Thank you for accompanying me on my trip down memory lane, and for reading my 400th post!

Let me know if you decide to make banana boats too!