What To Do With a Ripe Banana

We go through lots of bananas here. The kids drink them in a smoothie every morning, they eat them for a snack, and take them in lunches. And then? They stop. And I have a whole bunch of ripe bananas. So I’ve got a fun idea about what to do with a ripe banana – write on them and stick them in the kids’ lunch boxes. They’ll eat them for sure!

What To Do With A Ripe Banana

Remember when I told you that the girls asked me to write them notes and put them in their lunches and Ethan wanted jokes and tongue twisters? Well this is perfect for that!

Have a ripe banana that you don't want to throw out? This idea is easy to do and the kids will be happy to find it in their lunch boxes!

You just use a toothpick, knife, or safety pin to write on the skin of a banana! You don’t have to push too hard, but you do have to break the skin. As it sits, it gets darker and darker. This is the one I did for Lila. She wanted me to write a note with her name in cursive. This was a fun way to do it.

Have a ripe banana that you don't want to throw out? This idea is easy to do and the kids will be happy to find it in their lunch boxes!

Mia asked for “xoxo”…

Have a ripe banana that you don't want to throw out? This idea is easy to do and the kids will be happy to find it in their lunch boxes!

Ethan wanted a tongue twister. Sorry about the shading, but it says “Three Free Throws.”

It’s such an easy way to let your kid know that you are thinking about them.

With Halloween coming up, why not write “Boo” and let them find it? Kinda spooky, right? I’ve also got some ideas for what to do with all of the leftover Halloween candy that the kids get.

I’ve got some other recipes that are perfect for ripe bananas…even over-ripe bananas! This is a favorite recipe – Oatmeal Banana Muffins. Or how about some Nutella & Banana Won Tons? And of course, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. Or throw them in a smoothie. Or freeze them to use later…or to eat just like that!

Looking for other fun ideas for school time? Check out my board on Pinterest.

Do you have some fun things that you add to your kids’ lunch boxes? Please share!

Easy Appetizer (Or Dinner!) Recipe: Warm Bean Dip

I am SUPER excited to share this recipe with you! I was looking for a warm dip recipe I could take to a get together this weekend, and found several warm bean dip recipes that sounded good. This is kind of a blend of a few of them.

Many of the recipes called for lots of spices and several different (unnecessary) steps so I put my spin on it to make it easier to throw together.

Now here’s why I’m excited to share this recipe.
1. It is absolutely delicious.
2. It is really easy to make.
3. It is the most versatile recipe I’ve ever shared.

Ridiculously versatile. Make it in the crock pot or bake it in the oven. Make it as a dip or as a filling for burritos. Switch up the ingredients – use chorizo or shredded chicken instead of ground beef…or leave out the meat completely, try it with black refrained beans, add some diced jalapeños or chilies, before serving add sliced green onions and cilantro.

Versatile, right?! And even if you initially serve it as a dip, you can use the leftover to make burritos for dinner the next night. It’s a great recipe!

This got two thumbs up for everybody who tried it at the get together. It’s so good I can’t wait to make it again!

Warm Bean Dip

Looking for a simple and very versatile appetizer recipe? This warm bean dip is it. You can use the same recipe to make filling for burritos, too!  #appetizer #dip #crockpot #slowcooker

Warm Bean Dip OR Burrito Filling
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Ingredients
  • (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) spicy jalapeño refried beans
  • 1 can Rotel tomatoes and chilies
  • 1 pound ground beef, cooked
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded monterey jack cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix together first six ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Spread mixture evenly into the bottom of the crock pot. Top with the cheeses.
  3. Cook on low for 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve with tortilla chips or if using for burritos, serve in warmed flour tortillas with your favorite toppings.
Notes
If you'd prefer to bake in the oven, cook at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until cheese in melted and slightly browned.

Looking for a simple and very versatile appetizer recipe? This warm bean dip is it. You can use the same recipe to make filling for burritos, too!  #appetizer #dip #crockpot #slowcooker

Looking for more warm dip recipes? Try my jalapeño popper dip, my ham and cheese dip, or my white bean and Italian sausage dip. They are all crowd pleasers! For even more appetizer recipes, you can find them on my Football & Tailgating board on Pinterest.

You can also turn those burritos into baked chimichangas. Roll the burritos up and spray the tops with cooking spray (or you can use olive oil a basting brush or a paper towel.) This is so the tortillas will brown and crisp up in the oven. Bake hem at 350 for ten minutes. Or check out my recipe for Baked Chimichangas.