Today’s the day! Whoo hoo! Our first day in North Carolina for our family vacation. So excited to see my mother, my sister, Erin and my brother, Doug! This particular trip is special for a few different reasons. For one, my brother Matt and my sister-in-law, Dolores will be making the trip with us as well. It’s been many years since our whole family has been all together at the same time. Most times there’s usually at least one of the siblings missing. So all 4 of us together with spouses and our mom too? A rarity indeed.
Secondly, my sister is expecting her first child which makes this trip even more exciting! The only thing that will top this trip will be when she actually has the baby and I travel to meet my niece for the first time. I’m SO excited to be an aunt!! And guess what? I get to do it TWICE this year! Dolores is expecting as well! So within just 3 months I’ll become an aunt two times and I’m thrilled. I fully intend to just spoil them all rotten and I cannot wait. So this morning we packed up Mike’s truck with just about every baby thing I have to bring it on down to my sister, since she’s having a girl she’s getting all sorts of goodies! We don’t know what my sister-in-law is having and I love that they’re going to let it be a surprise. I never knew what any of my girls were until they came into the world. I loved the guessing game and the anticipation.
As you read, we’re likely several hours into our trip and I’m hoping by some miracle my little angels are acting like little angels for our journey. Hopefully they’re take lots of naps or playing quietly. Molly is not a fan of being in the car for long so hopefully she is out of character for our trip and makes it a quiet one. Tomorrow is July 4th and we’re all looking forward to the festivities! Molly has never seen fireworks before but Maddy is over the moon excited for them. Our day will be spent barbecuing and praying it doesn’t rain like anticipated. One of the desserts I have planned are these Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas.
These are one of their favorite frozen treats and they’re so easy to make! I decorated these with rainbow sprinkles since I happen to have a lifetime supply still left from Maddy & Molly’s Rainbow Sprinkles Party and I think they look fun, festive and a bit like the fireworks that will be raining down from the skies tomorrow night to the amazement of these little girls and the big girl too. The taste combination of bananas and chocolate is a classic and just enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. I also plan to make a Balsamic Fruit Salad. This salad is always so refreshing and that bit of balsamic vinegar just enhances the flavors of the fruit so nicely. These chocolate covered frozen bananas are the perfect simple dessert for a celebration or just celebrating it’s Wednesday.
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Ripe bananas are dipped in semi-sweet chocolate then rolled in rainbow sprinkles for a fun, festive, easy to make dessert.
- 3 large bananas, cut in half
- 8 ounces high-quality semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 cup rainbow sprinkles (or nuts, coconut, anything your imagination desires)
- Skewer banana halves and place them on a plate or in a shallow baking dish in a single layer. Freeze, uncovered for 4 hours.
- Place chocolate in a bowl over barely simmering water. Stir until melted. Stir in coconut oil.
- Remove bananas from freezer. Dip the frozen bananas into the chocolate, rolling to coat or use a spoon to help cover the bananas. Allow excess to drip off.
- Roll chocolate covered bananas in rainbow sprinkles. Wait for a minute or so, to allow the chocolate to set a bit then return the banana to the plate or shallow dish. Repeat with remaining bananas.
- Serve immediately or return to freezer until ready to serve. If refreezing, remove the bananas from freezer 10 minutes prior to serving. Bananas are best served, the day they are dipped.
Barely adapted from Serious Eats