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Did you see last week at the bottom of my 4 Moms post, where I said that this week we would talk about patience?

First, I lost a half-completed post on patience.  I understood that God was teaching me the very lesson at hand and acquiesced willingly to His supreme sense of Humor and Irony.  What else could I do?

Second, while I was composing a post on patience for the second time in the same day, Bethany pooped everywhere.  Well, not everywhere.  I think she missed one or two spots inside the house and one or two people.  Maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but my poop-o-meter has a very low tolerance (like, ZERO) and the alarm was going off like crazy.  Remember the scene in Daddy Daycare, when a little kid comes out of the bathroom and Eddie Murphy is looking at the aftermath?  Like all the best horror movies, you don’t actually see anything, but Psycho music is playing as he surveys the toilet, walls and ceiling.  That’s how I felt.  There was a lot of poo in a lot of places, and I was not very patient at all.  I read my post a few more times over the next hour and resolved to do better at practicing what I preached.

Third, I learned that the other 3 moms are not, in fact, blogging about patience today.  Since we’re a team, I reluctantly decided that it was my duty to go along with them.  I was not as cheerful as when God preempted my post earlier today.  Now I have to write about lunch and try to sound like a fun, creative mom when all I really want to do is throw my plate on the floor and jump up and down on it, wailing like a spoiled 2yo.  “BUT THIS ISN’T WHAT  I WANTED!!!”

Fourth, I can’t take solace in the fact that I am a week ahead on my 4 Moms post, because I’m not.  Since we already have big plans for the next 5 weeks, there is not a snowball’s chance in Texas that my patience post will see the light of day before September.

God is really working on me this week.

[cracks knuckles]

Think like a fun mom.  Be a fun mom.  Be fun patient mom.  Deep breath.

We live in Texas.  It’s summer, and it’s hot.  Lunch time comes in the middle of the day, when it’s hotter than hot.  What is our lunch of choice?


Since we have these almost daily, we try to make them varied and healthy.  I can rationalize a koolaid slushy for lunch once in a great while, but my rationalization muscles get tired easily and I like it that way.  I’ll get worried if my rationalization muscles get big and buff.

My go-to summertime smoothie lunch is Peanut Butter Banana.  If you grew up on peanut butter banana sandwiches, you understand.  If not, maybe you’re looking at me like I’m crazy.  I assure you, it’s good.  If you ask around, some of your friends will back me up and tell you I’m not making this up.  Others will shake their head at the weird blogs you read and ask why you were surprised.

Peanut butter/banana smoothie
  • 3 bananas (I peel ripe ones and pop them in the freezer in a gallon sized bag)
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter (you’re not actually going to measure that, are you?)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tray ice cubes
  • milk or kefir to fill blender pitcher

Blend til smooth and holler for the troops.

It usually takes 2-3 blender pitchers to feed the kids and me, so we often switch to fruit smoothies for the next round.

Fruit smoothie
  • 3 bananas (add natural sweetness)
  • 1 cup of other fruit – frozen strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or anything else that sounds good.  A few tablespoons of very fruity jam is nice too.
  • 1-2 trays of ice cubes
  • milk or kefir to fill blender pitcher (the tang of kefir is much nicer than milk in fruit smoothies, even if your kids claim they don’t like kefir; do a blind taste test and you’ll prove them wrong)

Blend til smooth.  Since this is the second round, you won’t even have to call them.  They’ll all be at your elbow begging to push the buttons on the blender.

Later in the afternoon, while the little ones are napping, we sometimes have something a little more grown-up:

Starbucks-style frapps
  • 1.5-2 trays ice cubes
  • 1-2 Tbs. instant coffee
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream if you have it on hand  🙂
  • milk to fill blender pitcher
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips, opt.

Give it a shot. I make mine decaf, but you might be man enough for the real stuff.  Vary the amount of coffee or try brewing extra strong coffee instead of the instant.  Freeze in an ice tray and use in place of regular ice in the recipe.  Add more sugar if you like it as sweet as the ones you buy.  However you make it, you’ll never pay $5 for a cold-froo-froo coffee drink again.

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  1. We love smoothies too! We have green smoothies for breakfast!
    -ground flax
    -spoonful of coconut oil
    -3 apples
    -2 bananas
    -frozen blueberries
    -a bunch of spinach
    -kale/chard/or collard greens
    -and some apple juice
    -then I top it off with a scoop of our chocolate greens

    Very yummy and nutritious!

  2. Hi Kim, No, it’s just a temporary (we hope!) situation, after all the flooding that’s occurred north and east in this country earlier this year (though here in Perth we’re well below our average rainfall!). We look forward to better banana prices – would love to feed some to the 7mo boy…

  3. i love this idea, sounds like a great way to fill little bellies

  4. We make the peanut butter banana smoothies regularly … just had them this morning, in fact! We like to add a little cocoa powder and skip the ice cubes (partly because our ice maker isn’t hooked up yet, and partly because I like them better without). 😀

    They sure are yummy! Thanks for sharing them awhile ago on your blog, Kim! We’ve been enjoying them ever since!!! : )

  5. Kim, I adore your sense of humor. This post you just outdid yourself, too…the heat must make you funnier. I’m so happy that sometimes others don’t feel up to being a “fun mom” either! Some days I just settle for feeding and caring for them and let the “fun” happen another time. 🙂 Can’t wait to try your coffee smoothie potion. I’m going to have to tell my hubbie that I need a new blender, just for this.

  6. I’ve always rolled my eyes at instant coffee, but after I saw your recipe this morning I searched through my pantry and was delighted to find an old jar of it that a house guest had left here once. So I made some of he frappuccino, and it was great! I made it just like you said, except that I substituted stevia for the sugar. And then I even went and wrote “instant coffee” on my grocery list! When my husband and older kids taste this later, they are going to rise up and call me blessed.

  7. Those smoothies sound yum, but the current price of bananas here in Perth, Western Australia, would make these break the budget – still around $13 per kg!

    • Lisa,
      Wow! I guess bananas have to travel a long way to reach you? Are they always that high or is there a temporary shortage? Here they are relatively cheap year ’round at about $.40/lb.

  8. I figured out something great lately- frozen peeled zucchini chunks in fruity smoothies ! Nobody can tell! And people are always giving us zucchinis 🙂

  9. Clicked over from Raising Olives. We are smoothie lovers too! I love to have pb/bananas in the morning for a quick snack! Thanks for the reminder to put it in the blender!!

  10. Lisa T. says:

    I tried one of your peanut butter/banana smoothies a couple of years ago when you first posted the recipe; it’s been one of my favorites ever since. It makes a great breakfast if you’re in a hurry too (and you’re getting some protein in your diet in the morning).

    For extra nutrition, you can add spinach or kale in the fruit smoothies. You can’t even taste it!

    Haven’t tried kefir but often use almond milk in smoothies; very low in calories and virtually no sugar, if you use the unsweetened kind.

    Stay cool!!! We had a heat wave this week in ND and got a taste of your hot Texas weather. Now it’s back down to low 60s at night/low 80s daytime and we’re all much happier. 🙂 Of course, your winters are much more pleasant.

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