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Pineapple Passion

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Tomorrow is National Rum Day, which was brought to my attention by my lovely friends at Cruzan when they offered to send me a sample of their new Passion Fruit Rum to celebrate the occasion. While I’m all about random spirit-inspired holidays, you know I don’t need a reason to swirl up a tropical beverage any day of the week. I’ve been especially partial to rum ever since last month’s pina colada-making vacation days at my parents’ pool, where I read Jack and Di Rum Song (and all three of Anthony Bjorklund’s other Jimmy Buffett-inspired tales). Also, since my adoption of a gluten-free diet has limited my beer drinking to a few here and there hardly any ever, I decided to finally splurge on this Margaritaville Frozen Concotion Maker I’ve been wanting for eight years. (I figured I’d register for it when I got married, but who wants to wait around for that?) =)

This particular recipe was inspired by the official Cruzan Pineapple Passion — I just tweaked it to make do with the ingredients I had on hand. (Slackers don’t serve drinks in hollowed-out pineapples, sorry.) Pineapple and passion fruit are two of all-time favorite fruity flavors (remember?), and blended with fresh lime juice and simple syrup, this frozen concoction is sweet, tart, refreshing perfection. =)

P.S. This is my first attempt at video editing. I hope you enjoy it!

Go Bananas, Part II

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My dad left a comment on my last post, urging me to check out Stephen Colbert’s entertaining endorsement of the Banana Bunker.

Um, this is obviously the greatest invention of all time. I have often dreamed of the day I could carry a banana around in my purse without risking its brutal injury. I can’t even fathom how I’ve lived without this device until now, seeing as that bananas are one of my favorite fruits, yet are just so difficult to transport without damage (especially for someone as clumsy as myself).

I’ve learned so much these last few days. I feel as though from this point forward, my banana-eating habits will be vastly improved, and as a result, I will indulge in nothing other than pristine, stage 5 bananas (unless, of course, I am making banana bread — then I’ll shoot for stage 7, squishy ones).

Go Bananas

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This probably sounds trivial, but I have recently been on a lucky streak with bananas. I’m pretty particular about my bananas, and it’s been several months since I’ve bitten into one I didn’t like. Prior to this streak, my banana selection and enjoyment has been pretty hit or miss for the last several years.

As it turns out, perhaps it’s not a lucky streak at all. It may just be because I’ve been purchasing a majority of my bananas at Target. It seems they’ve got some sort of banana ripening process perfected over there.

banana process

I’m glad I get all these interesting press release e-mails that have nothing to do with anything I normally blog about, or I would never have known there was such a thing.

Personally, I prefer my bananas around stage 5, but I find they quickly progress from 4 to 7 at my house, which means I’ve got a very limited window in which to consume the whole bunch.

How about you? Do you ┬áhave any banana stage preferences? Perhaps we could form some kind of banana-trading support group — you give me your stage 5s in return for my stage 7s? =)

Images published with the permission of A Bullseye View, Target’s behind-the-scenes magazine.

P.S. Have you entered my giveaway yet?