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Yesterday was Sunday and we were all gung ho to get out of the house and go make some childhood memories. Since we are new to the area, we haven’t found a church home yet and because we plan to move soon, I haven’t put in the effort. I was tired of the park we went to almost daily so after obtaining instructions from hubby we ventured towards another park still close by. Master A was super excited as he chatted away about a bird sanctuary and seeing otters there. I had seen it more than once driving by and knew it was huge so was totally up to exploring.
When we arrived it was quite busy, with birthday parties, groups of people meandering around and oodles of kids sliding, jumping, screaming, and causing general mayhem. Master A and Miss A quickly joined in the fun, while I sat, gratefully I might add, on a nearby bench and began my intensive dot to dot book. After perusing through the different famous persons, I settled on Mother Teresa, because you know, she’s my hero. P.s. If you haven’t tried these adult connect the dots, you simply must. It is such a great way to practice mindfulness and be at peace for a while.
Let’s go to the zoo
Of course as I dotted, I also kept a close eye on Miss A. She absolutely has no fear of strangers, will tell anyone hello, and adopt every stray dog or kid that walks by. Not kidding. Today she followed a mom and her 3 little girls across the park to the bathrooms. Sigh. Thank God we have 2 sets of eyes on her with Master A. When the kiddos got tired of playing we then walked over to where the birds’ sanctuary was. I was pretty amazed as I have never seen anything like this at a public park. It was just a simple setup of wood and chicken wire, with places for the birds to nest and eat. I felt as if we were at the zoo, as we admired the white doves and the pretty pigeons. They actually made quite a racket with their cooing back and forth, but the kiddos were super excited to see the turtles so off we went.
Just down from the cage of birds was a large pond and to my surprise and delight, the animals were in full view. Miss A got all excited about 3 turtles sunning on a log and demanded to hold one and then minutes later tried to catch a couple of ducks before they hastily swam off. But the coolest thing ever was the animal that was eating contently away on the bank. At first I thought it was a beaver, but Master A insisted it was an otter, so I agreed reluctantly. When we walked up, we startled it and it jumped into the pond and swam across to the other side. I then noticed that we could easily access the other side and that there were other families exploring over there so tiptoeing around the mud off we went on our chase.
It’s a beaver, it’s an otter, it’s a ….
Miss A and I were the curious 2 who decided to see how close we could get to the curious creature. It crawled up on the bank and was busy foraging for food. To my amazement we were able to walk up so close we were almost on top of it. Being that close, I began to realize that the creature looked and acted more like a large rat, a very large rat. Shiver. I began to get the creeps. Miss A meanwhile tried to slowly inch up and pat the thing. And to my horror, the creature didn’t even back away, but sniffing walked towards us. I realized that it was wondering if we had food or just maybe we were it’s next meal. Below is the video of how close we got before I dragged Miss A out of the way. I decided that this was no friendly otter but a muskrat! No wonder no one else was interested in seeing it up close.
So off we scurried and explored the other side which was basically a large gully filled with water and surrounded by what appeared to be bike paths. There were a number of people biking opposite although I marveled at how strenuous it must be to pedal through all that thick white sand. I was able to capture some pictures of the delicate wildflowers before we hastened back to the main park after being attacked by mosquitoes. Tired and very hot, it was 78 degrees with no breeze, we decided to take our little butts home.
The best Sunday lunch
Because it was so hot, I immediately thought of creating my favorite dish for hot summer days. Banana soup! Now before you gross out, let me explain and then you can perhaps still be grossed out. It’s simply your favorite fruit, milk, light sugar or sweetener, topped with some cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, AND bread. Yea, I know, sounds really weird but trust me it’s delicious. I remember my mama making these many times in Belize with cheap pack bread from the shop and we slurped it to the last drop. Of course, the only fruit we ever used there was bananas hence the name. I think others may call it milk soup. I’m sharing the recipe with you all below, complete with pictures. Check it out for another surprise addition!!! Well laters, ya’ll, Mrs. G
- 5 slices of white bread, thicker the better
- 2 bananas
- handful of strawberries
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. cloves (optional)
- 1/4 tsp. ginger (optional)
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
- 2 cups milk
- sugar, honey, or your favorite sweetener
- 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
- Step 1 Stack the bread slices on top of another, you can easily cut 3 at a time. Slice into cubes and place in serving bowl.
- Step 2 Slice and add the fruit.
- Step 3 Add your favorite sweetener. I used approx. 1/8 cup of sugar.
- Step 4 Add the milk. Add more to have the same ratio as you would do cereal to milk.
- Step 5 Add the spices, taste, and add more if desired.
- Step 6 Throw on some marshy babies and party!
- Step 7 P.s. Let sit in the fridge for an hour to let the flavors meld, much more tasty that way.
Additional Pictures of Banana Soup:
Disclaimer: All these measurements are approximations because I never measure anything. Also if you don’t like a lot of spices, just add cinnamon to your taste. 🙂 Don’t overdo the cloves or ginger.