Penny L Howe, 2014


Another short one, but loving and being loved does feel that way, don’t you think? Remember that being grateful is also a big part of the recipe for happiness. Everyone have an excellent Friday and weekend coming up!

~ With much love,


Going Banana’s – Updated

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAbout a year ago I wrote about bananas. A post about the “fruit” of it all – The Banana! One of my favorite fruits, simply yummy and delicious!

We eat more bananas in the United States than apples and oranges combined. In some parts of the world, bananas keep millions of people alive.

Although extremely popular, the banana is mysterious; nobody knows how they evolved or from where they originated. Entire Central American nations have been said to rise and fall over the banana.

There are very real concerns about whether the banana of today will survive. As the result of commercial enterprise the (Cavandish) banana with its very own specific reproductive system, is now a genetic duplicate of the next, and highly susceptible to the same blights. Today’s yellow banana is increasingly threatened and there is as yet no cure.

Scientists are focusing on banana varieties still found in nature. Wild bananas can still reproduce by seeds andbanana's by copyright by nick b are constantly confronted with fungi. I stay hopeful researchers will discover resistance genes that can be transferred to the now seedless varieties. (A return to a more natural approach might be a good idea.).

And Bananas are very, very good for you. Rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber – A source of energy. They help people suffering from anemia, can help in reducing high blood pressure and preventing bone loss by lessening the damage done by foods containing high levels of sodium/salts (found in the typical modern American diet). They can also help to balance blood-glucose levels and reduce mood swings.

Bananas are excellent for those suffering with ulcers. They can help lower gastric juice levels and build a protective coating in the stomach and in reducing heartburn symptoms. Bananas contain tryptophan, serotonin and norepinephrine which can lessen depression and also help a person to relax.

just-bananasThe B vitamins found in bananas help calm and soothe the nervous system, vitamin B6 in particular which can reduce the symptoms of irritability and sleeplessness.

Bananas help to lessen cravings for sugar and other sweet snacks. They are helpful in preventing age-related macular degeneration and strokes.

Even the peels serve a few useful purposes. They make a great fertilizer in the garden, especially for roses. Bury a few peels near the bush, and the peels will normally cause the roses to thrive. Pimples can be dried out naturally by rubbing the inside of the banana peel on the affected area on the skin.

As for me I try to include a banana in my daily protein smoothy. But what I really love is Banana Ice Cream. And the exciting thing is it’s made entirely from bananas – nothing else.


Save up those bananas that are beginning to be not quite but almost too ripe to eat. And/or just use fresh ones. Peelbanana-ice-cream-1 the bananas, cut into small bite size pieces place on a tray and freeze. Once frozen I put the frozen pieces in baggies and keep them in the freezer until ready to use. When your ready to make banana ice cream you:

  • Remove frozen bananas from the freezer (2 or 3 per person
  • place the banana pieces in a powerful blender or mixer
  • Blend
  • Add only a few pieces at a time

This does take a while.

banana-ice-cream-2There is enough fat in the banana and water that has been frozen in the bananas along with the natural sugar that by blending it long enough you end up with “Banana Ice Cream”.

If you like bananas you’ll love this healthy treat! The taste is so incredibly ice coldbanana-ice-cream-3 creamy and yummy, it really is banana ice cream!

Give it a try, good for you and so delicious! Great for a hot summer day! It was 106 degrees here yesterday. Will be 104 today. Stay Cool and thanks for stopping by,


Penny L Howe

Happiness …

Infinite Possibilities

So there I was drinking my daily smoothie (energy drink – I’ll share the recipe at the end of the post!) and thinking about the topic I was going to write about – Happiness.

I glanced at my smoothie (half gone) and the analogy “Is your glass half empty or half full” came to mind. I recalled reading the following comment in a twitter last night.

“My glass is half full because I can’t be bothered

to get a refill!”

The words stayed with me. I wondered how many times in our life an opportunity has passed us by because we couldn’t be bothered. I’ve heard the expression that luck happens to those who are busy making it happen, but that one never really sunk in.

This one did. I think because I’ve been a person who has always tried to see a glass half full (although the glass did get misplaced a time or two lol).

So this is a little different. Perhaps the glass should be thought of as something to be filled, not just the half way perspective, perhaps overflowing even ,,, now that’s a thought to think on!

A happy One! Have a great day ~ Penny

My Smoothie:

  • Two peeled frozen bananas (broken up)
  • a handful each of 2/3 kinds of fresh/frozen berries
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup yogurt (plain)
  • 25 grams of whey protein (or other if allergic)
  • 1/4 cup water

Pretty much I put the above items into a blender in the same order

as listed and then blend until well mixed! Enjoy, it does taste good!

And it is very good for you (an added bonus) 🙂