I have reached that point. The point beyond guilt and the point where I have accepted my feelings: I am ready for school to start. I suspect lots of other moms have reached that point, too, because school uniforms are quickly disappearing at the stores and I couldn’t find a bottle of Elmer’s glue the other day to save my life.

I seriously love my kids, but, while having a baby in the middle of the summer has some advantages, it also leads to us watching lots Phineas and Ferb (who, by the way, have WAY more exciting summers than we do at our house) and my kids finding ways to entertain themselves while I nurse a baby for the fifty-millionth time that day, all of which contribute to my Mommy Guilt.

So this is for everyone else who has arrived at that point (and those of you who haven’t)–a fun little treat you can make with your kids and not feel terrible about feeding them. My kids loved the frozen bananas (“There’s always money in the banana stand…”) even though neither one of them are huge fans of bananas on their own.

You’ll need fruit that freezes well (I used bananas, pineapple, and kiwi), Homemade Magic Shell, and the sticks you use for cake pops or suckers.

If you want, you can also roll the finished fruit pops in dried fruit, candy, or chopped nuts, so you can have those on hand, too–I used toffee bits, coconut, and chopped macadamia nuts.

Slice the fruit into 1/2″-3/4″ slices. If desired, use a biscuit or cookie cutter to cut into uniform shapes.

Insert a stick into the fruit and place on a lined baking sheet.

Freeze until fruit is solid.

When the fruit is completely frozen, dip it in the chocolate dip. Shake or twirl to remove excess.

Quickly dip or roll in toppings

and allow to harden. Eat immediately or freeze until ready to eat.


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