This is the story of how an SUV in need of new shocks inspired a sweet, frosty post-ride treat today.
Every day at approximately 4:55 AM, the squeakiest newspaper delivery vehicle this side of the Mississippi river squeaks down my street. It makes two or three unbelievably squeaky stops at the houses directly across the street from our bedroom window and then moves on to squeak through and disturb the rest of the neighborhood.
Words cannot express how seriously squeaky this truck is. It’s a real wonder how the driver of this vehicle stays behind the wheel instead of unbuckling and jumping out the window moments before it hurtles off a cliff and explodes into a firey ball of gasoline and black smoke as it crashes into the ground.
It’s possible I’ve laid in bed imagining this very scenario once or twice before.
Some mornings I manage to sleep through this racket, some mornings I don’t. Today would be one of those mornings I didn’t.
Bright eyed and bushy tailed at 5AM – it was too dark to ride, too early to vacuum and too much effort to plot a car jacking.
OK then – no riding, no cleaning, no grand theft auto. How ’bout I lose track of time on the computer waiting for the sun to rise and blow my opportunity for an early morning bike ride before the husband has to leave for work?
I think that’s exactly what I’ll do.
Thanks a lot, Squeakmobile.
Fortunately today was a summer camp day for the kids. After I dropped them off this morning I swapped out my cool sunrise ride with a hot and sunny midday ride. Works for me.
That means instead of returning home cool and refreshed first thing this morning, I returned home super hot and sweaty this afternoon. Hot and sweaty and very ready for something frosty and sweet.
With a bunch of on-sale overripe bananas hanging out in my freezer, my sweet frosty dreams came to fruition.
Banana whip is at the foundation of what is basically a chocolate banana milkshake recipe.
Banana whip really needs a food processor or vita-mix blender to get that soft serve consistency – but because this recipe calls for milk, a normal blender should be able to get the frosty job done.
Frozen bananas, I used what was probably 1 1/2 to 2 bananas.
2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
a good pour of unsweetened almond milk (maybe a 1/2 c)
That’s it – 1, 2, 3, blast off! Go ahead and take a peek down the chute.
Now I have not had a Wendy’s frosty in years – but I do remember what they taste like.
And this, my friends, tastes just like a Wendy’s frosty. I polished this sucker off without a single squeak.
Hey, maybe you aren’t so bad after all, Squeakmobile! I might even make one of these for you tomorrow morning as a proper thank you.
Or maybe I’ll throw it after you down the street like a molotov cocktail. Wait and see at 4:55 tomorrow I guess.