Tuesday, December 27, 2011

It’s Yonanas!

by Meghann on December 27, 2011

It’s Yonanas!

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Back in November I attended a blog retreat at Dole headquarters where they did a demo of a new frozen banana soft serve machine they were partnering with called Yonanas. I don’t eat bananas, but i fell in love with the demo of the machine. It looked so easy and fast! Once they told me the machine could be used with other frozen fruit besides bananas, I was hooked.

I added Yonanas to my Christmas list this year and was pleasantly surprised when I unwrapped one Christmas morning. Thanks babe! ๐Ÿ™‚

I think Derek was just as excited to try out the new machine as I was. We pulled it out this afternoon with some frozen fruit and put it to the test.

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It took a while to get the hang of (the machine required more pressure to push down on than we originally thought), but once we figured it out, it was really easy to make the frozen sorbet.

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Just frozen mango, a run through the machine, and a mango sorbet was served. It was pretty good too, the taste and texture reminded me of the frozen whole fruit bars you pick up at the store.

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Nothing like a cold sweet treat to better the day with. ๐Ÿ™‚

Derek’s brother’s girlfriend sent us home with a pretty intense ham bone on Sunday night.

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She made a huge ham for their Christmas dinner, but had no plans for the huge ham bone other than the trash. What good is a Christmas ham if you’re not going to make soup with the leftover bone? I politely offered to take the bone off of her hands and purchased a bag of 15 Bean Soup to go with it.

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This afternoon I broke the bone in half (it was huge) and saved one half for another batch of soup and dropped the other half in a big pot for dinner tonight.

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I added the big bag of beans, the seasoning mix, and 2 cans of vegetable broth + 2 more cans full of water.

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The soup came to a boil for 45 minutes, then down to a medium-low for three hours. In the last 30 minutes I added some kale and removed the bone.

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Nothing goes better with bean soup than a big batch of cornbread. I followed the recipe on the back of the 32oz Chobani containers and made a quick batch of their holiday cornbread.

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It was ok. Next time I would halve the salt, the bread was a little salty for my taste.

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Dinner is served!

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The soup was great. It started to get a little cool outside this afternoon (finally!!), so it was perfect soup weather. Yum. Yum. Yum.

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Stocking candy for dessert!

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Plus a piece of Derek’s stocking candy. He got Reeses in his stocking – my parents obviously love him more. ๐Ÿ˜›

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We tried watching Star Wars IV tonight (Derek had never seen it), but it was really hard for either of us to get into. I think it’s one of those things you have to grow up loving or you’re just never going to appreciate it as an adult. Star Wars just isn’t for us.

However, episodes of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix? Much better!

Are you a fan of Star Wars?

I don’t ever remember watching the Star Wars series growing up, but a few years ago I watched all of them just to watch them. I must’ve been just as uninterested watching them back then because Derek kept asking me all these questions about what happens and I didn’t have a clue.

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