Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Banana Stand: Saying Bye to Summer...

Back when I was a kid we didn't do lemonade stands... it was all about the banana stand! It's kind of a mix between the Guatemalan and American tradition! In Guatemala City (I bet in other Latin-American Countries too...) people sell these from their homes as a way to earn extra money. Over summer when we wanted to earn some extra money, my mom would help us to make "Choco Bananos" and we would set up our stand and my siblings and I would have great fun. We would do it so often that people would just knock on our door to see if we had any. They were that good! 
I was excited to continue the tradition with my kiddos! 
Sophie helped to make all of the yummy chocolate covered bananas and the strawberry banana popsicles. 
{Chocolate Bananas: Cut banana in half and put in a popsicle stick. Freeze! Buy chocolate made for fruit dipping. Melt chocolate and dip frozen banana in. Sprinkles optional!}
{Strawberry Bananas Popsicles: Blend 4 bananas, 8 strawberries, and 1 cup of OJ. Put in popsicle tray. Replace tray sticks with wooden popsicle sticks!}
We kept most of the bananas and popsicles in the freezer inside of our house to keep them super frozen! But had a little cooler by our table with a plate of each. Then went back for more when needed. This way they didn't get too melty! 
Our first passer-by and customer... Sophie got shy with this one! But really got the hang of helping out quickly! 
...and some cute neighbors who ended up joining in on the fun!
 We whipped out the little toy cash register! It was perfect and cute! 
We also may have eaten a few bananas on the job! 
It was the perfect way to say bye to summer!!! And rest assured we will be doing this again! Especially with the sunny San Diego weather! 
You know what they say..."There's always money in the banana stand!"
Below are both of the prints and the banner for you to download and print out so you can do your own stand! I even made a boy-friendly version! Just click on the ones you want to download.
 
The banner requires a little cutting on your part...but in my opinion, worth it! I just taped them on to some twine and done! 

 
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