Did your hometown make a big to-do about asking to dances in high school? My town did. How you asked someone to the dance was a big deal. It was supposed to be creative and clever, and if at all possible, absolutely hilarious. Most of the time the ideas were just so-so clever. Like “Honey-comb your hair you’re going to prom!” on a box of Honeycomb cereal. Or “Can I take you to the dance?!” written in crayon and taped to a can of soda pop. But every now and then you heard about a crazy one. Like when I got asked to homecoming my Junior year. It involved a VW Bug and a coconut. Intrigued? I knew you would be.
The guy I was dating back then was a bit of a show off. A big show off. So even though his asking-surprise shouldn’t have surprised me, it did. How can you not be shocked when you get home from work late one night to find an upside-down Volkswagon Bug (the car. life size.) in your driveway with 16 balloons and a big sign that says “I’d FLIP if you’d go to the dance with me!”.
Seriously? Yes. Seriously. Upside down. In my driveway. A car. Like I said, he was a show off.
But there’s more. After the initial surprise with a catchy phrase, you had to play The Name Game. Somehow, some way, the name of your asker was hidden or encoded and you had to crack the puzzle to find out who asked you. In my case, I really did have to crack it. It was inside of a coconut. A real coconut, brought straight from his trip to Hawaii, still in one piece. Don’t ask me how they got in there (he would never tell me), but inside that coconut I found thirteen candy hearts, each with a letter on it. I already knew who asked me. But still, you have to play The Name Game.
P.S. the coconut? It was involved because I L.O.V.E. coconut. I like it in candy, I like it in drinks and smoothies (hence this recipe), I like it in my curry (oh my goshhhhh), I even like coconut water. Ever tried it? It’s good. If you like coconut. I probably like it even more because it doesn’t make me sick. Yeah, I am lactose intolerant. Sad right?? We lactose intolerant people have medicine we can take to alleviate the effects of dairy but I really enjoy finding or creating a fantastic recipe which calls for coconut milk because, I can eat it/drink it worry free! Annnnnd, this smoothie is healthy. Seriously! No added sugar, and it’s vegan. Bam. Delicious and healthy Raspberry Coconut Smoothie accomplished.
- ½ - 1 cup coconut milk (depending on how thick you like it)
- 1 medium banana, peeled sliced and frozen
- 2 teaspoons coconut extract (optional)
- 1 cup frozen raspberries
- optional: shredded coconut flakes, sweetener of choice, to taste
- Add coconut milk, frozen banana slices and coconut extract to your blender. Pulse 1-2 minutes until smooth. Add frozen raspberries and continue to pulse until smooth.
- Pour into your fancy schmancy serving glass, top with a couple of raspberries and a little shredded coconut, and enjoy!
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