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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: Yes, I Have Too Many Bananas
By Wilma Schlegel


Overripe bananas! They bother me. I watch them, hoping to halt the oxidation process or at least slow it down until somebody will eat the things. After a week though, nobody’s thinking, “Gee, I could really go for a mushy, strong and sweet banana inside a dark brown peel.” So there they sit, waiting, giving off a fruity perfume which serves both to contact unwanted visitors with little wings and feet to my kitchen and to let me know, lest I forget, “We’re still here.”

“Are you mocking me?” I turn around quickly to catch them in the act - staring at me with their perpetual smiles. “You wait, I’ll find a way to use you.”

But how much banana bread can a person stand?

What should I do with these guys?

I could freeze them. That’s certainly an easy answer. But I need to remember that they’re there and actually use them at some not too distant future date. (Unlike the last three times I’ve frozen them.) No, I don’t want to freeze them.

I’m not hungry for banana bread, I’m hungry for shoofly pie. I wonder?...

Now I know what I’ll do. Surely someone else out there has had the same idea. I’ll just type in my question and send it over the internet.

“Does anyone have a recipe for shoofly pie with banana?”

Beautiful. Here are my answers: Best Shoofly Pie, Grandma’s Shoofly Pie, County Fair Shoofly Pie, Shoofly Cupcakes, even Chocolate Shoofly.

Are you kidding me? There’s no banana?

Now, at this point in time, if it’s not on the internet maybe there’s a good reason. It might be wise to not pursue this any further.

But really, Bananas Foster? Chunky Monkey? Why not Shoofly?

I made the pie two days ago. I used the chocolate recipe and added one mashed banana (about ½ cup). It’s just my husband and I and the pie’s half gone already.

I guess the moral of my story is obvious. Ask your questions. Do your field research. But even if you come up feeling like you’re the only one who believes, don't be talked out of your idea until you give it a try.

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Dannie Hawley 05/31/12
I love this article; it's so funny! Have you considered banana frozen yogurt? We make that and it's a wonderfully refreshing treat on a hot summer's day. What's a shoofly? I heard about Shoofly pie in a novel but never heard of it and now you are putting bananas in it? Curious. Great job with this entry.
Leola Ogle 06/01/12
Uh...that pie sounds delicious. I don't suppose you still have a slice, do you? *sigh* Just kidding, although it does make me hungry and I'm now in search of something sweet and yummy. Enjoyed this! It was well written and entertaining. God bless!
C D Swanson 06/02/12
Ripe bananas, chocolate and pie....I'm in! A sweet entry for sure. Thanks. I enjoyed this. God Bless~
Laura Hawbaker06/03/12
Loved this entry! Bananas always get the best of me too. Good sentences, short and to the point, humerous. Keep writing!
Hiram Claudio06/04/12
This was so witty and fun to read! I enjoyed your approach and the creativity this piece displays. Although you can never make enough banana bread for me, the pie did sound really good too. This was a delightful read. Thanks!
Sandra Renee Hicks 06/05/12
Hi -

Thank you.

This is sweet and precious.

A delightful read indeed.
C D Swanson 06/07/12
Congrats! God Bless~
Leola Ogle 06/07/12
Good job Wilma! Congratulations! God bless!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/08/12
Congratulations on your ribbon and for ranking 23 overall!
Theresa Santy 06/11/12
Great, fun entry! Made me laugh and think.