Friday, June 30, 2017

Simple Pleasures of Life: Dessert with My Son

Missy Tippens

I'm not a huge dessert eater. I do adore brownies, and will usually eat some when my daughter makes them. And I sometimes give in to temptation at cover-dish dinners at church, and occasionally at a Wednesday night supper.

But I almost never order dessert at restaurants. I'm usually too full (especially if we ordered chips and salsa for an appetizer!).

But recently, while my husband was out of town, my son and I went out to one of my favorite restaurants, Marlow's Tavern.  We had a lovely, relaxing dinner on the patio.

But it was a bittersweet time. He was waiting to hear back about a job he'd interviewed for, was waiting on the official offer. So I knew our dinners together might be limited soon. prolong the evening, I suggested we order and share dessert.

We ordered an amazing fried banana dessert. I can't find it listed on the menu, but they have a photo on their website, so it must be a regular. I think it had "banana split" in the name. :) And of course, I took a photo of it. I think my kids are so used to this that they don't even get embarrassed any more. :)

The banana was split in half lengthwise. Then it was breaded lightly and probably sautéed in a little butter in a pan. I think graham cracker crumbs would be good. Or possibly a light coating of panko crumbs. I think I remember a little sprinkling of cinnamon or spices of some sort.

Then top the warm banana with whipped cream (the real thing!) and vanilla ice cream. Then drizzle with strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, and caramel.

The crisp in the whipped cream tasted like delicate layered puff pastry.

The dessert as well as the company made for an amazing evening. Soon after, while we were up in Tennessee looking at apartments, my son got the official offer. We moved him up there on Monday of this week.

It's hard to let them grow up. I'm so sad and miss him terribly right now. My daughter called it Empty Nest 2.0. Like going through freshman year of college all over again. LOL

But he's doing great. And is doing what he feels called to do. He'll be working as a health physicist at a consulting firm starting next week.

Meanwhile, I'll keep texting him each day to check in. I like to think he still needs his mom. :)


  1. Eeeeek! I feel panic when I see these happy photos. I'm not ready to let my babies go. Someone told me, "It's great you have little ones so you won't have an empty nest for years and years." But it doesn't really work that way. In fact, I think it's hard with each and every child, no matter who is left at home. :(

    Hugs from this mama and the dessert looks wonderful!

    1. Mary Virginia, it goes so fast your head will spin. Yet when I think back to when they were little, it seems like a hundred years ago. I think I need to pull out old photos just to try to remember.

      Enjoy every moment now! Although, I have to say it's really fun to relate to them when they're adults. We just have to enjoy every stage. :)