Monday, April 23, 2018

The Good Banana

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re opening a food trailer! We’re so close to being ready to open that I can taste it (see what I did there) and it taste delicious!

The idea to start a food truck began years ago, probably about 3 years ago.  I’ve had lots of ideas and something always seemed to scare me off— the work put in, the cost, the fear of failure, the unknown.  I just continued to put it on the back burner and write it off.  I’d say I’m just too busy, it’s not the right time, I have babies, seems overwhelming, yada, yada, yada.  But I got tired of not just writing off the idea, but writing off myself. My fear of failing and lack of knowledge regarding the food industry seemed to justify not trying, but that’s no way to go about things.  I’d hate to think  Lars or Townes would one day ask me why I never did it and all I'd be able to say was that I was scared.   I convinced myself (and Bob) to just do it.  To at least try.  Because if I didn’t, I think I’d forever regret it.

I have lots of goals for this new journey, but I have one main goal and it’s really simple—to get people to stop eating crap. That’s it.  We’ve been eating crap for so long that I think we forgot what non-crap taste like, BUT y’all! non-crap is so good! I, of course also want to make you all happy and show everyone that some of your favorites can be made non-crap friendly.  Perhaps I should rename the food trailer Non-Crap Food For You.  I don’t hate it…….

I’ve been cooking or baking or sitting in the kitchen with my grandmothers, aunts and momma for as long as I can remember. They all instilled this passion for cooking and a confidence to be in the kitchen, to mess up, to try something new. I’ve never been intimated by the kitchen, or a recipe, or coming up with my own.  It’s what I do and it took years for me to see that confidence as a true gift.  
The food trailer is my way of sharing my gift with y’all. It’s my way of taking care of the people I love and the people I haven’t met yet, but I’m sure to love. It’s my tiny contribution to try and keep you healthy and happy.

IT’S VEGETARIAN – I haven’t eaten meat in 25 years. I don’t like it, never have and probably never will. Just like some people don’t like brussel sprouts, I don’t like meat. So it’d be strange to open a food truck serving meat.  I didn’t open The Good Banana to convert anyone or to shove any ethical mumbo chumbo in your face. I opened it so I could feed you delicious food.  (Thought of a new goal: to get my southwest Louisiana, duck hunting loving brother and father to eat at the trailer without giving me any crap about meat.  Never mind, that’s never going to happen…moving on.)

IT’S VEGAN— Not only is there no meat, but there’s no dairy or eggs.  Everything I cook at home is dairy free so it just seemed the way to go. I wanted to be sort of an allergy friendly place and dairy is such a high allergy food that it was a no brainer.

IT’S SOY FREE— Soy is just one of those foods…. it’s in everything. Literally, it seems hard to find food without it.  Soy is the number 2 most genetically modified food next to corn. So let’s just leave that out.  

IT’S GLUTEN FREE—Because no one eats gluten any more other than my husband. Hahaha! Honestly, when I was creating the menu and thinking of what I’d want to serve, it was just naturally gluten free. So there ya go. Bye bye gluten.

IT’S GRAIN FREE— I don’t think all grains are bad, but when we eat them home I make sure they are coming from a really good source and/or even sprouted and that just seemed awfully time consuming for food production.  And again, trying to be as food allergy friendly as possible.
And because it’s all of those things

IT’S PALEO— I didn’t necessarily want to market The Good Banana as paleo because I think most of my paleo friends would ask, ‘where’s the steak?’  While there’s no steak my beautiful cavemen and women, you can still have anything off the menu while living your best paleo life.  

I’m more than excited to open and to meet all the peoples!! I love meeting all the peeps! I hope it’s a beautiful and delicious journey and thanks for supporting me so much already!  Wimberley, TX you’re one a kind I tell ya.

Fingers crossed we get this trucker (see what I did there?) opened by the first weekend in May!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

My Aha Moment in the Middle of Target

If you can hang in there through my intro, the point of the story will come full circle….I promise.

Winter has been pretty gnarly here in Central Texas. Snow, ice, temperatures in the low teens, and frozen pipes……. wait, was that just us who forgot to drip the faucets?

During this time I realized that Lars had completely outgrown his previous winter attire and for several mornings while Lars was getting dressed I realized that his long sleeve shirts/sweaters were becoming ¾ length shirts and his skinny little arms were exposed to the harsh hill country elements (sunny and 30 degrees).  It was time for new shirts for this guy.

So while in Target one day, as I unexpectedly (or not) had entirely way too much shit in my cart because Target….I stopped by the toddler section to see if I could score some clearance long sleeve shirts for Lars.  I picked up a few 5T tshirts that I thought were cute and held them up and then it hit me…the shirts he HAD were 5T. He had outgrown them! If you don't know, that’s the end of the sizes in the toddler section. That's when I then gazed up across the aisle and there it was…the BOYS department.

I don’t know why y’all, but us moms are a strange breed.  Weird things make us crazy emotional.  I teared up and my heart sank a bit.  I placed the 5T shirts back on the table and painfully walked across the aisle to the boys section.  I felt out of place and like my feelings were hurt. (I know this is all sounding comical but it’s my life folks) How could this be? I’ve never shopped in this section before. I’ve only ever shopped in the toddler section. I made by way to the clearance rack and thumbed through the tops.  I found 3 long sleeve shirts that I thought Lars would like but knew would be a little too big.  I put them in the cart, checked out and headed home.

I tell y’all this story, only to tell you this…. for months now Bob and I have been wondering what in the hell was going on.  Lars has been combative, irritable, disrespectful, frustrated and having minor melt downs almost daily. I kept tossing it up to the holidays, or not enough sleep, which maybe those played a part, but I knew there was something else going on and that day in Target was my aha moment.  Lars is leaving toddlerhood behind and moving straight into boyhood. And it seems to be a really big and at times difficult transition...for all of us. 

He’s leaving the 5T’s and moving into the xsmalls. He’s needing less nurturing and more mentoring. He’s trying to find his independence and not ask for help but at the same time still needs us a lot. I’m sure it’s frustrating for him.  I’m sure it’s hard and exhausting as is any transitional phase. 

My mama heart aches as any mama can relate when your babies transition out of a phase. but this one is hard for me. Harder than that newborn to baby or baby to toddler or toddler to …..older toddler. He’s a little boy, who’s going to be 6 in April and I’m just not ready. I know I have to be ready, but it gives me that achy feeling in my throat, that wow, he’s growing up, time is moving so quickly feeling.

Sad mama feelings aside, I’m so excited for Lars and for what’s to come. I’m also excited to perhaps one day soon be out of this difficult, screw everything phase because that would be super awesome. I know he’s growing up and I know it’s inevitable, but he will always be my baby boy, my first beautiful boy. And just FYI….those shirts that I knew would be a little too big, fit just perfectly.

photo by the most wonderful katherine o'brien

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