And while I was purchasing that clearance yogurt, I bought an on-sale one too: While oranges aren't exactly tropical, I feel like pairing them with ginger at least makes them exotic. And if you eat this with a banana (clearly tropical) AND an orange, well you've got some sort of island escape happening in your mouth. [What was NOT happening in my mouth? A party of overwhelming excitement about orange ginger yogurt. It tasted like someone had mixed in a scoop of orange marmalade into regular old Greek yogurt. Not that I have anything against that (I actually love orange marmalade), but if I'm going to spend that much money, I want a flavor I can't create easily (and much more cheaply) at home. Frankly, there wasn't enough ginger either. In fact, I don't even remember tasting ginger at all, although I think there were chunks of it in there...that just tasted like the orange rind you find in orange marmalade...]
And then, because once I've developed a fixation it is hard to stop (and because I used up the last of my Peach Blueberry "Buttah" in my breakfast depicted previously)...I decided to combine my tendency toward the tropical and my obsession with creating twenty thousand versions of something once I've found a recipe I relish, and experimented with some Strawberry Mango 'Buttah'...
....by first combining one bag of frozen strawberries with one bag of frozen mango...
...and then, deciding to get even crazier, added about 1/4 cup of coconut (also bought on special...goll, I'm good).
Then, I cranked the heat...
...and the juices started to escape [read: the frost on the fruit started to melt].
I stirred and mashed on occasion.
And stirred and mashed some more.
For some reason, I have no after picture. But you can imagine what it looks like: a big, rosy colored mess of deliciousness with flakes of coconut running throughout to add texture.
Once again, like the Peach Blueberry version before it, this 'buttah' is delicious warm, cold, on top of yogurt, or straight into your mouth via a spoon.
Now bring me those two pina coladas, Garth...
By the way, the cereal in my CFY was combination of old favorites and new discoveries. Old favorite: (Seriously, I have said it before, but they have GOT to be lying about the sugar content. Whatever, it is awesome...and mixing it with my other old favorite--puffed wheat--neutralizes the one and perfects the other.)
New Discovery: Like a less-tummy-trouble-causing version of All-Bran Buds (which, who cares what they might do to certain people's stomachs...we love 'em anyway), these not only make me happy because they are apparently made by someone named 'Perky,' they add a really great crunch with just the right amount of nutty flavor. Love them. (And that they were on sale. Otherwise, never would have bought them.) Also, just to prove to you I'm no perfect blogger...I seriously have a lot of trouble opening cereal boxes... ...and bags.
This makes it really hard if you are trying to measure out a serving. My measuring cup does not fit, so I end up trying to squeeze my fingers in there and grab a good guesstimate of how much I want. Inevitably, this ends with Crunchy Flax scattered all over the table and remnants in the bottom of the box that you don't discover until you've finished the bag and there is a whole pile of (now stale, despite what is in the bag staying fresh) cereal waiting for you, mocking your inability to correctly tear open a plastic bag and/or laziness in simply going to find a pair of scissors.
Man. I really need a vacation. A tropical one, most likely.