First Day Of Spring!

March 19th, 2019

Guess what? It’s time for Spring!

Enterprise Star Trek Watch

 

 

 

Star Trek Watch

Enterprise Star Trek Watch – Danna Bananas

 

 

Yea we have sprung forward into a new season otherwise known as: Spring!

 

Happy Spring everyone!

 

 

Spring

March 18th, 2019

In two days, Spring will be blooming!

Let’s kick-start it with a chuckle.

 

 

Image result for peanuts we know that spring is near when it begins to get windy comic

 

St Patrick’s Day

March 17th, 2019

Top of the Morning!

Only 6 more sleeps till St Patrick’s Day!

So…Irish You A Happy St Patricks Day

“When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”

“Sure ’tis like a morn in spring.

In the lilt of Irish laughter,

You can hear the angels sing.

When Irish hearts are happy,

All the world seems bright and gay,

And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,

Sure, they steal your heart away”

 

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of one of the most favored Saint.

With that being said, it’s time to celebrate by drinking beer and even wearing beer!

Luck is on your side as we can transform you into a Saint Patrick’s festive mood with Ale Beer Socks.

Ale Beer Socks

beer socks for St. Patrick's Day

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s day so have a Happy St Patricks Day. 

 

Lights, camera—watch movies on the Smartphone Projector 2.0

February 24th, 2019

The winner for best movie gadget is…

Shopping for a gadget obsessed gift recipient who is a lover of movies and Netflix?

Tech gifts are some of the most popular and sought-after gifts out there.

With the weather at times very frightful, you may not want to venture out to the movie-plex rather just stay in and experience an old-fashioned movie night?

Pop your popcorn, bring out the drinks and gather around, we have a entertaining gadget for you.

Whether you’re streaming The Umbrella Academy, a Youtube video or some quirky viewing pleasure, this Smartphone Projector 2.0 will make them larger than life by transforming your home into a cinema experience.

It doesn’t need any batteries — voila…just a fully charged Smart Phone propped into the portable projector.

In 1933, excited citizens of Camden, NJ drove up and parked their cars at the very first drive-in theater. Drive-ins became a thing after World War II and became very popular in the 50’s and 60’s. Turn the calendar to today, who would have thought you can recreate your very own projector movie night with an smart phone.

Smartphone Projector 2.0

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Space Cookie Cutters

February 21st, 2019

Imagine creating a galaxy that is not far away but in your very own kitchen?

Are you looking for an adventurous, out of this world cookie baking idea for your kids to bake from scratch in the kitchen or a birthday party idea?

This will entice all the cookie connoisseurs in your household.

Let us introduce you to the Space Cookie Cutters.

Space Cookie Cutters

Bake your own 3D Space Ships. Choose from cookie cutters that come in the shape of a rocket, a shuttle, a star fighter and a space buggy. Cut out the cookie dough, bake them in the oven and then slot the cookies together to make edible space ships.

As for a kind of cookie to bake, let us suggest chocolate chip cookies.

Out of interest, are you curious to know who invented the chocolate chip cookie?

After a little research, a woman by the name of Ruth Wakefield not Ruth Bader Ginsburg but another Ruth invented them.

“Along with her husband Kenneth, she bought a tourist lodge named the Toll House Inn, where she prepared the recipes for meals that were served to guests.

In 1930, Wakefield was mixing a batch of cookies for her roadside inn guests when she discovered that she was out of baker’s chocolate. She substituted broken pieces of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate, expecting it to melt and absorb into the dough to create chocolate cookies. That didn’t happen, but the surprising result helped to make Ruth Wakefield one of the 20th century’s most famous women inventors. When she removed the pan from the oven, Wakefield realized that she had accidentally invented “chocolate chip cookies.”

At the time, she called her creations “Toll House Crunch Cookies.” They became extremely popular locally, and the recipe was soon published in a Boston newspaper. As the popularity of the Toll House Crunch Cookie increased, the sales of Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars also spiked. Andrew Nestle and Ruth Wakefield decided to come up with an agreement. Nestle would print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its package, and Wakefield would be given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate. Due to this unexpected discovery by a famous woman inventor, the chocolate chip cookie became the most popular variety of cookie in America, a distinction it still holds to this day.” http://www.women-inventors.com

Reading all this is probably made you crave for one so let’s initiate the launch!

Now lift off to Nom Nom cookie heaven in T-minus…5,4,3,2, 1!

 

space cookie cutters - Danna Bananas

Space Cookies 2 - Danna Bananas

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas and Valentine’s Day must haves

February 11th, 2019

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Look what we’ve got for you…unforgettable Gifts For Your Valentine!

 

 

Whether you are celebrating Valentine’s or Galentine’s Day, February 14th is creeping up and it will be time for Valentines.

 

Let’s be frank, you either love it or you hate it. While some would say that Valentine’s Day is a day for sharing with your significant other gifting boxes of the usual box of chocolates…it doesn’t have to be the same way of celebrating every year! It’s 2019, why not switch up your routine?  If you want to spend Valentine’s Day eating chocolate(that’s fine), having a night full of relaxation with a hot cup of Cocoa or Tea,  playing a Board Game or watching your favourite Romantic Comedy – that’s lovely! If shopping for Valentine’s Day is a little overwhelming, Danna Bananas has compiled a list of Valentine’s Day Must Haves that can be enjoyed solo, or with your significant other in crime. Scroll down and see what cupid has approved this Valentine’s Day…all we can say is some fun Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas will catch your eye!

1. What is the first word that comes to mind when you say Valentine’s Day? Did you say chocolate? If yes, that’s what we’re dreaming of— a hot cup of cocoa and lots of it served in none other, a Gnome Mug. What’s better than spending the night in, bundled up in in your home sweet warm home sipping away? The answer is nothing, nothing is better! Our product of choice for Valentine’s Day is:

Humble Gnome Mug

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Gnome Mug

2. Your tea lover will lust for this heart-shaped tea infuser as a hot cup of tea infused with love is soothing to the heart. the Tea To My Heart Tea Infuser will steep your love affair even more:

Tea to My Heart Tea Infuser

 

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Tea to My Heart Tea Infuser

 

3. If  you feel it’s too cold to venture out to seek entertainment, how about a fun board game that will not only raise your temperature but beat your cabin fever too? Adult XXX Charades is similar to charades but with a twist<wink>…a titillating party game full of suggestive innuendos to keep your party entertained. Remember to play at your own risk!

Adult XXX Charades

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Adult XXX Charades

4. Practice safe drinking with the Wine Condom. Here is a solution for saving your wine as you need to protect your Pinot Grigio and sheath your Chardonnay. They are 99.9% effective at preventing unplanned wine spoilage.  The disposable latex wine condom is small enough to fit into a wallet or pocket:  

Wine Condom

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas - Wine Condom

 

 

PS. Love Is In The Air(always) so gifting all year long and not just on Valentine’s Day would be a heart felt gesture.

Valentines Day Gifts

February 7th, 2019

tongue-tea-infuserAre you stuck on what to buy the loved ones in your life for Valentine’s Day? Gift giving can be difficult. You want to be original but unique; functional but fun.

Danna Bananas has a selection of Valentine’s Day gifts for your wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, partner or significant other. Everyone will be awed by your Valentine gift choices.

Surprise them with one of these gifts.

 

The

Tongue In Cup Tea Infuser

will add a dash of tongue-in-cheeki-ness to your Valentine’s gift idea. Your gift recipient can open up, say A-ah and enjoy a hot cup of tea.

This would bring a whole new dimension where steeping your tea is concerned.

 

tongue-tea-infuser

 

 

Chinese New Year

February 4th, 2019
Happy New Year: Xīn nián kuài lè!
The Lunar New Year falls on February 5, 2019.

2019 is the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

It is a beautiful, peace loving, social and very lucky animal that is great for money and wealth.

If you were born in the years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and of course this year, you will be celebrating with an extra sip of wine<oink, oink>.

As stated on the Chinese New Year website:

The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth.

Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.”

Besides ringing in the new year with a swine and cheese party, how about an entertaining dinner guest that’s not a boar…“sow what?”, you ask?
A pig?
The Stinking Pig Game will also beat the winter blues and cure cabin fever as it will get everybody oinking with great laughter.

Poke his belly to hear him sing and then you can pass him around by rolling the die, but if he toots in your hand then you will get a token and the person with fewest tokens by the end of the game will win.

stinky-pig-game for the Chinese New Year

 

 

Hope your Lunar New Year is full of great fun, love, health and laughter for the whole family!

Hogs and kisses!

What’s in Your Valentine’s Day Chocolate

February 3rd, 2019

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without somebody writing an article about the chemistry of chocolate. That person might as well be me. So without further ado, let’s discuss theobromine, a molecule that you may have heard is in chocolate and cocoa products. Here’s what you need to know.

Chemical structure of theobromine

Chemical structure of theobromine. The sticky note is seasonal. (Credit: Carmen Drahl)

What is in your Valentine’s Day Chocolate?

Theobromine is a molecule made by plants. It’s most famous for being one of the many compounds naturally found in chocolate, but it’s also in tea, among other plant products. Theobromine was discovered in the 1840s, in cocoa beans as a matter of fact.

If you take a look at what theobromine looks like at the atom scale, though, there’s no bromine (which would have the abbreviation Br) in sight. Just carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. Confusing, right? As it happens, letters spelling “bromine” ended up in the name by coincidence. When biologists encountered cocoa trees and related plants in Central and South America, they gave the name “Theobroma” to this genus of plants that was new to them. Theobroma, in Greek, roughly means “food of the gods”. Somebody must’ve really enjoyed their cacao drink back in the day.

 Why “theobromine”, then, with the “ine” at the end? Theobromine is an alkaloid, a nitrogen-atom containing, naturally occurring compound. Many alkaloids share that “ine” ending in their names- it’s a chemistry naming convention. Think strychnine, but also morphine, caffeine, nicotine, and cocaine.

Yikes- it’s like cocaine?! No wonder chocolate is bad for my dog.

No dogs got sick in the making of this stock photo. (Shutterstock)

We Are All Revolutionaries

Theobromine is indeed dangerous for dogs at high enough doses. Caffeine is, too. The website Pet MD has published a chart where you can determine risk of chocolate toxicity for your pet based on your pet’s weight, and amount of chocolate consumed. Type of chocolate is also a factor in the chart, because dark chocolate has higher amounts of theobromine compared to milk chocolate.

Dogs’ digestive systems process theobromine less efficiently than our human guts, which is why it’s relatively easy for them to be poisoned. Cats are also at risk, but they’re less likely to eat sweets.

According to the National Hazardous Substances Database, humans may experience milder effects of theobromine at high enough doses, including sweating, trembling, and headaches. For the vast majority of people, eating chocolate and drinking tea in moderation is no problem.

Please don’t read this story and rush to judge all alkaloids as bad. This is a tremendously large family of plant molecules. And like any large family, some members make you feel good, some might annoy you after an extended stay, and some are toxic even in small doses.

Quinine is an alkaloid, as well, and it is used to treat malaria. The World Health Organization puts quinine on its List of Essential Medicines.

One more point: Depending on what you’re looking for, a toxic compound may be beneficial. As Pulitzer-prizewinning science journalist Deborah Blum reports:

The dark chocolate effects are so acute for canines, that the alkaloid has been tested with some success as a means of controlling coyote populations.

Chocolate’s an aphrodisiac, so I’m good to go for Valentine’s Day, right?

Not exactly. Theobromine is one of the compounds that contributes to that reputation, along with phenylethylamine. Theobromine can indeed make your heart beat faster, but you could say the same thing about caffeine, or cocaine for that matter.

No rigorous studies prove that theobromine or chocolate puts people in the mood. Let me quote from two journal articles that evaluated many labs’ results all at once: “Any mood benefits of chocolate consumption are ephemeral.” And “these substances could have a positive direct and indirect influence on sexual health and function. Nevertheless, randomized studies are needed to confirm these hypotheses.” There may be a placebo effect associated with eating chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and at the end of the day, that’s just fine.

Valentine's Day Chocolate and other Valentines Day Gifts

 (Shutterstock)

There’s much more to the chemistry of chocolate. If I haven’t quelled your craving, you can download a handy infographic on chocolate chemistry by Andy Brunning of Compound Interest.

From Forbes by Carmen Drahl

Be Our Valentine

January 28th, 2019

Is sending a Valentine’s Day card to the special people in our lives passé? The same question goes for Christmas cards? If you send out Christmas cards,  I then believe the answer is no. Once or twice a year, pay it forward, support your postal service and buy that stamp. Snail mail still needs to be utilized as it can’t disappear as many people rely on it. We all sent out Valentines when we were young. Why can’t we do so as adults? Have a little heart-to-heart and write your main squeeze a sweet (or spicy) Valentine’s Day love letter. Everybody deserves a surprise in their mailbox that isn’t a bill.

Give the unexpected…a paper card.

Express your love and wish some Happy Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day! Send directly using the old fashioned method,  snail mail  these lovely vintage Valentines Day greetings.

Valentine’s Day cards are the perfect way to express your love, the most beautiful feeling in the world!

If you’re looking for something more than just a card check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas at Danna Bananas.

 

 

Animated Valentine's Day Cards