Apple Butter and Cinnamon

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Why, hello there.


Two of my favorite things: apple butter and cinnamon.  I’m especially enjoying this apple butter because it’s just apples and apple cider – no added sugar!


These flavors pumped up my everyday waffles:


I added drizzles of the apple butter to the waffle mix (I use Hodgson’s Mills whole wheat mix) before pressing down the iron.  It tasted so much better than just smearing it on after the waffles cooked!


For the topping, I cooked a huge banana in a wok with honey and cinnamon until it was soft and mushy.  So much healthier than plain old maple syrup – and yummier, too!


Today’s plans include:


  • Proofreading the first pass of the Operation Beautiful book (a big thanks to everyone who pre-ordered it on Amazon!)
  • Biking hills with my dad
  • Business housekeeping (I heart invoicing)
  • Preparing my resume for a job I’d realllly like to get.


Here’s a sneak peak of the book!  It’s laid out to look like a scrapbook. 



Recognize that lovely lady?  It’s Kelsey Toney!


Things going on in the blogworld…


  • Jacquie is doing research on how beauty magazines affect body image, and how editors can redesign their magazines to make women feel more confident.  This is a project for her school.  If you’d like to help, take this quick survey about media and body image.
  • Mary has published her e-book, “Guide To Creating A Better Health Blog.”  She sent me a review copy and, truthfully, it’s great!  I would highly recommend this book if you’re interested in learning more about blogging, SEO, and social media!  It’s very, very well done.


And I’m off!  I hope you have a fabulous day! 🙂



  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 6, 2010, 8:03 am

    :O Your breakfast looks and sounds AMAZE! Anything with cinnamon in is a winner 🙂 I’ve never seen apple butter over here, but I’m assuming it’s not dissimilar to apple sauce?
    Yay for the book! I can’t wait to get mine 😀
    And thanks for those links too – I’ll be checking them out for sure.
    Have a good day!

  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 6, 2010, 8:04 am

    I’m so excited to read your book! It looks great, I love the layout and color choice! 🙂 Congrats,what a huge accomplishment!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 8:07 am

      Thanks! I had nothing to do with the design, but I really like it too! I will pass the compliment onto the publisher. 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 6, 2010, 8:10 am

    Thanks for those links Caitlin.

  • megan April 6, 2010, 8:11 am

    i love the sneak peak of the book! can’t wait to read it 🙂

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) April 6, 2010, 8:14 am

    I love apple butter – it reminds me of Autumn 🙂 I made some low sugar apple butter this past November, I even included the peel:

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired April 6, 2010, 8:16 am

    The book looks good! I like that it’s laid out like a scrapbook…very cute idea.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) April 6, 2010, 8:21 am

    yum yum yum on your breakfast! congrats on everything! I need to get my lazy bum to amazon to do some preordering.

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 6, 2010, 8:21 am

    I need to get a waffle iron stat! And the book looks awesome… I’m so excited for you!!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit April 6, 2010, 8:23 am

    Those waffles look great! I wish I had a waffle maker…
    I’m definitely buying your book 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 6, 2010, 8:24 am

    The book looks amazing, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy 🙂 I like your idea of adding apple butter to your waffles when you press them, and not just after. I wonder how bananas would work..

  • emptynutjar April 6, 2010, 8:26 am

    wow. i am so stunned by everything you do. not sure what your background education is …Iam stuck in the lowest place of life now….unable to find a job that will pay my rent, neding to move, wishing to write and be physically active, but being so stressed and unfortunately in poor health, that unable to. I don’t know how u managed to turn your blog into a book …but WOW for doing it. So successful!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 8:42 am

      i’m sorry your stressed and sick 🙁 that’s really hard, i know. try to just see one thing you can improve every day, and little by little, things might get better. maybe you can do some volunteering while you look for a job? that would help me feel better about the job hunt!

    • Hedda April 6, 2010, 9:13 am

      And feel proud and good about your blog, because it is very interesting and one at least I usually reads.
      As Caitlin said, take it one step at a time, if you try to fix it all at once things will just turn stressful.
      Wish you the best 🙂

  • Diana April 6, 2010, 8:30 am

    That breakfast looks so good! Hmmm, I’m thinking weekend breakfast. 😀
    Oh, so exciting! I remember when you first started operation beautiful and now there’s a book! Totally awesome. 🙂

  • Heather April 6, 2010, 8:34 am

    i LOVE me some Kelsey 🙂

    am SO excited about the book. you are an author. YOU ARE AN AUTHOR. this is purely EPIC.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet April 6, 2010, 8:34 am

    The book looks awesome! I love the layout. 🙂

  • Stacey April 6, 2010, 8:35 am

    Having fun biking hills with your dad! And cleaning too 😀 Cleaning relaxes me in a weird sort of way…can’t wait to get my bike tuned up so I get out there soon!

  • Heather ( April 6, 2010, 8:46 am

    sneak peek of the book looks great!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 6, 2010, 8:50 am

    the book looks amazing!!! i was trying to preorder yesterday but the internet connection was crap…so i’m trying when i get to work this morning 🙂 thanks for the blogland tips too…i’ll be checking those out as well!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 6, 2010, 8:59 am

    Can’t wait until the book comes out! Love the look. 🙂

  • Midgetkeeper April 6, 2010, 9:05 am

    The book looks great!

  • Hedda April 6, 2010, 9:09 am

    You can make me breakfast any day, haha 😀

    Great design on your book, but even more important : it will be an amazing content and such a strong message.

    Will check out the links, always up for supporting people in creating a better body image.

  • Kelly April 6, 2010, 9:10 am

    So excited about your book, it looks like it’s going to be amazing.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 6, 2010, 9:20 am

    Good idea to put the apple butter into the mix instead of only on top! Sounds scrumptious.
    Love the layout of the book pages. So excited to buy it:D

  • Matt April 6, 2010, 9:21 am

    AWESOME looking breakfast!

  • Julie April 6, 2010, 9:43 am

    breakfast looks awesome! I need to find some apple butter now!

  • Christina April 6, 2010, 9:50 am

    I love the book design. It looks great!

  • Juli April 6, 2010, 10:00 am

    Have you tried mixing a little apple butter into plain yogurt for a waffle topping? Not much on looks, but yummy and super filling! Great way to add a little more protein in the morning.

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:15 pm

      that sounds yummy!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 6, 2010, 10:01 am

    Oh my gosh you’re book looks FABULOUS!!! 🙂 I can’t imagine how proud you must be…I’d be pinching myself all the time 😉

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 6, 2010, 10:02 am

    Eek!!! Must be so exciting to see the book in its actual format like that!

    Mmm…I have that same jar of apple butter in my fridge right now!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health April 6, 2010, 10:03 am

    I seriously cannot wait for OB to come out. I sort of get chills just from seeing little snippets of the book! Unfortunately my pre-ordered book isn’t going to arrive until August 6-10, wah 🙁 I have a feeling I’ll be in Barnes & Noble on the 3rd and end up with 2 copies, haha.

  • jen trinque April 6, 2010, 10:10 am

    What’s the job you’d realllly like to get – or are you just writing a resume for your dream job, and hoping it will show up (which it might!)

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:15 pm

      its another writer gig. 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 6, 2010, 10:10 am

    So exciting about the book!

  • Super G April 6, 2010, 10:12 am

    Yay!!! I can’t wait for the book to come out!
    and your breakfast looks so yummy! Way better than mine, as always!

  • Nicole, RD April 6, 2010, 10:13 am

    I loved Mary’s e-book! It is excellent! I learned a lot!

    Have a great day!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething April 6, 2010, 10:14 am

    your book is beautiful-i showed my hubby it on amazon-how fun!

    enjoy your ride today….i finally got my bike and am taking her on her maiden voyage today 🙂

  • Katie April 6, 2010, 10:15 am

    I am so excited for you about the book! It looks great!

    And I hope you get the job you are wanting!

  • Donna April 6, 2010, 10:18 am

    You always make your food look so appetizing…I am going to have to try some of that Apple Butter. I can’t wait to buy your book, as soon as it comes out. Hope you have an awesome bike ride!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 6, 2010, 10:19 am

    I am SO excited about reading your book!!!! August just seems SO far away…
    Mmmm those waffles sound amazing!! I’m going to have to try the technique of adding the apple butter while they cook!

  • brandi April 6, 2010, 10:21 am

    yay for the book! It looks awesome – and that’s my page!!! I see my name 🙂 SO excited to read it.

    I love the idea of apple butter IN the waffles.

  • jenny (green food diaries) April 6, 2010, 10:26 am

    your book looks fascinating. must be exciting!

  • Helen April 6, 2010, 10:37 am

    Your book looks amazing. Is it available to pre-order in England at all???

  • *Andrea* April 6, 2010, 10:40 am

    i am going to pre-order this week!!!! can’t wait to read :)))

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:16 pm

      thank you!

  • Marina April 6, 2010, 10:45 am

    The book looks great, I’ll make sure to put it on my birthday list 😀

  • Catherine April 6, 2010, 10:45 am

    I’m so excited for your book to come out! Such exciting news – it looks like it will be fantastic. 🙂

  • Jenny April 6, 2010, 10:48 am

    The sneak peek of your book looks awesome! Can’t wait to read more:)

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 6, 2010, 10:53 am

    I have never tried apple butter before, but you certainly have me intrigued! The waffles look fantastic. I wonder if there is a clean mix I can look for. Then again, I guess it wouldn’t be that much work just to make my own!

  • Jacquie April 6, 2010, 10:57 am

    Yum! I had apple butter and cinnamon in my oatmeal this morning. If I don’t use a banana, I use apple butter or unsweetened applesauce as the sweetener and it’s delicious.

    The book looks wonderful! and PS: Thank you for the blurb about my survey. I appreciate it 🙂

  • Ariffa April 6, 2010, 11:00 am

    i love the scrap-book layout of the book
    cant wait to read itt!!!
    have a good day =)

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries April 6, 2010, 11:04 am

    Even more excited to read the book now that we have a sneak preview of the layout! Love it!

  • Sarah April 6, 2010, 11:23 am

    Yeah Caitlin! I’m one of those who already pre-ordered, so you’re welcome hehe.

    About your friend’s e-book, $27 seems a little stiff to me for something I can’t even put my hands on. But I am new to blogging, so would YOU say it’s worth it? I can’t say that I’ve read that gal’s blog so I don’t know if she’s good or not, haha. But I know YOU are Caitlin, so I’d trust your opinion 🙂

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:17 pm

      Oh man, way to pressure me! Hehe OK, so I thought $27 was expensive, too, however, I would say that book is super specific and helpful. There’s an outline of chapters on her page so if that sort of stuff interests you, I say go for it. I don’t know of any other e-book specifically written for our kinds of blogs.

      • Sarah April 6, 2010, 9:57 pm

        Sorry to put you on the spot :/ Good reply though. I hadn’t considered that the e-book would be SO specific. I’m definitely open to learning more about blogging so I’m seriously going to consider. Thanks again!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly April 6, 2010, 11:48 am

    Congrats about the book!!! Can’t wait to get mine! 🙂

  • skinnyrunner April 6, 2010, 11:59 am

    the book looks amazing! and so professional too. congrats!

  • Eve @ Nutrition by Eve April 6, 2010, 12:07 pm

    Congrats with the book! It must be so exciting to see what it will look like – you must be so proud of yourself 🙂 And your waffles really look amazing, I would love a waffle maker but with tight nyc space I think I’ll have to wait until we have a house one day.

  • Lindsay April 6, 2010, 12:10 pm

    So excited for your book to come out! Pre-ordered it today! Yay!

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:20 pm

      thank you! i appreciate that!

  • Julie @SavvyEats April 6, 2010, 12:16 pm

    LOVE the scrapbook look! Can’t wait to get my copy 🙂

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 6, 2010, 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous design…it’s amazing how much a layout + design can impact the first look and impression of something. Looks awesome!

    I think you are an awesome example of a great concept:

    Believe in yourself and what you have to offer…then great things come!

  • Dee April 6, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I’m saving up money so I can pre-order an OB book! 😉

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:21 pm

      i love you!

  • Rose April 6, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Ahhh!! I love the sneak peak of the book!!! so cool 🙂

  • Mary April 6, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Thanks for the shoutout Caitlin! 🙂

    Loved the sneak peek at your book. It looks great! I can’t wait to get it! 🙂

  • Samantha April 6, 2010, 3:05 pm

    Can’t wait to read the book!!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness April 6, 2010, 3:21 pm

    Wow! Your book layout looks great! I love the scrapbook feel to it. Does it seem a little more “real” now that you have a copy of the first pass in your hands???

    • Caitlin April 6, 2010, 4:21 pm

      haha it felt real when i signed the contract! but yes its even more real now!

  • Katharine April 6, 2010, 4:39 pm

    Congrats again on the book – and for it really starting to come to life! I will definitely be pre-ordering it VERY soon. 😀

  • Susan April 6, 2010, 6:59 pm

    Just squealed after seeing the page!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) April 6, 2010, 7:57 pm

    The book looks great even from the sneak peak!

  • Becka April 7, 2010, 6:36 am

    That’s crazy exciting! I can’t even imagine. I’ve always wondered if I were to ever write a book what it would be about and I have no idea. HAHA. Congrats on seeing a dream come even closer and closer to reality!

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini April 7, 2010, 7:11 am

    You know you are number 153,316 on the Amazon UK charts (which for UK pre-sales is actually pretty good!

    And it’s on my wishlist for pre-order next time I do an order.

    Good luck with the new writing gig 🙂

    • Caitlin April 7, 2010, 9:57 am

      wahooo moving on up!!! 🙂 thanks for your preorder n advance!

  • Jolene ( April 9, 2010, 4:49 pm

    The book looks AWESOME!!! I am pre-ordering NOW!!!!!

  • Jalita April 12, 2010, 12:25 am

    I noticed in one of your past entries that Operation Beautiful is your second book. What was your first book? I tried searching on Amazon, but couldn’t find anything. I’ve always wanted to ask you this, and forgive me if this is personal, but have you ever suffered from an eating disorder?

    • Caitlin April 12, 2010, 9:20 am

      Operation Beautiful is definitely my first book! Where did I say it was my second??? Maybe I was being wishful. In high school I wrote a really lame book. And no I’ve never had an ED.

      • Jalita April 12, 2010, 6:28 pm

        Oh, ok. I was referring to this entry: “Monday, April 5, 2010 at 08:49 AM, everything changes, part II” in the last paragraph… or maybe you were referring to writing another book AFTER Operation Beautiful.

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