The winner of the Athenos Feta giveaway is Julia!  Her advice for getting over a fitness hump included: “Having an event to train for is what has kept me going. Without knowing I have a long run to conquer, I’d probably still be in a major slump.”  There were so many good nuggets of advice that I’ve compiled a list of my favorite suggestions for getting over a fitness or food hump – will post next week!


My mom and had the MOST amazing breakfast!


This was the ULTIMATE VERSION of Grilled Banana Sandwich.


What made this GBS so good?


Whole wheat cinnamon chip bread from Great Harvest!  It made the GBS so decadent and chewy.


GBS is basically two slices of French toast with a melted banana stuffed in between.  Here’s the recipe!



Only problem was that I ate it WAY too fast!  It was so good that I inhaled it.  I should’ve savored it a bit more.  🙂


Mom and I went on a 45-minute walk with the dogs this morning.


Matching shoes!  I always buy Brooks Summons and gift my older pair to my mom.  🙂


Plans for today include…  more home shopping!  And eventually, we’re going to come home so I can cook us a healthy lunch.  I just bought this basil plant and want to do something fun with it before I kill it.  :)  I have a black thumb!


Perhaps I’ll make Bruschetta?


Have a great Saturday!



  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin July 10, 2010, 10:29 am

    That breakfast sandwich looks incredible! Have fun with your mom today!

  • Julia July 10, 2010, 10:35 am

    It looks like your having a blast with your mom! And I really wish I had a Great Harvest near me – that bread looks amazing!
    Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  • Chelsey July 10, 2010, 10:38 am

    I love the matching shoes – momma time is always the best.

    Oooo basil plant! I made homemade pesto last night! It was delish!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers July 10, 2010, 10:45 am

    Your momma’s a lucky lady! 😉

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly July 10, 2010, 10:51 am

    WOW! Now that is a breakfast sandwich!!!

  • Erin July 10, 2010, 10:56 am

    That’s so cool that you have the same shoe size! My mom and I have very similar tastes in shoes (we even own some matching pairs) but she wears almost a full size larger than I do.

    Have fun shopping!

  • Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit July 10, 2010, 10:57 am

    That breakfast sandwich looks SO good!

    I’d use the basil to make caprese salads and pesto! Yum!

  • Mindy July 10, 2010, 10:58 am

    The GBS looks so good! It really makes me wish that I liked bananas!!

    Have a fabulous time with your mom!! 🙂

    • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 10, 2010, 11:10 am

      😮 how can you not like bananas?

      • Mindy July 10, 2010, 11:12 am

        It’s the texture, it makes me gag. So, maybe it’s not that I don’t like them, I just can’t eat them. I’m weird, I know!

        • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 10, 2010, 11:16 am

          so sad! i eat at least one banana a day. i’d go crazy without them!

        • caitlin July 10, 2010, 11:25 am

          I’ve made the same sandwich with grilled strawberries and its really good!

    • jessica July 11, 2010, 7:24 pm

      You’re not alone Mindy the texture of bananas makes me gag as well.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg July 10, 2010, 10:59 am

    Have fun with your mama! Sounds like the day is off to a great start already…

  • Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) July 10, 2010, 11:09 am

    that basil looks so good! you should make a panini (i’m really in grilled sammich mode lately) with hummus, tomato, spinach, and basil. now i want one….
    have fun with your mum!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing July 10, 2010, 11:10 am

    Oh gosh I have a black thumb too.. I kill EVERYTHING!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs July 10, 2010, 11:11 am

    Awh it must be great to hang with your mum – mumtime is the ultimate!

  • Camille July 10, 2010, 11:18 am

    Your breakfast makes me wish I didn’t use up all my bananas yesterday!
    I imagine in must be so much fun to spend time with your family in your own home. My Mom and I live in the same city until August when I move, so we don’t spend much time at my house.

  • Wei-Wei July 10, 2010, 11:18 am

    I am so jealous of your grilled banana sandwich. I love grilled bananas, but I would probably have this for a treat instead of breakfast – I just cannot get bread that fills me up around here!


  • Rebecca July 10, 2010, 11:19 am

    The cinnamon bread sounds delicious! I’ve made your GBS before. It’s soo good! Have a great day with your mom! I’m missing mine in the worst way lately.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) July 10, 2010, 11:24 am

    Oh gosh, that bread. I want it!

    That basil plant is begging to be made into a pesto. You can make it stretch by adding in other herbs, or sun-dried tomatoes! yumm.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) July 10, 2010, 11:28 am

    Ooo French toast is it for dinner 🙂

  • Leslie July 10, 2010, 11:29 am

    You can blanch (boil for a couple of minutes) the basil, transfer to a cold water rinse, then throw in food processor or blender with olive oil, minced garlic or cloves and plain greek yogurt to make a creamy pesto sauce to serve over whole wheat pasta. Toss with grape tomatoes or whatever fresh veggies you have!

    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 3:16 pm

      Oh thanks!

  • Tricia July 10, 2010, 11:33 am

    I just ordered a pair of Brooks Summons. I generally wear Brooks Glycerin so I hope these are just as good. They were only $45.00 on this website I found!

  • Lucy July 10, 2010, 11:40 am

    margherita pizza!!! so, so good! I had a basil plant about that size and it is now down to 2 little stems but i have managed to keep them alive for over a month now. woohooooo!!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople July 10, 2010, 11:46 am

    I LOVE bananas. I probably have at least one per day. There’s one in my oatmeal right now! Yum…

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run July 10, 2010, 11:57 am

    I have a black thumb too. I even managed to kill off my entire Aerogarden. You aren’t suppose to have to do anything to those except add water every so often. Are the basil plants expensive? I love basil, it might be worth it for me to buy a plant if they are fairly inexpensive.

    • caitlin July 10, 2010, 3:16 pm

      It was only $2.99!

  • Run Sarah July 10, 2010, 11:59 am

    So cute about the matching shoes! I have a black thumb too – I can’t buy plants anymore! I need to make sure I never have plants in my future office unless someone else can take care of them, or they’re fake so my patients don’t worry about me! How is your hubs with plants?

  • Daniel July 10, 2010, 12:13 pm

    The moment I saw the sandwich I could literally feel myself salivating profusely at how great it looks.

    Omgosh I wish I had that for breakfast instead of pancakes!

    And you can always make a basil hummus for something different if you need to use up a lot of basil before it goes bad. 🙂

  • Kaz July 10, 2010, 12:14 pm

    That sandwich looks amazing. Enjoy your mom-time! 😀

  • Candice July 10, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Your sandwich looks incredible!

    I almost bought a basil plant at the Farmer’s Market this morning, but I chickened out bc I’m afraid I’d kill it. The girl was talking about how it’s best to plant it in fertilized soil by using cow manure. Ummm…I’m a city girl, unfortunately. No cow manure around here.

    Anyway, I bought some cut basil from her and I’m excited to use it today!

    Have fun with your mom:)

    • HTP Dad' July 10, 2010, 12:37 pm

      Black Kow manure!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 10, 2010, 12:22 pm

    That’s so cute that you give your old pair of running shoes to your mom 😀

    And that sandwich looks absolutely DELICIOUS.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is July 10, 2010, 12:32 pm

    That sandwich looks insane! Holy delicious.

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated July 10, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Oh my goodness! That breakfast looks INCREDIBLE!!! It sort of makes me want to run out for some Great Harvest cinnamon chip bread right now. Hmmm…

    Have fun with your mom! It must feel great to be so close to her now! 🙂

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind July 10, 2010, 1:32 pm

    duuuuuuude that GBS = the ultimate food porn. Cover that shiz up. 😉

  • Amanda July 10, 2010, 1:51 pm

    This looks aaaaaaaaamazing!!! Can you veganize this for your hubby, and the rest of us? 🙂

  • Janna (Janna's Keeping it Real) July 10, 2010, 1:54 pm

    ooooh! glad i’m not the only black thumb! i received a desk plant when i started my new job as a “welcome gift”…i cringed when i saw it sitting there, knowing it would be dead within no time. it was.

    i’m pretty sure i need 2nd breakfast after seeing that DELICIOUS looking GBS!!!!!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit July 10, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Mm I LOVE bruschetta. Definitely make that 🙂

  • Caroline July 10, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Wow, so decadent looking. My friends would definitely eat this, and never notice it was healthy. I love mashed banana in sandwiches. One way to slow down eating things like this is to use a knife and fork. I use it to eat pizza (except at the end) and it gets me to really slooooow down and enjoy it more.

  • Julie @ Pickley Pear July 10, 2010, 3:34 pm

    That sandwich is making my mouth water! I NEED to make it ASAP!

  • Monique@She's Going The Distance July 10, 2010, 3:50 pm

    I’m drooling over that sandwich right now. Seriously 🙂 Looks sooo good!!!!

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 10, 2010, 4:15 pm

    Oh my goodness! That French toast looks incredible YUM!


  • Ellen@FirednFabulous July 10, 2010, 4:20 pm

    OMG, that looks beyond delicious. I’d devour quickly too, I’m such a fast eater, especially when what I’m eating is super-yummy! I know I need to work on slowing down, but it’s so hard sometimes!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie July 10, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Don’t kill the basil! The key is to water it only when it gets droopy and sad and keep it in the sunny window.

    My favorite thing to do with basil is either pesto or just spreading the leaves over fresh grown tomatoes with a nice vinaigrette. Nothing better!

  • Stacey@ July 10, 2010, 4:58 pm

    That basil plant looks so big and healthy. That breafast is the ultimate.

  • Heather July 10, 2010, 5:00 pm

    so nice you give your old shoes to your mom!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine July 10, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Loooove basil. 😀 And that sandwich looks very very delicious! I love bananas in general. I will try this for breakfast soon, thank you for the idea.

  • Kristy July 10, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Bahhaha – I gift them them to my mom too 🙂

  • claire July 10, 2010, 6:56 pm

    Your breakfast looks delicious!! I wish we had a Great Harvest in Charleston:-)cc

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) July 10, 2010, 7:23 pm

    That is funny, we introduced our boys to grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches last night. They LOVED them. Really though, what is not to love? Have a great weekend!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter July 10, 2010, 8:03 pm

    OMG what an AWESOME breakfast! I have all of the ingredients, including Cinnamon Chip bread! YAY!

  • Mandy A July 10, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I just had dinner and now I’m regretting I didn’t see this post before it!! I think I’m heading to Great Harvest tomorrow 🙂

  • Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit July 10, 2010, 9:58 pm

    I made pancakes with banana this morning for breakfast, and from the looks of a lot of blog posts, it seems as though a warm doughy treat with bananas was on most people’s mind this morning!!!

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales July 11, 2010, 10:52 am

    That sandwich does look amazing – definitely worth getting out of bed for! Love that you give your shoes to your mom!

  • Amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler July 11, 2010, 11:52 am

    Make pesto!

  • Jolene ( July 11, 2010, 6:15 pm

    Mmmm, bruschetta!!! Yummmmm!

  • Diana July 12, 2010, 12:00 am

    Ooh make a tomato basil salad with your basil plant! Well, with the leaves, not the plant. 🙂 I like tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella (the little mozz balls) or even just with the basil. Either way with a drizzle of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Noommmmmm! 🙂

  • Sami July 12, 2010, 10:04 am

    Those sneaks are fantastic! I have the same pair 🙂

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