First of all, thanks so much for all the kind and supportive comments on yesterday’s post about training.  I really was surprised by and appreciated the remarks about how I’m doing better than I think I am… I needed to hear that!  Sometimes you just need to have someone say, “You can do it!”  So – thank you!


Fun recipe coming at you!

baby ice cream

(Claire’s cute neon flower dress is on clearance right now!)


As mentioned a million times, we’re in the middle of a heat wave and it is HOT AS HELL outside.  Like – 99 degrees hot.  So I felt compelled to make the kiddos some ‘ice cream’ to help them cool off.  Claire gave it two baby thumbs up!

cherry banana soft serve

This is a twist on the famous Banana Soft Serve.  But super simple – all you do is blend frozen bananas and frozen cherries.  That’s it.


Cherry Banana Ice Cream


Ingredients (serves three):

  • Two frozen ripe bananas (remove skin and slice before freezing)
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • Optional:  Chocolate chips or drizzle of melted coconut oil


  • Combine bananas and cherries in food processor or high-powered blender.  Blend until smooth.  Serve immediately.


I like to add coconut oil to ours – the key is to melt about two tablespoons first, and then slowly pour the melted coconut oil into the blender as it blends.  It will freeze up into little “chips” and adds an interesting texture.  Plus – healthy fats!  If you put a scoop or two of semi-solid coconut oil into the mix, you’ll just be left with too-big chunks.


Book a Week


I’m playing catch-up! I have two Book a Week reviews for you.  I read two books in three days last week – WHOA.


Week 18:  The Vacationers


Amazon Synopsis:  “Here’s the funny thing about family: there’s no one you love more than your relatives, and yet they’re also the people who push your buttons the most. Emma Straub has captured this dilemma in her pitch-perfect second novel The Vacationers. The Post family’s vacation to the Balearic island of Mallorca is one fraught with jealousy and quiet secrets. It’s an anniversary for parents Franny and Jim, who are making amends for some rocky marital misgivings; their son Bobby and his much-maligned older girlfriend Carmen have a financial favor to ask; and high school-age daughter Sylvia has made it her mission to lose her virginity to her Spanish tutor. The novel is warm–not just for the sunny beaches that surround Mallorca, but for the compassion and humor that Straub imbues in her characters..”


My thoughts:  I tore through this book.  It was an interesting peek into the complex relationships in a family, and the characters were drawn so well that I felt like they were real people by the end of the book.  It’s a great beach read, but not super light and fluffy.


My Ratings: 3 out of 5.  For a summer book, it was smart and thoughtful. But I didn’t feel like it was a life-changing novel.


Week 19: Saving Grace


Amazon Synopsis:  “Grace and Ted Chapman are widely regarded as the perfect literary power couple. Ted is a successful novelist and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree, and a wonderful homemaker. But what no one sees, what is churning under the surface, is Ted’s rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted’s longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. She finds herself in need of help but with no one to turn to…until the perfect new assistant shows up out of the blue.”


My thoughts:  I thought this book was predictable but fun to read regardless.  You know where it’s going by the plot summary alone, right?  Dark and twisty for sure. BUT – it was still a fun and fast read.  Again, a good beach read.


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.  Like The Vacationers, this is an awesome read for a holiday.  Fast-paced and intriguing.  I only wish the ending included more revenge!


All of my Book a Week reviews. 



  • CARLA June 18, 2015, 6:04 am

    this is my SUMMER OF FLUFF (reading tv all of it)
    Ive preordered the GREEN 🙂 and also one of Jennifer Weiners.

  • Elizabeth Beil June 18, 2015, 8:16 am

    Making the ice cream asap. I love fruit flavored ice cream, so much more refreshing than chocolate to me, so I am sure this will be a hit! Also, Claire is adorable!! That little smile of hers is hard to smile back at!

  • Amanda June 18, 2015, 9:27 am

    I love your book reviews Caitlin! 😀

  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul June 18, 2015, 10:13 am

    I really want to read The Vacationers!

  • Melissa June 18, 2015, 10:28 am

    I loved Saving Grace, but like you I wanted a little more teeth in the ending. I posted it on my IG and Jane Green commented so I was all starstruck!

  • Olivia June 18, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Have you ever tried adding coconut milk to the “ice cream”? I have a bunch that I’m trying to use up!

    • Caitlin June 18, 2015, 12:29 pm

      I haven’t but that sounds good!

  • Emily June 18, 2015, 5:49 pm

    Oooh, I love Jane Green! I somehow missed that she has a book out I haven’t read. I’m in med school so all of my outside reading is pure fluff (as in, if it has a hot pink cover, I’m reading it lol). Off to Kindle download now!

  • Erin @ The Mini Skirt June 18, 2015, 5:53 pm

    OK, we have to get together soon. I NEED to see Claire’s adorable face in person. She is so cute!
    The Grass Skirt
    The Mini Skirt

  • Jaclyn June 18, 2015, 7:49 pm

    My goodness! Your kids are so beautiful! Claire’s smile made my heart swell – what a cutie!

  • Jen@Jpabstfitness June 18, 2015, 8:37 pm

    Love Jane Green books, I’ll have to check this one out!

  • Lynne June 18, 2015, 8:57 pm

    I can’t imagine with the weekend you had and company and all that you managed to read two books. And with the festivities for Henry’s 3rd Birthday in there. You go!

    I have to say, I would rather you say what you thought of the book rather than paraphrasing Amazon’s review. It just sounds cold, almost like you didn’t read it. I like to hear honest opinions of a person’s review of a book rather than a “generic” one.

    P.S. Claire is so adorable! I just want to squeeze her!

    • Caitlin June 19, 2015, 2:25 pm

      My review was included under the Amazon synopsis, so you must’ve missed those paragraphs!

      • Lynne June 20, 2015, 8:24 pm

        No, I didn’t miss them. I read them. I just don’t think they constitute a “book review” but I may be the only one who thinks that way. 🙂
        What kinds of books are you reading to Claire? Does she like to be read to?

  • Sagan June 20, 2015, 11:58 pm

    YUM! I’d like to try this with a variety of different fruits – it would be fun to swap the cherries for raspberries or blueberries to get different flavors all summer long 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the recipe idea!

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