We live in this old beach cottage which is funky for modern day living, yet has a ton of character.  For example, I don’t have a dishwasher but I can see the shore from my kitchen sink which has turned the mundane chore of washing dishes into a little therapeutic treat.  And then there’s the reoccurring issues like plumbing which are all a bit typical seeing we are dealing with a hundred year old home.  This is all just part of the charm of these beach homes and a pretty fair compromise seeing I’m a ten minute walk to the sand.

The weather is fairly mild most of the year.  We rarely get crazy cold storms and seldomly get dry dessert heat.  But for some reason this summer has been a bit of an anomaly for us.  Relatively speaking the temperature over the past couple weeks has been fairly high which is expected for July but there is this unusual muggy-humid thing happening which is just sucking the life out of us.  We don’t have an air conditioner; and the reality is aside from a couple weeks in the thick of summer you really don’t need one.  But lately I’ve been tempted to jimmy rig some sort of a portable air conditioning unit into our living room myself.  I know in about three weeks time it would go untouched and it would end up taking up an obnoxiously large amount of space, which we obviously have a ton of 😉 so until this weather mellows out we are running around half naked with a popsicle in hand trying our hardest to #beatheheat.

So with that said as much as I enjoy cooking I’m in a bit of rut this time of year which is a direct result from the weather…it’s just too hot to cook!  Lately, I have been trying to prep a few things in the morning like cooking some quinoa, roasting some beets, etc.  If that doesn’t happen then I have been sticking to salads and the BBQ because you can’t pay me enough to stand in front of a stove come afternoon.  I tested out this cacao shake recipe the other day as an afternoon pick-me-up.  I’m not a huge fan of using smoothies and juices to replace meals but this one is pretty stinking fulfilling thanks to the almonds, avocado, and banana.  Giving me just enough healthy proteins, fats and sugar to pick-me-up…. all the while cooling us off from the days heat! I’m sure you’ll love it and have no problem finding an excuse to blend one up all year round.



1/4 cup soaked almonds
2 heaping tbsp raw cacao powder
1 avocado
1 large frozen banana
1 tbsp. creamed coconut (optional)
3-5 dates – depending on how sweet you like it
pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup coconut water (or plain water)
handful of ice cubes
cacao nibs (optional decoration)

Recipe adapted from My New Roots, Raw Chocolate Milkshake Miracle.

  • Elle

    I agree about it being too hot to cook. It’s a million degrees here in New York City and all i’ve been doing is ordering in or going out to eat. This shake looks so yummy! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Home With Her

      Right?! The heat and humidity steals all my energy so I’m right there with you…if it can’t be made in my blender than take-out it is. Hope you enjoy!!