As the last few weeks of summer wind down, I’m torn between “don’t let the door hit ya on the way out” and “parting is such sweet sorrow”. I’ve loved the slower pace and the time with the family, but I’m equally ready to get back into the swing of things (and have a break from the family… haha kidding… ish). One thing I’m not ready to let go of: the sweet, fruity flavors of summer.
This Tropical Fruit Butter is a delicious medley of banana, mango, and pineapple. Basically it’s my favorite smoothie in fruit butter form. Slather it on toast, mix it into Greek yogurt, spoon it over ice cream, or just eat it from the jar. And if you’re feeling frisky- pour in a little rum!
Our air conditioner went out a few days ago for the second time this summer. We were really lucky the first time, and it only required a quick $10 part to fix. It was a cooler (ha) July day and the house stayed in the low (but uncomfortable) 80’s. This time it was pushing 90 inside the house and 100 outside and the part we needed was $235 (which of course we couldn’t get until the following day)! Did I mention James was at the fire station both times? It’s like some crazy law of physics that stuff like this has to happen when he’s on shift.
Thankfully, the DFW Airport Marriott came to our rescue. James had received a voucher through the fire department for a one night stay at the hotel. We were saving it to use as a one last babymoon staycation weekend. When we realized it was just going to be too hot for us to stay in the house with no A/C James called the hotel at 8pm to ask if we would be able to use the voucher on weeknight (it was valid for Fri/Sat) without him present. The manager was extremely nice and accommodating and told us it would be no problem. The girls and I loaded up in our jammies and headed to the hotel for a sleepover where it was nice and cool.
I love it when companies are willing to go the extra mile for you when they certainly don’t have to. I was worried how the girls would do sleeping in one bed together (I was imagining a night full of giggles and no sleep) but they did awesome! They were SO excited to get to sleep in a big bed with fluffy sheets all for them.
If you need an awesome hotel near DFW Airport I highly suggest checking out the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Marriott. If you need something tropical to take your mind off how blasted hot it is outside, I highly suggest making this tropical fruit butter. One bite and you’ll be hearing the sound of waves crashing on the beach in no time.
Serve this tropical fruit butter on top of some freshly baked biscuits.
- 1 ripe banana
- 20 oz canned pineapple chunks drained
- 1 ripe mango peeled and chopped
- 1 cup sugar
- 2-3 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup coconut rum optional
Add the fruit, sugar, and lemon juice to a large skillet and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-high.
Allow to simmer, stirring regularly, until fruit becomes soft and liquid evaporates. (About 20-30 minutes.)
Add the cinnamon, vanilla, and rum. The mixture should be thicker and syrupy at this point.
Allow to cool slightly and puree in a blender until the large chunks are gone and the texture resembles applesauce consistency.