Can you feel it? Has it really settled in to your mind yet? You put on a much thinner jacket in the morning on the days you might need one. You take an afternoon lunch in the park while at work. You make sure your toes and prime and pedicured most of the time since you mostly wear sandals.

Yes, it smells like summer! And that can only mean one thing……get down with the ice cream machine! Well I fib, I use it year round but it churns much less in the winter months. Today I am primed and pumped for the first real ice cream recipe of the season. And because I biked 40 min already today and I am going to sweat in a spa tonight with a friend I feel a tiny bit less guilty about it.

Without further delay I present you with my first flavor of the summer season:

Banana Matcha Chocolate Praline Ice Cream

1 cup heavy cream
2 cups milk
1 very ripe banana
1/2 cup sugar (I used cane sugar)
1 1/2 tbsp  Matcha powder
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
A big handful of chocolate pralines or what ever you have around, cut into pieces

– In a food processor or blender, puree the banana with the cream. Add in the sugar, matcha and vanilla and process till all is blended well. Blend in the milk.

– Pour into your ice cream canister and start the machine. Add in your chocolate praline.

– Follow ice cream machine instructions.

On a total side note: the text above was written yesterday. I have had a nagging little cough for a good month but thought nothing of it. In the last couple of weeks I thought I was getting worse allergies then normal and even had asthma problems even though I do not have asthma. I happen to have a doctor’s appointment so I figured I would have it checked out. Well turns out I have asthmatic bronchitis. I would have never guessed that cough was a bronchitis, it was a minor cough. Don’t feel bad…I got a pump today (actually 2 types of pumps and antibiotics) and it makes all the difference in the world.

My point for bringing this up is don’t let ongoing symptoms go unchecked, go see a doctor.