I used to claim that I was afraid of birds.  Wings and the beaks make birds completely unpredictable—you never know when those feathered appendages will flap.  The problem with my claiming this fear, however, is that ducks are my favorite animal (and flamingos are probably my third favorite animal, following after jellyfish).

While on a family trip in Sarasota, I realized another flaw in claiming this fear:  I photograph birds a lot (here’s evidence from Arizona, Michigan, and my own backyard).  In fact, I let a snowy egret wander within 3  yards of me so that I could get a good picture.  I guess I will have to find a new fear.


Cookie Cups with Tropical Fruit Filling

Cookie Cups with Tropical Fruit Filling




Although I made this recipe and originally wrote this post on December 17, I have been saving it for a day that I felt it was appropriate to talk about tropical fruit and toasted coconut.  Since spring has officially begun (and it’s been over three months since I made the recipe), I thought that it was about time to address the subject at hand.



Cookie cups!!  Using my 2-ingredient cookie recipe, I made simple cookie cups and filled them with…


Tropical fruit!  Yum!  These cookie cups make a great, snack for a warm day when you are just feeling summer-y!


Cookie Cups with Tropical Fruit Filling

Ingredients (for one snack-size serving–this recipe can easily be multiplied):

  • 1/4 cup oats, ground into a course flour
  • 1/4 banana
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup frozen fruit
  • toasted coconut (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • In a food processor, combine ground oats, banana, and vanilla until dough forms.
  • Divide dough into four equal balls and place in prepared muffin tin.
  • Press dough to the sides of the tin to form cups.
  • Bake for five minutes.
  • In a food processor, puree 1/4 cup frozen tropical fruit.
  • Once the cookie cups have finished cooking, remove them from the pan and fill with fruit mixture.  Top with toasted coconut, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy.


Happy Fiesta Friday!


Top Ten Tuesday: Seeing the States

Top Ten Tuesday: Seeing the States


I love to travel.  Love might be an understatement.  Seeing new places, learning history, experiencing new cultures, and eating new foods bring me joy.  Just this year, I have been to four states which I had never before visited, but there are still many states that I have yet to see.

Top 10 states I want to visit but haven’t (and what I would do there)

1. Alaska

I would have to go in the summer, and I would only stay a day or two—just long enough to say I had visited, see a moose, and take some photos of Mt. McKinley.

2. Hawaii

Swim, read, run, eat fresh fruit. If the state wasn’t notorious for being an expensive place to live, I would consider moving there. On a short visit, I would also be sure to visit some volcanoes and Pearl Harbor.  Warm weather, beaches, mountains, that’s the life.

3. Texas

I have not had many opportunities to go horseback riding, but I would love to gallop across the plains of Texas. Of course, I would have to visit The Alamo as well.  They say everything is bigger in Texas. I wonder how big a bowl of oatmeal is out there.

4. Massachusetts

“The British are coming! The British are coming!” The educational benefits of visiting Boston would be incredible! And when I go, I will get lobster bisque. I absolutely love lobster bisque.

5. New York

My memory cards wouldn’t make it through a trip to New York City. The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park would be my first stops. I would love to see Wicked on Broadway as well. Then I might shop at Macy’s and Mood. I would eat a bagel. Head back to Broadway for The Lion King and Mary Poppins. I usually don’t enjoy art museums, but I would visit MOMA. If it was winter, I would ice skate. And some more shopping wouldn’t hurt. Maybe it’s my debit card that wouldn’t make it through a trip to the Big Apple…

6.  Maine

Considering my major dislike of cold weather and fishing, I’m not quite sure why I want to go to Maine. I do know that my camera would be slung around my neck, though. I love the Maine lighthouse pictures that you always see in calendars.

7. New Jersey

There would be nothing educational about a trip to New Jersey. I would go to theme parks and the beach.

8. California

Depending on how you measure it, I may or may not have already visited California.  This summer, I flew into San Diego on my way from New Mexico to Arizona (aren’t airline patterns strange?).  I had a generous layover, so I left the airport for about 60 seconds, took a few pictures, and headed back to catch my flight.  Now I must go back and see the national forests, beaches, and Hollywood.

9. Montana

Glacier National Park.  Enough said.

10. Kansas

I would be such a tourist if I ever visited Kansas.  I would see everything Wizard of Oz themed that the state has to offer.


Have you ever been to any of these places?  What parts of our nation do you want to explore?

Oats and Outfits: Wednesday {Paradise Awaits}

Oats and Outfits: Wednesday {Paradise Awaits}


This shirt, which I snagged last summer at Goodwill, always leaves me longing for the beach. As much as I wanted to pair this tunic with a pair of shorts, flip-flops, and a beach towel, I kept it practical and office-worthy with white gauchos and summery sandals.

I didn’t let the everyday outfit keep me from a beachy breakfast, however. My tropical oatmeal smoothie was better suited for lounging on the beach with a novel than sitting in front of my computer desk. Hopefully I will get a vacation soon, but for now, paradise must wait.

Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 cup milk


  •  Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth