Happy Places

Happy Places

Before my parents began the long drive from Massachusetts to North Carolina, they dropped me at the Boston airport so that I could fly to Michigan to visit my grandparents.  I only spent about 2 days with my grandparents, but we had a great time and made some memories.  Besides visiting my happy place (Windmill Island), we also stopped by one of my mom’s favorite locations, Big Red.

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Oats and Outfits: Saturday {Holland Oats}

Oats and Outfits: Saturday {Holland Oats}


The moment I saw this tunic in the bin at a Goodwill Outlet Center, I thought of tulips, wooden shoes, and windmills.  In honor of this shirt, I introduce to you Holland Oats.

Don't worry.  I spelled it right :)
Don’t worry. I spelled it right 🙂

Fresh apples, cinnamon, and honey make this recipe taste just like a traditional Dutch Apple Pie.

Holland Oats


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 apple, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 apple sliced (optional–for topping)
  • Honey (optional–for topping)


  • In a small pot, bring applesauce and water to a boil over high heat.
  • Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium.
  • Set a timer for five minutes.  After 2.5 minutes, stir in the diced apple and cinnamon.  Cook for the remaining 2.5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with honey and remaining apple.  (So you know, I don’t think this recipe needs honey, and I have never topped it with honey, but I could see how some people would want the added sweetness).  Enjoy!