Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Microwave Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal




Instant oatmeal is fine, but some mornings, I really want something a little more special, that is equally as quick. I have made many varieties and flavors of baked oatmeal (Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal here), but they do require some time and some recipes even need to sit overnight.

This microwave version is the solution when you want something quick and filling and I think I will be making this often. It is mixed together in the baking dish, so no mixing bowls and clean up too. It was delicious, full of apple and cinnamon goodness, and perfect for a fall morning. Fall in Florida is really no different than summer, but I still crave the flavors we associate with this time of the year. I won't be baking an apple pie anytime soon, but a fall inspired breakfast definately hits the spot.


Microwave Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

In a microwave safe baking dish, mix together the following: 1 cup oatmeal, 1 medium to large apple, peeled and roughly chopped, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 2 T brown sugar (I used Splenda brown sugar), pinch of salt, 1 2/3 cup water. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Stir and return to microwave for 2-3 minutes. Stir before serving. Makes 2 generous servings.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Top Three




I thought this was a fun idea for a post when I saw it on Laura's blog. Maybe you will learn something new about me :-)

Happy Thursday!


Three Experiences

Bike ride downhill from the crater of Haleakala in Maui at sunrise.

Watching one daughter birdie the first hole at the state golf championships and the other perform a pompon routine during halftime at the Breslin Center.

Watching the sunset on Sarasota's Sand Dollar Island with my daughters (and husband) on their first trip to our Florida home.

Three Pieces of Advice For Everyone

Don't worry about the small things when your children are growing up. It will all work out in the end and you will wonder why you worried so much.

Find someone to marry that's good to his mother. (For my daughters)

Faith will get you through anything.

Three Things I'd Give Up In A Second

High Heels

Television (except for sports)


Three Things That Are Always In My Fridge


Orange Juice (medicine when you're a diabetic)


Three Things That Are Always In My Freezer

Ice cream

Bags of Ice for the cooler

Frozen waffles

Three Things That Are Always In My Pantry

K cups (decaf coffee for me)

Peppermint Tea


Three Most Often Used Makeup Products

Oil of Olay Moisterizer with SPF

Naked Eye Pencil (zero)

Almay hypoallergenic mascara

Three Things I'll Spend Money On


Aveda Salon highlights

Lilly Pulitizer

Three Things I Won't Spend Money On


The Gym (yoga and walking for me)

Trendy clothes

Travel Bucket List

Napa Valley


Hiking in Colorado



Gin and Tonic



Note: In all the upheaval of Irma, my little blog passed the one million page view mark. I think that's worth noting. It been a slow and steady growth and I'm happy with the community I have built. I plan to keep writing and I hope you will keep reading too. I think a blog design to reflect my new life in Florida is on the horizon!

Friday, September 15, 2017





We finally were able to return home yesterday after 5 nights in 2 different hotels in Georgia. We had another hotel booked on the way home, in case we couldn't make it, due to flooding in the area threatening to close the interstate. I'm so happy to be home and am grateful for the following:

  • That we are safe, our new home was not damaged and our beautiful stretch of the gulf coast, including the beach towns, restaurants and bars I love, sustained minimal damage and are able to reopen once power is restored.
  • That we have power, unlike so many in Florida who are dealing with the daily misery of temperatures in the 90's post hurricane. While we were lucky, my heart breaks for others in this beautiful state who lost everything.
  • That so many states are sending everything they can to help with recovery. As we were driving both north and south on I 75, we passed convoys of utility trucks coming to help, trucks with building materials and generator after generator
  • That so many family members and friends reached out to us, were worried about us and even offered a place to stay if the worst had happened. We definitely felt the love.
  • That we are home and that after I write this post, I can go have coffee in my favorite mug, go to the grocery store (not sure if they are stocked, but I'll try) and generally go about my day. Normal sounds pretty good!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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