Beachy Afternoon

We spent the afternoon here.

Absolutely picture perfect.

Just coming in to reload with a Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie (vegan, GF) and we’re headed out for a pre-dinner family walk.

Okay and I lied.

And a handful of Cinnamon Sugar Chocolate Pretzels (no-bake, vegan), too.

Gotta replenish the sodium (and chocolate) stores.

What did you do today?

Thanks for the Capresso 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker Giveaway entries


52 Responses to “Beachy Afternoon”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) — August 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#

    I could use that scenery right about now. Working a very long 9-hour day.

  2. lynn — August 22, 2012 at 2:18 pm (#

    oooo, that looks like Moomba Beach! Gorgeous!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm (#

      Palm, looking up towards Eagle! I’m impressed with your island knowledge!

    • lynn — August 22, 2012 at 3:06 pm (#

      :) We rent a home every winter there. Looking to possibly buy this winter!

  3. j3nn — August 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm (#

    That’s a nice place to spend an afternoon! And nice snacks to come home to. :) I’m on the way to the hippie mart.

  4. Christine (The Raw Project) — August 22, 2012 at 2:53 pm (#

    Very nice and jealous here! Spent the day slaving at working and wishing for Friday. :-)

  5. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 22, 2012 at 2:55 pm (#

    Gorgeous photos, wish I was on the beach with a fruity drink!

  6. vanillasugarblog — August 22, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#

    i had such a bad day
    it was so nice to see that first photo
    so nice

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm (#

      happy that I could help – now go, eat some chocolate and drink some wine :)

  7. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance — August 22, 2012 at 3:17 pm (#

    Boy, you truly are in paradise! Looks lovely. :) I met my new class of freshman students today. All students begin classes tomorrow–it’s going to be craziness!!!

  8. bakerbynature — August 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm (#

    That smoothie looks heavenly, Averie! I worked a fun 11 hour day – but came home to fresh flowers, a bottle of wine, and dinner on the stove… I’ve got me a winner ;)

    Have some beach fun for me!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm (#

      I’ve been married 12 years I think? Time flies and I don’t even remember. lol But I can remember that that has NEVER happened for me…yes, you’ve got a winner :)

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 22, 2012 at 3:46 pm (#

    I didn’t do anything as gorgeous as this!

    I did post your cookies on a different site – I do a post for them once a month, but didn’t realize you had to be a member to comment :( I will be post them on my site next week though too, so more people can see them :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm (#

      Yeah that site was a little funny – I couldn’t really comment other than using my Fbook account but glad you liked the cookies!

  10. Paula — August 22, 2012 at 4:44 pm (#

    I can see why Aruba is your happy place!! Looks peaceful, gorgeous and relaxing. All I’ve done is go to work, water my salad greens, and practice my guitar today. Our weather here has been very nice, so even though I’m not soaking up some island sun, I can’t complain!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm (#

      It’s my happy place, omg YES. It’s my spot, my corner of the world. Scott is going to have to carry me on the plane home. Seriously will be soooo hard to get on it. San Diego is great but this is better!

  11. sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm (#

    A day with those chocolatey cinnamon pretzels would be perfection for me. So glad you enjoyed a day at the beach Averie! Today I worked… in my office… at a computer… staring out over the baltimore inner harbor on this perfectly sunny day. depressing! Not nearly as wonderful as your day, but I am ready about to munch on some edamame! It’s my favorite snack. :)

  12. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — August 22, 2012 at 6:12 pm (#

    oh what an awesome place to spend your summer! and with delicious eats! that blue water is Heavenly!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 6:18 pm (#

      the pics don’t even do it justice – it’s just stunning and yes, I feel so lucky!

  13. Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — August 22, 2012 at 7:08 pm (#

    Oh wow, sounds like SUCH a difficult way to spend the day! Haha…so beautiful! I worked all day, so not much to relate with your day at the beach. Want to trade? :)

  14. luvwhatyoudo — August 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm (#

    I worked for 12 hours : ( It is great to come home and see those stunning photos, but I’d be lieing if I said I wasn’t jealous!

  15. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 22, 2012 at 7:23 pm (#

    What a beautiful day you had! I stayed home sick from work today, which meant making granola and playing on the Internet! :) But don’t tell anyone!

  16. Kalee — August 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm (#

    Oh it looks so pretty!!!

  17. Bonnie Sanders — August 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm (#

    Averie: Love your recipes and website, I’ve been an avid follower for quite some time now. I was wondering if you could post an entry giving advice on traveling to Aruba, what to see, where to stay. etc. I want to visit there soon. I would appreciate any advice you could give. If you don’t want to dedicate a whole entry to it feel free to email me with a personal message with any advice.
    Thanks!! Bonnie

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm (#

      Stay where you can afford and where it looks good to you. Marriott, Hyatt, a private timeshare, whatever is in your budget. Traveling here usually involves a connection in either Atlanta or Miami, you need a Passport and some patience. What to see? The beach or whatever else sounds fun. There’s not tons to “do” here. If you’re a do-do-do’er, this isn’t the place. This is a chill, enjoy life, relax, and take a break place. Happy travels!

    • Bonnie Sanders — August 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm (#

      Thanks for the information! We would like to rent a house, do you know of any good rental agencies? I am curious why you say the travel requires “patience”? We are totally wanting to chillaxe so your description of the place sounds perfect!! Thanks again!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm (#

      just google and a zillion things come up

      patience when traveling – no matter where you’re coming from, it’s a journey to get here (and airline travel in general, I find, requires patience!). Bon Bini! :)

  18. Marina@Picnic at Marina — August 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm (#

    Today? Met with a friend, who drove from Dallas (5 hours drive one way), picked up teenager from school and almost missed UPS, had to chase him as he was pooling out our parking lot just to realize upon opening the box that the item I ordered had manufacturing defect. Called customer service, called the store, and hopefully will exchange for another one soon. The fun part is that I planned my today’s post around it, had all vegetables prepared…:) Oh well, some other time…
    As you can see, today just life happened, nothing fancy…:) Love your photos, makes me feel so good, relaxed just looking at it… Thank you, Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 22, 2012 at 8:36 pm (#

      What a day you had – my Lord. Well, it’s over pretty much and chasing UPS or mail or Fedex drivers or waiting by the door all day for a package and they either never come or come at like 5pm, yeah have had those days. Not fun. Glad you at least met up with a friend though!

    • Marina@Picnic at Marina — August 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm (#

      Lol, guess what? They came exactly at 5 pm! And I had to pick up my son from school at 4:30pm. I think I never drove so fast! :) Reminded me of that movie RV when he said to her: Honey, I didn’t know you can drive so fast (or something). And she said (driving that huge RV): how do you think I get the kids to school on time?! :)

  19. Michele Sparrow — August 22, 2012 at 9:27 pm (#

    Beautiful and soothing photos, Averie.

    My day was like every other, pretty much. Get up and make breakfast for the family, kids off to school, work, pick up kids from school, make dinner and then tonight I had a music thing. It was a nice day! :-)

  20. Katie — August 22, 2012 at 9:37 pm (#

    I went for a bike ride and did all kinds of mundane stuff. I could have used some of those pretzels to replenish after the bike though!

    Oh! And I started another kombucha batch, because I already drank a full bottle today. Out of only 5 that my last batch made. I’ve started an addiction here…the flavor possibilities are already starting to form….

  21. Jill Hartley — August 23, 2012 at 3:42 am (#

    I work for a coffee roaster so my favorite is either a cup of straight back Grade A Nic or Grade A Kona. The flavors are amazing!!!

  22. Leonor @FoodFaithFitness — August 23, 2012 at 4:15 am (#

    I am wishing I had your kind of day! Today I will be working from home. I guess it could be worse, but I wouldn’t mind that scenery!

  23. Fran C — August 23, 2012 at 6:13 am (#

    Oh I just love a peppermint mocha late from Starbucks at Christmas time.

  24. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings — August 23, 2012 at 6:35 am (#

    Life looks rough in Aruba :) I just got back Jamaica, and I’m already itching to get back!

  25. Laura Dembowski — August 23, 2012 at 8:42 am (#

    Your pictures are more and more beautiful. The color of the sky and the water is amazing. It actually, coincidentally, sent a chill down my spine. I bet that wouldn’t happen if I was in Aruba.

  26. Jen @ Savory Simple — August 23, 2012 at 7:28 pm (#

    It must be nice to be surrounded by such beauty on a regular basis :)

  27. Jolene ( — August 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm (#

    I’m a little late on this post, but today I drove 4.5 hours home from camping.

  28. Aimee — August 26, 2012 at 2:36 am (#

    I love your pictures, I can see the Riu Palace in the top pic it brings back great memories as we stayed there last year. Aruba is so beautiful, we convinced ourselves we would move out there one day :)

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