I love all things sunny:

Sunny weather and blue skies

Sunny days at the beach in Aruba are my favorite days ever.


I love Sunflowers

Skylar enjoyed touching them looking at them, too

“Mom, the middles are so soft.


“Look with your eyes, not your hands” is what my mom used to tell me.

But I didn’t squelch the learning about the world around us moment.

And Sunflower Seed Butter is a major love.

This is my favorite nut butter of all time!

For the price and the taste, it just cannot be beat

Well, ok, it’s a tie with Peanut Butter because I just could never choose.  SFSB and PB are very different nut butters so they are both winners!  Both tied for the coveted #1 nut butter award.

I am not brand loyal to Peanut Butter but do have very fond memories of drunk nights + Triscuits +Jif Reduced Fat PB

I love Sunflower Seed Butter Vanilla Balls (or use PB or AB)

Vegan, Raw/Nobake, GF, ready in less than 5 minutes

I need to make some of my Peanut Butter Recipes <– compilation post of everything I’ve ever made that includes peanut butter

with Sunflower Seed Butter.

Maybe I’ll start by trying SFSB in the No Bake Nutella & Peanut Butter Graham Bars with Chocolate Frosting

And then go outside and eat one on a lovely sunny day!

From my last post on Gratitude, thanks for the kind words about being featured on Katie Lee’s website.

Holly and Katie brought it to my attention that Katie Lee used to be married to Billy Joel.  Learn something new every day, I tell you.  Along with her being on the Food Network and a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, I feel pretty grateful to be featured on her site!

And I enjoyed hearing about what you’re grateful for.  I find it’s usually the simple things; simple food, simple activities,and our loved ones that make us most fulfilled and for which we’re most grateful.


1. Do you like the sun?  Sunflower seed butter?  Sunflowers?

I like all three, immensenly.

I know some people are not advocates of sunshine and shun tanning or being tan, but I would rather get premature wrinkles and expose myself to whatever risks the sun imparts because without the sun, I am not happy.  I’d rather be wrinkled and happy than smooth and grumpy.

I need the sun.  If I don’t see the sun for a few days, I get depressed, moody, irritable, cranky.  I could never live in a place like Seattle or rainy, overcast places.

I really crave the sun; it centers me, balances me, and I feel out of sync and out of balance without it.

When I was in Mexico City, it was cold (who would have known it would be cold in July in Mexico!) and it was overcast and misty and I felt anxious and unsettled.   Same thing with San Francisco weather.  It’s too cloudy and damp and cool for me. I love the Bay Area for all things except the weather.  I am much more of a SoCal girl.

It’s no coincidence I live in San Diego and have a house in Aruba.   I need the sun!

And of course, I need sunflower seed butter and pretty sunflowers don’t hurt, either.

P.S. Keep those Organic Raw Honey Giveaway entries coming.

63 comments on “Sunny”

  1. I LIKE the sun, but I can’t be out in it – I’m like a vampire I guess, haha :D

    Sunflower butter = delicious.

    Sunflowers = beautiful.

  2. I love the sun :) Being from Miami, I grew up with it shining down on me and go through withdrawals when I can’t get any!

    With that said, I ALSO love sunflower butter ;)

  3. I love the sun (hence moving to florida!) but i try not to stay out in it too long since my grandfather has skin cancer and both of my parents have had many precancerous moles removed. I still try to get at least an hour outside a day since i get super depressed without the sun and vitamin D pills do nothing!! I won’t use tanning beds though since they kill your eye sight and as an artist its pretty helpful for me to be able to distinguish between colors:)

    I never tried sunflower seed butter but if it taste as great as sunflowers look, then i’m sure i’d love it:)

  4. I am the same way about the sun! I NEED it. NEEEEEEEEED! I grew up in the pacific northwest (near Seattle) though so I didn’t grow up with it around too often. But that is why summer is my fave season of all– I can be outdoors he whole time, being happy and soaking it up! Good thing I don’t sunburn…I might be dead now if I did. I just tan and tan and tan when exposed! I also like sunflower seed butter sometimes (when a craving strikes). Sunflowers seeds?… ehh, not so much.

  5. I love the (natural) sun but I have extremely fair skin, so I really can’t be out in it for very long. But that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy the beautiful sunshiny weather all summer long! I live in New England so I am grateful for every sunny day we get here in the summer. Snow and cold live here most of the year, unfortunately. I would move in heartbeat (LOVE warm weather, HATE the cold), but my fam is here and I just can’t bear to move away from them.

    I absolutely adore sunflowers. They are by far my favorite flower, and actually symbolize something very special/personal to me :-)

    And can you believe with all the trips I make to TJs (go nearly every day, known by name in there lol) that I have never tried that sunflower butter (or any sunflower butter for that matter)?! Must fix!

  6. LOVE the sun – totally obsessed! I get so depressed without it. I am one of those in the 70+ SPF, fearing wrinkles for my life, but hey, you pick your vices and the rest of your life balances it out!

    I’ve also never tried sunflower butter – good thing I have a TJ’s trip on my to-do list today!

  7. I had almost forgotten how beautiful Sunflowers are! I must buy some soon to light up my apartment :D I love the sun! However, Im happy that I live in a country that has all kinds of wether.
    I havent been able to find sunflower seed butter here :( After all Ive read about it, I so want to try it! Im always up for a new nut butter to try :D

  8. I love the sun.. I moved from New England to Australia and part of that had to do with being in a sunny, warm climate year round :) That being said, I really don’t spend much time in the sun anymore! And I would never ever go in a tanning bed again. I used to go all the time in college..with one of my good friends, who passed away a few years after we graduated at the age of 26.. from melanoma. Basically, tanning killed her. Not sure if my outlook on tanning would’ve changed so drastically if this hadn’t happened but when you see the damage and heartbreak that it can cause.. it’s easy to find the sun – and especially tanning beds – pretty scary. That’s just my outlook on it, not judging you, promise!! :)

    I’ve never tried sunflower seed butter..I love sunflower seeds though.. one of my fav snacks!!

  9. I am inspired to try sunflower butter! :)

    The sunflower pictures are STUNNING!

    I love sunny days and being in the sun! I load up on sunblock because I’m pretty fair, but I’d sit outside all day long if I could! :)

  10. Sunflowers are my absolute favorite, but I think that’s more from being a Kansas girl than anything else!

  11. I looove the sun! I’m going to be so sad when summer is over. But I’m living in the moment and soaking it up while I can.
    Sunflower seed butter is good, I’ve only tried it once though! I love how TJ’s wrote “add an new twist…” on the price tag. Really? Lol!

  12. I just recently started trying sunflower seed butter and I ate it with my dates. It’s so yummyyy :)! I have yet to try almond butter as well but it’s next on my list!
    I can’t see you ever staying cooped up inside sun-less haha :) I love the sun as well! I just hate the Texas humidity *yack!*

  13. I need the sun!! I really struggle every winter – I love Chicago, but I think I am destined to live somewhere warm, sunny, and near the ocean. Sunflower seed butter is awesome!! My boyfriend is allergic to both peanuts and nuts, so sunflower seed butter is the only nut/seed butter he can have. I’m always looking for recipes using it! And sunflowers? Gosh, they are such a happy, bright flower, who wouldn’t love them?

  14. Sunflowers are actually my favorite flowers. They’re so beautiful! I think I love them so much because they remind me of my grandmother. She tended to her sunflower patch like they were her children; because of the love she showed them, they grew tall… so talll, in fact, they were double or triple my size! I also love sunflower butter, but my favorite is Maranantha because they don’t sweeten it. Just roasty, toasted, lightly salted perfection. I gotta try that at home!

  15. Sunflower seeds remind me of my high school. Our campus minister was OBSESSED with them and wrote a song about how people are to God like sunflowers are to the sun. Um…yeah. SO I can never look at another one without thinking of her.

    The sun? ALWAYS!!!

  16. I’m in love with the sunshine and summertime almost as much as you. “I’d rather be wrinkled and happy than smooth and grumpy.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, I love it! Unfortunately I live in Vermont. ugh. I love it here but I HATE the winters. I become much more closed off and unwilling to go out and do things. I have every intention, after I graduate, to move somewhere warmer and I can’t wait.

  17. LOVE the sun (NOT a sun worshipper though) and it’s the reason we moved to Arizona from Rhode Island. I get depressed if I go too long without it.
    Never even knew sunflower butter existed until about last week. Am going to have to give it a go.
    Thanks, Averie!

  18. Such an uplifting post!! I LOVE the sun!!! It makes me so happy. I need to move back out of Minnesota before winter hits… :)

  19. I love sunshine — I just don’t like extreme heat! But being outside under the sun is wonderful. And I cannot help but smile when I see sunflowers — they are so cheerful!

  20. I have yet to try Sunflower Seed Butter but this post is totally making me want some :) I too love the sun. There’s nothing like taking a nice morning walk in the sun to clear your mind.

  21. Oh my goodness I cannot get ENOUGH sun! I’m so much happier in the summertime when the sun’s out and shining late almost every night. If I didn’t enjoy snow and changing leaves, New England winters would kill me. Cold, dark, gloomy. The sun’s gone by 4:30pm!

    Sunflowers are my mom’s favorite. She’s trying to grow some but the deer keep eating them! Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.

    And Sunflower Seed Butter for $3.99?!? I’m low on Almond Butter but I might have to replace it with that instead. I knew it was delicious but I didn’t realize it was so cheap too!!

  22. Awesome pics! Clear blue skies…I’m so jealous!

  23. Oh man, I totally crave the sun, I get super cranky if I don’t get sun in my life every day. I live in Boston where for me it is difficult to get enough sun during the winter especially. I lived in Tucson, AZ for a year and with the dry, clean air and sun combined I was ALWAYS in a good mood. Interestingly rates of autoimmune disease, which is linked to vitamin D deficiency (sunlight helps with this!) are very high in the North East compared with the Southwest and other areas that get more consistent sun all year.
    I have also noticed that since taking my first 9-5 desk job, I have been really irritable… like if I don’t get outside to feed sun need habit I will go crazy. So I have been running right after work every day as it is still sunny out and it brings a smile back to my face.
    I think sunflowers are just so happy and they certainly help to bring the sunshine inside! They last so long too!
    I like sunflower seed butter a lot… but find that it gets very rich for me very quickly… when I can eat double the amount of peanut butter without that overly rich sensation. Kinda weird, right?

  24. That’s a great deal on sunbutter!

  25. Your photographs are absolutely beautiful!

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