Silver Linings

We’ve only been home from Aruba for a week and a half, but I miss it.

Our vacation already feels like a long-lost distant memory, but it’s only been 10 days.

I was going through my photos and was lusting after the beach.

Then again, don’t we all lust after a white sandy beach with turquoise water?

MY OTHER RECIPES

Well, some people claim they don’t like hot weather or are they’re not a “beach person” but I’m pretty sure being here is better than a trip to the dentist.

But let’s look at the silver linings of being home.

Food that I can only buy here such as Pepper Jelly is one such silver lining because I love this stuff.  A dab of cream cheese and a dab of pepper jelly on just about anything from crackers to carrot sticks and I’m very happy.

Another silver lining is that I’ve really been enjoying cooking and baking this past week in my kitchen.  Not having to sweat to death when cooking is nice, too.  (No A/C in my 85F+ Caribbean kitchen)

Having a dishwasher is a perk.

And it was nice to eat White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies in bed while watching the Real Housewives, Patti the Millionaire Matchmaker and Andy Cohen Reunion two-part episodes, and Top Chef Texas episodes that I missed while I was gone and that were piled up on my DVR.

Eating cookies while laying in bed with Bravo reality shows cued up is almost as good as laying on the beach.

I’ll count it as a silver lining.

And on top of that, it’s been absolutely gorgeous in San Diego the past few days but on Wednesday is was especially nice and unseasonably warm and in the low 80s.  It was glorious.

The other silver lining is that Skylar did wonderfully on her first day at her new school yesterday.

Her teacher left a note affixed to her lunch box that said, “Skylar had a great first day!” which was such a relief to me.  Also hearing Skylar recount the events of her day and be so excited by it all, but also fairly un-phased about the change, was fabulous.  I couldn’t have asked for a better first day and the comments I got from all of you on the post were really, really appreciated.  I was a ball of nerves yesterday!

Have you experienced any silver linings or bright spots today or recently?

I know the winter weather, the post-holiday doldrums, being back at the grind can be kind of humdrum, but hopefully something has given you a little pep in your step.

Looks like the NuNaturals Stevia Giveaway is a silver lining for some of you.

39 comments on “Silver Linings”

  1. Gorgeous pics, but SD is pretty nice too. :-) Silver lining for me is a short week and unseasonably dry and warm weather for the weekend.

  2. Aruba just looks INSANELY perfect! Oh my goodness. I’d be missing it too. Although, you’re in San Diego where we have life pretty easy, huh?

    Those cookies look amazing! Where is the place you’re living in now?

  3. I love the Pepper Jelly with cream cheese, so simple and so good!! I would miss Aruba too, it looks so beautiful!

  4. Cream cheese and pepper jelly are a match made in heaven!!

    The snow is melting and it is the warmest winter we have ever had (as far back as I can remember), so that is a silver lining in itself.

  5. Oh my goodness, Averie! Are you okay? I am so sorry. As a mater of fact, I just came back from a run where took a tumble, too, so I feel your pain. We must be in sync. ;)

  6. I just took a similar picture of my toes overlooking the Caribbean water!

    I’ve been home only 2 days, but I already miss it!

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