Greetings from Aruba

Just popping in to say hi from Aruba.

We made it after a long travel day from California, about 22 hours door-to-door, and Skylar traveled like a champ.

We went to the grocery store, stocked up on the essentials, including fresh produce and enough butter and sugar to get into some serious baking trouble fun.

I cleaned up the house because after 6 months of non-use it needed it.


And then got into a baking project that kind of reminds me of these. Family’s gotta eat, right?

Then we hit the beach.

Don’t you just want to dive in?

We’re off for a sunset walk now.

Thanks for the Bella Bars Giveaway entries

What was the best part of your day?


  1. best part of my day was getting a brand new car. yays! but more importantly, I hope you have a wonderful vacation! xo
    ~ Jaime

  2. I so wish I was there. But instead I’ll live vicariously through you! Have a blast!!

  3. Oh yes, I want to dive in those pretty blue waters… :) I need to buy some cave there too!
    The best part of my day today? Hearing from you, dear friend! :)
    I also baked (I can’t believe I am saying it) two pies: apple pie from the apples I picked today, and two cheese pie (you know I need something savory!)
    Have a wonderful time! :)

  4. So gorgeous, I’d love to be on the beach right now. Have a great trip!

  5. Why am I so Jelly that you have a house in Aruba Averie!! Looks absolutely beautiful!! I hope one day I will be able to visit Aruba!!!

  6. Gorgeous!! Have a fun time in Aruba, my gorgeous friend!

  7. oh girl i am so jealous right now.
    aruba is so darn gorgeous
    it’s the perfect place for sun worshippers like myself (and you)
    have a great time
    AND please take lots of photos for me?
    email me some of the beach will you?

  8. Best part of my day…? Does daydreaming I’m there in Aruba too, count?

    Looks ahhhhh-mazing!

  9. These photos are so beautiful! I love the vibrant colors

  10. Seeing my brother after 3 months of army boot camp today… seeing him graduate tomorrow :)

  11. I admire your ambition to grocery shop, cook and clean after a long night of travel, but it’s probably nice to get all settled. Looks beautiful there!! The best part of my day was getting done with work a little early which allowed me a little extra kitchen time. I got a bunch of tomatoes from my parents garden last weekend so raw veggie soup and some marinara sauce were on the agenda tonight.

  12. Your house looks so cozy and your beach looks cozy, too! :-)

    Have a beautiful and relaxing vacation with your beautiful family!! xo

  13. THe pictures are absolutely lovely! I’m so totally jealous! I stayed home (work forced me to not come in since I’m sick) so I napped the entire day! Now I’m off to making dinner :)

  14. breath taking! simply stunning! i hope you have a wonderful and relaxing trip!

  15. Yes, I do want to jump in!!

  16. Don’t I want to dive in? Um, YES!!!

    Baking before hitting the beach?!? Impressive. Single girls don’t do that. ;)

  17. Glad you made it safely!!!
    The best part of my day was relaxing on the couch with some of your white chocoalte puppy chow and watching a movie with the boy!

  18. Those views are breathtaking! I’d love to be on a boat right now… sailing the world away!

  19. So stinkin jealous. I want to be there!

  20. So jealous!! I was fortunate to spend a week in Aruba in January!!! Absolutely loved it!! And no the pics do not do it justice. Enjoy!!

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  22. Hope you are getting used to east coast time, Averie!! A sunset walk… sounds incredible to me right now. Today, it’s sweltering in Baltimore. I need an ocean breeze! And OMG I can’t wait to see that recipe you hinted at. Anything similar to those danish squares has me giddy. I love those things. I have to make them with my crescent dough sitting in my fridge!

    • you’re going to die – so good and easy! But in the meantime, best use ever of a crescent roll tube is that danish! Stay cool in the heat. It’s 90F here but it’s not “that” bad b/c kid you not, Aruba has a 25mph+ wind “light breeze” at all times!

  23. Your pictures are just beautiful. I can’t wait to see more of Aruba and the fantastic things you make while there!

  24. Omg, that beach looks soo gorgeous! I wanna go! :(

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  26. Woah – that’s a loooong trip. Hope you’re having fun – I can’t get over that crystal clear water!!

  27. Wow, you are a trooper to be able to clean the house after such a long trip!! I would just need to lie on the sand doing nothing for 48 hours after such a long journey. :)

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