Aruba Bound

I just wrapped up an enormously big project, or wrapped up the bulk of it, and Monday night I am getting on a plane to go to my house in Aruba.

For the month of August.

Scott and I had discussed a trip, for approximately how long we’d stay, and he was like, Babe just do whatever you want.

Whatever I want? Okay.

Surprise, family, we’re going to Aruba for a month.

Since he and I can both work from anywhere with phones, an internet connection, computer, camera, and I need a few extra things like mixing bowls and some sugar, I figured what the heck and booked the trip.

Plus, this is the last month of summer vacation with our ‘baby’ who is starting first grade in September. Sniff. So we’re taking a long family vacation and Skylar’s been talking nonstop about it nonstop since I spilled the beans. She’s so excited to see our neighbors there, her teddy bears in her room there, and her friends there.

Yes, I will be blogging daily.

In fact, I may be churning out more recipes.

There is only so much equator sun anyone can handle before you have to step out of the sun, and into the kitchen.

The last time we were in Aruba

I made everything from

 White Chocolate Peanut, Pretzel, & Chocolate Chip Fudge

to Pineapple Banana & Coconut Cream Smoothies

to White Chocolate Vanilla Peanut Butter Puppy Chow

to Creamy Cookie Butter White Chocoalte Smoothies

There will be no shortage of smoothie-making and sweet and no-bake recipes coming.

For some reason I crave white chocolate when I’m there, so if you like white chocolate, you’ll probably be in luck.

This is our running and walking path.

We need it after said baking projects.

There will be no shortage of these types of pictures in the next month.

Flowers and palm trees.

I hope you can handle a month of it.

And tons of blue sky + blue water pictures.

They make me happy, relaxed, calm, tranquil, and I could stare at blue sky and water forever.

Aruba is my happy place.

It’s not called One Happy Island for nothing.

Do you have any vacations planned or have you done any trips or little getaways this summer?

Not only am I excited and grateful to be going to my happy place, but I am so excited to be able to spend ample time each day with my family without much on our agenda. I’ll let you know if I’m still cum-ba-yah’ing over all that family togetherness after being awake 36 hours on the redeye tonight. Wish me luck!

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71 comments on “Aruba Bound”

  1. You deserve every minute of this trip! I wish I were going to be there.

    I’ve got a trip to Vancouver, BC in two weeks. Part work, part fun, so I can’t wait!! Not quite the tropics, but it is supposed to be the best time of year to go there. I’m looking forward to time out of the midwest.

  2. Sounds like a plan, mama! You should mail yourself a package of cooking supplies; might be easier than bringing them on the plane.

    I can’t wait for our next vacation. It’s badly needed!

    • lol and I agree – between the cost to ship there or the cost of overweight baggage or the cost of overpriced and understocked local island kitchen supplies – it’s practically a wash. But over the past 10 years, I’ve built up a decent stash…I have new measuring cups and a 8×8 and 9×9 pan in my suitcase this trip :)

  3. Averie, what a great news! I am so happy for you! Yes, I can handle a whole month of palm trees, and sun, and treats, I can handle a whole year of it! And then more after that! :)
    Have fun with family!
    I baked something again (or dear, I can’t believe I am saying it!), and told my “sweet” story :)
    We have no vacations this year, just business. My husband needs to find a job by end of this year so he can start working on his license. Then we have to get ready to move. Nothing exciting… :)

  4. I expect to see a batch of white chocolate blondies then, ma’am! :)

  5. Just had a getaway to Vegas, and will be camping in August. I love summer holidays :-) I am hoping to go to Mexico in March for a wedding, but still need to see if I can get the days off. With teaching, it is next to impossible to do any trips that aren’t in the summer, over Christmas or Easter.

  6. safe travels! Can’t wait to see more of your beach photos when you’re there! :)

  7. Have a safe trip and I know you’ll have a wonderful time! I have been to Curaçao but not Aruba or Bonaire. I love reading about your time there–makes me want to go some day and check it out. More white chocolate recipes?!?! Bring it on!!

  8. have room for one more :) haha have a great time!

    first grade?? oh my Skylar is getting so big

  9. Ah, Aruba. No vacations here or planned with the new baby. And I’d love to have one.

    I think our next vacation will be over the school holiday at Christmas. Of all places, we will probably be driving down to San Diego – Legoland, Sea World…

  10. Oh wow! Have fun, Averie!! That place looks so beautiful!

    We took the boys to Disneyland for 3 days. Our youngest (who will be 14 in 2 weeks) had never been. It was a blast, although, extremely tiring!!

    Last year we went to Hawaii, but even there, with two teenage boys, it was active! I could use some hardcore beach laying around! :-)

  11. you lucky duck!!! Those pictures look gorgeous, I would LOVE to get to Aruba sometime…now if only i had a money tree ;)

  12. woohoo! Have an absolutely fantastic time, Averie! A whole month will be fantastic.

    We have plans to go to California for a couple of weeks at the end of August and I can’t wait! (You’re home is our vacation destination hehe)

  13. Have a wonderful trip, Averie: I know that Aruba is your happy place!

  14. So glad to hear you’re getting away with your family for a month. Those will be precious memories for your daughter when she grows up.
    We aren’t traveling anywhere this summer but my family has a cabin on a gorgeous lake with private sand beach 15 minutes from our house. So, I cannot complain whatsoever.

    And I’m psyched about more no bake recipes. Those aren’t my favorite for eating. But, there’s a no bake cookie contest at the end of August at an annual country fair in our town, http://www.bluehillfair.com, so I’m going to try one of your recipes and enter to win!

  15. I can’t lie–I am jealous! Looks amazing there Avery!

  16. Awesome! I can’ think of a better way to spend a month!

  17. I had no idea you had a house in Aruba … Not only am I jealous but I’m happy for you … Go and have some great family time :-)

  18. Have a wonderful time in Aruba. I am totally looking forward to your posts. I always enjoy seeing your recipes, but I’m super excited about the pictures of stunning Aruba. I’ll live vicariously through you for the next month :)

  19. OMG, Averie, you lucky duck! I cannot wait for your feet to hit the sand and for you to feel relaxed and inspired. I’m sure you’re already feeling rejuvenated knowing you’ll be there soon! What a gorgeous place–have fun!

  20. Is there a Carribean word for JEALOUS???
    Keep the stunning photos coming next month. I always love those beach scenes!

  21. How fun and I’m jealous, hope you enjoy every second of the trip! We have a mini SF getaway planned in August, but that’s it so far since we’re saving money. So I’ll vacation vicariously through you! :-)

  22. Hope that you have an absolutely wonderful time!!! So exciting!

  23. Hi!! I just found your blog today, and it’s awesome! I’ve been going to Aruba for the past 9 years and I’ll be there with ya on Saturday! Have fun, it’s my absolute favorite place on the planet!

  24. Wow, I hope your month is amazing! It will be a month of vicariously living through you and only slightly being jealous ;). Have a great time!

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