Gain 60 Seconds of Happiness


Good morning everyone! I woke up thinking it was Friday…what?? I was very dismayed to finally figure out that it was only Tuesday…dang! It least it’s a beautiful Tuesday :) I didn’t get that lilac bush picture on my morning walk. It was a little darker than usual and I want to make sure my picture captures the glory that is this bush – it deserves it!!


This morning I had a bowl of oatmeal that completely justified my love for figs. It was that good. In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup each of water and milk
  • splash of cinnamon & vanilla
  • 1 medium banana
  • sprinkle of toasted almonds and coconut
  • drizzle of sugar-free syrup
  • 4 cut up, dried, black mission figs

FIGS – I love you! Sweet, chewy, satisfying – and those seeds.  They’re kind of like raspberry seeds, but less annoying, much softer and they PoP in your mouth!



Figs are so great – and not just for oatmeal. They are one of my favorite snacks when I have a craving for sweets and they’re also great for baking! Try them – yes YOU – try them!!


Lunch…I’m sorry people…is a semi repeat of yesterday. I was so happy eating my salad yesterday afternoon (I even twittered about it!) that I had to have it again. It had:

  • Mixed Greens
  • Snap peas
  • 1 corn cob, cut off the cob (left in strips – it’s the best way to eat it!!)
  • half a cut up tomato



Mmm…sooo pumped!! And so pumped to hear that a lot of you like eating corn cut off the cob too! We decided it must be a childhood thing. My Grandpa always cut his corn off the cob – it’s actually something that I’ll never forget about him!


I also packed some cocoa roasted, hot chocolate almonds and a sliced Braeburn apple!



Someone asked me if my apple turns brown when I slice it early in the morning. Well I pack it in an airtight tupperware container, so it doesn’t get too brown. But when/if it does – the brown doesn’t affect the flavor of the apple – so slice away people!!!


This morning I was looking through one of my favorite websites – Real Simple – and found this picture and quote. I mean, if this doesn’t make you feel good…I don’t know what will :)

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a HAPPY DAY friends!

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  1. Becca 05.12.2009

    Mmmm, I haven’t tried figs yet but after seeing them on your blog so much, I just may have to!

    Where do you buy them? I honestly have never seen them at the grocery store before because I’ve never looked, LOL!

    And my Granddaddy used to cut the corn off of the cob as well! Must be a Granddad thing!

    Have a great day, LOVE that quote! I just may have to put that on my blog for my post today… it’s too good not to!

  2. Becca 05.12.2009

    Oh and I meant to say, that salad looks delish!

  3. Allison 05.12.2009

    I’m a sucker for fig seeds as well – I love the crunch they add!

  4. angiesappetite 05.12.2009

    Beautiful oatmeal…I’ll have to try mine with figs!

    And, love the quote. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Alison 05.12.2009

    Love the oatmeal. And I love figs too! I wish they were less expensive.
    Can’t wait to see that lilac picture.

  6. Run Sarah 05.12.2009

    Love your corn salad idea, I can’t wait to we get our local corn here!

  7. Lindsey Mots 05.12.2009

    Good quote. I’ve been loving down figs also! And I put them in my oatmeal yesterday thanks to you! YUM!

    My new fav is yogurt with grape nuts and figs. Very summery! Sometimes some banana or strawberries in it also! :)

  8. Becky 05.12.2009

    What kind of camera do you use?
    I’ll have to try figs!

  9. erin 05.12.2009

    i used to have to have corn cut off the cob because i had a retainer and an overbite as a kid, so to prevent any thing happening, i was not allowed to eat corn on a cob! but now i can!

  10. Quinn 05.12.2009

    Figs are fantastic on just about anything – dessert, snack, salads, pork – everything.

    That dog is so freaking cute!

    A trick to keep your apple not brown once sliced is to squeeze a little lemon juice on it – it’ll keep the brown away!

  11. strivingforbalance 05.12.2009

    breakfast looks so awesome!!

    How did you like those almonds?

  12. Lindsey Mots 05.12.2009

    Kristin – I’m 2/2 for the training schedule. Although I’m SO out of shape from my 9 (well 11 now) months of not running…boo:(

  13. Erin 05.12.2009

    MMM I love figs. My grandmother had a fig tree growing up. It is almost prime season for them again. I will have to try them in my oatmeal!

  14. Emily 05.12.2009

    hi, i just found your blog!

    your oatmeal looks awesome. figs, fresh or dried, are definitely one of my favorites too.

    your photos are great!

  15. Kristin 05.12.2009

    oooo – VERY good call with the figs in the yogurt!!

  16. Kristin 05.12.2009

    You can buy figs at any grocery store – I would start by asking the produce guy/gal if they could help you find them. I ask people at my grocery store where stuff is ALL the time – they like helping :)

  17. Kristin 05.12.2009

    I use a Canon Digital Elph – it’s pink, it’s from Ben, it’s great :)

  18. Lindsey Mots 05.13.2009

    Yeah! It gives yogurt an exciting texture!!!

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