Good morning! I’m feeling very Christmasy today…perhaps it’s the red cardigan and Christmas tree ornament-esque necklace?


Or maybe it’s because it’s supposed to snow this weekend?! Don’t get me started… Anyways, given the temps, I thought it was HIGH time I made a warm, comfy bowl of oatmeal for breakfast! Today’s concoction: Apple Crisp Oatmeal.


In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup each old fashioned oats, water & skim milk
  • 1 Braeburn apple, finely chopped
  • Dash/splash of cinnamon/vanilla
  • Toasted almonds & coconut
  • Drizzle of sugar-free syrup

I followed my normal stove-top oatmeal cooking directions, but kept the heat on medium low so the apples could get nice and soft…and they DID! Sweet & cinnamony – this bowl kicked.


Lunch today is some rather unfortunate looking leftovers. That sauce though…salty, spicy & sweet = sooo good you guys!


Spoiler Alert!

Did last night’s episode of The Office make anyone else’s heart go pitter-patter? The tears were welling up as they went back and forth between everyone dancing down the aisle and Jim and Pam getting married at the front of the Niagara Falls boat! I had a perma grin on my face! Which, brings me to…

Today’s Fun Fact: I got engaged in San Diego!

When Ben and I both lived in Minneapolis right out of college, every so often we would put one person “in charge” of the weekend. Whoever’s turn it was had to fill Friday evening through Sunday afternoon with fun things we thought the other person would enjoy in terms of activities, places to eat, etc.

Well one weekend in August of ‘07 – it was Ben’s turn. Thursday night came and I was told to pack a bag (wheeee, we were going somewhere!) because we would be heading to the airport on Friday afternoon, and it would be warm where we were going.

4:00 on Friday came and I learned of our destination as we checked in for our flight: San Diego! I had never been, but love every square inch of California I have ever stepped foot on so, of course, I was IN!

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Our weekend was spent doing everything one must do while in San Diego: eating fresh baja fish tacos, visiting sleepy beach towns like Cardiff by the Sea, strolling through the Gas Lamp District and laying out at the beach!

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Oh, and getting sufficiently “sun-kissed”!

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Saturday night came, we put on our best and headed to dinner.

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I won’t go into too much detail, but about 30 minutes later…we were engaged to be married!

After the proposal, we had dinner at a little restaurant that was literally floating on the water.

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We were floating on Cloud 9 :)

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8 months later, we got married!

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A surprise trip to California AND a marriage proposal? I think I’ll keep this guy around!! ;)

Well my busy week is finally winding down…just so it can wind back up for a busy weekend! Our friends are getting married and Ben is in the wedding, so we have the rehearsal dinner tonight, followed by the wedding and reception tomorrow night! I’m so excited – who doesn’t love a good wedding?!

Happy Friday everyone – oh and come back tonight for some stuff I’ve been promising you! :D


Have you ever taken a spontaneous road trip or vacation?