Berry Crisp


Not much to do here today since this city is covered in a foot and a half of snow…and that’s fine by me! I’m always cold, and my thermostat doesn’t want to go past 70, so what am I to do? Turn the oven on and bake of course! I wanted to make a cobbler, and was really hoping I would have frozen peaches in the freezer just so I could pretend I was a southern belle and call this recipe a Peach Cobbler. But I didn’t. This recipe would also be delicious with strawberries, but since my car is buried and the mayor declared a state of emergency, I didn’t think it was too necessary.






  • 1 cups blueberries
  • 1 cups mixed berries
  • 2 Tbsp (1/4 cup) sugar – I used raw
  • 2 Tbsp (1/4 cup) any flour – oat, rice, whole wheat, etc.
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 3 Tbsp orange juice (or other acidic juice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

*This recipe has a thicker crust and less filling; if you’d like more fruits and juices, double the filling recipe.


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the filling ingredients together.
  3. In a blender, mix the almonds, oats, and walnuts together.
  4. In a medium bowl, add the mixture from the blender along with all other topping ingredients.
  5. Scoop the filling into a casserole dish (9 x 5,  8 x 8, or whatever you have on hand – the smaller the dish, the deeper the filling layer will be) in one smooth layer.
  6. Add the topping in one smooth layer and bake for 35 minutes, uncovered. Enjoy!


Sea Glass Crafts


As I sit here, I’m watching HGTV’s Flip or Flop and it’s inspiring me to want to organize, decorate, and remodel. Justin and I will (hopefully) be moving soon to a house around the corner, so in the meantime, I will have to pour my creative energy into small, DIY projects which I can use to decorate our new house! This latest project was inspired by a local shop’s inventory, but for a very hefty price tag. One of the many benefits of living on the beach is the unlimited supply of sea glass that washes up on the shore. I have an extensive collection and keep it in a large vase in front of a window where the sun shines right through it. Also, our love of traveling has also added to my eclectic shell collection (which sits in a plastic bag in a dark cabinet…).


This is just the first of many sea glass projects I have in store for myself. Just take a quick look on Pinterest and you’ll be inspired for days. Next, I’m looking to create a distressed wooden mermaid with a  sea glass tail, but that’s for a later date!  All you need is a picture frame with its glass window, a hot glue gun (or another sort of super glue), sea glass, and whatever else you have on hand.


Barbados September '15
Barbados September ’15

Fitting the pieces together took the longest amount of time, but it was a beautiful feeling when it was finished. This is my idea of meditation : )