Guac On The Dock

by HEAB on August 16, 2011

This weekend was cold and rainy. Therefore, my Chucks and I didn’t venture out much. However, when the sun came out late Sunday afternoon, we were back outside. Seriously, when the sun is out, the weather in northern Michigan this time of year is perfect. I want to move here…until the local residents start talking about winter. I’m a southern girl and would never survive. Anyway, besides walking, I’ve also been enjoying simple one-bowl meals…


Favorite oat combo of the week: Quick cooking oats made with water + lots of cinnamon and topped with 1 TBSP of butter and a TBSP of flax seed meal. I prefer quick cooking oats over old fashioned rolled oats. It’s not the faster cooking time, but a texture thing. The quick cooking oats cook up thicker and remind me of oat bran…which is sold NO WHERE around here. 🙁


Yesterday’s lunch consisted of a bowl of Lazy Girl Guacamole. Stir together one mashed avocado with 2 to 4 TBSP of salsa. Serve with chips.


Enjoy by water if possible.

Happy Chuck Taylor Tuesday. 🙂


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count August 17, 2011 at 7:01 am

That sounds like about the easiest guacamole ever!! My husband doesn’t like it so I never go to the effort of making it. This has changed everything and made me a happy person. Thanks Heather!! 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

You are so welcome. Enjoy! 🙂

Liz @ iheartvegetables August 16, 2011 at 11:29 pm

Yum! I love the simplicity of that guac! Chips and salsa or chips and guac are basically my favorite snack/dinner EVER!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Me too – It would definitely be my “one meal you could have over and over if ever stranded on a deserted island”. 😉

Claudine @ The Kathmanduo August 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

It is a strange world indeed where I can find oat bran in Nepal but you cannot find it in Michigan. (What?!). That said, the oat bran is a recent development here, and I have no idea how long it will last. That’s why I always buy three boxes at a time. We don’t have rolled oats here, so I too have come around to really appreciate quick-cooking oats. The texture is so fluffy! Lately I have been using them a lot with savory dishes, when I am too lazy to make brown rice as an accompaniment.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I’d do the same. Quick cooking oats are so much easier than brown rice, and I find them to be much more filling. Enjoy a big bowl of oat bran for me please! 🙂

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm

While I’m sure you are having a good time, I’m ready for you to come home so Tony and I can come and see you guys in Nashville! Totally being selfish on this one!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Ahh, I can’t wait to meet you either. Soon! 🙂

Pure2raw twins August 16, 2011 at 8:40 pm

love the idea of adding in salsa to guac! I bet that would taste yummy with salsa verde 😉

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Yes! Yes, it would. 🙂

michelle August 16, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Yum..I imagine this must be like warm toast with butter and cinnamon/sugar.

Kristin @ STUFT Mama August 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Those oats looks delicious and love the lazy girl guacamole. If only I could enjoy it be the water. ha! Instead I’d be scarfing it down with the boys pulling down my pants.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Two words: Nap time! 😉

Molly August 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Michigan looks amazing, I am so glad you are having such a good time. Missing you and summer so much. Can’t wait to see you soon! We will be in nashville september 9-11th, so lets plan a date! Xo

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Definitely! Told CD I wanted an iPhone tonight…didn’t go over so well. Hehe. 😉

Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks August 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

You poor thing, having to suffer without oatbran! That is just not fair. You could grind up some oats in a blender!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I’ll survive. We’ll be home in less than 3 weeks where several boxes of oat bran await me. 🙂

Lexi August 16, 2011 at 3:52 pm

I must try the lazy guac – can’t believe I never thought of that!!

Nora @ Natural Noshing August 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm

It looks and sounds like you and the family are having a great time 🙂 love the lazy girl guac – so my style!
Oh btw! I am loving sleeping in my tshirt skirts! I just bought another one – ahh, gotta go for the comfort 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:59 pm

I really want another Tskirt. Have several bookmarked on Etsy. After all, a girl can never have enough pajamas! 😉

Baking N Books August 16, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Lovin’ Chuck Tuesdays…looks like Chuck is one lucky guy and ready to take a bite out of those chips 🙂

Sylvia @ LifeIsGoodWithFood August 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Ahh that Lazy girl guac sounds so awesome. And I’ve never tried butter on oats before, although now I am tempted to try…

And I just bought a new pair of Chucks yesterday. They’re so awesome. Thanks for bringing back the Chuck love<3

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Yay, Chuck love, and you better try butter on oats!!! Once you go butter, you never go back…except maybe to peanut butter…or almond…maybe coconut… 😉

Mary August 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Hi Heather. I am enjoying your website. Thank you for blogging. I just discovered it a few weeks ago. I just tried your way of making veggie stir fry with a drizzle of tahini. Yum. I also bought oat bran today and I really hope Artisana’s gives you a lot of free stuff because after reading your posts I went out and bought (splurged) 5 different products from them! I would appreciate more of your weight maintenance thoughts, please. Thanks again.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm

Hi Mary,
Thanks so much for reading my blog, and yes, Artisana is not cheap! I have homemade versions of their coconut butter and cacao bliss on my recipe page. Saves me lots of money! For more weight maintenance thoughts, here are some posts you might find helpful:

You might have already read these, but I often post my eats and exercise and what works for me for weight loss maintenance. So, hopefully posts in the future will answer more of your questions and if not, never hesitate to email me. 🙂

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather August 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Mmmmm those are some of my favorite crackers there with your awesome lazy girl guac.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Heather – Ha! My favorite crackers as well. 🙂

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 16, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Beautiful photography 🙂

And a place being perfect half the year…until winter! Oh I can relate! I always say I’d love to live in San Fran for all the wonders of the city, how amazing of a place it is, natural beauty, things to do, wine country, skiing, etc all so close. Until I go there for half the year and realize how COLD it is!

And that’s why San Diego will always be home 🙂

I grew up in MN. Probably colder and worse than MI is in terms of climate. Then lived in Chicago. And you’re right, you would hate it!

Please just move to SoCal instead!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:47 pm

We will…as soon as we win the lottery. 🙂

Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life August 16, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I loved this post title! I also love your easy guac recipe! I think I might try it this weekend! We love guac in our house and its such a great snack!!!

Emmy August 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

Heaby! I LOVE the top photo – im totally trying the butter thing with my oatmeal very soon. I also had to comment today because guess what I bought the other week – GHEE!!! I cant believe it took me this long – its SO amazing. I think I might love it even more than coconut oil! The way it smells when you cook with it (duh, what else are you going to do with it…) is so good – I just need to work out what it reminds me of…. LOVE LOVEE!xxxx

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Emmy, but I must give the credit for that photo to Photoshop. The editing is really made it pop. Also, so excited you bought some ghee. Love that stuff! It’s great on oats and I use in place of oil in all kinds of recipes. And yes, totally reminds me of something too but can’t quite put my finger on it…

Katie August 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

You know, us Midwestern girls are made of stronger stock. 😉

Guac on the dock is officially my favorite HEAB post title ever.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm

You must be – I would die…although I really want to try snowshoeing!

Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine August 16, 2011 at 10:56 am

Yum. 🙂 I’ve never tried making guac+salsa like that. Thanks for the idea! Sounds yummy. I am just loving reading about your time in Michigan. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Thanks for reading Casey. 🙂

Jen August 16, 2011 at 10:10 am

Hell yeah to Lazy Girl Guac! Usually I just mash an avocado with salt and pepper, and maybe a squeeze of lemon or lime if I have one. You’re getting fancy with the salsa, Heather!

And the melted butter on top of your oats…pure bliss. Nothing beats melted butter.

Kilee August 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

That lunch looks perfect! I try to always have avocados and prepared salsa on hand. Just in case I NEED some guacamole. I’m happy to see that CD has his own recipe section. It’s always fun to see other people’s cooking styles. Enjoy your vacation time 🙂

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 16, 2011 at 9:51 am

kinda makes me laugh reading through the comments about butter on oats. That’s ALL I grew up eating. Peanut butter, chia seeds, granola, etc. Those are all designer modifications. Butter and oats (and a little brown sugar) hold so many childhood memories for me.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Designer Modifications – ha, that is great! So true, many people have missed out on a classic!

brandi August 16, 2011 at 9:26 am

i think i have to get some chucks again. i miss mine so much!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Yes! Do it. 🙂

Kayla [once upon a lens] August 16, 2011 at 9:25 am

Heather, can you do a follow up post sometime about the baking soda and vinegar you are using to wash your hair? Are you still doing it?

I started last week and am liking it so far. I mix 1 tbsp. baking soda + 1 cup water and wash my hair with that solution, rubbing it into my roots. Then I gather the ends of my hair and dip them in a solution of 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup water and let the ends sit for a minute.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Sure. For now, I am loving the simplicity of the baking soda and vinegar wash. Truth be told though, I put zero effort into my hair. I’m washing it about twice a week and wearing it in a ponytail everyday. After I get home and try to style it, I might feel differently. Also, my scalp is itchy and peeling, but I think I probably just got a little bit too much sun up top one day. Happens every summer. Happy to hear the “no poo” is working for you as well!

Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 16, 2011 at 8:59 am

I like the quick oats better too! My friend made me some steel cut oats when I went to visit her and I thought I was eating soup. Not my cup of tea.

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Me neither. Don’t quite get steel cut oats. I like the chew, but they never do much for me. Not very filling in my opinion.

Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate August 16, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love your fiber-rich breakfast! Although I’m more of a cold cereal girl myself, I appreciate meals that help you meet your daily fiber requirement. I am glad you are enjoying Michigan so much! I’m from there as well and, yes, the winters are frigid!

the delicate place August 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

HEAB! trader joe’s has a huge vat of pico de gallo + guac underneath. it says 15 servings but i make it 5 haha. so tasty!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

The Delicate Place,
We would get along splendidly…but might fight over the last serving of guac. 🙂

Sarah August 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

The Chucks look like they’re gettin’ a little character, nice.

Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories August 16, 2011 at 7:47 am

I never thought to put butter on oats–but it would be a very easy and delicious fat to add. I’m definitely going to try it! 🙂

The Teenage Taste August 16, 2011 at 7:39 am

I forgot how good butter is on oatmeal. I always used to put butter and jam on my oats. I have no idea why I stopped though. I have to bring it back! 🙂

Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 16, 2011 at 7:27 am

Glad you & your chucks are enjoying Michigan, Heather 🙂 (Also glad that the two of you are enjoying guacamole, but that’s a given.)

Abby August 16, 2011 at 7:17 am

I will second the notion that things an get very, very ugly in the winter, so soak up the summer sun and take pleasure in those memories come December 😉

Plus, I’m in Grand Rapids and there isn’t a Trader Joes or Whole Foods within 200 miles. It’s a crime against humanity…

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Yes, yes it is. We drove through Grand Rapids on our way to Fife Lake, and it definitely looked like a big enough city for both stores. You should start a petition. 😉

katie @KatieDid August 16, 2011 at 7:14 am

I enjoyed nachos by the water (and with a margarita) last night in fact! And I’ve never lived in the south but I know I’m destined to move anywhere south of here (vermont) the second I get the chance. Summer and Fall are gorgeous but 7 months of winter is not fun.

Alex @ Spoonful of Sugar Free August 16, 2011 at 7:13 am

Will do. I have a lake in the back (small, but still water). And I actually think lazy guacamole tastes better than other homemade guacs sometimes….even if it is brown….

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Good to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t fear a brown avocado. I often eat just half of one at once, and save the other half for later. Even with the seed left intact, it still gets brown, and if it gets too brown, I just use it in a dessert recipe. Cocoa powder makes it all better. 🙂

Balancing Sylvia August 16, 2011 at 7:07 am

Oh I would love to live there too. I grew up in Indiana but now I live in Arizona. I miss the snow though! Butter on oats is totally delicious. Sometimes I like butter, a sprinkle of salt and a swirl of honey. Mmmm 😀

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

We want to move to AZ. My inlaws are in Scottsdale, and we love visiting, but not in the summer. We’re thinking Prescott or Flagstaff someday. We need more sunshine!

Sylvia August 17, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Oh Arizona is great! I really do love it here. I miss snow but I’ve got Mt. Lemmon and Flagstaff so it’s not so bad 🙂 I’m not trying to link drop or anything but I actually just did a post on Sedona today. I love the northern part of AZ. It’s just so gosh dern pretty

Sylvia August 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

But then I forgot to drop the link. Sheesh 🙂

Have a great day Heather!

Jenny August 16, 2011 at 7:04 am

I can’t believe you can’t find oat bran! We have a surplus of it in CT.. I think that’s the only thing we DO have. If you ever want to do a little tradeski let me know!!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Jenny,
Thankfully, we’ll be home in less than 3 weeks where several boxes of oat bran await me. Until then, please enjoy a big bowl…or 5 for me. 🙂

liz dean August 16, 2011 at 6:59 am

Lazy girl guac sounds right up my alley….lol. 😉

Do we need to send an oat bran care package to the boon docks of MI???

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Ha, maybe! 😉 Nah, just kidding, we’ll be home in less than 3 weeks, and I have several boxes waiting for me there. Thanks though!

Meg August 16, 2011 at 6:54 am


We spent two years living in Michigan and I thought the summers were amazing (sometimes a little chilly) and the most beautiful fall I have ever seen. However, you pay for it the other 8 months out of the year :). We now enjoy the south as well!

HEAB August 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yes, I would love to see a MI fall as I hear they’re amazing!

kristen, sweetly August 16, 2011 at 6:46 am

ohhhhhh. i still haven’t tried a pat of butter on my oatmeal. i don’t know what i’ve been thinking. that one little photo might very well change my life with oatmeal. :p

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