🌿”The earth has music, for those who listen.” Shakespeare. 🌿

I remember so vividly visiting Japan. I had won an art contest and was asked to present with my peers. We landed in Tokyo on a hot summers day and of course the first announcement was that we would not be making our connecting flight to Sapporo and would have to spend the night in Tokyo. Needless to say, I was thrilled! Who wanted to sit on another almost 2 hour flight when you could explore Tokyo!

Ready for an adventure, I stepped out of the airport and froze in my steps. It was unbearably hot. Not hot as in the sun is burning your skin hot, but hot as in you could literally squeeze the air like in a sauna hot. I remember thinking, didn’t I just leave the south? I mean surely I am in Tokyo.

Within in minutes, every square inch of my body was drenched in sweat. Well, wouldn’t you know it, there was a heat wave. Apparently it was a surprise to everyone else too because as I walked through the hotel that night, foreigners and locals sat slumped against walls with one hand fanning themselves while the other pressing a cold wash cloth to their forehead. There was no AC.

Thankful to leave to a cooler climate, by mid morning I was already stepping off the plane into the most lush area I had ever seen. Everywhere you looked you could see rolling hills of perfectly manicured grass, and every house was uniformed with its red brick structure and modern design. There was an eerie feeling of being transported into one of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood episodes.

I stared out into the distance and watched as the dark thunderous storm clouds rolled in. It was like the world was speaking and all you could do was listen and wait to see what would come next. As I sat on my stool eating the apple oats that I had brought along for a snack, a torrential downpour slowly engulfed the all glass kitchen of my host family’s house. It was one of those moments you just don’t forget.

Every time I smell an apple and oats, I think of this storm. It’s amazing how food can bring you right back to a moment, even a distant one.



  • 1 Cup Pecan Milk
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Clove
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Toasted Oats (Quick 5 Min.)
  • Optional Toppings:
  • 1/2 Green Apple
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Almond Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Raw Pecans


  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the oats in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.
  2. Bring just to a soft boil and add the oats. Cook for 5 minutes or until oats are tender. (Cooking time may vary based on oats used.)
  3. Top with sliced green apple, raw almond butter, and pecans.

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