Barefoot and Boat Time


We had the good fortune to visit Puerto Rico recently

and enjoy a little barefoot and boat time

while we were there.



A day of fun in the sun

on a catamaran sail~





A little refreshment and fruit

after an afternoon on the beach~


A pair of kiwifruit mice

were hiding in plain sight

 garnishing the tray~


If the idea of a mouse among your grapes and melon

doesn’t make you run screaming :)

here’s a quick step-by-step how-to. . .


Cut the kiwi horizontally keeping the end

intact that will be the nose~


Use a knife to cut out small ovals,

(mine where a little bigger than I intended)

to make the eye areas.


 You can trim the ovals with kitchen shears

to make them more ear-like in shape.


Cut a slit in the kiwi to place the ears.


Add seeds for the eyes~ watermelon seeds would

be ideal, since I didn’t have watermelon,

 I used apple seeds.


More of a fuzzy & friendly

kiwifruit critter than a mouse :)


Puerto Rico catamaran

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  41 comments for “Barefoot and Boat Time

  1. April 24, 2013 at 6:14 am

    What an adorable kiwi critter Mary! So nice that you had a little getaway. I made the goat cheese and pesto bird nest that you posted last year. It was a big hit at our dinner party! It’s on my blog today.

  2. April 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

    Cute little mice! What a lovely idea…..Mr. Art @ Home is a sailor (he grew up sailing at Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans) and he loves cats!

    Enjoy your day!


  3. April 24, 2013 at 7:07 am

    It’s official. I am clearly completely unbalanced in my phobia of mice. As adorable as that it, it really did kind of creep me out. Now, that’s just pathetic, isn’t it? I could myself as making progress that I didn’t go running and screaming and actually looked to see how it was made.

    Baby steps?

  4. April 24, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I like the kiwi critters! Your vaca looks beautiful and warm Mary! Much nicer than the 30-40’s we’ve had here-enjoy:@)

  5. April 24, 2013 at 7:25 am

    It looks so beautiful there with that gorgeous blue water and white sand. The fruit platter looks wonderful along with the sweet little kiwi mice. It looks like a perfect vacation spot.

  6. April 24, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Oh those mice are too adorable-I will be making those this summer- love the little noses- what a delightful picnic you must have had and what stunning vacation pics!

  7. April 24, 2013 at 8:02 am

    What a lovely escape! I’ve never been to Puerto Rico and have heard it’s a great getaway spot. Your tutorial on the kiwi mouse is fun but I’m not sure I want a mouse on my fruit tray, kiwi or not! I do feel like I’ve had a mini vacation this morning, thank you!

  8. April 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Aaaahhh, now that is the life. I could use some of that barefoot and boat time right now. ;) I could just eat your little kiwi mice up they are so cute. :)

  9. April 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I love the mice! How cute. We are having the appetizer part of our progressive dinner sat. night so I will have to give this a try. Thanks!!! Have a great day. We have never been to PR but it sure looks beautiful. XO, Pinky

  10. April 24, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Sooooo beautiful! Friends that are originally from there have shared pics w/ us as well. The mouse made from kiwi is cool. THANX for sharing. Tiff

  11. Cheryl
    April 24, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Oh the Caribbean…how I long for thee!!
    Definitely stealing the kiwi mouse idea for summer fruit platters.
    Thanks Mary!

  12. April 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!…The ocean looks so wonderful…Those kiwi mice are the cutest…thanks for sharing this…We love kiwi and I will be definitely making these..Thanks Mary!!!

  13. April 24, 2013 at 11:41 am

    What lovely warm beach pictures. It looks like it was a perfect day. And I love your little kiwi mouse-critters; I hope I remember this for my summer fresh-fruit platters.

  14. April 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    First, lemme tell you how I loooove your blog! I do freelance photography so I truly appreciate the light you find in your images!! and your awesome ideas!
    I just got home from a 2 month sailing cruise on our sailboat in the BVI’s…leetle work, mostly play! so when I saw your post today about sailing, my eyes perked up! Can’t wait to make your lil mice…can’t tell you how many boat meals and appy’s I had to make during time out!
    Plz visit my blog to see our cruising adventures….we should get together by boat!!!
    I diligently read your blog everyday on the boat….better than magaziines!!

  15. April 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    The kiwi mice are so cute! Have to remember this. xo

  16. April 24, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Wish I was there!!! I also wish I had the imagination to create a fruit tray like that!!!

  17. Deborah
    April 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    The beautiful pictures of the boat, sun, and surf! Made my day here at work so much better.

  18. April 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    first time here and I have to say I love your blog! The fruit salad looks so yummy and the kiwi mice are adorable :) Will be back soon!

  19. April 24, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    so adorable and i happen to have a huge bag of kiwi as i type… so love your getaway blues! i miss warm waters and sun like that here so much… your tray is fun and festive, thanks for making the sun shine through my foggy day!

  20. April 24, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Had to pin your fruit tray. It is so cute. What a beautiful getaway!

  21. April 24, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Too cute!

  22. Paula-In.
    April 24, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I bet you enjoyed your vacation, sandy beaches and blue skies, that would be heaven right now !Since It snowed here today, it was awful!
    The fruit tray looks so yummy!

  23. April 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    This looks just wonderful. What a trip and what a fun boat. This party is going to just make me want to travel more.

    Your mice are too adorable. I will have all my mice served up nice and fuzzy and inanimate like these ones!

  24. April 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Your little mouse looks like a friendly critter, one that the kids would enjoy seeing on their fruit tray. A little fun goes a long way. Did you and the hubby sail the boat?

  25. April 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Such gorgeous photos of beautiful sights yet I was most impressed with the adorable mice! I must be a child at heart :)

  26. April 25, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Love your photos of Puerto Rico.. wish I could have been a mouse in your pocket! I’m just gonna look so cool when I make those charming little mice! Gracias. xo marlis

  27. April 25, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Yea for fun in the sun in Puerto Rico!! The mice are darling as long as they’re fruity ones. Thanks for the tutorial, Mary.

  28. Rattlebridge Farm
    April 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    What cuteness! Your tutorial is perfect. I’m pinning, Tweeting, and Facebooking this wonderful post. Thanks so much for adding it to Foodie Friday.

  29. April 26, 2013 at 1:28 am

    Sailing on that clear blue water must build up an appetite! Your fruit salad looks so refreshing and the kiwi’ mice are so cute.

  30. April 26, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for sharing! The mice are so cute and I would love to visit Puerto Rico! That sparkling blue water looks heavenly!

  31. April 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    What a beautiful vacation! Mice and all.

    Thank you so much for being a part of “Oh, the PLACES I’ve been!”. It’s wonderful having you.

    – The Tablescaper

  32. April 27, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Looks like my kind of place! I love the mice too! Blessings, Debbie

  33. April 27, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Oh, these little guys are adorable. Leave it to you to come up with a clever presentation even when you are traveling. Thanks for sharing the photos. It’s been years since we were in Puerto Rico. ~ Sarah

  34. April 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    These are so stinkin’ cute! Lucky you to spend time on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico! Thanks for sharing at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  35. April 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Very clever Will have to try them I love kiwis so I always have them around.

  36. April 28, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Oh my heavens, that is the cutest fruit I have ever seen! I have two boys would would adore these… they may never eat them! Thanks for sharing! (On the Menu Monday)
    ~ April

  37. May 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Perfect Day to take Mom out for a Harbor Cruise on a boat!
    Passionate about boats and marine

  38. May 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Reblogged this on

  39. Bridget
    April 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Such adorable Creations. Love it. Love it kiwi is a hard one to appeal to young ppl. N older folks because they are hard to peel. This is an awesome display of yumminess!

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