Posts Tagged ‘Oatmeal’

Well, hi there.  Is it really Sunday night already?!  Makes me shed a little tear.  It was another great weekend, but of course, went way too fast.  We had a blast with our long-lost friends last night … I slacked and did not bring the camera with me.  I can tell you though that the food was ah-maz-ing.  We went to Maggiano’s and ordered from the family-style menu.  Holy moly … talk about food!!  We had our choice of two appetizers, two salads, two pasta dishes, two entree dishes and two desserts.  Oink oink.  I won’t bore you with all the details, esp. since I don’t have any fun pics to tempt you with.  There are many, many locations throughout the US, so I wouldn’t doubt if some of you have been witness to the deliciousness I encountered last night.

I woke up bright + early today, looked over the paper, put together the week’s menu and grocery list.  Then I found myself in the kitchen making these beauties …


Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins



My recipe was adapted from this recipe.  Thank you, Tina, over at Carrots ‘N’ Cake, for the great recipe idea.  I had just over a cup of pumpkin that really needed to be used or tossed, so this recipe was the perfect fit.


  • 1/2 cup spelt flour + 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Heaping 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


You know the drill … mix the dry ingredients together.  Mix the wet ingredients together.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  Mix well.  Add the walnuts.  Bake in 375 degree oven for 18 – 20 minutes.

Yield: 10 muffins

These little babies are good stuff.  Just a little bit of sweet with a lot of spice.  I enjoyed a couple “samples” (ok, ok, actually it was a whole muffin x 2) today with TJ’s Cranberry-Apple Butter that I found hiding in the fridge.


Now, it’s 4 nights after I was suppose to eat + post my Craving Ellie meal o’ the week, but that doesn’t mean we enjoyed it any less …


Chicken Cacciatore



This fabulous recipe was selected by Pantry Revisited, where you can find the original recipe.  I, of course, strayed from the written word and made a couple changes …

  • Only used two chicken breasts, instead of four.  2 people + 4 chicken breasts = too much.
  • In addition to the red peppers, onions and mushrooms (I used canned), I also had a huge craving for olives, of all things, so I added a combo of sliced green + kalamata olives.

That’s all.  That’s it.  No other changes.  Not too bad, eh?  We really liked this recipe, as we normally do when it comes to Ellie’s creations, and I can definitely see this one making another appearance on our table one day.  Thanks Pantry Revisited!  Great choice!  Four thumbs up!! 


So, now, I’m sure you’ve been racking your brain all day + night, trying to figure out the answer to my little riddle.  Well, have no fear, the answer is here …




Q:  You throw away the outside and cook the inside.  Then you eat the outside and throw away the inside.  What are you eating?

A:  Corn on the cob … you throw away the husk and cook the corn.  Then you eat the corn and throw away the cob.


Pretty clever, huh?!  Hee hee.  Blog reader, Julie, commented with an answer of chicken, which would ring true as well.  Smart thinking, Julie.  Way to go, girl!

Alrighty, boys and girls, I’m outta here.  I’m sleeps and ready to veg out in my comfy-cozy bed.  I hope you are all doing well!  XOXO


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Just a quick post of my BSI (Blogger Secret Ingredient) recipe entry …


Pumpkin Walnut Oatmeal Cookies




This week’s secret ingredient is walnuts and was selected by the fabulous Amy, over at coffee talk.  Great choice, Amy!  Walnuts are not only delicious, they are also very healthy, as they are an excellent source of the important omega-3 essential fatty acid.


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  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I was excited to use the leftover roasted sugar pumpkin puree I had from my Thanksgiving pie!!)
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup demerara sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour (I used 1/2 cup spelt flour and 1 cup AP flour)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger
  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together the pumpkin, egg whites, vanilla and both sugars; set aside.  In another bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, soda, nutmeg and ginger.  Mix together at low speed until well blended; stir in oats and walnuts.  Drop by the spoonful onto a sprayed baking sheet.  Bake for 15 minutes, until bottoms are browned.  Cool on a wire rack.

This recipe was modified from the recipe found here.


Think I will go sample another … enjoy!

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Please Go Away

No, not you … I want you to stay!  My insatiable hunger is my dilemma today.  Poo.  This battle is getting downright N-A-S-T-Y … I’m this |  | close to breaking out the Haagen-Dazs and just going to town.  Actually, we don’t have any Haagen-Dazs, so I guess my bark is louder than my bite. 

I just finished a pretty voluminous lunch, so I’m hoping begging for my hunger to stay away for awhile.  Just a little while – that’s all I ask for. 

It started early this morning and hasn’t left since …

For breakfast, I dove into a great bowl of PB+J Banana Oats –


My oat combination included the following:

  • 1/3 cup oats and soy
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 banana (1/2 cooked in and 1/2 on top)
  • Wheat berries
  • Vanilla, salt and cinnamon
  • Wheat germ
  • Strawberry jam and peanut butter on top

Now, you would have thunk that would do the trick … but, NOOOOOO … about an hour and a half later, I was into this –


Did that do the trick, you ask?  Nope.  How about a cup of hot tea?  No way.  How about some gum?  Ha.

So, I headed for the treadmill and was able to get through 35 minutes before the moaning of my stomach forced me to get off and make some lunch. 

I figured at that point, it must be telling me that I really am hungry and it’s not my imagination. 

Lunch today consisted of a warm plate of veggies with wheat berries, a scoop of cottage cheese and a Fuji apple


Now, that I am finished, I still don’t know if I feel satisfied?!  Guess I will chug some H20 and get out of this house … distract the brain, right?!  I’m sure it won’t help my situation when I end up at the grocery store!  Hmm … I better think of some other errands that need to get done first.  Otherwise I just might be found in the snack cake aisle, tearing into Little Debbie’s and Twinkies, shoving them by the fistful into my mouth.

Wish me luck!  Have a super afternoon!

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Breakfast Date

I can tell this AM that I will eventually be feeling great on the backside … I’m just not there yet.  I’m still a little sore, but I can tell, under the pain, that my whole back feels loosey goosey.  Yea for that!  Woot woot!

Now, to the date in which I was speaking of above …

No, unfortunately, it was not an eating companion, but rather a Medjool.  I chopped that pretty baby right up and cooked it right in the pot with the oats –



It sure rocked the boat this morning, as it gave the whole bowl an extra bit of sweetness that I just about flipped over.




The other goodies in today’s bowl included:

  • 1/3 cup oats and vanilla soy
  • 1/2 water
  • Banana (1/2 sliced thin, cooked in and 1/2 on top)
  • Vanilla, salt and cinnamon
  • Wheat berries
  • Wheat germ
  • Walnuts 

I’m going to give my back/shoulders another day of rest, but I’m off to give my legs a good workout …

Have a great day!

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35 Fabulous Years!

In honor of my best friend, stand-up comedian, partner in crime, my sunshine on a gloomy day, love of my life and also, my husband …

Happy, Happy Birthday!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I have relished every moment of the last 10 years together …

My best pal!

My best pal!

During our honeymoon <3

During our honeymoon ❤

Some random lady he took to in Jamaica!

Some random lady he took to in Jamaica (this is the stand-up comedian part I mentioned!)

Partners in crime ...

Partners in crime ...

“Love doesn’t make the world go ’round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile.”
Franklin P. Jones
In the birthday boy’s honor, I decided to make myself a bowl of Pumpkin Oats for breakfast –


 My bowl contained the following goodies:

  • 1/3 cup oats, soy and pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 thinly sliced banana
  • Wheat berries
  • Wheat germ
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts
  • SF syrup
  • Extra banana on top

When I asked Devin what he wanted, he told me an egg & bacon muffin sammie, so that’s what he got! 

At least we both have full bellies this morning! 😀


I’m off to get some work done and wrap presents!!  TGIF!!!

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Halloween Happenings

Happy Halloween!  Happy Birthday, Dad!

I am really enjoying my time in Oklahoma!  It’s been so nice to sit back and relax, all while spending time with two of my favorite people … my parents! 🙂


We did a lot of running around this morning … nothing too exciting, just putzing.  It was what Dad wanted to do though, so that was just fine with me.

I will quickly catch you up on all of our great eats …

Last night I made a fantastic Veggie Pizza

The toppings included diced tomatoes/tomato sauce base, onion, green pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses … it wasn’t completely veggie since I also added Canadian bacon slices.  I LOVE PIZZA!  Could eat it all the time!

We also had a spinach and veggie salad on the side –


My mom and I ended the evening with a great soak in their hot tub, star-gazing.  They live just outside of the town of Edmond – just far enough out to enjoy the rural pleasures (i.e. dark, clear skies), but still close enough to all the conveniences of city life.  To them, it’s perfect!  To me, well, it’s nice and peaceful, but I can’t imagine living without high-speed internet!  Ha!  How life can differ?!

Our eats for the day were all very fall-themed.  We started out with Pumpkin Oats for breakfast –

Topped with Grape Nuts for a little crunch and raisins.

That held us over for most of the day, so we decided on a spinach salad for lunch –

Topped with shredded chicken, broccoli, carrots, celery, chopped apple, raisins and sunflower seeds.  Mmm good!  I LOVE SALAD!  (We ate lunch out by the pool … ahh!  Did I mention that it was 80 degrees here today?!!)

To celebrate the holiday and a birthday, I made Stuffed Acorn Squash for dinner –

I will post the recipe one day next week when I get back home.  For now, here is everything that went inside:

  • Chopped onion, celery, green pepper and mushrooms
  • Quinoa
  • Shredded chicken
  • Mashed squash
  • Chopped walnuts
  • Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese

It was quite tasty and VERY filling!  I forgot about the quinoa cooking, so it was a little overdone and lost it’s trademark crunch that I love, but it was still very good … and healthy!  Gotta love that! 🙂


Now, don’t laugh at this next picture!  I had roughly one hour to put this beauty together while my dad was out running errands this afternoon –

Don’t you love the walnut letters?!  The flavor of the cake was pumpkin spice with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.  I used one box of reduced sugar vanilla cake mix, one can of pumpkin, one egg white, 2 tbsp. water, plus 1 tsp. each of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.  No oil at all and super moist!

I hope everyone is having fun at Halloween parties tonight!  I can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s posts and pictures.  See ya!

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Breakfast Is My #1

Good Morning!  I’ve really noticed over the past week how much darker it is when I wake … another tell-tale sign that our winter is just ahead.  It’s really not helping me leap out of bed in the mornings either!! 🙂


I was craving a piping hot bowl of oats this morning and was eager to use the last bit of pumpkin that we had …

Flavors of Fall Oats

Included in this morning’s bowl:

  • 1/3 cup each oats and soy milk
  • 1/2 cup H2O
  • 1/2 sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • Generous sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Toppings: wheat germ, sf syrup, raisins and pumpkin seeds


Combine oats, water, milk, sliced banana, vanilla and spices in pot; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently to help break up the banana.  When oats reach desired consistency, stir in pumpkin.  Turn off heat and allow to sit covered for one minute.  Spoon into bowl, add toppings and enjoy!

I couldn’t have wished for a better bowl to start my day!  The syrup was a new addition, one in which I really enjoyed.

I was thinking this morning about how much I look forward to starting my day off with a great breakfast.  I can’t even imagine stepping out my front door without taking the time to enjoy this very important meal.

So, my question is this … do you eat breakfast each and every day or do you sometimes skip it?  If so, why?


Please take a moment to check out my post below …

I received an awesome award this past weekend!

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