Girl Got Problems

*For those who did not understand my Charlie Chaplin meme from the last post. Let me break it down for ya. The man in the picture was (is) Charlie Chaplin. Hey Girl is a “famous” internet meme, which uses the face/abs of Ryan Gosling. As such:

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Before you read on, I’d like to clarify two things

  1. For the purposes of this post, FWP is the acronym for First World Problems.
  2. *My friend, shall remain nameless.

Enter all, ye who are not prone to rolling their eyes. I warned ye. Uh, yer. I warned you, ok. 

I’d like to tell you about  a couple of FWP I have struggled with over the past 36 hours.

If you aren’t familiar with FWP, let me help you understand. First, begin with the rap.

Next, look to history to explain

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Get the drift? Good, now you can listen to my own FWPs!

I had two, count ’em, TWO run-ins with major cases of baby soft hands.

First, came those of the lovely lady who performed my pedicure. Despite her total stink-face, she was awesome. I thought maybe she was mad that it was so late in the day and she had to work on yet another set of toes. But no, that was just her “look”. It was her hands that did me in though. Ugh, smooth hands. It is really distracting to feel hands which seem to have zero friction, like a newborn’s.

Baby hands on adults really bother me. What happened to all their skin? Have they massaged it all away? How do they open jars? Forget about rock climbing. Now, I’m not talking about regular, soft hands. I’m talking about hands that have possibly burned all their fingerprints away. Like, creepy soft.

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Next baby hands belonged to the awkward receptionist/masseuse who gave me a totally relaxing, yet extremely unnerving massage today.

Let’s back it up for a second. 

I’ve mentioned before how my husband is the nicest guy. Like, ever. He had his heart set on seeing American Hustle, but knew I wasn’t super into it. We had left the babysitter, driven to the theater and were walking in when he let me change the course of our afternoon. Sushi and massages? Yes, yes, please.

There are these new reflexology/massage shops that have popped up all over the place. $35 for an hour foot massage, $30 at some places. It’s more than just a foot massage, they basically start from your head, massage down to your feet, flip you over and start again. It’s kind of a too good to be true thing. *My friend believes they are all money laundering houses. What do I care? I’m all about striking the iron while it’s hot, and these deals are smokin’!

I’ve always been massaged at these shops by women and have preferred it that way. *My friend seems to always get the men, which comes with its own special issue. They seem to stand near her in just a way where she can feel more than she bargains for. So, when the receptionist came over to start my massage, I wasn’t super excited. To begin with, he looked about 15. I’d like to bring you along on my massage journey. Please, step into my thoughts, as they streamed along through the course of 60 minutes. I started out pretty negative, but I can’t edit my thoughts for you. I MUST be honest with my FWP.

  •  Oh my God, he has baby hands, too?
  • Why is he shaking? This isn’t good. He can only be shaking for one of three reasons. 1. He has never done a massage before, he’s only the receptionist. 2. He’s never touched a living female before. 3. He has some neurological disorder. I hope it’s number three. Wow, that’s really selfish. I want him to have nerve issues? Seriously, why is he shaking though?
  • Holy crap, stop it with my hair. You’re totally messing it up.
  • Ew. You are essentially a stranger with your hands on my face. I didn’t SEE you wash your hands. Why do they keep their sink in the back room? Ugh.
  • Three analog clocks going at once? Why did no one think to buy a digital clock? The ticking is going to kill me.
  • Oh my God, I can smell your breath. Stop breathing on me. It’s not bad, it’s just breath and it’s gross.
  • I wonder if I can breathe through one nostril? Nope.
  • I’ll breathe through my mouth.
  • I wonder if he thinks it’s weird that I just opened my mouth.
  • I wonder if he can smell all that hummus I ate?
  • Ok good, moving down to arms.
  • Please stop holding my hand to massage my arm. Your baby hands are so creepy.
  • Ok, this is good. I’m relaxing now.
  • Oh my God, you are shaking again. Stop it.
  • He knows what he’s doing with feet. This is good again.
  • Seriously? How long is the leg massage portion going to be? You are a little too into this part. Ok, you are a lot too into this part. Leave my leg alone.
  • You are shaking again. Please don’t let me be the first female leg you’ve touched since your mother’s.
  • Again, good with feet.
  • My husband is snoring. I wonder if his masseuse (who is wearing a puffy black vest) is annoyed. Maybe it’s kind of a compliment?
  • I need to wake him up, I don’t want him to feel like he wasted his money.
  • I wish I wore something besides a tank top under my sweater. I think I’m encouraging my receptionist.
  • Why am I being so vein? He’s a professional?
  • Ok, it’s over. That was good.
  • Nope, not over. I have to flip over.
  • Oh man, my hair is crazy.
  • I can’t fit my face through this chair-hole right.
  • Oh God, my nose itches.
  • Don’t open your eyes. You can’t see his feet.You’ll die. Wait, he’s wearing shoes. Still, keep them closed.
  • Holy crap. He’s a shiatsu-ninja! This part is awesome.
  • No more shaking, maybe his confidence is growing. Maybe he’s just only good at backs.
  • Pressure point. Yes!
  • Nope, shaking again.
  • I hope he does that crazy hitting sound that I always hear *my friend get.
  • Oh God, the hitting. Not good, just painful.
  • Ok, it’s over. How can I slyly sit up and get this sweater back on?

I’m willing to bet there is someone out there, reading this, who is willing to pay for my ticket to a village in a remote area, where I have to worry about eating only non-poisonous insects and I have to sew my own clothing out of yak skin.

In an effort to keep this blog  loosely tied to food, here is my recommendation for easy Paleo pumpkin pancakes, straight from Practical Paleo.  The ingredients are super basic; pumpkin, mashed banana, eggs, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and butter. These don’t need syrup, but add if you’d like. Until next time, I promise to try to be a better person and care more about second and third world problems and less about baby hands.

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Crustless Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Egg and Sausage Quiche

Just finished up our family lunch of Beef & Bean Burritos (Pioneer Woman style) and Jumbo Pico (PW style as well). Jumbo Pico is just a pico de gallo salad cut into jumbo chunks. Tomato, avocado, cilantro, red onion, lime juice and salt (garlic if you’d like). This photo is much less tasty than the actual meal.

PW Burrito

Saturday afternoons are quite sleepy around here. Not that anyone actually gets to sleep, there just seems to be a little extra time to do what we like. Hence, blogging time! A couple of Saturdays ago, I snapped this afternoon sweet photo of Dallas and Jy napping.

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I had to grab it, because it reminded me a lot of this photo from 2007…

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So sweet!

I’m still working on having extra time to do the things I love as well as the things I need to do (read: exercise). I have however, found time to catch up on The Mindy Project. Still need to do some serious Once Upon A Time catch up though.

One show I refuse to miss is My Grandmother’s Ravioli. It’s so awesome. It’s everything I want this blog to end up being someday. It makes for a great companion while ironing all of our clothes. Which yes, 13 year old me, I now do. Ugh, I know.

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The Cooking Channel’s website says, “Join the very funny Mo Rocca as he learns to cook and discover treasured family recipes and stories from grandparents in their kitchens across the country.”

How cool is that? He gets to learn the best recipes in the country, which are rarely from professional chefs and mostly from grandmas. I’d dare anyone to find more than a handful of chefs who don’t blame their love of cooking on their grandmothers.

Plus, old school grandmas are funny. They don’t care about being politically correct or even correct for that matter! If grandma says you don’t measure the flour, you don’t measure the flour.

I’ll be taking out a couple of family recipes soon, I’d love to make some of Grandma Ann’s goodies soon.

New subject…

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If you are grossed out by potty words, skip this section and move right to the recipe. 

My boys, namely Max have become totally into gross stuff. Dallas will laugh along side while he cringes, but Max is full-out gross. His latest obsession is with singing the “Diarrhea Song”. For the musical number, Max needs my rock-hard abs to play. I have been kind enough to bury my hard abs under a layer or two of fat fluff. 

He slams his face into my stomach and blows a big raspberry on that extra layer of belly before lifting his head to chant, “I have a diarrhea song for you. I have a diarrhea song for you.” 

See, it’s not that hard to learn, you could probably do it to. It’s bound to make someone smile, I think??

***********POTTY TALK OVER***********

I’ve also managed to squeeze Pinterest in to much of my day, which has been my go-to recipe source lately. Budget Bytes is a fun site, with plenty of low-cost recipes. I tried out the Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Crustless Quiche, with a few alterations. The kids picked out the spinach and mushroom, but I would consider this a dish worth making again. With a few sprinkles of herbs on top, I’d even tote one of these along to a potluck.

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Sweet Lemon Curd

We have had a really bananas week over here. I’m so tired that I can’t even talk about it. Instead, I’m talking food and gonna save the rest of the conversation for Monday.

Because today was a sweet, sweet Sunday.

Curd has always made me think of curds & whey, so I have never gone out of my way to try making any. After tasting a bit last weekend, I knew I would have to try to make my own.

The recipe comes from At the Farmers’ Market with Kids and was supposed to make 3 half pint jars. For some reason I only ended up with one jar. I think I know where I went wrong, but if you have the same results, let me know!

 

Lemon Curd
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • grated zest of a lemon
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice (not from a plastic lemon, please!)
  • 6 T. unsalted butter (cut into chunks or grated)
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix yolks, sugar and zest over medium heat until pale yellow. Add juice and butter and continue to mix until curd thickens a bit. Don’t stop mixing, the curd can easily scorch! Once the curd sticks to the back of a spoon it’s done.
Strain over a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, a jar or whateva you got. Now, go make yourself some scones. You’ll be wanting to slather this stuff on anything you can find! The original recipe is mixed citrus curd, so as the name implies, don’t be afraid to try other citrus curds. Grapefruit would be super good, right?

Now, more gooey sweet stuff.

I have always made Mark Bittmans’ stovetop pudding. It’s easy and yummy. However, it is apparently only yummy to me. It was a total flop last time I made it for my family (including parents and brothers). Now that I have Katie Workman’s The Mom 100 Cookbook, I thought I’d give her recipe a try. At the brunch last week, Katie was telling another visitor that this pudding is super rich, so I was prepared. This was a bit of a labor of love. With Bittmans’ recipe, there are no egg yolks and the whole thing just seems to come together quicker. Workman’s pudding took longer, but the effort was not wasted. This pudding came out like a homemade pudding should.

If you have ever tried to satisfy your craving for dessert with a dinky Jell-o pudding cup, you will be totally surprised when you attempt to eat the same amount of this pudding! Those plastic cups only leave me wanting 2 or 3 more, where this pudding makes me want to run for the treadmill. It would be a great pie filling, too!

 

Real Chocolate Pudding
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Pudding
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 T. cornstarch
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream or plain (full-fat) yogurt at room temp (either ingredient should be at room temp)
  • 3 large egg yolks, at room temp
  • 2 cups whole or 2% fat milk, at room temp
  • 4 – 6 ounces semisweet chocolate chopped or as morsels
  • 2 T. unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 T. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, mix cocoa powder, corn starch and sugar over medium heat and immediately add whipping cream or yogurt. Once mixed, whisk in one egg yolk at a time before slowly mixing in milk. Continuously mix to avoid burning. After 1 or 2 minutes, pudding will thicken a bit and you will want to add the chocolate. Once melted, add butter and vanilla. Keep mixing until pudding thickens a bit more. The pudding will do its complete thickening as it cools.
  2. Pour into one large bowl, or several smaller serving containers. If you don’t like pudding skin, gently cover with Saran wrap and give the Saran a gentle press into the pudding. Let come to room temperature (about 30 minutes) or refrigerate until ready to serve.
*The yogurt is not one of Katie Workman’s suggestions, it’s mine.

 

Chocolate Chip Pancakes (So Good Your Kids Will Cry)

I have a favorite pancake recipe that I suh-wear by. I pimped it out a bit today with some chocolate chips and bananas and oh mama, these guys are goody. They were made for my kids, but I did eat the left over half on Max’s plate. No shame, I know.

Chocolate Chip Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Pancakes
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 T. sugar (raw or other sweeteners are fine)
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 T. plain greek yogurt (applesauce or regular yogurt work too)
  • 3 bananas
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • syrup or maple agave nectar
Instructions
  1. Mix dry ingredients together. Whisk wet ingredients in separate bowl, making sure greek yogurt is broken down. Fold wet mix into the dry, mixing until combined. As with any pancake batter, lumps are normal.
  2. -Spoon mixture on to hot, non-stick pan. Immediately drop thin slices of banana on the cooking cake. Just before flipping the pancake, sprinkle chocolate chips over the bubbling batter.
Enjoy and let the tears flow!

 

 

Ice Cream for Breakfast!

To start my birthday off right, I made my family ice cream for breakfast! I’ve seen the recipe floating around the blogosphere and wanted to give it a whirl myself. Here’s what you do:

Slice and freeze 5 or so bananas. Mix them in a high powered blender or food processor in the morning.

Voila!

I added a tsp. of vanilla and around 1/4 cup of milk, but you don’t have to. Granola and berries were super yummy on top, too.

Can’t wait to show you all my smore’s cake that I am whipping up right now!

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Cottage Cakes

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My kids are not nearly as excited about the DAMY protein pancakes as I am. I love getting a good protein/carb balance with a full plate of healthy food. I have found a great kid-friendly pancake alternative that I could not wait to share. I didn’t understand how this recipe would hold together, but once I made my first batch, I knew I had found a recipe that will stick with this family for a long time to come.

The recipe comes from The Toddler Bistro, a book I mentioned in a post about carrot spread. The cottage cakes are basically fluffed up pancakes, made without sugar, but with extra protein. Sounds good, right? You could absolutely pimp these pancakes out with some flax or chia seeds, pumpkin pie or apple pie spice or perhaps diced up fruit.

 

Cottage Cakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Pancakes
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour (give gluten-free flours a try too!)
  • 2 T. applesauce
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
Instructions
  1. Mix together ingredients and pour a heaping tablespoon (I used a 2T. coffee scoop), on a hot, oiled griddle. Cook both sides until golden. The book suggests you top with cheddar cheese, applesauce, maple syrup or fruit spread.
After reading the topping suggestions, I realized that these pancakes are reminiscent of potato pancakes. Of course without potatoes, but I am talking more about the mildly savory flavor.

I guess I’ll need to stop avoiding my children now. They have fought this morning over baby wipes, entrance into the fort and Squinkies. Ah, the joys of Tuesdays.

 

Bitchin’ Kitchen – Barbie Breakfast

Do you watch this show? It’s hilarious! Nadia G took one episode to grow on me, but now I can’t take my eyes off of her Cooking Channel show, Bitchin’ Kitchen.

I probably shouldn’t have titled this post BK, because that is not what it is about! However, today is a girly day in my kitchen, so I guess that mentioning the Canadian tough girl wasn’t too off topic. I was able to head out for a (moms club) meeting this morning and grab a nice big Peet’s latte. An hour or uninterrupted Target shopping later, I was home to a clean kitchen (thanks, Jy) and happy kids. I’ve tried two new recipes today and am writing this as all the boys are out riding bikes. Sounds good, oui?

In honor of everything going my way, I’ve made a girly dish to share with you. Barbie Breakfast! So, it probably goes without saying that I have had that utterly obnoxious song, “I’m a Barbie Girl” stuck in my head this afternoon. I hope karma serves justly the one hit wonder band, Aqua.


Pink Quinoa
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • ⅓ cup agave nectar
  • ¼ cup honey
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil before reducing heat to low. Cover and simmer 15 minutes and then take pot off burner and let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. While quinoa is cooking, boil cranberries until they pop. You can choose to cook your cranberries in sugar and water now, or mix them into the quinoa unsweetened and add more honey later.
  3. Toast your pecans over medium heat in a dry pan. Move nuts around in pan for 5 minutes and take off heat before they turn dark brown.
  4. Mix all components together and serve!
This could easily be served as a lunch or dinner side dish, but alliteration rules in the world of recipe naming, therefore Barbie Breakfast it is! Wondering what this pink bowl of texture may be? I’ll break it down. Warm couscous with cranberries, raisins, toasted pecans, agave nectar and honey.

Ok, the honeymoon is over. The boys are back. One is tired, one is antsy and I have yet to see what the third has to say. Happy Sunday friends, go to bed early tonight to make up that hour we have lost!

Meatless Protein in the Morning

Good morning (well, to those in the same time zone as I am in)! While all the party food was fun, it had to end at some point. Especially because I couldn’t really eat most of it! I’m on day 12 of my new program and have to wait 3 more days to even take my measurements or weigh myself. A little bit torturous.

One of the biggest challenges I have faced in the past couple weeks is finding a way to have protein at breakfast. I’m not a big meat in the morning kinda gal and it’s rare that I have enough time to cook an egg properly. I’m hoping to do some large batch cooking this weekend to have myself better prepared, but until then, I still have to eat!

My family goes through yogurt like water. Well, maybe not water, that was a bad example. Now that I am keeping track of all the food and water I am taking in, I have learned that I rarely, ok…never, drink more than about 16 oz. of water a day. Isn’t that bananas? That’s going to have to change. Back to yogurt. We all eat yogurt daily. I love vanilla or Greek, Jy loves Activia or DanActive, the boys love any kind of  yogurt I give them. This week I bought a giganto tub.

See the big, fat one? It’s half the price of the smaller containers of yogurt and about a fourth of the individual cups. The only downside is the fact that it is plain and no one around here gets too giddy over plain yogurt.

I bought a large bag of frozen strawberries to blend into a couple batches of yogurt. One batch will be blended on the thin side, so the little guys can suck their yogurt out of a straw a la Danimals or other sugar loaded yogurt. The upside is that this brand’s plain flavor isn’t too tart as many Greek yogurts are, requiring no sugar to be added in. Although, I may add a little honey to up the ante.

Back to my morning protein.

I’ve been having 1/2 cup oatmeal with fruit, flaxseed, a splash of milk and a bit of sweetener. I always thought oatmeal was plenty of protein for the morning, but I have been wrong. For the mornings I don’t feel like having an egg on the side (almost every morning), I either have yogurt or cottage cheese. But wait, I’ve pimped out my yogurt!

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 T. cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. honey

Mix and enjoy! You’ll feel like you are eating pudding for breakfast and will enjoy the sustaining benefits of the protein found in yogurt and the added bonus protein in the powder, not to mention the antioxidants of the cocoa powder and honey. That is a good morning!

Chocolate Protein Pancakes

Hello and happy Washington’s Birthday aka President’s Day to you all. Yesterday, Dallas asked what President’s day was all about and who our president is. We reminded him our president is Obama, to which he asked, “Is he alive?” We explained that being alive is the first requirement to becoming elected as president and this did not sit well with Dallas, as his second favorite president is Abraham Lincoln. Of course his next question asked if the president needed to be on earth. It took me a minute to determine whether the first rule of being president should be that you must be alive or you must be on earth. Jy cleared it up with the example of an intergalactic president. Anyway, enjoy your day off of work!

See the movie that inspired the president. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

I had a fun weekend, full of relaxation. Saturday morning I met with a friend/mentor and enjoyed almost three hours of coffee and talking time at Starbucks. You know  I was loving that! Saturday afternoon was a relaxed and enjoyable time with Max at his very first birthday party without his older brother. Sunday meant some time spent at Church and in the new “Couples Together” program our church puts on twice a month. Couples Together is a time with free coffee, dessert and child care while the couples hear tips on marriage with time for one on one discussion. Last night, Jy sent me out with the Moms club to go watch the movie, The Vow. He would have hated it, but I enjoyed it, schmaltziness and all. Our dinner stop after the movie was to eat some Afghan food. Wanna see?

I’ve been meaning to share a recipe with you from my friend Jessica’s food blog. She had to stop blogging after a computer issue, but she has some really great recipes that are super healthy. I thought I’d try her Chocolate Banana Pancakes this morning, but only printed out the first half of the recipe, oops! I improvised and came up with my own version of Chocolate Protein Pancakes, but be sure to check out what she has to share over at Jess’ Cookin’ It!

 

Chocolate Protein Pancakes
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 2 T almond meal (or ground almonds)
  • 2 T flaxseed
  • heaping ½ tsp baking powder
  • dash salt
  • 1 packet Truvia (or up to 3 tsp granulated sugar)
  • 2 T unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
Instructions
  1. Mix ingredients and cook pancakes as you would any other! These cakes are a little thinner than normal, but if you let the batter sit for a while (even in the fridge overnight) the batter will thicken up.
Jy and the kids really loved these. Total hit and lots of protein in the morning!

 

Speaking of morning, I had to buy VIA Starbucks instant coffee at the grocery store last night. Our Keurig is not complying! It wants to be descaled again. Remember the vinegar morning? Eck. Gonna give it one more try, but as for now, the machine is only putting out teeny-tiny cups. Boo on you Keurig!  I’ll leave you on a happy note though…

 

Put WHAT In My Oatmeal?

On its own, oatmeal is great. Powered up with some protein and fiber superstars, oatmeal is amazing. My first oatmeal tip is to stop buying the one-minute variety. If you can spare an extra two or even four minutes, you’ll come away with a heartier, less processed breakfast. The other tip is to always (if possible) cook your oatmeal on the stove. I know this all sounds like I’m making life harder for you, but I promise that stove-top oats are just as easy (I think easier) than nuked and the texture of your breakfast will speak to you for itself! I used the one-minute oats to make granola at my parent’s house and the oats really brought the granola down a couple notches. For more oatmeal tips, including types of oats and a good joke, read Former Fat Guy’s article.

I’m currently loving Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oats, which can be cooked for 5 minutes on the stove. Jy prefers standard rolled oats, which take about 3 minutes stove-top and one minute to cool.

Getting to my point, I want to talk about foods to add to oatmeal. This morning I tried something I have been meaning to for a long time; I added cottage cheese to my oatmeal. I went a little overboard and also added some honey & strawberry flavored Greek yogurt. I’ve been so curious about cottage cheese and its effect on oats. Lots of food bloggers love fluffy texture cottage cheese adds and I can now join them in agreeance.

***Another grammarophile note: agreeance is a real word, rarely used and unrecognized by spell check, but it’s real. The word grammarophile? Not real.

Adding cottage cheese will not only add protein, it will plump your oatmeal serving size up to a big, fat bowlful. I’d have to suggest you skip using both cottage cheese AND Greek yogurt together, it is just too much. The other must for your oat bowl should be ground flaxseed or chia seeds, both are fantastic fiber sources. I could talk more about fiber here, but I am sure you know all about what fiber can do to…uh, I mean for you.

I didn’t do so today, but I normally love to sweeten my oatmeal with maple syrup rather than brown sugar. The syrup goes a longer way in sweetening and isn’t considered a processed food. I’m talking about real maple syrup, not Mrs. Butterworth. I’ve been getting my syrup through Subscribe & Save on Amazon. I’ve noticed Costco and Trader Joe’s have decent syrup prices, too.

I’m currently counting calories, otherwise you would probably see a totally different bowl full oatmeal additions. If you haven’t tried it, a little bit of peanut butter dolloped on top of your oats is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. We all know about adding fruits and nuts, but don’t forget about seeds or canned pumpkin.

More additions to consider:

  • granola (or a granola bar)
  • chocolate chips
  • a fried egg
  • coconut
  • dried fruit
  • avocado
  • muffin pieces
  • fruit spreads

For the ultimate oatmeal blog post, please read Kath’s Tribute to Oatmeal. Kath Eats Real Food is one of the best food blogs around, no question. Give it a glance!

This week has been a bit jumbled, so tomorrow will be this week’s Movies & Munchies post. Come back tomorrow to read our post about The Descendants!