Month: March 2017

Tasty or Terrible: Baked Oatmeal Cups

Good morning!  Last week I was saying how I (Bridget) have been on a hunt for quick and easy breakfasts.  I found another recipe with oats on Pinterest.  I liked that you can make this recipe with different ingredients.  Although, I decided to just make them all one way for the first time.

This recipe comes from The Wholesome Dish.  After reading through her ingredient list, I immediately said, oh, these should be good.  They have brown sugar!  ha!  Last week’s breakfast cookies didn’t have sugar so I had high hopes for these baked oatmeal cups!

The ingredients (my alteration is bolded):
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk (or whatever milk you like) (I used 2%)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  •  Optional: your favorite toppings (fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.) (I used chocolate chips)

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 350.  Place muffin liners in your muffin tin.  In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, oil, and brown sugar until the sugar is dissolved.  Add applesauce, milk, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon.  Whisk until well combined.  Sir in the oats, baking powder (and if using one topping like me, you can add it in now).  Mix well.  Add 1/4 cup of the oat mixture to each muffin cup.  If you’re adding more than one topping, here is where you will add your favorite toppings to each cup.  Push the toppings down into the mixture with a spoon.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool for at least 5 minutes (I’d say more like 15 minutes to get a clean liner).  Store in an airtight container or freeze in a freezer zip lock bag.

You guys.  These were SO good!  I put 6 in the fridge and the rest in the freezer.  I can have one in the morning and I didn’t get hungry all morning.  These were perfect for my quick and easy breakfast I was on a hunt for.

Do you have a favorite go-to quick breakfast?

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  How is it the so close to the end of March already?  Since I’ve (Stacy) missed out on Friday Favorites for the past few weeks, I’m linking up with Andrea, Erica, and Narci.  I’m sharing my favorites from the past month.

My first favorite is the app called Waterminder.  When I saw the App Store offering it as the free app of the week a while back, I had to check this one out.  The verdict is I love it!  Other apps I’ve tried only track water intake.  Waterminder tracks coffee, tea, beer, wine, even pop (soda for you southern folks!).  The homescreen shows a lady’s (or man’s) body and as you add your water, the body fills up with water.  Right below the lady, it tells you how much water you have tracked.

While tracking my water is mostly for fun, it’s one of the few small changes I’m making to get back on the healthy lifestyle wagon.  I need to shed some pounds and gain extra energy.  Another small change I’m making is to walk 3-5 times a week on my treadmill.  Most days I stick to around 30 minutes, but some days I have more time.  I have a Fitbit that I love to use but it hasn’t seen many days over 10,000 steps this year so I’m working on changing that too.  To prevent boredom, I bring my iPad and/or phone to watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, or to catch up on The Young & The Restless.

My family’s favorite – we got a hot tub!  It’s been something that hubby has wanted for years and we finally decided to take the plunge.  We LOVE it! We bought it for back and muscle therapy for hubby, though the kids just think it’s for fun.  Over the years, hubby has found himself at the chiropractor more and more often since he works in a labor intensive construction job.  We’re hoping this decreases the chiropractor visits.

Yes we’re crazy and go in it when it’s freezing cold outside!

Look how crazy the older girls are.  They each got out of the hot tub and raced to the far back of the yard, touched the fence and came back to climb in and warm up.

Mother nature has been pretty kind to us here.  We’ve had decent weather over the past few weeks.  It’s been mid 30s to high 50s and we’ve also had a couple of days barely above zero.  My favorite is the snow is melting, even more so than the following picture from the beginning of March.

Hockey season has come to an end.  In a way, we are slightly disappointed.  For real, though, we are ecstatic because we finally have our weekends back.  So, to commemorate our season, I’m going to share with you a video of Bode making a backhanded goal.  To me, it’s pretty awesome.  At the beginning of the season, he wouldn’t have taken the shot.  Instead, he would have skated with the puck down and around the other net first.  His Papa had just talked to him a couple weeks prior and was telling him he should work on his backhanding of the puck.  It worked!  Great job Bode!!

Do you have a fitbit? If you’d like me to add you, leave me your email address below.  I won’t publish any comments with email addresses!

Has Mother Nature been kind to you or have you been hit by a recent storm?

Have a fantastic weekend!

Tasty or Terrible: Breakfast cookies

Hello, hello!  It’s been a crazy busy month so this space of ours has been put on the back burner.  Sigh.  Trying to find the right balance has been a struggle.  We’ll get there.  Promise.

Today we are linking up a recipe that is perfect for the quick, on the go breakfast.  I (Bridget) have been on a hunt for breakfast recipes that offer more protein and I’m not over the stove cooking eggs.  I went to Pinterest, again, and found these breakfast cookies.  They looked delish.  Of course, I didn’t have everything on hand in the recipe, so I swapped out some things for things I did have on hand.

The recipe calls for:

  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 2 cups quick cooking oats (I used old fashioned)
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (I used 2%)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (I used strawberry craisins)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used sliced almonds)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 350.  Mix everything in a large bowl until combined.  Line a pan with parchment paper.  Place heaping tablespoons of mixture onto the pan and gently press with a fork.  Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool.  Store in the fridge for up to 4 days.

The verdict?  I thought they were okay.  Because I used old fashioned oats instead of quick, I messed it up.  I should’ve used more oats because it was pretty liquidy.  Might be trying these again because I have hope that they will turn out better.

I used to be a cereal breakfast eater, but I can’t have milk in the mornings anymore.  I’m also not a morning egg person.  I just can’t.  So, I’m on the hunt for a quick and easy breakfast that I can make on Sundays and eat throughout the week.

Do you have any breakfast cookie recipes you love and would be willing to share?

Tasty or Terrible: Healthier Bites

Good morning!  Do you ever search Pinterest for quick recipes that you’re family will love?  I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for a few weeks and finally fixed them up.  You guys.  They were so easy and quick to make.  I don’t know what took me so long to make them!  Oh, wait.  Life.

I found the recipe from The Wholesome Dish and instead of using maple syrup, I used honey.  I poured the four ingredients into a bowl.  The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups rolled oats, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/3 cup syrup (honey), and 1/3 cup chocolate chips.  Yields 24 bite-sized balls.

Mix it all together

Once it’s all blended together, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Form into bite size balls

Store in the fridge

We love these!  They will be perfect in Xander’s lunch box and for an afternoon pick me up on busy days.  Which is every day.

What simple, quick, tasty snacks does your family love?  Please share!

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