Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Berries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

It's been awhile since I posted. We have had a lot going on as a family. I've been needing an easy breakfast for week days and this recipe has become a staple in our breakfast line up. I rotate between strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and mixed berries. You can also experiment with different extracts: vanilla, lemon, orange all add their own twist to this recipe.

Berries and Cream Baked Oatmeal

2 cups Whole Oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup honey, brown sugar, coconut sugar,  or swerve
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
11/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
2 cups heavy cream,  half/half, almond or coconut milk
1 egg, beaten
2 cups of berries
1/4 cup or less, optional mix in: nuts, coconut flakes, etc


In a large mixing bowl combine oats, baking powder, sugar, sea salt, vanilla extract and cinnamon, until well combined. Mix in heavy cream, egg, and butter. Fold in berries and place entire mixture in am 8x8 greased baking dish. Mixture will be very wet and you should gently shake baking dish to make sure the cream and oatmeal is evenly distributed. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes until the center no longer moves.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Italian Sausage and Greens

This is meant to be a one dish meal. To save money, switch out 1/2lb Italian sausage with beans.

Italian Sausage and Greens
 You will need:
1 Onion
2 Peppers ( I like red and yellow but use what you have)
1-2 Garlic Scapes chopped (or a few cloves of minced garlic)
1 lb of Kale, stems removed and chopped or spinach
1lb Italian Sausage, sliced thinly or removed from casing
3/4 cup broth
Optional: 1 teaspoon of red wine vinegar

Brown sausage and set aside. In same pan, saute peppers and onions in a teaspoon or so of oil. I skip the oil when using frozen veggies. Once peppers and onions are softened, add in garlic and saute for a minute or two. Add sausage and pile kale or spinach on top of the sausage and veggie mixture. Add broth and let the greens cook down. Top with vinegar.

This meal has a lot of flavor as is but feel free to mix it up with what you have on hand.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Cream

Who doesn't love pumpkin pie? And with 50 cans of pumpkin left you have to know that I would be busting out a pumpkin pie recipe at one point or another.  So here it goes.....

Pumpkin Pie

You will need:
1 can of pumpkin (15oz)
1 can of evaporated milk
3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 cup  organic cane sugar ( you could use white or brown sugar)
1/4 c honey

Combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Don't worry if it's a little runny it will firm up. Pour into a greased pie pan and bake at 400 for 10 minutes and 325 for 40-50 minutes depending on your oven.

Pumpkin Spiced Whipped Cream
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon or so ( I like a little more) pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Combine whipping cream, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla and  powdered sugar. Beat until peaks form (about two minutes).  Serve immediately.

Two down...49 more to GO!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Very Berry Slush

1 cup of hot water
*3-4 Tablespoons of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of lemon Juice or lime juice
 Any combination of: Frozen Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries

In blender, combine hot water, sugar and lemon juice. Blend for 20 seconds. Add frozen berries 2-3 at a time until  you reach a slush consistency. (For me this is 2 cups or so).

*Stevia works well in this recipe. 1/2 teaspoon is sweet enough for me.

My Vitacost Order

What I bought:
Coconut Water
Vitacost Brand Stevia Powder
Native Forest Organic Whole Coconut Milk
Earthpaste, Cinnamon
Desert Essence Organics, Coconut Lotion
Organic Lemon Juice
Whole Sweeteners Coconut Palm Sugar
Whole Sweeteners Organic  Sugar
Newman's Own Organic Black Tea
Neem Face Lotion
Thyroid Plus
B-12 Extended Release
Amazing Grass Green Super foods in Orange Dream
Miracle Noodles

This order will  last me anywhere between 4-6 months.  The miracle noodles are the only new product that I haven't tried before. My hubby loves pasta but he is  gluten free with me (by default) so i thought this might be an alternative to the brown rice pasta (which is ok). Feel free to ask me about any of the products i bought in the comments.

  If you are interested in saving money at Vitacost, join their referral program. Anytime you refer a friend and they place an order of $30+. You get $10  and they get $10.  Vitacost generally offers free shipping on order $49+. Right now they are offering all Vitacost brand supplements Buy 1, Get 1 1/2 off.  We have yet to be disappointed in anything with the Vitacost label.

What healthy items do you like to keep on hand?

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

DIY: Microwave Popcorn + Buffalo Popcorn Recipe

Popcorn is such a frugal treat.  We get organic popcorn for about $2/lb in bulk. Sometimes I buy it on Amazon and sometimes I buy it at Trader Joe's. If you don't mind conventional popcorn, your cost can be even cheaper. I love popcorn on the stove top. It's pretty easy to make and the taste can't be beat. Sometimes, only one person in our household is in need of a snack, so the microwaved version makes just enough for one person.  This method is so easy that you will wonder why you had not thought of it before.

DIY: Microwave Popcorn

You will need:
One brown paper lunch bag
2-3 Tablespoons of unpopped popcorn.

 Open bag. Put unpopped popcorn in paper bag. Close bag. Roll paper bag down about halfway. Cook for *90 seconds until popping slows. Remove bag from microwave and top with butter or any of your favorite toppings.

*Different microwaves take different times

Buffalo Popcorn

For 4 cups of popped corn, mix 2 Tablespoons of melted butter with 1 Tablespoon of hot sauce. Adjust to taste. Pour over popcorn. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Getting spray paint off your hands

Last weekend, my husband and I decided to spray paint our mailbox. Our crazy heat from last summer and our spring weather left our mailbox seeing better days. It was a windy day; however it was the first day in a number of weeks with no rain in the immediate forecast. So we got to sanding and spray painting.

The wind cause a bit of a blow back and my husband's hands looked like this:

Soap and water would not get the paint off his hands. I knew mineral oil would work; but of course we were completely out of mineral oil. Not wanting to run to the store, I decided to try coconut oil to see if it would help clean off his  hands. It worked like a charm.  After a few minutes with some coconut oil and a paper towel, his hands looked like this: 

Yet another wonderful use for coconut oil:)