Simple Joy Saturday #19

Simple Joy Saturday #19

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

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January 6-12

1. A change in the weather

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

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It’s January, which means three things:

  1. The air is cold.
  2. The gym is packed.
  3. We are all celebrating National Oatmeal Month.  Am I right?

Although there is nothing I can do to bring warmer weather or expel a few Resolutioners from the gym, I can continue to help you celebrate National Oatmeal Month.

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Lemon poppy seed is one of my favorite muffin flavors.  Lemon is light, and happy, and the taste of summer.  Maybe these muffins will provide enough sunshine to last me to June.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey
  • juice from 1/2 medium lemon
  • zest from 1/2 medium lemon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and liberally coat a 12-count muffin pan with nonstick spray
  2. Grind oatmeal in a food processor to make a coarse flour
  3. Whisk together oat flour, poppy seeds, baking soda, baking powder, and milk
  4. In a separate bowl, combine milk, orange juice, applesauce, vanilla extract, honey, lemon juice, and lemon zest
  5. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients
  6. Evenly distribute batter between 12 muffin wells
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  8. Let cool in pan
  9. Remove from pan, eat, and enjoy!

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Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

January is National Oatmeal Month

My mom loves coffee, and I don’t mean frilly frappes with sugary syrups. I mean a dark mug of steaming joe. No cream. No sugar. Just hot black coffee.

Occasionally, when I was in elementary, we would visit a local coffee shop in the morning before school. Mom would order the mandatory java; I would savor a homemade oatmeal cream pie.

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Although a soft, sweet oatmeal cookie isn’t the most balanced breakfast, my grades never suffered from the sugar overload.  Now that I am older and (supposedly) smarter, I desire to eat (slightly) more nutritious morning meals.

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So, to start off the National Oatmeal Month celebrations, we are making Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes (using Blind Spot Nutbutter of course). Stay tuned all month for more amazing oatmeal recipes!

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Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbs. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie blended nut butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • rounded 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla yogurt for topping

Directions

  • Grind all ingredients (besides the yogurt) in a food processor until it is the consistency of pancake batter (or paint).
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan over high heat.  Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Drop spoonfuls onto heated pan.  Once bubbles begin to form on the top, flip the pancakes.
  • Cook for an additional 1-3 minutes.
  • Stack pancakes on a plate, layering with vanilla yogurt (pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, pancake, etc.)
  • Top with raisins, banana slices, syrup, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or whatever pancake toppings you like.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Simple Joy Saturday #10

Simple Joy Saturday #10

Every Saturday I share three simple things that brought me happiness during the week.  These posts may grow or evolve as time passes.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

1. I finally got a new laptop.

There’s a story here, but I will give you the short version. Twice I ordered a computer directly from the manufacturer. Twice the manufacturer cancelled my order. I learned my lesson by the third try, and I ordered a similar laptop from a well- known retailer. The laptop arrived 4 days later.

2. Breakfast smoothies

I make 2-3 breakfast smoothies (like this one) at a time and keep them in the freezer.  In the morning, all I have to do is set the smoothie on the counter before I get dressed.  Within 45 minutes, it is ready to enjoy.  In my life, smoothies are generally a warm-weather food, so oatmeal will probably reappear soon.

3. The footbridge at Old Salem

I know it’s a little early, but you have to appreciate the simple beauty of Moravian stars at Christmas!

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

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The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats.  I fell in love instantly.  It was like my mouth had found an old friend.

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Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

Carrot Cake Bites {Blind Spot Monthly Recipe}

This is Katy Bunny, the loyal rabbit that I stuffed at Build-A-Bear Workshop when I was 5 years old.

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Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

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I just found this post that has been sitting in my drafts bin for two years.  No joke, TWO YEARS!

…can a blog post grow old???

What was my life even like two years ago?  Spring of 2015 was my first semester as an RA.  I was working weird hours at a daycare (6:50-7:50 am, 2:30-6:00 pm).  I had never been to Texas.  I didn’t like tomatoes.

I think that it is about time that I share this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 2 large strawberries, stems removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 large handful spinach

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Drink and enjoy!

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