We were all starving, but we were also all in agreement that laundry HAD to be done before we went to supper. After a week of painting, running through the rain, and carrying dusty boxes to get everything ready for camp, we needed to clean our clothes before the laundromat closed. That is why five college girls were sitting on the floor of an outdated laundromat in Columbus, TX.
When I reached into my bag for my journal, I saw the holy grail: five homemade Honey Nut Cereal Bars, squashed and slightly melted. I handed one to each of my companions. Within minutes, our hands were covered in gooey peanut butter, but our stomachs were satiated enough to fold a few more t-shirts.
Honey Nut Cereal Bars
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 cup cereal
- microwave peanut butter and honey for 30 seconds
- stir in cereal
- pour into a small container lined with wax paper
- freeze for at least 20 minutes
- cut into several bars
- eat and enjoy (or store in an airtight container)
Fridays are my free days, and the best things in life are free. On Fridays, I am always free from class, and I am usually free from work. Pure relaxation.
A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and enjoyed a short, free run through the quaint village of Old Salem. When I got back to school, I emptied out the storage closet on my hall and set any unclaimed furniture in the hallway with a sign that said “free.” After lunch (which I consider free because I ate in the cafeteria), I took advantage of my free gym membership (special “thank you” to my college for providing that!) and swam at the nearby YWCA.
Once I was back in my room, I needed some post-swim fuel. In my mini-fridge, I had frozen strawberries which were technically free because they were left over from an RA event. I also had a single-serve pack of chocolate protein powder (a free gift with a purchase of Quest bars) in my closet/pantry. Some simple mixing and microwaving made a perfect (almost free) snack.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Proats
- 1/3 cup oatmeal
- 1 scoop (or one packet) chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup frozen strawberries + more for topping
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk or an additional 1/2 cup water (I used cashew milk because it’s what was on sale at Aldi that week)
- Combine oatmeal and protein powder in a large microwaveable bowl.
- While stirring, add water and milk.
- Mix in 1/4 cup strawberries.
- Microwave on high 1 minute. The oats should have a thick, fudgy texture.
- top with more strawberries, if desired.
- Eat and enjoy!
Special thanks to Angie, Mollie, and Scarlett for hosting Fiesta Friday this week!
Earlier today, my mom sent me this link to Jen’s No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies. My mouth started watering as I read about pumpkin, pecans, and oatmeal boiled together and formed into yummy cookies. I don’t know if it was the fact that these cookies sounded so good or if I was just that tired of studying vestiges and recapitulations, but I suddenly had to make pumpkin cookies. No question.
I had a problem, however. Out of the 8 ingredients in Jen’s cookies, I only had 3. Looks like it’s time to improvise!
Using what I had available in my dorm room, I whipped up a single-serve batch of cookies within minutes. Be sure to double or triple the recipe if you plan to keep any of these around because I inhaled this whole batch of treats as soon as I finished taking pictures.
No-Bake Pumpkin Cookies
- 1 tbs. vanilla almond milk
- 3 tbs. canned pumpkin
- 1 packet sweetener of choice
- cinnamon to taste
- 1/2 cup instant oatmeal
- combine milk, pumpkin, sweetener, and cinnamon in a microwave-safe bowl.
- microwave on high 1 minute.
- quickly stir in oatmeal and drop by spoonful onto waxed paper.
- let cool.