Oats and Outfits: Saturday {Holland Oats}

Oats and Outfits: Saturday {Holland Oats}

HollandOats

The moment I saw this tunic in the bin at a Goodwill Outlet Center, I thought of tulips, wooden shoes, and windmills.  In honor of this shirt, I introduce to you Holland Oats.

Don't worry.  I spelled it right :)
Don’t worry. I spelled it right 🙂

Fresh apples, cinnamon, and honey make this recipe taste just like a traditional Dutch Apple Pie.

Holland Oats

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 apple, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 apple sliced (optional–for topping)
  • Honey (optional–for topping)

Directions:

  • In a small pot, bring applesauce and water to a boil over high heat.
  • Stir in oats and reduce heat to medium.
  • Set a timer for five minutes.  After 2.5 minutes, stir in the diced apple and cinnamon.  Cook for the remaining 2.5 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl and top with honey and remaining apple.  (So you know, I don’t think this recipe needs honey, and I have never topped it with honey, but I could see how some people would want the added sweetness).  Enjoy!
Oats and Outfits: Friday {Peanut Pleasures}

Oats and Outfits: Friday {Peanut Pleasures}

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According to the National Peanut Board, “Americans consume on average over 1.5 billion pounds of peanut butter and peanut products each year.” I do my fair share to keep that number strong. Peanut butter cookies, peanut butter sandwiches, peanut butter on a spoon—I can’t get enough of the stuff. Today’s recipe will let you eat an entire batch of peanut butter no-bake cookies for breakfast completely guilt-free.  What could make a day better than starting it off with milk and cookies?

Instead of working in the office on Fridays, one of my bosses pays me to clean her house. I couldn’t look completely trashy, however, because I needed to buy groceries afterwards (I’m almost out of oatmeal!!), and I refuse to find myself on peopleofwalmart.com. Therefore, I paired a Banana Republic sleeveless top with thrifted American Eagle shorts and set to work.

Peanut Butter No-Bakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbs. peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbs. honey (to taste)

Directions:

  • In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine peanut butter and honey.  I would recommend using a glass bowl.
  • Microwave on high 45 seconds, until everything is melted and honey is boiling.
  • Working quickly, stir in oats and drop by spoonful onto wax paper.
  • Let cool before eating. (My dad and I both recommend keeping these in the refrigerator or freezer!)
Oats and Outfits: Monday {Pure and Purple}

Oats and Outfits: Monday {Pure and Purple}

PurePurple

I love clothes. I love oatmeal. I love for things to match.

By mixing these loves, I created a personal, weeklong challenge: Oats and Outfits. Everyday, I will post a new oatmeal recipe and a picture of what I wore. Starting with today.

Since it is Monday, I kept it simple on both accounts. For breakfast, I made easy microwave raisin oatmeal (I promise this was planned and not a result of sheer laziness–I wanted to start out with an informal recipe). My outfit consisted of a silver and white Ann Taylor Loft skirt and a purple Banana Republic shirt.

Microwave Raisin Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Directions

  • Chop about half of the raisins so that the juices will be released during cooking. I use scissors to make the cutting easier, but my hands end up very sticky.
  • Combine water, oats, and chopped raisins in a microwave-safe bowl and stir.
  • Microwave on high 2 minutes. You may have to open the microwave occasionally and stir the mixture so that it doesn’t overflow.
  • Let cool, top with remaining raisins, and enjoy!