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Oats and a Visitor


This morning started out great!  I got up early (thought I had to be in lab only to find out that lab was cancelled), and made a delicious breakfast to kick start my Saturday 🙂

No Bake Cookie Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • toppings: coconut, peanut butter and crumbled graham crackers

Cook oatmeal according to package with milk instead of water on the stovetop. I have found that oatmeal tastes better and has a much more appealing texture when cooked on the stovetop.  Once you add the oats, add flax meal, cocoa, raisins, and brown sugar.  Continue to cook.  Then add toppings.  Enjoy. 


This only serves 1 person, so you can double, triple, quadruple as needed.  I wouldn’t recommend making more than 4 servings at once.


A lot of you  might already know that I have a cat.  But not just any cat, THE BEST CAT EVER!

Charlie Chronicles Part II


He waits for me to come home…and usually he will tell me everything that he did that day.  Sleep…eat….sleep….eat 


He likes tissue paper.  For a mellow cat, he loves to play!


His favorite spot in the apartment is the sliding glass door.  He’s got a comfy rug to lay on and watch all the squirrels in the back yard.


His most playful time is night.  Sometimes he brings Mr. Mouse to bed.  I usually hide it under my pillow to get him to sleep. 


He is fascinated by the tub.  It makes gurgly noises when it drains, so he will get in and just stare it….for hours.


He’s very cuddly.  I like to say that Charlie and I are watching Greys Anatomy, but really I’m watching Greys and Charlie is snoozing.


I call this “The Superman”.  He likes to sleep with his arms stretched out. 

Today, Charlie went crazy!  Because, we had a visitor:


I believe its a Penn State squirrel 🙂


Charlie didn’t budge.  He was going to make sure that this little guy knew his place, hehe.


Hope everyone is having a beautiful weekend!  Only one more weekend until Thanksgiving!


mmm granola!

You’ll never guess what happened to me today…try to guess.



Seeeee told you that you wouldn’t be able to guess.  I’ll tell you anyways.  I got a ticket for a traffic violation.  First one.  First black mark.  Guess what I did.  Guess!  Yep, can’t guess can ya?  I crossed the street.  Yep!  That’s right people I jaywalked.  Also known as reckless pedestrian crossing.  Definitely appealing this. 

So what do I do to calm my nerves and stop myself from breathing fire down on the “police” officer???  I bake 🙂

Say hello to my homemade granola bars:

Drool Inducing Granola Bars

DSC00741So, lately I’ve been really conscious about eating “whole” foods – those that have the least amount of processing.  I have done a good job getting rid of a lot of the unnatural foods, and I’ve felt a lot better since getting rid of that junk, however the amount of granola bars that I go through is disgusting.  Now I know that I don’t have to buy the granola bars full of preservatives, I can whip them up at home! (inspired by Ina Garten, who I think is the best thing since sliced bread!)


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup sliced almonds (use whatever nuts you like)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 TBSP light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (I eye balled it)
  • 1 cup of Fiber One Original cereal ground up in the food processor
  • raisins and dried cranberries (use as much as you want, start at 1/2 cup each)

Heat oven to 350.  Mix oats and nuts onto a baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes (you’ll start to smell the oats).


Mix together the coconut, Fiber One Cereal, and dried fruit.


So easy to grind up the Fiber One cereal.  “Hungry Girl” was right!  This will add more fiber to your granola bars, which is very good for you (putting my nutritionist hat on).

In a small sauce pan, bring the vanilla, brown sugar, butter, maple syrup, and honey to a boil.  Boil for 1 minute and take off heat.


I could have licked it right out of the pan, but good for my tummy it was way too hot.

Stir together the baked oats and nuts with the coconut mixture.  Then add the contents from the sauce pan and stir.  In a lined 13×9 pan (I lined with foil, very easy to lift out), place oat mixture and press down.  Bake for 20 minutes at 300(notice different temp than above).


Let cool for a few hours and slice.


Soooo yummy! (They need to molded sometimes, so don’t worry if they’re not perfect, they’re hopefully going down the hatch soon)

They’d make great powerbars before a cycling class.  😉

Speaking of cycling, here’s the playlist from Tuesday’s Class:

  • Pride – U2
  • Teenage Dream – Katy Perry
  • The Club is Alive – JLS
  • God is a DJ – Pink
  • Love like Woe – The Ready Set
  • Uprising – Muse
  • Put Your Hands On Me – Joss Stone
  • American Idiot – Green Day
  • OMG – Usher
  • Love Left to Lose – Sons of Sylvia
  • Gettin’ Over You – David Guetta
  • Beautiful Dangerous – Slash
  • Freak Out – Avril
  • Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons (I’m kind of obsessed with the entire album)

Well keep on rockin’ everyone!  I’m off to teach Power Yoga 🙂