Tag Archives: Peanut Butter

Oats and a Visitor

DSC01291

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. 

DSC01294

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

DSC01251

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

DSC01115

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

DSC01079

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.

2010-09-13_22-10-09_413

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. 

2010-09-26_23-21-56_458

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

2010-10-31_21-01-20_882

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.

2010-11-12_21-56-46_442

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

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

DSC01296

I believe its a Penn State squirrel 🙂

DSC01300

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!


Good Finds

I love when I find new foods

DSC01266

I started my morning off with some peanut butter toast thanks to Trader Joes Sprouted Wheat bread.  60 calories per slice, 3 g of fiber, and 5 g of protein.  It had a simple ingredient list: Sprouted wheat, wheat flour, water, honey, wheat gluten, yeast, molasses, and salt.  I believe its good to eat foods that you can not only identify all the ingredients but also pronounce them.  

DSC01267

Mmmm the start of a beautiful day!

DSC01269

Only this could make it better.  Thank you Green Mountain Coffee for getting my through my 8 am statistics class!  Did you know you can order K-Cups through Keurig and get 24 per box instead of 18?  Plus free shipping after $50 in coffee (yes I do drink that much coffee…)  Try it out, I’m stocked for A LOOOOOOOONNNNGGG time.  Join their Coffee Club and you get their discounts. 

Classes went fine today.  Jujin and Yumi took my picture on their iPhone today.  They have an app that matches your facial characteristics with famous Korean actresses, actors, etc…  I look like a 51 year old beautiful Korean actress according to the app.   Yumi couldn’t stop laughing!  They’re too cute.

Lunch didn’t disappoint.  It was also a great find and combo:

DSC01270

V8 Golden Butternut Squash Soup + Amy’s Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque

It’s a 1:1 ratio, nuke it, top with crackers, parm, or croutons.

DSC01271

I had some more Great Harvest bread on the side.  The bread may be expensive, but there is A LOT in that loaf 🙂

Charlie had to go see the vet today.  I have battle wounds from trying to get him in his “house”.  I think he was worried I was going to get rid of him.  His previous owner gave him up because the new cat didn’t like Charlie (awful person.)  It broke my heart to see him shake the whole way.  But the vet was super nice and Charlie seemed to like him.  Thank goodness, phew.

DSC01272

The rest of the afternoon looked like this (intermixed with chatting with my Shawna-na-na!  Miss ya sweetie, can’t wait for the Turkey Trot).  Stat homework, reviewing Biochem notes, and Tweetdeck hehe

DSC01273

Stacy’s Pita Chips and a large honeycrisp apple fueled me. 

DSC01274

Can you see all the delicious cinnamon sugar on that puppy?  mmm mmm satisfies the salty and sweet cravings.  Get a bag…you won’t be disappointed.  Trust me 😉

 

Since I’ve shared, what foods have you recently discovered??? 


Not So Normal Day

Today was ok…

DSC01239

I started out foam rolling, stretching, and icing.  Yep, no running for me yet.  I think Annie is right, it’s my IT Band.  When I foam roll it, I could cry :( 

I have to get better though!  I have a turkey trot to do with Daddio on Thanksgiving day.  And that is coming up fast!  I’m going to do a recipe series for healthy versions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods, so stay tuned!

DSC01237

Although my foam roller really hurts….it really helps.  I almost feel like breaking into song….

“Come on baby, make it hurt so good
Sometimes love don’t feel like it should
You make it hurt so good” –John Mellencamp

No?  Ok so maybe that’s just me.

DSC01234

Have you ever foam rolled???  I like this tutorial from Runners World.  The videos are linked.

The weather is perking up a bit.  We hit 65 today, which is EXTREMELY mild for November.  I know the cold is coming, I’m bracing myself for it. 

It was still chilly this morning, so I made myself a big bowl of oats!

DSC01241

Topped with vanilla almond milk, brown sugar, raisins, and a dollop of peanut butter (the love of my life!)  Mr Snowman accompanied my breakfast with piping hot coffee from the Keurig.  I’m onto Caribou Coffee now.  Very delish.

DSC01244 DSC01242

I got my coffee down, and headed out the door for classes.  It was so much easier to get up and ready this morning, as sunrise was at 715 as opposed to 815.  Yes, Purdue is on the edge of the time zone.  We should be central time, but the darn state is confused.  They just recently started going along with the whole daylight savings time!  They’re late bloomers I guess 😉

Oh the best part of my day!?  Free Starbucks coffee!  It wasn’t ready when I ordered my tall coffee this morning, so the nice guy at the register only made me pay for my coffee cake.  He even brought the coffee to me when it was ready.  Thank you Starbucks!

DSC01245

After class, I headed home for lunch.  I’m on an egg kick right now, so lunch was scrambled eggs with a bit of cheese, topped with Wegmans Southwest Salsa with Blackbeans and corn mmm mmm!  Plus two slices of Virginia Savory bread.  I think I need to open my own Great Harvest somewhere…I eat a lot of their bread.

DSC01246

What is that you ask???  Its a cold face mask.  What do I use it for?  Getting rid of headaches!  Yes, no pain reliever involved.  I think this crazy weather is causing some major sinus issues.  I won’t complain, I like the mild weather.

DSC01248

I noticed this when I was taking the trash out!  I had no idea I lived this close to the Lafayette water tower.  The way the sunset was shining off of it with the red in the trees, I had to take a picture.  I can see the Mount Pleasant water tower from my backyard at home, so it makes me feel a teensy weensy bit less homesick.

Later on….

Dinner did not disappoint.  I got hungry a lot earlier though because of the time change. 

Dad thinks I should call this meal “Yankee Pot Roast”…so that’s what its going to be called

Yankee (Doodle) Pot Roast

DSC01233

  • 2-3 lb roast
  • a bunch of baby carrots
  • 2 large stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 4 small yukon gold potatoes (diced)
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 can vegetable broth (hey, that’s what I had on hand)
  • sprinkle of Montreal Steak seasoning
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk soup mix and broth together in the slow cooker.  Place roast in first.  Top with veggies and seasonings.  Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.  To make gravy, take out roast and veggies once cooked.  Keep drippings and broth in slow cooker.  Add Wondra/Flour (about 2 Tbsp) and whisk.  Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

So, you’re probably asking, why red meat?  Well why not?   Unless you are eating a burger for lunch and a steak for dinner every night, I say enjoy red meat in moderation.  Once a week will not hurt.  To make the eats a little healthier, choose a leaner cut such as sirloin.  I’m not an RD, this is just my philosophy on food and healthy eating.  I do, however, have 4 and a half years of nutrition education…

The less healthy choice I made today were these little babies:

DSC01252

I thought, PERFECT, tiny cookies to keep my inner cookie monster from raging! 

MAJOR FAIL….They’re almost gone and I bought them on Saturday.  My inner cookie monster comes out even if there is a crumb on the ground from a cookie.  I should have known better.  I think there is always that one food for everyone, that if they keep it in the house, they can’t keep their hands off of it. 

DSC01253

Just one more. . .

Well Charlie and me are going to go switch between DWTS and the Steelers Game!  Have a wonderful evening everyone 🙂

DSC01251

Charlie says tootle-loo 😉


I Love . . .

I have a confession to make: 

[source]

I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER, probably more than any other food. 

If the end of the world were to come tomorrow, I would want to spend the rest of the day eating peanut butter. 

I love peanut butter on sandwiches.

I love it with fruit

I love it as a savory topping

and I love it straight out of the jar. 

I love cheap peanut butter, I love all natural peanut butter, I love flavored peanut butter…

To conclude I love Peanut Butter.  Which is why when I saw this today, I kind of freaked out

DSC01213

The last jar of Wegmans creamy peanut butter peaking out of the pantry.  THE LAST JAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DSC01214

Wegmans Creamy Peanut Butter is by far my favorite.  What is the difference between this jar and Jif or Skippy or Peter Pan?  I think for me its just creamier and maybe a little thicker in flavor.  So thank you Wegmans, for making a cheap and delicious version of my favorite food :) 

Note:  I do not have a Wegmans near me anymore, so I send a request to my Mom to package this peanut butter, along with other Wegmans items that I LOVE.  Thanks Mom, love ya!

Snack of the Day:

Of course it has peanut butter!

DSC01215

Half an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin, Wegmans Creamy Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Butter (also purchased at Wegmans), and raisins.  I think this combination of foods needs to be repeated again.  It was delicious, but gone too fast.

 

Something else the I love:

Cookbooks!

I think looking through cookbooks for recipes is more fun that surfing the net, however, it is not friendly for my student budget, as they can cost $25 a pop!  So how does one get themselves out of this?  A library of course.

DSC01206

I brought these two home yesterday.  Ina Garten, you are my culinary role model!  Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan is another I picked up (great reviews on Amazon).  I thought it would strike a great balance with the chocolate peanut butter cupcakes I’ll make from the Barefoot Contessa hehe

DSC01207

Roasted Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwiches….mmmm

DSC01208

Vegetables!  Yes please

DSC01210

oooooo yummy…this is actually from the Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.  Ina Garten would be proud 🙂

DSC01211

I cant’ wait to start!  Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Panini’s will be made this evening.  I bought Virginia Savory Bread from Great Harvest yesterday that is begging to be eaten. 

 

Hope everyone is gearing up for a wonderful weekend!  I’m Christmas shopping tomorrow.  Tis’ the season ya’ll!

 

Christmas Countdown:  50 more days!

 

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations, compounded by December’s bad weather, it is good to be reminded that there are people in our lives who are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we are worth the same.”

– Donald E. Westlake


Country Roads, Take Me Home

So I may not be traveling by car, but tomorrow I’ll be flying home!  🙂

I’m almost packed and I have all my PSU stuff ready to go!

DSC00841

I’m hoping that it will be cool enough to wear my ears…we shall see

DSC00853

Charlie thinks that he’s coming too.  I feel so bad for the poor guy, he doesn’t know that he’ll be by himself for about 48 hours (plenty of water, food, and litter will be provided until Chris can come visit and check on him).  He’s the neediest cat I’ve ever met.  Currently, he has made residence in the suitcase.  If he didn’t meow so much, I’d shut the bag (leave a small gap for air) and just take him with me!

 

I have a yummy bite to share with you.  I’ve seen these on many blogs before and decided to try them myself.

“Cupcakes”

DSC00846

I was writing my list of things that I need to pack and used these to fuel me through the last stages of packing.

Slice an apple in half sideways.  I used a melon baller to cut out the middle.  Top with your fav nut butter and toppings.  I used chocolate chips, but you can use berries, flaked coconut, or I’ve seen pumpkin on a few!

-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

Does everyone have an ongoing “Wish List” in their head??? I currently do, and I’ll need an ongoing “Budget” to accompany it.

Wish List

  • Since writing this blog, I have started to really enjoy photography.  The angles, lighting, and colors fascinate me.  So of course this would then appear on my list:

Canon Rebel XS

I’ve done some research and this seems to be the best for a “cheaper” DSLR.

  • Cycling shoes!  Yes I’ve been teaching spin for a about 2 years now and am just now realizing what a huge mistake I am making in not having shoes that clip.  Must do research and buy shoes.
  • the new iPod Nano in Pink of course.  I have a feeling my iPod is going to take its last breath soon (I wear it out by the amount of exercise I do).  The new nano has a clip which is perfect for active folks 🙂

  • Enough said..I want one!

  • Lululemon Speed Shorts – Yes I’ve been wanting plaid running shorts, but who wouldn’t!! sooooo cool 🙂

 

  • Yogitoes Skidless Yoga Mat – the only thing hindering me from going back to hot yoga is that I feel like I’m going to fall on my face from the sweat hehe

 

So I will start my budgeting and hopefully I will be able to financially discipline myself to acquire a few things on my list! :)  Where is Suze Orman when you need her?

 

See ya’ll in Happy Valley!


Lean and Green

So how did everyone do with the Self Love Challenge #1???  Keep it up!  If you had a tough time, that’s ok!  Change takes a little while, so keep working on it.  🙂

~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-

I finally got an antibiotic, so hopefully I’ll be feeling better before I head home next weekend!!! Yes NEXT WEEKEND!!! I can’t wait.  I miss my family and my home soooo much. 

Not only did I take my antibiotic…I took my vitamins like a champ and ate very well!

Breakfast

DSC00729

Breakfast consisted of a lot of coffee, and an amazing peanut butter toast, topped with banana and raisins.  So many of my favorite things.  Also, if you’re looking for a new bread selection from the supermarket, I recommend Nature’s Pride.  My favorite is the Nutty Oat.

I taught cycling tonight also!  I love my group of girls, they really help energize me after long draining days in grad school.

Dinner

DSC00731

Made a yummy healthy salad with romaine, cherry tomatoes, and yellow bell pepper.  Followed by……

DSC00732

MORE ACORN SQUASH!!!! Oh how I love acorn squash.  I need to go to the farmer’s market and get more ASAP because I’m all out 😦 .

Now it’s off to watch the Biggest Loser!!

^one of my favorite contestants!

Jillian and Bob went over healthy weight loss with the contestants tonight.  Some of the main points:

  1. You NEED to eat for weight loss.
  2. It’s all about calories in vs. calories out – so eat well but make sure you take in less than you expend (don’t go below 1200 calories a day and try not to go above a 1000 calorie deficit.  Your body may go into a starvation mode, which will inhibit your weight loss)
  3. Make your choices lean and green.  Make your meat choices lean: lean chicken, lean turkey, sirloin, lean pork.  And choose lots of vegetables and fruits. 
  4. Eat whole foods.  The less processing the better.

I’m glad that Bob and Jillian are advocating healthy choices such as these.  At least they aren’t buying into the media and promoting different fad diets (ie: Zone, Atkins, South Beach).

Have a wonderful evening everyone!

DSC00547

Charlie has been very active lately.  I have a feeling that the toy I got him had catnip in it.  Need to read the label!!!!  Till next time, I have a crazy kitty 🙂


L’Oats of Celebration!

Did you ever take an exam but avoid looking at the grade for a little bit???

I do…all the time.  I usually study my bum off, but it still makes me nervous to see the end result.

Today I finally built up enough courage to look at the exam score (ok, my mom was on the phone with me for moral support, thanks mom!). 

I KICKED BUTT!!!!  🙂

DSC00599

I got this charm from the farmer’s market the Saturday before the exam.  It helps remind me that I shouldn’t stress myself out so much because I wouldn’t be here if this stuff didn’t make me happy.  If it’s not making you happy then why the hell are you doing it?

____________________________

The other morning I made the most wonderful pancakes.  I always surf my favorite healthy living blogs and try to combine and alter recipes to make them fit my ingredients or tastes.  Here’s what I came up with:

PB Swirl L’Oats of Oats Pannycakes

  • 1 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 whole wheat or spelt flour
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar (I like the warm sweetness it adds)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
  • your favorite granola

Mix all ingredients together except for the peanut butter and granola.  Heat up a non stick skillet.  Use a 1/4 measuring cup to measure out pancakes.

DSC00709

Put peanut butter in a plastic ziploc bag and snip one corner.  Swirl peanut butter onto the uncooked side of the pancake and sprinkle your favorite granola.

Flip pancake with your favorite BIG spatula

 DSC00712So maybe this one was overkill…it was larger than my pan 🙂 hehe

DSC00710 

DSC00713

I poured a little honey on top and they were amazing.  You can only eat about two because they are so filling but I love them!  They’re great for leftovers.

Credit to the Blog Posts that created this masterpiece:

Carrots N Cake

Oh She Glows

**Thanks for inspiration ladies 🙂

 

 

 

Happy Monday Everyone!

Quote to Leave you With:

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”