Category Archives: Crunchy Morning Hijinks

I’m Dealing With Some Stuff

Readers, I am quickly learning the value of a good schedule. When the quarter ended, I had three weeks before my new job started. Three weeks when my daily life looked a bit like this:

8:30AM–Wake up. Sort of
9:00AM–Realize that I had not actually woken up. Panic and start yelling at Mike to get out of bed and get ready for work.
9:15AM–Make Olive and Mike some breakfast.
9:20AM–Convince Olive that YES, her hair does need brushing.
9:30AM–Realize I have not packed Mike a lunch. Panic and promise myself to pack his lunch tonight before bed. (I won’t remember).
9:40AM–Throw Mike out of the house with a baggie of veggies, a piece of fruit, and a leftover I’m pretty sure he’s only been eating the past few days to make me happy. Kiss him goodbye and thank my lucky stars he’s polite enough to at least try to eat it.
9:45AM–Realize that he’s probably been getting subway every day, since the leftover comes back mostly untouched. Become filled with rage. Resolve to punish Mike for this later (I won’t remember).
10 AM–Eat WHATEVER I WANT FOR BREAKFAST. Usually this is a delicious fruit and veggie filled smoothie I made during my panic to get Mike out of the house, with a piece of toast. I then savor at least one cup of coffee.
10:30-11:30AM–unspecified internet time. I tell Olive I’m doing important work. Important work often includes reddit. Hey, I gotta keep the routine.
11:30-12:30PM–Gardening/miscellaneous chores/whatever I feel like doing. Sometimes that means laundry, cleaning the bedrooms, or weeding. Sometimes it means Olive and I get fancy and have a tea party, leaving the dusting for another, unspecified occasion. Sometimes this means I take a shower and think about things I could potentially do. Sometimes I have another coffee and doodle for a little while. It’s a very productive time.
12:30-1:00PM–COOK AND EAT WHATEVER I WANT FOR LUNCH. Remember I am lazy and opt for PB&J again. Yum.
1:00–3:15PM–Remember that I’m an adult and am supposed to do things. Freak out, clean the kitchen, clean myself if I haven’t already, and try really, really hard to remember if there was something I was supposed to do. I completely forget until Mike gets home.
3:15PM–Mike gets home and I remember that I was supposed to go to the grocery store. Hey Mike, wanna go to the grocery store?
3:15-5:00PM–Miscellaneous Mike’s home stuff.
5:00-6:00PM–Dinnertime stuff. We eat whatever I want to cook. It is glorious.
6:00-8:00PM–More miscellaneous stuff. We often sit around talking about what we want to do. This sucks up most of the actual free time. Usually, we let Olive play outside for a bit or run errands. What am I saying? Usually, I forgot that I Was supposed to do something, uproot everyone from what they were doing, and go do the other thing instead. This is also a very important part of the routine.
8:00-8:30PM–Olive’s bedtime. This often involves stories, songs, and pleas for more goodnight kisses. I can not stress the importance of routine enough, people.
8:30-10:00PM–I drive to the gym and get in a decent workout. Sometimes. Other times this part of my day involves me bargaining with myself to go tomorrow instead. This time can also be facebook time, movie time, or eating vegan ice cream from the pint time. It’s pretty versatile.
10:30PM–I start to get sleepy.
11:00PM–Convince myself that I’m not tired. Whine to Mike that I still have to do the dishes. Do the dishes with Mike, and then whine that I’m tired some more.
11:30PM–Tearfully apologize to Mike for whining so much.
11:35PM–Wait, wasn’t I mad at Mike about something earlier?
11:45PM–Pass out, if I haven’t already. Remember as I’m falling asleep that I had intended to read/sew/write a letter/call someone. Tell myself I’ll do it tomorrow.

Repeat.

Readers, I was bored. Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored. That’s why I had scheduled so much “miscellaneous” time. I mean, I could have come up with something constructive to do, and eventually I tried to a little bit, but when you’re broke, burnt out from school, and completely unfocused, it’s nearly impossible.

Anyway, a few weeks of this went by and before I knew it, I was employed again, and my schedule starting looking like this:

6:00-6:30AM–Hit snooze button every ten minutes. Bargain with alarm clock to turn back time a little. I know it can do it and is just keeping the technology from me. Please?
6:30AM–Give up on the alarm clock. Wake up, get dressed, and pack gym bag.
7:30AM–Commute to gym.
8:15-9:30AM–Gym/shower/get dressed for the day.
10:00AM-4:00PM–SPREADSHEETS.
4:00PM-5:00PM–Commute home.
5:00-6:00PM–Hug family, cook dinner, thank god I am not staring at a computer screen.
6:00-6:30PM–Eat dinner, tell Olive that yes, she does need Mike’s help brushing her hair tomorrow morning, and no, I don’t think I’ll be able to teach him french braids.
6:30-8:30PM–Family time. This still occasionally involves panicked errands. Old habits are hard to break.
8:30-9:00PM–Olive’s bedtime routine. It hasn’t actually changed, it’s just a bit later.
9:00-10:00PM–Dishes and lunch packing for tomorrow. This includes me, Mike, and three days a week, Olive. Yes, I do pack them little notes. I have yet to find a note in my lunch bag, though. I resolve to give Mike what for about that later (I won’t remember).
10:00PM–Insist that I’m totally down for watching a movie or playing a game with Mike, as soon as I’m done with my blog/reddit/facebook/stalking Edward Norton.
10:30PM–“Actually, can we watch it upstairs, instead? I’m kind of tired.”
11:00PM–“No…no…I’m…I’m awake. I swear.”
11:05PM–/transmission

Now, you may have noticed that a large chunk of my day once devoted to panicking, using the internet, and whining, are gone. They are now completely devoted to spreadsheets. So. Many. Spreadsheets. This has caused me to organize things a little better in order to manage things, and to appreciate my evenings with my family. As a result, I go to the gym before they’re even out of bed (the lazy jerks) and eat my breakfast afterwards. This means that my delicious breakfast smoothie and toast are a no-go. The smoothie doesn’t pack well guys; please accept this as a fact and do not go through the process of learning this heartbreaking lesson for yourself.

I had a few go to foods initially. Sometimes this would be a cup of cheerios, some nuts, and a piece of fruit. A few times I packed a peanut butter sandwich with fruit. These are all fine and dandy, but lets face it, when you’re used to waking up and having your only dietary limit being what’s in your kitchen, they’re just plain boring. I needed something awesome and quick that would pack well and give me the nutrients I needed after a really hard workout.

Yogurt Oats
1 cup plain non dairy yogurt (omnivores and lacto–ovos, get what ever you’d like, but please check the ingredient list for gross stuff.)
1 cup of fruit (Any and all are fine.)
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
A handful of nuts (optional)
maple syrup, honey, or jam to taste

Ok guys, do you have a thermos? No? Go get a small one, they’re $2 at Walmart or target and infinitely useful. Mine even has it’s own little spoon hidden under the cap. So convenient! Anyway, to pack this, you’ll need a thermos, and I recommend putting it in your freezer for about ten minutes beforehand to get it cold.

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Please pretend that the froggy ice pack you see in my freezer is Olive’s and not mine. Or accept that adorable cartoon frogs are a very adult way to keep your lunch cold. Whichever.

To sweeten the plain yogurt, I usually use about a teaspoon of maple syrup. I was in the mood for berries this time though, so I added a tablespoon of my favorite jam.

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Add the yogurt.

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Yeah, you could buy flavored yogurt, but the big tub is cheaper, and do you really want to commit to one flavor for an entire week? I don’t. Besides, I like being able to control the amount of sugar and omit sweeteners. Aspartame for breakfast? Or ever? No thank you!

Add the fruit, oats, and nuts if you want them. I lift weights at the gym, so I like to get a teensy bit of extra protein. Besides, I’m also a big fan of healthy fats, and it’s not like I can get to a fridge to spread avocado on a piece of toast anymore.

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You can’t see it, but I added both berries, and a banana. Mix and match whatever you want. I have my suspicions that raisins and apples would be pretty awesome in this, too.

Mix it up, and let it hang out for a little while. If you’re making this at home, just put your bowl in the fridge and eat it an hour or two later. If you’re on the go, keep it in your thermos, and when you get to eat it after your workout, it will be delicious!

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Letting the oats soak in the yogurt makes them very chewy. Some of you may have had muesli the traditional way by soaking it in milk overnight. This is kind of like that, but with yogurt and less nuts. It’s porridgy, and really filling.

Now, I’m not saying it’s best to eat your breakfast at your desk. I love sitting down with my family for as many meals as possible, including lunch and breakfast. Still, if I worked out at night, Mike wouldn’t see me, and if I worked out in the evening, Olive would start to miss me. This way, I get my day off to a great start and they get more time with me. If you have to pack your breakfast, this is an awesome way to get something that is tasty and healthy without spending your hard earned paycheck on something sub par. Everyone wins!

Plus, now I don’t have to deal with those two monsters in the morning. Of course, that has nothing to do with why I leave the house so early.

…I lied, it’s a huge a perk.

I mean it. They’re horrible. Remember the three bears?

Still, they’re my bears. And those bears are far, far away.

Eat something good today, readers!

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Money Saving Monday–Stay AWAY From the McDonalds Breakfast Menu!!!

Don’t do it readers! I mean it, stop, just stop! Back out of the drive-thru, go home, and eat a real breakfast. I’m not even kidding, stay away from there.

I have a myriad of reasons to tell you not to pick up breakfast on the way to work–donuts, hash browns, breakfast sandwiches and overpriced, overheated coffee (serious McDonalds, my tongue is on FIRE) being among them. Mostly, though? I want you to eat something better and save yourself a couple of bucks.

Fast food restaurants have these clever things called value menus, or dollar menus. Aren’t they smart? They make a semi addictive substance for you at a bargain in the hopes that you’ll buy more of it. If cigarette companies were allowed to do this without being taxed to high heaven, I would probably still be smoking. What you’re getting at your local McD’s though, is tax free…”food.” You can buy as much as you want, they can pocket the entire profit, and you get to feel sick and lethargic all day.

Hooray!

Guys, I have something better and quicker for you, so long as you’re willing to do a little preparation earlier in the week.

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I did not invent the tofu frittata. This is a thing vegetarian and vegan cooks have always made, and you can probably find other recipes for it all over the internet. I’m going to go ahead and tell you that this one is my favorite.

Why? Well, first off, you can pronounce all the ingredients. Go ahead, see what’s in a sausage biscuit with “cheese.” I’ll wait.

Disgusted? you ought to be.

Second, while I’m not a huge proponent of calorie counting, they are a whopping 48 calories a pop. Eat two. Seriously, you should probably eat two with some fruit and a piece of toast (mine was devoured while these were cooking). Besides, what these guys lack in calories, they make up in everything else. These are protein-alicious, so they will keep you full longer, and just one has 29% of your daily vitamin C, 16% vitamin A, 7% of your iron, and is a good source of apparently everything. Try using a nutritional analyzer on this recipe and you will be amazed. Eat two. Heck, eat three. You’re doing nothing but good.

Finally, these guys are pretty cheap in the long run. Sure, they require some fresh veggies, but buying good veggies this time of year is a snap. Give me a month and I’ll have most of the vegetable components coming straight from my garden. Plus, it contains my good friend tofu, which I’m sure you remember from this post. Some people will undoubtedly tell me that while tofu is cheap (less than three dollars for this particular block and cheaper at some stores), you can sometimes get eggs for less than a dollar. While I would love to explain that those eggs are probably gross (they are), instead, I’m going to counter practically: Yes, a dozen eggs may be cheaper than a block of tofu. However, to make the same amount of frittatas you will probably need the entire dozen, possibly more. If you’re trying to cut out the cholesterol by using egg whites, it will end up costing you even more. And if you’re using quality eggs that you know the source of? Trust me. It’s not cheap.

Besides, these keep you from making that dreaded stop through the drive-thru, which is rife with impulse buys and super hot, overpriced coffee (please, McD’s, just a couple ice cubes or something next time?).

Make these. They’ll keep in the fridge for a few days, are good cold or heated up, are good smooshed between toast, and are healthy. Enjoy!

Tofu Frittatas
Makes 12
1 tsp Olive Oil
1 Zucchini
1 Bell Pepper
1 BIG Handful of Spinach (or 1-2 cups)
1 14 oz block of soft tofu
1/4 cup Nutritional Yeast (don’t remember this ingredient? Read this.)
2 tbs Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Chilli Powder
1-2 tsp Braggs or Soy Sauce
1 dash liquid smoke
pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Heat the oil in a medium skillet. Chop the veggies while you wait.

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Throw everything but the spinach in with the oil and saute till soft.

While those are sauteing, remove the tofu from its packaging and squeeze out as much moisture as you can. That’s right, no pressing required! Then crumble it into a bowl.

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Using an electric hand mixer, blend the tofu with the spices, nutritional yeast, soy sauce, liquid smoke, and almond milk until smooth…ish. It won’t be perfect, and that doesn’t matter.

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At this point, the veggies should be soft, so throw the spinach in with them and saute until wilted. This shouldn’t take more than a minute or two.

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Then add the veggies to the tofu mixture and mix by hand until everything is combined fairly evenly. I forgot to take a picture of it, but it’s not exactly rocket science, so you should have a handle on it. 🙂

Pour these into a very lightly greased muffin pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until they are set and the tops are a golden brown.

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Let these cool before you remove them. They are hot and a bit crumbly initially. That’s what makes them so wonderful though. They taste quite a bit like scrambled eggs and are easy enough to make a sandwich out of. They have some moisture, which is necessary because dry, crumbly tofu is…well, gross. All in all, these are pretty awesome.

They keep well in the fridge, and just pop them in the microwave the next day, slap them on some toast, and you’re ready for a health filled, wonderful day.

Besides, how many times have I told you to eat your veggies for breakfast? (Answer: Once, actually.) With these, you will be a crunchy rock star, and your greased out, sugared up coworkers/classmates/children will be jealous of your increased productivity. Yay!

Happy Monday, readers!

Eat More Veggies, and Start With Breakfast

Readers, today I incited a teensy, weensy bit of controversy on another food blogger’s comment list. It seems that while we both agree that everyone needs to eat more vegetables, some key differences–health vs. weight focus, whether or not it’s ok to cater to someone with a low carb diet, etc –occurred. She handled my comment very diplomatically, and the only person who flamed me for my criticism was a complete and utter moron who apparently couldn’t bother reading what I actually said. As far as controversy went, this was pretty tame.

I’m not one to let internet mayhem (or morons) get me down, so I’m going to focus on the one thing I and every other health blogger believes–vegetables are wonderful! They are full of vitamins and other nutrients, including beautiful, beautiful fiber, one of the keys to staying full after a meal. Vegetables are incredibly nutrient dense and are rock stars of the food world.

The problem? While it’s easy to munch on some carrots and celery for lunch and a big ol’ plate of roasted broccoli for dinner, breakfast, a time when you could use that filling fiber and wonderful vitamins the most, is typically pretty light on the vegetables. Yes, most people have a bit of fruit for breakfast–a wonderful habit to be in because fruit is also a rock star in the food world–but vegetables are kind of a no go for most folks.

I have two go to solutions for this problem, depending entirely on whether or not Olive is home. The first is to shovel some leafy greens into my smoothies. A cup of kale or spinach will blend into a smoothie beautifully and is entirely tasteless. Olive will guzzle them down with the fervor of a child who doesn’t know icky green vegetables are in her strawberry banana beverage. She gets to have what she refers to as a “Breakfast Milkshake” and I get to pump her full of health food. So much win!

The second solution involves savory flavors and goes well with toast, nuts or veggie sausage, and a piece of fruit. It’s delicious, good to have while you’re sipping your coffee, and makes just enough for two. Which is why I never, ever make it when Olive is home.

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Just for Grownups Sweet Potato Home Fries
1 sweet potato
1 tbs canola oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 tsp red pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Dice the sweet potato into bite sized pieces. Make sure you use a very sharp knife, or else this will be an incredibly painful and annoying experience.

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Put the pieces into a medium sized bowl and drizzle with the oil and spices. Toss the sweet potatoes until evenly coated. You should use your hands.

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It will be moderately gross.

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Add the potatoes to a medium sized skillet and fry over a medium high heat.

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Fry until they are tender on the inside, but somewhat crispy on the outside. They will be perfect.

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Pour yourself a cup of coffee, get yourself a handful of almonds and some blackberries (they’re in season right now!), and sit down with someone you love for a peaceful, enjoyable breakfast.

If you have to you can double the recipe and share it with your kids, but I’m not going to force you. As if they would appreciate it. If they had their way you’d throw some poptarts in the toaster, turn on cartoons, and leave them alone for a few hours. I think you’d be better off saving this for yourself.

Enjoy!

Money Saving Monday, The Doldrums

Readers, I am at a crossroads. Last week was by far the most successful week this blog has had, apparently people really dig gluten free, Weight Watcher’s recipes, and I am so grateful. Today, though? Today, I have no gluten free, points calculated, recipes to give you. Oh, I have tasty recipes, mind you, and you’ll be getting them, eventually, but for now I am bored and wondering how to keep your attention.

Should I do a little dance? Should I tell you about the awful runs I went on last week? Should I tell you about my stance on weight loss specific diets?

No, those suck. How about a cheap blueberry syrup recipe that you can use to hold on to your ridiculously expensive maple syrup a little longer?

Today, readers, is my first day of Spring Quarter and I am finally back to full time status. In fact, I am typing this during a break between classes (get used to these weird mid day posts, they’re probably going to happen twice a week). As you can imagine, this has caused me quite a bit of anxiety so when a tiny voice this morning suggested we have pancakes for breakfast I was all over that idea.

Oh god, they were good and I wish that I had come up with the pancake recipe so I could share it to you, but it actually came from one of my favorite cookbooks: The Student’s Go Vegan Cookbook. I did, however, get a bit creative with the syrup.

Guys, I love maple syrup and it is by far the BEST way to top pancakes and waffles (and if you’re buying that “pancake syrup” crap I’m going to find you and smack you. Hard. That stuff is HORRIBLE. Go ahead, look at the ingredients. It’s disgusting. Don’t eat it.), but maple syrup is expensive. I try to use it to sweeten things in my household but I’ve found myself using raw honey when I can, since it’s so much cheaper but is also less nutritionally void than table sugar. You can use honey on pancakes too, but that would only have solved one of my pancake problems.

I like to have a little protein for breakfast. Please don’t misunderstand me, I’m not a “YOU MUST EAT ALL THE PROTEIN, FOREVER!” kind of vegetarian, but I like to have a little in the morning to keep me full. Usually I have some peanut butter, or a handful of raw nuts, but I wasn’t in the mood for either today.

**Just so you guys know, peanut butter is also excellent on top of a pancake, especially as a midday snack!**

I got a little bold, and made this syrup.

Blueberry Protein Syrup
1 C. frozen blueberries (buy these if you can’t afford fresh, they work GREAT for things like this!)
1/4 cup raw nuts (any variety. I used walnuts because I had them)
1/2 cup water
Sugar to taste (a teaspoon should probably do you)

Put all of that stuff inside a saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Transfer that stuff to a blender and blend till smooth. Put it back into the saucepan to keep warm until it’s time to drizzle over pancakes.

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Look how pretty that is! So purple! It gave me the pep and sunshine I needed and I managed to get to my bus like a champ!

You may find you need to add more water to bring it to your desired consistency, and that’s fine. Also, if you don’t want to use any sugar or other sweetener, I’ve found throwing half of a really, really, really ripe banana into the blender usually does the trick.

Nuts aren’t cheap either, so I can understand why some of you are balking at the addition of nuts, but trust me, in the end this is MUCH cheaper than a bottle of maple syrup and so much better for you than “pancake syrup” that you’ll be thanking me for days.

Is it as good as maple syrup? Of course not! But it’s pretty damn tasty. Plus, it’s purple.

How do you economically and healthfully top a pancake?

Rice, totally boring, right?–Ashley Week Part Three

Ashley, I don’t envy you. Seriously, I had a week of great recipes planned until I realized that my oats were all cross contaminated. Since I didn’t want to write recipes that involve my readers going out and buying expensive, weird things, I had to chuck them all. Celiac’s disease, you have an enemy!

The good news is, I’m resourceful and have a crap ton of rice. The bad news is that I don’t feel like eating it right now. Not for dinner anyway. I’m bored, I’m sick of rice, and I don’t want to eat it anymore!

I lied, I love rice. I love it so much, I’m having it for breakfast.

Breakfast Rice
Serves 3
1/2 cup instant brown rice
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 to 1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1 banana, cut into bite sized chunks
1/4 cup almonds (I like to crush them with a hammer before I add them, that’s not necessary though, or wise if you suffer from an anger problem)
2 tsp maple syrup

Throw all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for ten minutes, or until rice is tender. Then eat it. Easy. I like to give it an extra splash of almond milk before I dig in. Yum yum!

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Sometimes I add a few raisins or chop some dates to throw in. I didn’t this time, though, because Mike hates them. It’s still tasty without and the banana makes everything super duper sweet. If you need more maple syrup, feel free to add it, it’s not a huge deal. In fact, you can increase the maple syrup to two tablespoons instead of teaspoons and the stats will remain the same.

It’s comforting in place of oatmeal, less boring than yet ANOTHER bowl of corn chex, and a whole lot cheaper than buying your own special oats. Make some for breakfast tomorrow and you, your partner, and whatever adorable children you have on hand, will be happy you did.

And if you want to have a grapefruit with it, or maybe a clementine, I think that would be ok, too. 🙂

Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Points Plus: 6

Eat breakfast! It’s important!

Someone Invented Cameras to Make Me Sad

Edit: Hey guys, this post was supposed to go up yesterday…and then I fell asleep. So just consider Tuesday the day of two posts!

I am serious, readers. Cameras were invented for the sole purpose of making me sad. So you get no pictures today. You do, however, get a super duper, crazy awesome recipe for sugar free granola. Call me a giver. 🙂

Super Granola!

6 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup molasses

1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup if you’re a no honey vegan)

1/2 cup nuts of your choice (I used pumpkin seeds, but they’re seriously all good)

1/2 cup dried fruit (I used raisins, but again, they all taste super)

2-3 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350 F

In a small saucepan combine the honey and molasses and bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the oats, nuts, and spices. Add the heated molasses and honey mixture and stir to coat. Spread evenly over a baking sheet (you may need to do this in batches) and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring every five minutes or so to keep the granola from burning. It should be golden, and yummy looking. Let cool before stirring in the fruit (otherwise it will burn and be disgusting!).

Olive and I like to eat this with a little almond milk or yogurt. Mike and my dad love to just nibble on it as a snack. Either way, it’s delicious and filling. Enjoy!

The Three Bears

This is the story of the three bears.

The first bear is a huge pain in the ass to get out of bed and laid comatose for a good two hours after another bear had woken up and started being a grownup.

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This bear is really upset to be photographed instead of gently being nudged awake by ignoring the alarm clock for twenty minutes. It took two more photos and the threat of being beaten senselessly to get it out of bed.

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The next bear was eager to rub the sleep from her eyes and hop out of bed. Note the terrifying look of cheer on the bear’s face. Five minutes later the bear will begin to sob inconsolably about not being able to find a clean skirt.

The third bear refused to have her picture taken, thinks you and everything else is stupid, and has spent two hours draining the coffee supply and translating adapted Biblical Greek. Do not approach this bear, she is very dangerous.

The third bear was horrified to discover they were out of porridge.

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So she made the bears some oatmeal, filled with fiber, protein and fruity goodness, to keep them from killing each other.

Bananaberry Oatmeal (serves 3)

3 cups water

1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

1/2 cup blueberries

1 banana, sliced

1/4 walnuts

2 tbs maple syrup or sugar of choice

1 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

1/4 tsp ground ginger (or to taste)

In a medium saucepan bring the water, banana, blueberries, maple syrup, and spices to a boil. Add oats and walnuts and reduce heat to simmer. Simmer for ten minutes, serve, and do your best not to eat the neighbors in the interim (mission: failed).

Cooking the fruit first and adding the oats renders the banana mushy, giving the oats a creamy consistency without milk (dairy or otherwise) and adding extra sweetness. Using old fashioned oats is tastier, healthier and CHEAPER (by a lot!) than those nasty microwaveable pouches you’ve been eating. Seriously, quit it. Nuts add some protein and healthy fats. Feel free to experiment with different fruit and nut combos, as there are so many good and yummy ideas for oatmeal that those disgusting little paper packets (ewwwww) can’t even begin to provide you with. All for about four bucks a container. WIN!

Back to the bears.

The first bear managed to get dressed and brush his teeth after scarfing down this oatmeal. He even remembered to put on his pants.

The second bear found a pair of pink sweatpants and suddenly had a new lease on life. The oatmeal then gave her the energy to give the third bear a significant amount of lip and throw a monumental tantrum after having a toy put in time out for the day.

The third bear laughed/cried it off, somehow made it to class, back home, and onto her couch. What’s that? She needs to go to the store? And cook dinner? And go on her run? And do her Latin homework?

The third bear needs a damn nap.