Day 9: Cranberry Pumpkin Sunflower Oats

 Creamy, dreamy aromas of spices and pumpkin pie. That’s worth getting out of bed for.

Cranberry Pumpkin Sunflower Oats
Makes 4 servings; reheats well for Monday through Thursday breakfasts. You’re welcome. 🙂

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/4 cups milk of your choice
Dash of salt
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
Dash of Allspice
2 TB brown sugar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup roasted sunflower seeds

In a medium pot on medium heat, combine the oats, water, milk and salt. Let heat until it gets bubbly, and then start stirring constantly.

Stir in pumpkin puree, spices and sugar. Let cook for 2 more minutes, or until piping hot.

Serve in a bowl with 1 TB sunflower seeds and 2 TB dried cranberries sprinkled on top (for each serving). Breathe in the aromas of fall and eat until you are full!

***Pairs wonderfully with a hot mug of chai tea…***


Happy eating!


Pineapple Pops

Happy Monday!

As promised, I’m bringing you two healthy recipes…both vegan, both delicious, both with pineapple.

I’m barely getting back into yoga/pilates, and this is a nice salad to devour after a workout (or after just sitting around)…

Yoga Happy Salad
3 cups salad greens (the greener=the better)
2 pineapple rings, sliced (1/4 cup)
1/2 crisp apple, sliced into small bites
1/2 medium cucumber, sliced 
2 TB shredded carrots (or whatever you have on hand)
2 TB unsalted peanuts
1 TB balsamic vinaigrette

Toss salad and devour. As you can see, I ate on the floor, next to my new yoga mat. No formalities here.

On New Year’s, as the lit NYC ball dropped and Matt was lying on the couch in the midst of the flu, I tried to remember where I was last New Year’s.  Oh my gosh, how could I forget? We were watching the fireworks show on Waikiki Beach. Mm, nice memory. So, in honor of pineapple paradise, here’s another oat-based bowl to add to your New Year’s breakfast list. (You do have a list of new recipes to try, don’t you? Me neither.)

Pineapple Pumpkin Oats
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup water
1/3 cup pumpkin
Dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
1 t. brown sugar (optional)
1/4 cup sliced pineapple (canned or fresh)
1-2 TB chopped pecans 

In a saucepan or in a microwaveable bowl, combine oats, water, pumpkin and spices/sugar. Stir and heat until oats are cooked.

Add in pineapple and pecans and let heat one additional moment, until fruit is warm and soft. Stir. Eat!
I do hope your week is merry and bright. Happy eating!


Thanksgiving 2011

Hello! It’s been a while.

Well, it’s the first official week of the holiday season, and that means overeating and overindulging, right? Wrong.

I absolutely adore coming around the table with family and friends and enjoying a tasty meal and each others’ company. Matt & I are hosting Thanksgiving this year, with some of my family hitting the road and moving across the country (Be careful, guys!). That said, Turkey Day will be a little smaller this year, with just five of us. Of course, we will be cooking for 15 because that’s how we roll (and we tend to give a lot away). The menu is shaping up, and here’s the draft:

Okay, I can’t help but laugh at the overabundance of food for 5 people. But it will be fun…and we will have lots of leftovers to eat while packing!

This Thanksgiving is more special than others for several reasons. One, it will be two years ago to the day on Thursday when my grandmother passed away. We still miss her terribly, but I think she would be proud of our family and how we are trying to pick things up without her. Two, this is Matt and my last month in Waco. What an adventure these last 3 1/2 years have been! We have learned so much and gotten so much closer in this time. We look back at fondness on these last few years, although they’ve been challenging, and we’re excited to move to Dallas for a bit, and then on to who knows what?
As you go through your week, take time out to remember your many blessings and really ponder the wonder of life and breathing in and out. Life can be really difficult, and we have made it one more year. Blessings to you and yours.



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