Posts tagged ‘raisin’

May 10, 2011

That. Just. Happened.

Who wants to hear about my day!?

You?

Ok good.

Well, let’s just say Tuesday and I started out on the wrong foot. I woke up at 4:24 (random time i set my alarm for) because my boyfriend had set up a car to pick me up at 4:40 am and take me to New York so I could catch my train back to Baltimore. If waking up long before the sun did wasn’t enough torture I literally bumped my head so hard on the car door that it’s bruised. Looking pretty! I was starving so I wandered around the station to find that only one shop was open. Helllllo, it’s 5 am, don’t they know this girl’s tummy is rumbling? The only “restaurant” that was open? The healthy option of Krispy Kreme. I may or may not have gotten a doughnut…But, if I did – it would be a pink glazed with sprinkles. I sat on the floor waiting for the train to arrive and once it did I was crossing over the gap between the sidewalk and train my flip-flop falls off. I mean, really? How often does that happen to someone. Most likely NEVER. But, it would happen to me. Only me. Whatever, I can’t deal with it so I just walk onto the train smiling with one shoe on like the crazy woman I am at 5:30 am. After I rummage through my carry-on suitcase to find another pair of shoes I attempt to lift it in the overhead compartment…What do ya know? It’s too over-packed to fit. Cool. I have no patience left, I’ve lost one of my favorite flip-flops and I’m still hungry because sugar isn’t filling…So, my suitcase is getting its own seat. I dare someone to say something to me. Oh wait, nope, it’s not… The train is full so I now have a neighbor. I planned on falling asleep and waking up to a “new day” but the woman next to me had other plans… Number 1, she smelled like feet and Number 2 she would NOT stop talking. “Everyone in my company is SO attractive,” “This guy really likes me but we’ve only been dating for one day and he tried to hold my hand so I’m not sure I like the PDA” “Why wont the cafe cart toast bagels?” Seriously lady…Not in the mood to chat. All i wanted was for my phone to ring… But really, it’s 6 am. Nobody was calling me. I listened to her whine and remembered I was on my way to work which included two whiney children. This is clearly the best day ever. I finally get home, get in my own car and hit a bird IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. Windshield? Cracked. I thought hitting a bird was impossible? I notice my gas light is on… Please lord, just get me to the gas station.

That really just happened. This all happened before 9am.

Want to know what made my day better?

Baking.

I saw a recipe for Oatmeal Raisin Banana Muffins on Courtney’s blog last week and have been dreaming of them ever since. I made a few adjustments so here it goes.

Oatmeal Raisin Banana Muffins

(Makes 12)

Ingredients:

Strudel Topping:

  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Muffins:

  • 2 whole, ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old-fashioned or quick cooking)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line muffin tins with paper or foil cups.

For the Topping:
In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup oats, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and melted butter; set aside.

For the Muffins:
Mash bananas in a medium bowl. Stir in egg substitute and milk. Add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, remaining oats, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Stir just to combine (batter should be lumpy). Stir in raisins.

Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups and sprinkle each with the reserved topping. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-19 minutes. Muffins are done when a toothpick inserted in one of the center muffins comes out clean or only with some dry crumbs from the topping. ENJOY!

When Courtney said these reminded her of a soft chewy oatmeal raisin cookie she wasnt lying.. These were perfect. I had one for lunch with yogurt and maybe another one on the side 😉 I usually leave my baked goods at the house I nanny so I’m not tempted to eat them at home but I brought a couple of these suckers home.

My day went OK up until 5pm… When I got home with my groceries.

Half of them rolled down the hill. I think I have poison ivy. I need to go to bed.

I did get all of this

for just about the same price it cost me to fill up my gas tank. Does that make this a good or bad part of my day?

All I know is that out of all of these groceries…the only thing I’m worried about right now is this.

Dinner is served. Goodnight.

April 6, 2011

Peanut Butter Lovin.

Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re halfway through the week people!! It’s also sunny outside – So it’s a great humpday to say the least.

First off I’d like to thank you all for the comments on Mondays Bridal Shower/French Toast post! I would love to open up my own wedding/event planning company but have no idea where to even start. One day!!

Yesterday was rainy so the girls and I went to go see Hop! For those of you who don’t keep up with children’s entertainment, it’s a movie about the easter bunny. It was cute – but it was no tangled 🙂

She ate an entire medium bag of popcorn at the movie theaters. She weighs 23 pounds. HOW is this possible!? Jealous…

Recently I gave myself a budget for grocery shopping. I noticed that some weeks I was spending around $200 for myself. Whoopsies… I’ve decided to give myself $75 a week to eat EVERY meal. This includes breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner & dessert (duh) for the 7 days… I headed off to trader joe’s and was able to do just that. Crab meat, fresh fish, ground turkey and tons of veggies/fruit for 75 dollars total! I didn’t buy one thing that wasn’t on my list and I planned out every single meal ahead of time. Is that weird? Do people not do that? Someone said i was insane for doing such a thing. It keeps me on track so I’m sticking with it. I am going to keep a tab for Weekly Meals at the top –  so if you are looking to eat on a budget that’s where you can find some ideas!

While at the grocery store I found the BEST invention ever for a dessert lover like me… Guilt free ice cream. It even tastes good! Like, really REALLY good.

150 calories total in the PINT. 34 calories per serving! So basically i would be allowed to eat the entire pint in one sitting. But, I wont. Or will I? It’s halfway gone on day 2 though! Thank you arctic zero. You are my hero.

I made another chia seed pudding yesterday – Peanut Butter! Peanut Butter flavor never ever fails. Plus its amazing how this:

Turns into this:

If you’ve never made Chia Seed Pudding…Now is your time.

Peanut Butter Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp of Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp of Peanut Flour
  • 1 tsp of stevia baking blend
  • 12 drops of NuNaturals Vanilla
  • 3/4 cup of Unsweetened soy milk (add more for desired consistency)

Directions

  • Stir everything together.
  • Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
  • Add more soy milk if desired.
  • Leave overnight for even thicker consistency

My new go to breakfast.

Can you guess what else I made? I bet you couldn’t have guessed it included Peanut Butter right? I’m sure you’re familiar with Peanut Butter & Company’s amazing flavors, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Honey to name a few. Since I’m on this whole new “budget” kick I decided to make some of my own. Cinnamon Raisin swirl!

Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups lightly salted peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp Agave Nectar
  • 1 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped raisins

Directions

  • Add peanuts to food processor. Process until smooth
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Process until blended
  • Dip fingers in repeatedly to make sure it’s just right 🙂
  • Store in an airtight container

Spoonful number 8.

Who knew something that tasted SO good could be made SO inexpensively? I’m spreading this on everything and taking multiple finger scoops out of the container until its gone. This should last me about 4 days…at most.

After kickboxing today and whining about my achy feet, I decided to buy some new running shoes…Ugh, $200 later. Of course I would pick the most expensive pair in the store.

I’ve never ran in Brooks… Anybody else like em? love em? think they’re worth the money? I’m sure they were a good investment.

I also got a dress for a wedding I’m attending in a couple of weeks. I ordered it online and it wont be here until 2 days before the wedding… Nothing like cutting it close!!

I love it 🙂

In clumsiness news… I somehow managed to fall on my back in boot camp again last night… Only me I tell ya, only me.

Tomorrow I plan on breaking in this…

Healthy baked doughnuts anyone!? Don’t mind if I do…

I also fell in love at the mall today. Williams – Sonoma really knows how to make me drool.

If I didn’t already spend ALL of my money at Whole Foods I would totally spend it here!

Off to bed so I can break in the new running shoes before work tomorrow!

QUESTIONS: What kind of running shoes do you wear? Have you ever had Arctic Zero ice cream? What store is your favorite at the mall!?