Wednesday, June 5, 2013

New Beginning!

Hi everyone!  Welcome to my new blog!

I have always wanted to write about all the new recipes and adventures and new projects that Josh and I do!  I created this page back in January and just never got around to posting anything.   Well I got really inspired last night when I was trying a new recipe that I altered that turned out fantastic!

So this week Josh and I have been changing our lifestyle, not dieting, mainly trying to lose weight, which I consider a benefit of a living a healthy lifestyle.  We planted a huge garden this year, we haven't gotten anything out of it yet but here is a picture Memorial Day weekend, the plants have almost double with all the rain and fertilizer since then!   I just can't wait!!!!  This view is standing on our back porch and that is our neighbors house!  This is one of the only pictures of  the garden that Biscuit is not in!!!

So the main problem that I have with eating is I can eat healthy is I make those choices and I feel a lot better, but I am just not hungry when i wake up to eat breakfast.  They say this is the most important meal is jump starts your metabolism, I totally agree, I am just not hungry.   I start to get hungry by the time I get to work around 8:30am each morning and the typical grab and go breakfast options either haven't kept me full are full of sugar or just plain gross.   So this typically leaves me starving for lunch so I overeat.

I promised myself that this week I would fine a solution that is healthy, tastes really good and will keep me full for a whole 3 hours.   If you know me well enough I love!  It is full of so many creative and inspiring ideas not just for recipes but quotes, decorating ideas, gardening projects, it is just awesome. I credit my mom for the love of projects!  So I got on there in search of good breakfast ideas.   A little while later I had some options but i chose this particular recipe because it is something I can literally grab and go, If i want to heat it up I can, I can eat it cold, I can crumble it like cereal, there are just a lot of options! You are probably wondering what they are so I will call them Oatmeal Fruit Muffins.   Just for clarification I did find the recipe on Pinterest but I changed a few things in it to make it my and fit my tastes.  Here is the finished product!  Picture is a little dark but it was taking on my phone.

I had one this morning and I just ate it cold and it was pretty yummy, I would probably pop them in the microwave or toaster to make them warm just because it is oatmeal.  So I only had two problems with the recipe, I would have baked it just a little longer to make them a bit crispier on the top and around the edges, and I had no baking powder.  I am fully convinced that Josh just hid it from me because I know I just bought a brand new can of it, but it was no where to be found.  So if anyone doesn't know you can substitute baking power for soda with a little bit of modification.

Using Baking Powder for Baking Soda:

Use 2 to 3 times the amount of Baking Powder you would use then baking soda. 

Using Baking Soda for Baking Powder;

This takes a little more work, but you can make Baking Powder out of baking soda.  You need Cream of Tartar and Baking Soda, simple mix 2 parts tartar to 1 part Baking Soda and you will have just made Baking Powder!  Needless to say I learned this last night as i scrambled around looking for substitutes!  (Thank you Abby Robertson!)

So I guess you guys probably want the recipe so I will Attach it below!

I want to THANK YOU all for reading my blog I know this first one is lengthy, but i just thought hey if I still have stuff to write!!!!  I welcome all comments!!  Look out for more yummy and fun ideas coming from our house to yours! 

Oatmeal Fruit Muffins 

3 cups Instant Oats
1 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3 mashed up bananas (medium is fine)
2 tsp coca powder (more to your taste)
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup chopped strawberries

Preheat over to 350 degrees.  Mash the bananas in a bowl and whisk in the eggs until mixed well.  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until combined.  Spray muffing pan with no-stick spray or use cupcake papers.   I made them a little small because I wasn't sure how much they would rise.   Not a lot by the way.  Bake for 25 minutes or until they get as crunchy as you like them.   I only did mine for 20 minutes and they were a little soft so I would do no less than 25 minutes to get that muffin texture!

I yielded 15 "muffins" at 107 calories each so I usually will eat 2 for breakfast with coffee, hot tea or milk! Let me know how you liked it!


  1. Looks delicious! Nice option for later breakfasters!

  2. Your garden looks great. Good luck with it!

    1. Thanks! I love you mailbox post! I am going to try and do mine I will let you know how it works out!