Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

Orange Dreamsicle Smoothie Bowl

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The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats.  I fell in love instantly.  It was like my mouth had found an old friend.

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S’mores Oatmeal

S’mores Oatmeal

Looks like today will be full of apologies.

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1. I am sorry that I have posted so little this month.  Although I spend all of my spare time writing, I doubt that y’all want to read a month’s worth of 5th-grade lesson plans.

2. I am sorry that it is the end of National Oatmeal Month, and I am just now sharing an oatmeal recipe.  I actually planned this recipe before Christmas, but I didn’t make it until Saturday.

3. I am sorry that there are so few pictures (and that the pictures are so bad). I made this recipe at home, but my camera was at school.  In my rush to eat the oatmeal, I didn’t realize that the white balance on my phone-camera was really off.  These are the only two photos that were somewhat salvageable.

Now that all of those issues are out of the way, let’s eat some oatmeal!

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup marshmallows
  • 1 graham cracker sheet
  • 1 fun size Hershey bar

Directions

  • Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high 45 seconds.
  • Stir in 1/2 of the marshmallows.  Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
  • Top with remaining marshmallows, crushed graham cracker, and chocolate bar.

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Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Oatmeal

If you do not know what someone wants for Christmas, get them food.

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This seems to be the general consensus of most Americans, and  I believe that it usually works well.  As a teacher, my mom received piles of cookies, cakes, and treats from her students, and my family never complained about this multitude of desserts.

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One of our favorites, chocolate covered pretzels, is the inspiration for today’s recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • sweetener to taste
  • handful of pretzels

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, bring water and vanilla to a boil.
  • Stir in oatmeal and banana.  Return to a boil and stir in cocoa powder and sweetener.
  • Reduce heat to medium.  Cook until you are pleased with the consistency (probably around five minutes).
  • Transfer to a bowl.  Stir in pretzels.
  • Eat immediately (no one wants soggy pretzels!).
  • Enjoy!

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Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal

Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal

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Last Wednesday, I promised to share my recipe for Rice Krispie Treat Oatmeal.

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I wish I had a great story about Rice Krispie Treats, but I don’t.  Actually, I don’t like store-bought Rice Krispie Treats because they are too thick and dry.

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But I do like oatmeal, and I like Rice Krispie cereal, and I like marshmallows, so I figured that I could put them all together.

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It was a good decision.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1/3 cup marshmallows, divided

Directions

  • Combine oatmeal and water in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high for 90 seconds.
  • Stir in mashed banana and half of the marshmallows. Microwave an additional 30 seconds.
  • Stir in Rice Krispie cereal and remaining marshmallows.
  • Eat and enjoy!
Apple Cinnamon Bites

Apple Cinnamon Bites

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Saturday evening after supper, I was successfully avoiding real schoolwork.

To begin, I downloaded a bunch of “educational” apps so that I could “review” them for my Educational Technology class (actually I just enjoy playing children’s games).  In between trying to create mathematical sentences and type parts of speech, I decided to scroll through my drafts folder.

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Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared.  I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • extra sugar, for topping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahernheit.
  • Combine milk and lemon juice.  Let sit while completing the next two steps.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together first seven ingredients (flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
  • Stir in applesauce and diced apple.
  • Add vanilla to milk and lemon juice mixture.
  • Gradually add wet mixture to dry mixture until completely combined into a sticky dough.
  • Coat brownie pan and insert with nonstick spray.  Evenly spread dough into the pan.  Press the insert into the pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Set oven to broil.  Sprinkle sugar over pan and broil for two minutes.
  • Let cool completely before removing from pan.
  • Eat and enjoy with a glass of milk!

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Adapted from “(Relatively) Healthy Oatmeal Scones” by  slicedpeaches.

 

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Cookie Critique: Sheetz

Cookie Critique: Sheetz

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Sometimes you need a cookie the size of your face.


On Monday afternoon, I ate 2 cookies the size of my face.


I blame my love of a bargain.  Oatmeal Craisin Cookies at Sheetz were $2 for two cookies or $1.65 for one cookie, so it only made sense to get two.


And once you eat one, the other would be lonely without a friend, so I had to eat them both.


Really, it was very humanitarian of me to eat two cookies.

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Appearance: 4 – behold the massive, golden, round cookie!

Texture: 1.5 – it was moist, but I am not sure that the center was completely cooked.  It was more the texture of a really thin cupcake.

Taste: 1 – WWWWAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY too sweet…but I still managed to eat two of them, so take my opinion with a grain of salt 🙂

Total: 6.5


 

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Curbing Spiritual “Hanger”

Curbing Spiritual “Hanger”

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Today I am taking WIAW back to how I did it week one: showing my daily spiritual and physical food for a whole week.  I was convicted last Wednesday morning when I read this statement from the Proverbs 31 Women website: “When I refuse to nourish my spirit with God’s holy Word, I suffer the ill effects of spiritual malnutrition. When I do not have a consistent healthy spiritual diet, it’s difficult to understand spiritual things and to behave in a manner worthy of my calling.”

Last week, my spiritual diet was starved, and I was struggling to show love and grace as a result.  Just like I get “hungry-angry” when I don’t have enough physical food, I can get “hangry” without spiritual food.  But a healthy diet of spiritual food can help me season my words with grace.

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Here is the spiritual nourishment I received this week along with pictures of random afternoon snacks.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-6

This passage left me wondering, “Do I live up to the life to which God called me? Am I humble, gentle, and patient?”  After quickly deciding that I am none of those things, I dedicated my day to humility, gentleness, and patience.

Snack while preparing to present a lesson in my Teaching Bible to Children class: oatmeal in a jar

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For a month, I wondered if peanut butter is now my favorite food instead of oatmeal.  Then I realized that Oatmeal In a Jar is the best of both worlds.

Thursday, October 6

Spiritual Food:  Ephesians 4:1-12

Jesus gives every believer spiritual gifts.  Our calling as Christians is to use our spiritual gifts (with humility, gentleness, and patience) to build unity through encouragement and accountability.

Snack at Chick-fil-a with my best friend: “Ice-Dream”

Thursday afternoons with my best friend always provide the relaxing conversation I need.

Friday, October 7

Spiritual Food:  Ephesians 4:1-16

As we use our spiritual gifts to build the body, its members will grow in maturity.  Rather than being “tossed to and fro” by false teachings, Christians will be conformed to the image of Christ.

Snack at work: Apple and Kind bar

I always keep snacks in my backpack, and it is a good thing.  I actually ate this about 30 minutes after lunch, and then I ate a bag of cashews a couple of hours later.

Saturday, October 8

Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-24

Using our gifts to build Christian unity stands in stark contrast to how the world lives.  Non-Christians harm themselves and others without feeling shame.  Paul reminds the Ephesians to stop living as they lived before they placed their faith in Christ.  Now that they are in Christ and maturing, their lives should reflect Christ and be characterized with goodness and holiness.

(Part of my) Snack while taking a mental break to watch the rain: Peanut butter + pumpkin + cinnamon sandwich

Sunday, October 9

Spiritual Food: Ephesians 4:1-32

The Christian is constantly in the process of conforming their life to look more like Christ.  Because Christ forgave sinners, we should forgive those around us and “not let the sun set while we are angry.”  Additionally, we should change our language to be uplifting to those we encounter.

(Part of my) Snack between church services: Lemon Cream Pie Quest Bar


Monday, October 10

Spiritual Food: Ephesians 5

As we grow to become more like Christ, we should imitate his love.  Rather than talking to others with spiteful words (which is so easy for me to do–especially when I am hangry!), we should be “children of light.”

Snack x2: Sheetz Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

There is a review coming on Friday!

Tuesday, October 11

Spiritual Food: Ephesians 6:1-9

Not in the way of eyeservice as men-pleasers; but as servants of Christ doing the will of God

-Ephesians 6:6

How often do I perform good acts with hopes of being seen by others?  Yes, it is good to do these things, but I should be doing them to serve Christ, not to make others see me.

Snack while taking pictures of travel trailers at RV World: Premier Protein Bar

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The yogurt coating melted while it was in my car.

 

For the sake of authenticity, I must tell you that I only shared one afternoon snack per day.  Sometimes, I eat two or three afternoon snacks.

Thanks Jenn (Peas and Crayons), Arman (The Big Man’s World), Meghan (Clean Eats, Fast Feets), and Laura (Sprint to the Table) for hosting!