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A visit from the Nut butter fairy

29 Sep

Ello Mates!

     This mornings fabulous breakfast was something similar to this Lemon Chiffon Baked Oats from months ago which is also on our updated recipe page if you guys have not visited it in a while.

Baked Lemon Ginger Oats

Serves 2:

  • 1 cup of Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp flax seeds
  • squirt of lemon juice
  • 1/2 container of Lemon yogurt (3oz)
  • Sprinkle of coconut
  • Grated Crystallized Ginger
  • Silvered almonds

-Crust-

  • 2 gingersnaps
  • 1/4 cup of Fiberone Cereal
  • 2 tbs Cinnamon Sweeties Cereal
 

Cook in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 min

  • Preheat the oven to 375, In a large mixing bowl, mix oats, water, mushed banana, lemon, chia, flax, and yogurt
  • Spray a small (8″ by 8″) pan with non-stick spray. Layer the bottom with Smashed gingersnaps and cereal
  • Pour all of the oat mixture over the mashed gingersnap cereal crust.
  • Top with Silvered almonds, coconut, and grated Crystallized Ginger
  •  

     

    Beautiful and Delicious.

     

     Todays snack for school featured yet again some of our much loved LUNA bars! Todays flava was Vanilla Almond.

     Can you see my little Leaf necklace? Isn’t it adorable! lol

    When Court and I finally made it home from school, there was a HUGE amazing package waiting on the porch for us! Can you say Christmas in September? lol This generous package was from the lovely people over at Artisana.

    Check out the loot. It is seriously a girl’s Nut butter Mekka. OMG 🙂

     The beauties well surely be put to good use.

     We each got to pick a Nut Butter flavor, and here were the picks for our BIG jars. I was dying for the Macadamia butter after seeing it on Gracie’s blog, and Court just had to have her classic coconut Butter.

     Shall we check out the stats?

     So far we’re thinking about using this one as a good German Chocolate Oat combo. Any good ideas?

    Maybe we will have to head over to Chocolate Covered Katie’s. After all, she is the Chocolate and Artisana butter Queen! 

     I really wish Macadamia nuts were not so expensive, because anything with Macadamia Nuts is fabulous. Okay, now I am craving a White chocolate macadamia nut cookie. Oh and I just got a genius Oat Creation idea.

    Artisana™ – The Art of Healthy Food

    Creating unique, delicious, healthy, gourmet food is a work of passion for us, blending together nuts and seeds like the vibrant colors of an artist’s palette.  Handmade with care, our organic live foods are crafted using a special low heat process that always preserves the life-essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins, and enzymes.  Artisana: Raw life-energy from Sun to Plant to Body.

     

     Lunch consisted of a Turkey and Cheddar melt with an apple drizzled with Macadamia Butter.

     Grilled is Mandatory of course 🙂

     Macadamia Butter Verdict: Fantastic aroma and consistency the moment that you open the jar. Court and I were so tempted, that the first lick was simple straight finger dipping. Oh, and the Apple Macadamia butter combo was perfect 🙂

     After lunch we completed Level 1 of shredding it with weights, and then had some good ol’ homework time, which is never fun! There was Psychology terms, reading the Great Gatsby, and studying for Pre-calc. My brain is officially fried. lol

     With a Pumpkin and sweet tooth craving tonight, Court whipped us up some delish Pumpkin pancakes

    Twas a good night. Tomorrow is a work day from 7-1, then off to art at 6. Have a fun night guys!

    XOXO-Cohitney

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    Hw, sleep, days off, and review time baby!

    2 May

    Hey!

    Long time no see? This week was great, but it is crunch time until Summer. Therefore, the homework is piling on a mile long. Guess what though…
    week four is officially crossed off!

    Thurs. 4/29-

    Thursday’s breakfast was a real treat. With our second VIP coupon that Kim & Scott’s Gourmet Pretzels sent us to review, we picked out these lovelies:

    Cinnamon Roll Pretzels 

    Last week we reviewed the grilled cheese pretzels. I love both the sweet and savory pretzels!

    Pretty good stats, eh? 

    Alongside was pb banana date babies and something new and incredible, MAPLE STEAMERS

    Doesn’t this whole meal look so gourmet lol. 

    Verdict: It is like a cross between a cinnamon sugar pretzel and a cinnamon roll which are both amazing. Who wouldn’t love a cinna-sugar pretzel with cinnamon roll filling with a nice icing drizzled over the top= pure bliss 😛 

     

     

     *NEW STEAMER* 

     Here is how you make our new creation:

    • 1 cup of skim milk
    • 2-3 drops of maple extract or imitation
    • 1 packet of Stevia
    • lots of cinnamon

    Heat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and enjoy! So simple and tastes heavenly.

    Mid-morning snack was a Blueberry Bliss Luna. I love the crunchy sugary stuff on top 🙂

     Lunch was a packed salad that consisted of:

    -mixed greens
    -turkey
    -veggies
    -avocado
    -humus
    -italian spray dressing

    Alongside was of course, a pink lady with pb and pumpkin!

     Look at that protein packed salad 😉

     

     After school our snack was a raspberry chobani with kefir, granola, strawberries, blueberries, puffins, and pb.

    Workout: We were short on time so did the shred again, this time Level 2

     

    Dinner= moms night

    Dinner was some delicious Stouffers no preservative lasagna with cheechas, carrots & hummus, and corn on the cobb(not pictured) 

     

    Whit and I have been dying to try Stoneyfield’s new Okios chocolate flavor. So after they sent us some VIP coupons to review their products, we made sure to pick us up a box of these. Tonight we broke out the box, and whipped us up a chocolately dessert. 🙂

     

     We also sprinkled some of our You Trail Mix on Top! Voila.

     Yogurt verdict: At first when you take off the wrapper, it just looks like plain yogurt, but then when you stir it around all of the chocolate is on the bottom. This yogurt was definitely made for dessert. It is the best way to get your chocolate fix a healthy way. I will definitely be buying this again. Next up…. the Caramel flavor!

    Trail Mix verdict: We have tried everything from you bars, shakes, and now trail mix. This company never disappoints. The chocolate peanuts were the best part of this whole mix, and they were just the right topping for my yogurt. Talk about having a choco coma. lol

    Friday- 4/30

    Friday was a lovely “A” day/ early day. First period was just a pep assembly for prom, and second period was just notes. Before Whit and I left school we had to take the accuplacer test to see if we are eligible to be in college algebra next year. After that we were finally free to start our week end. We came home ate lunch, then took the longest nap in this years history…. 4 glorious hours! It was much needed, I feel like I have not slept in weeks lol.

     Breakfast was Maple Streusel Oats. I love all of these new brands of oats that Safeway is starting to carry.

     I took a pic. because I thought it was a really cute package. You just rip off the top and it has a line on the paper of where to fill the water too. Pretty cool huh! Then you do not have to make a billion dishes by getting out your measuring spoons.

     Toppings were peanut butter, honey greek yogurt, apples, and granola!

     

     

    On Thursday night we received a ginormous package of goodies from Western Bagel

    Here is a little history straight from their website:

    “In early 2002, to meet the growing health concerns of consumers, Western Bagel set out to create a healthy, reduced carbohydrate bagel without sacrificing taste. In October of 2002, The Alternative Bagel™ was introduced. At first, it only came in two varieties: Country White and Roasted Onion. These new bagels truly took Southern California by storm! Because of such tremendous success, two new varieties were created: Sweet Wheat and Cinnamon Spice. Soon after, because of overwhelming demand, The Alternative Bagel™ not only had nationwide distribution, but was also available to order directly through our website.”

     They were very generous and sent us 4 of their alternative bagel flavors to review:

    • Sweet Wheat
    • Roasted Onion
    • Italian Herb
    • Very Blueberry

    And…..

     Alternative English muffins….. and

    Alternative Pita Bread 

     Whit and I decided to break out the roasted onion first!

     

    I felt like I was at work when I was making this sandwich…lol I even cut it in half 🙂

      We totally created a healthified version of the Tasty Turkey from our work! We first toasted the bagel, then added laughing cow instead of cream cheese on one side, humus on the other side, spinach, ham, avocado, tomatoes, and sprouts!

     Bagel Verdict: Oh my gosh this bagel was amazing. It is crazy how this company can make such flavorful and satisfying bagels for only 110 calories, and it is not even a bagel thin. This was a real bagel. Einstein Bros. used to carry onion bagels, but then they got rid of them. This was my first time trying one and I absolutely loved it. It is nice to have different bagel flavors to try than those at my work. Thanks so much Western bagels, I cannot wait to try everything else.

    On the side we had left over shrimp and grits and some alexia fries. Once again this was an at home fast food creation! lol. Instead of going out, be brought it to the kitch!

     

    There was no afternoon snack because we literally slept from 1pm till dinner time. Oh well. Dinner was an all time favorite for Whit and I: Breakfast for dinner, served with some Chocolate Nesquick(and yes it made me feel like a kid again) 🙂

     We used 1/2 cup of our Target Archer Farm Pumpkin Pancake mix, 1/2 tbs. of chia seeds, and almond milk to make the trio. The toppings were all the same this time: Granola, apple, and sugar free syrup.

     Dessert was a Diana Milk Chocolate Banana Baby

     **Verdict: I have decided that frozen bananas make the best dessert. They are so satisfying, and they do not leave you with a food hangover in the morning. Also they are very low cal. The milk chocolate flavor was only 130 calories. So far I still think the chocolate and peanut dipped ones are my favorite though.**

     

     

    Sat.- 5/1

    Guess what! We did not have work yesterday. We took it off. This was the first Saturday we have had off since back in February. That is a long time! So today our pictures were not dark and blurry. Instead of having to wake up at 5 am we got to sleep in all the way until 8:30. I woke up feeling like a princess. And what was totally worth waking up today was a HUGE sample of Moore Coffee.

     **Verdict: This company knows there flavored Coffee 😉 Vermont Maple tasted like a cup of warm delicious pancakes dipped in Pure Maple Syrup. This coffee was so flavorful, and worth waking up for.

     In or oaty Creation this morning: Apple Pie Oats

    -1 pkt of Abundance Apple cinnamon Oats

    -Pkt full of water, and a splash of milk

    -Chia seeds

    -Heated Cinnamon Agave Pink Lady Apple

    -1 Apple Cinnamon Vitamuffin

    -Silvered Almonds

     Today consisted of not only relaxing, but hitting up the Coach Outlets Mall for some $expensive$ mothers day Shopping. While there, we all had lunch at the Food Court’s Subway. In this month’s issue of Self, I saw that they have a new Veggie Patty sandwich, so Whit and I gave it a try. And to my surprise, it was quite tasty. She was nice enough to buy me lunch, and a Peanut Butter cookie. 🙂 What a good little sister! Love ya Whit♥

     It turns out the Coach Outlet was having a gigantic Sale on all their purses, just as good as Black Friday. When we walked in, it was a mad house. Ladies were grabbing bags and bumping into you every inch that you walked. The sale was 50% of any item, and then an additional 20% off each bag if you spend $250 or more. Holey crap! We could not believe what a good deal for coach!?*&# All of us got a killer deal on a bag for our mom, then we all splurged and got our own too. lol. Whit and I found this little cutie, and split the price.

     Originally it was on sale for $179.99, then 50%  was $89 and an additional 20% only made this bag $62! And since we are sharing it we each only had to pay $31. OMG, and total it used to be a $294.00 bag. WOW!

     After we got home from shopping, Court and I made a Banana Reeses Puff Smoothie:

    • 1 cup of almond milk
    • 1 banana
    • 1/2 tsp of hershey’s unsweetened Cocca Powder
    • 12 reeses puff cereal pieces
    • 4 ice cubes

    Blend up, and Pour into two glasses 🙂

     Dinner lastnight involved our Eat Drink Be Vegan book, and this recipe

     

     On the side of the Quinoa was a sweet potato that had Maple and Cinnamon on top! Yup Yup

     Dessert: Okio’s Chocolate with half of this 100 cal fudge Petites

     

     

     Today- Sunday 5/2

    Breakfast: PB and J Oats

    • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 water
    • 1 banana, half mashed in half sliced on top
    • 1 tbs of Strawberry Preserves
    • 1/2 tbs Naturally more PB
    • 1 tbs silvered almonds
    • cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp chia seeds

     PB and J Oats are the Best!

     

     Our Experia socks finally came in the mail, since they support the feet where your baby fat has wore down over the years, I decided to wear the green pair to work for some extra support 😉

     

     Some pretty interesting info: “Thorlo makes many different products for different activities, some with more cushioning. There are fat pads on the bottom of our feet, and as we age, these fat pads degenerate. We never get this fat back! Thorlo’s thick cushioned products help replace what you have lost, and actually help save what you still have. Wearing Thorlos will help you have less foot pain as you get older. The more fat pad you have on the bottom of your feet, the less pain you will have.”

     

     **Verdict: These socks have incredible support and kept my feet soreless all day. I love the cushioned pads, and can’t wait to try them out running. Thanks Thorlo! And I love these so much, that Whit and I have talked about buying even more.

     

     Lunch was our typical, fast go-to, weekend pick. Yogurt with an apple, and a bar.

    We only had one of both of these flavors, and we both wanted to try them, so we split both bars. 

     

     **Verdict: Boomi Bars never fail to satisfy! This Macadamia Paradise one was SOOOO good! There was pineapple in it too, OMG Amazing!

    And for an afternoon snack, a little sweet craving came into play so we turned to our Samples box for some good ol’ Sweet Riot Chocolate.

     

     **Verdict: Love, love, love how different this chocolate is. It is dark chocolate, with crunchy carob, and raisins. The taste was perfectly sweet!

     

    Tonight we went out to Dinner at a local mexican restaurant called Dora’s for Erika’s (future sister in-law) b-day, where Whit and I split a not-fried Chimichanga. Then, we went shopping at TJmaxx and all came home for some Strawberry cake with Butter Pecan Ice-cream. Hopefully ya’ll have a great night, and lets vow now to make it a good week 😉

    XOXO Court & Whit

    Busy Busy Shopping Bees

    14 Apr

     

    Happy Hump Day!

     

    We made it halfway through the week 🙂 Yay! Wednesdays are great, because that alarm does not go off until 5:30, that extra half hour of sleep is Glorious, and Much needed. We woke up casually, made breakfast, took our time getting ready, you know make the hair look cute, etc.

    Our breakfast was StrawberryBananaPB oats, with a Steamer.

     

    In the Mix:

    • 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats
    • 1/3 cup of almond milk, 1/3 cup water
    • ½ banana mashed in
    • 1 tsp chia seeds
    • 1tsp vanilla
    • 1tsp brown sugar

     

    Toppings:

    • Other half of banana sliced
    • 2 sliced strawberries
    • ½ tbs of Creamy Peanut Butter

     In the Steamer:

    • 1 1/4 cup of skim milk
    • 1 pkt of stevia
    • Lots of Cinnamon

    *Heat in the microwave for 2 min

     

    After our slow morning, we headed to school for our only two classes of the day. Whit had American Lit Honors 1rst while I’m in Sports & Entertainment marketing, then we have second together which is US History. Fun Fun, school feels great when you get out at 10:45 AM every other day!

     After school, we rushed home, ate one of these fabulous Peppermint Stick Luna’s, brushed teeth, then headed to our dentist appointment which was at 12 and 12:30. When we walked in, the receptionist lady was quite rude, and was all “Umm, your guy’s appointment is not even tell 12:30 and 1!” So Whit gave her attitude right back and said “Well there was some new lady on the phone, who clearly did not know how to schedule an appointment, and she told our mom that something was wrong with the computer, then said our appointments were at 12 and 12:30.” The lady just continued with her attitude, and said “I don’t even know if we can get you guys in early now.” But sure enough, after like 15 min of having half the staff around the scheduling computer talking about who messed up, they finally led us to the BIG chair for our cleaning. Geez, we did not know getting our teeth cleaned would be such a hassle

    After the dentist, we wanted some lunch, so we hit up one of our Favorite Local Cafe’s called Carino’s Cafe. And on the menu for today was a ham provolone sandwich on wheat with a small non-fat Butter Pecan Latte, can you say MMM..

    We sat there awhile after eating, to sip our lattes, and think about what we should pick up at the store to make for dinner tonight. This place is great, and Whitney and I are officially regulars. Lol, the owner noticed we dyed our hair. Too Funny, I always notice the regulars at Einstein’s.

     Aww, look at the cute little design!

    Hahaha, I got a pic of whit right after she just took a big bite.

     

    When lunch was all gobbled up, we drove to Sprouts! It is the BEST health food store, that is within 5 min of home, GOTTA LIKE THAT 🙂

     

    Following Sprouts we went to Albertsons, then a stop at Lowe’s to visit the MOMASITA at work. When we finally got home, the groceries were put away and it was time for a hard hour and 20 min workout, yikes! This last week of Insanity has to have been one of the sweatiest. After the sweat sessh, we refueled with some Gt’s Kombucha, then made some Din Din. The fab dish we decided on at lunch was Apricot glazed chicken from our new Hungry Girl Book, with some Whole Grain Couscous, and Veggies!

     

     

    Whit made this scrumptious dinner, while I packed our lunches for tomorrow. It really does help when there is two of you. Lol Great minds think alike, and twins even more alike.

     

    The flavors in this meal were amazing. This was out first time trying Apricot glazed Chicken, and it is an award winner in my book. So flavorful!  

    QOD: Have you made an award winner meal lately? Share yours 🙂

     

    Goodnight Wonderful People

    XOXO Court and Whit ♥