Monday Munchies: Maple-Cinnamon Apple and Pear Baked Oatmeal by Oh She Glows

oatmealslice2_Brightened¬†Hello Friends and Welcome to Monday Munchies. First off, Happy Martin Luther King Day. Yes, it is a holiday. You don’t get the day off for nothing. And second, If you have ever read my About Me page (or have¬†scrolled down long enough on my home page)¬†you will know I like to cook and bake and eat. Boy do I love to eat. The smell of food just makes me happy. Except if it’s mushrooms. I hate the smell of mushrooms. Anywho, because of this (my love of cooking and baking, not my hatred of mushrooms), every Monday I will post a¬†little something new I have tried to cook, and this week it is maple-cinnamon¬†apple and pear baked oatmeal that I got from the Oh She Glows cookbook. I recently¬†checked¬†it out¬†from the library and¬†found so many that I wanted to try, which for the¬†coming Monday Munchies I will be trying a few recipes¬†out of it.¬†This is my first attempt¬†with this particular recipe¬†and the outcome was less than disastrous, which I am happy about.


I have never had baked oatmeal before but I found I quite liked it. It was a little mushy (but that is probably because of the type of oatmeal I used, which was not the one recommended in the recipe, but I’ll get to that later) and thick. It kind of tasted like cake, and my family loved it. It was gone in nearly an instant and I doubled the recipe.
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I must say, though, the weather was less than ideal. It was freezing in a very Southern California way and a lot darker than I like it. Which made for taking pictures of my little experiment less than ideal, so forgive me.



Today’s Monday Munchies Song:

The Little Daylight remix version of Sweater Weather by the Neighbourhood, spelt ever so British-ly.


Like I mentioned earlier, I did use different ingredients than what was said in the book, but before you scold me, just let me say it was not my fault. I could not find what I was looking for.
Copy of SAM_3950Actually, looking at it now,¬†there actually wasn’t that much of a difference. Instead of¬†gluten-free rolled oats I used¬†gluten-ful old-fashioned Quaker oats and instead of walnuts (sister has a nut allergy), I used almonds.¬†¬†Also, instead of green Anjou pears (which my Costco did not have at the time) I used¬†Bosc pears¬† which I thought would make¬†it mushy, but it actually had the opposite affect, they were one of the only firm things after the oatmeal was baked.

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And in my rush to finish before what little light I had disappeared, I had a few fudge-ups in the process. Like, I completely forgot to peel the apples and pears. It wasn’t until I had finished baking did I realize this, so total fail. Also, I think I let SAM_4158the¬†oatmeal and milk mixture sit to long, because the oats actually started soak it up.

One thing that¬†was hilariously annoying, is the fact that my little sister was “helping me” during this entire debacle. She had me mixing things I wasn’t supposed to mix, or mixing things too much. And then I had the worst time trying to open the applesauce from Trader Joes AKA the Applesauce¬†of Death.¬†All of us tried¬†opening the darn thing up, but¬†it never worked. I think It laughed at me while I was trying because it would squeak, but then never really be moving. That had to be one of the most¬†tedious things ever because I had to dial back the urge to slam it on the counter, though it probably wouldn’t have worked anyways because I’m¬†pretty sure¬†the thing was indestructible. I felt like¬†SpongeBob trying to open a bottle of ketchup but not even running it under warm water helped.¬†*sigh* Then, my brilliant younger sister realized that it had a plastic seal on it. OH. MY. GAHD. It had a seal on it. I can’t even. The darn thing didn’t even bend! I had no way of knowing! Gahh! I don’t even… Never mind. Despite that everything ended up turning out pretty well.
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Like a thick, not-too-sweet oatmeal cake. I’ll be trying something new for next Monday. If you try this recipe, tell me in the comment section below! ūüôā¬†Until next time. Sage Out.

HOW TO: Warm Lemon Tea Detox (+ a free PDF)

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The first thing you probably think of when you hear lemon is sour. Or maybe yellow or lemonade.¬†It could also possibly that nasty flavor in virtually every candy bag. That’s completely understandable.¬†I, personally, think of all four at the same time which I think is actually virtually impossible so I probably don’t do that. Anywho, I had many run-ins with lemon¬†water before I decided to make it apart of my morning ritual. As¬†someone who is constantly looking for ways to better herself, I asked my sister for an easy, natural way to balance my pH, which has been known to¬†throw your body out of whack when off balance (Side effects include: acne, body odor, dry skin, unhappiness, etc etc). She¬†sighed, and reluctantly told me to try fresh lemon tea, then asked me why I didn’t look it up my self.¬†I ignored the last part, and asked her to tell me how to make it. I drank it¬†everyday for¬†about a week, until I¬†forgot. Then tried it again months later as part of a diet we were trying, and stopped¬†(the diet and the regular drinking of lemon water) as soon as I had a craving for turkey burgers.¬†¬†One brisk morning, after realizing that we were out of apple-cinnamon tea, I decided to try it again and have since stuck with it.

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As a part of my morning ritual, I drink 10 oz of warm lemon water. But before I get into how it’s down here are some of the benefits of drink fresh lemon tea–

Interesting Facts, Tips, and Benefits:

  • the d-limonene found in lemons is being used to dissolve gallstones associated with cancer. In other words, it has promising anticancer properties.
  • Fresh lemon juice aids in digestion and¬† relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn.
  • The pectin fiber helps fight hunger craving and aids¬†with weight loss.
  • reduces inflammation much like the turmeric mask but all over your body and joints.
  • antiseptic properties freshen breath
  • It helps to fight and prevent viral infections and colds. Though you can drink cold, drinking warm heightens the enzymes and helps calm sore throats.
  • the enzymes make you happier and the lemon water can (and should) be used in replace of coffee in the morning.

Directions:

It is incredibly easy to make, but it varies depending on your weight. Because I am under 150 pounds, I am supposed to drink somewhere between 8 and 12 oz of water, so I drink 10.

Boil one cup of water, and squeeze a half a lemon into your cup. That’s it. Do not drink boiling and burn your tongue, because that won’t help any, and you can always juice the lemon using an electric¬†juicer, but just make sure it is one ounce,¬†for¬†150 lbs and under and that it is fresh no matter your weight.¬†You can¬†ignore any seeds you may get, but stomach the pulp if you can, it contains many health benefits. If it is over 12 oz, drink over the course of a couple of hours because your body can only metabolize 12 oz of water at a time.

PDF coverI made a PDF that includes more benefits, tips, a how to guide on how to drink it depending on your weight, and facts about lemons and how much they help your body. It’s not long, only 5 pages–well, 4 if you don’t include the Resources, and 3 if you don’t include the cover. But how fun would that be? Not very. Until next time. Sage Out.

If you have any other questions, you can ask in the comment section, but you can also find most answers in the free pdf. Your Welcome.

Click Here for the free PDF:

15 Sweet Facts About Lemons and Lemon Water

*Side Note: Today was supposed to be a Fitness Friday, but due to the lack of sun this morning I was unable to take the pictures that I wanted to. But there should be a fitness post, next week. See you then ^-^*

Out To Trader Joes

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Went to Trader Joes. Everybody loves TJ’s. It’s convenient and there are a lot¬†of fresh foods that you can get when you don’t feel like waiting for the Farmer’s Market to open. So, when we went¬†a month ago to grab some things I needed for a recipe for almond-pesto¬†wheat pasta (my sister has a nut-allergy) I decided I would take pictures while we were there. But, notice, all of the pictures we took are outside of Trader Joes. Here’s what happened:

Before we left that afternoon I’d asked my older sister, Ari, to take pictures of me while we were out. She agreed to do it but as soon as we got there she dispersed, having forgotten about what I asked her to do. I didn’t think much of it until we were talking about leaving (which we wouldn’t do for another 10-20 minutes) and I asked her one more time if she would take the pictures for me. She said, “Uhm, okay… where do you want it?” She sounded nervous and was looking around, shifty-eyed as I grabbed my camera out of my bag. “Over there, by the bread.” I said handing her my camera. “Are you okay?” I asked and she responded with a quick, “Yeah, I’m fine. We should… wait until there aren’t as many people over there.” She said. And I agreed and we quickly went on our merry way, that is until we were about to leave for real this time, and my mom and other sisters were at the cash register about to pay for the food.

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“You ready?” I asked her. “Yeah. Okay.” She said and we walked over to the bread, now feeling slightly rushed as the cashier quickly rung up our things. “There are just so many people over there.” She muttered and I looked up at her with a grin, “Are you nervous?” I asked.

“Yeah! I’m nervous! There are so many people– Like, employees and stuff– and I don’t want them to catch us.” It felt like a heist and we were about to steal something but there were cops everywhere. Like trying to jack a car on Mafia II and there are police looking everywhere for you. And all we were trying to do was take a picture.

“Okay, maybe if we take it quick. They won’t notice us.” I said.

“Okay, okay, okay, okay, kay, kay, kay.” She said, still looking a little hesitant. “No. I can’t do it. There are too many employees. What if somebody catches us.”

“Okay. I understand. We won’t do it.”

“Noooo. Okay. We can do it. I said I would do it for you, so I’m gonna do it.”

“You don’t have to…”

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“No. Come on, let’s do it.” We walk toward the bread and we stand over there and she is looking around very apprehensive and suspicious. I tell her once more that we do not have to do this because I fear they are going to think we are trying to steal something and she answers, “No. I just– I’m nervous.” I tell her that I understand and suggest she stands between the aisles in front of the bread so that nobody can see her. She¬†couldn’t do that either. When we finally get outside because my mom was becoming impatient– for good reason, too. It took us eight years.– Ari suggested we take pictures in front of the store, which she was totally down for, yet I was really nervous about. But I still agreed to do because we were going home and I had no idea what else we’d take a picture of. Oh the joys of being a beginner lifestyle blogger.

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Tell me, were our struggles worth it? Lie to me– unless it’s what I want to hear, then tell me the truth. Until later. Sage Out.

Vegan, Vegetarian & (Mostly) Gluten-Free Snack Guide to Fall TV, Part 1

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Because of the fall season, a lot of television shows are making their way into your homes, in a completely creepy way, just the way¬†that sounded. There¬†aren’t half as many as I was watching last¬†Fall TV season coming back on¬†(*cough* *cough* Almost Human *cough* *cough* Trophy Wife *cough* *cough*– excuse me, it’s all this fall fever I have)¬†but there are a lot of new shows coming out. Such as Selfie, Gotham, and Forever all of which don’t look half as good as they were intended to but I wont get into the specifics for the sake of not sounding redundant (that, and I don’t really feel like it).

I personally only watch TV via online streaming devices such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. But I know how boring some television shows can be if you don’t watch them while stuffing your face with something (probably food). So you don’t end up like an angry Taiga¬†in the middle of the rain this fall television¬†season, I give you a list of salty snacks that will make even the most pressing television show worth while. Good enough to make you go all popcorn Gus:

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What does it taste like?

Angie’s makes good popcorn. Period. Some of my favorites include the Lightly Sweet¬†Popcorn and Sweet & Salty Caramel.¬†Her popcorns are gluten-free, vegan, non-gmo, and with no high-fructose corn syrup. Talk about the gold mine of popcorn. Kerry Washington would be proud. Unfortunately this particular popcorn is not vegan because of the cheese but it is lacto ovo vegetarian, so that’s exciting.

My¬†first time eating this, we had gotten a big bag of it from Costco, which they don’t sell anymore (boo you, Costco!) and I was like… this is intense. Very cheesy because they separate is so that the cheese¬†is on top while the caramel is on bottom so you have to shake it. Each flavor is very true to itself– it’s caramel and¬†cheddar and you can tell. It’s crunchy¬†but not too crunchy and definitely not stale or rubbery.¬†You don’t need a lot and they are best when you eat one of each together. Best show to eat this with: Are You Afraid of¬†the¬†Dark and the Haunting Hour this Halloween season.¬†Because most of them are terrible actors, you need something this intense in order to not laugh at them.

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What does it taste like?

This is the only snack on this list that is not gluten-free as far as I know, but that does not keeping it from being any less delicious. I ate these a lot. My favorite time to eat this is for breakfast, lunch or dinner.¬†They’re good when you’re hungry, not hungry, and starving. They’re are the epitome of great snack. My favorite way to eat them is with almond butter.

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Whaaaaat? Yes. Make it right. And that they did. The little crisps are salty goodness and the right amount of crack and when you dip them in almond butter it takes you back to those snacks you used to eat in school– but healthy. You know, those ones that you had the option of eating in cheese or peanut butter? I don’t know¬†about you, but those were my life, and since I don’t eat them¬†anymore these¬†are my life.

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What does it taste like?

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I know it seems weird to eat something called “Skinny Pop” because then it immediately makes you feel like you’re dieting. And at first these may even taste like you’re dieting, but once you rinse your palette of Orville Redenbacher this gluten-free alternative is like eating pizza my heart in comparison to cheese and crackers (which¬†cheese and crackers are¬†good, just not as good).¬†This popcorn is very light and not very salty.¬†You eat a lot¬†just so you can get to those exceptions that are insanely buttery and salty.¬†For popcorn like this, I’d say the best television show (or type of television show) to watch this with, would be reality TV. Whether it be something foreign and light like Roommate (because you know you get violent watching them eat every five seconds), or something more intense like Basketball Wives, Mob Wives¬†and Real Housewives. Just so you don’t have to really pay attention to what you’re eating and you can straight up Ellen DeGeneres it.

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What does it taste like?

Booty. Pirate’s Booty. I don’t know if you know this, but pirate’s booty is different (waaay different) than regular booty. It’s fluffier and is cheesier and saltier than most booties, which in this case is a good thing. Everybody has tried Pirate’s Booty. Everybody.¬†If you haven’t, Oh my goddess, where have you been?

I used to eat Pirate’s Booty a lot when I was younger but it was mostly those little bags with only like three or four fluffs of cheese and it was always¬†a huge disappointment. Somehow, recently, my sisters and I convinced my mom to get a huge bag of it from Costco. And even though it had been a long time since I’d last eaten it,¬†I¬†remembered it being absolutely delicious. And I was¬†right.¬†If it can shiver the timbers of the cosplayer with the butt chin on the bag, it’s got to be good.

These are also not vegan, but they are vegetarian (for some) and gluten-free. If you were to eat these with any type of show it would have to be something like Arrow or Flash, where there is enough going on that you completely forget how salty they are.

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What does it taste like?

My mom’s birthday is in late¬†July, so she’s super obsessed with these. Not too salty¬†but then not too not salty enough, if that makes any sense. We got them from Costco, like where we get most of our chips and they were super inexpensive like most things from Costco are. You’d be surprised the snacks you can get that are great healthy alternatives to things like Lays (c)¬†potato chips and Cheetos(c). ¬†These are best with dip. Preferably this yogurt dip:

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which is also gluten-free. As you can see Late July are organic and gluten free as well. I would suggest eating these babies with something like the Mindy Project or New Girl. Because even if you take your eyes off of them for a moment to dip your chip, you don’t miss anything.

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What does it taste like?

Vegetables. No I’m just kidding. It actually tastes nothing like what you probably think they taste like because they are literally made out of vegetables. They are actually way good, just the right amount of saltiness and slight sweetness, where you completely forget you are eating vegetable chips. I know it sounds odd and¬†I am not much of a food critic so bear with me, but they are buttery and extremely fragile. They literally melt¬†when you place them on your tongue.¬†These would be good with a¬†squash bisque, or a grilled cheese sandwich both of which I’ve tried and had them with. Tr√©s magnifique.

I would suggest eating these with something warm and funny like How to Get Away With Murder or Scandal or Witches Of EastEnd.

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What does it taste like?

These were my kettle corn first loves. They¬†are what we call “sweet popcorn”, because saying kettle corn is just too hard and doesn’t roll of the tongue. They are salty. They are sweet. They are crispy.¬†They… are actually super sweet. They put you in the mind of an upturned version of the kettle corn by¬†Boom Chicka Pop, which I mentioned earlier. But nevertheless, the are absolutely scrumlicious-finger-lickin’ good.

These are good to have for a show like Grimm (when it comes out) and the shows I mentioned for Boom Chicka Pop: the Haunting Hour, Goosebumps, and Are You Afraid of the Dark?.


And that is it… for now. You’ll take notice that this¬†is a part 1, which means I have more goodies coming soon so look¬†out!

For more on¬†what‚Äôs going on here¬†visit ‚ÄúThe Idea‚ÄĚ and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit¬†‚ÄúThe Suggestion Box‚Ä̬†or comment below¬†I would love to hear what you have to say!

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What’s In My Basket?

I am not going to lie.¬†Our baskets are never usually this empty. There are 5 of us (all girls)¬†and we tend to eat a lot. I mean like, $500 worth of food at Costco¬†a lot. I know what you’re thinking. I’m over exaggerating. But, I’m not. Plain and simple. If I didn’t have a life, I’d prove it by¬†going¬†and finding an old receipt, taking a picture of it, and uploading it on here. But that sounds like too much work. And I’m lazy. Don’t judge.

So, we went to Costco recently and bought a handful of groceries to hold us over for a little while because the drive to Costco is not one we like to take often.  The food looked so healthy and ritzy after we bought it, I had to take a picture of it. Take note that everything you see here is natural, organic (if we can help it it), and gluten-free.

After this yummy-delicious, healthy, organic, natural food, we ate pizza.

New post next week. ūüôā Sage

Guess What I Made: Hoddeoks ŪėłŽĖ° (This Is Not A Recipe, This Is Me Showing Off.)

ŪėłŽĖ°. Hoddeok. Hotteok. Otherwise known as, delicioustemptingscrumptiousmouthwateringfingerlickin‚Äôgood. Which is why I am scheduled to make them again tomorrow. Yay for me. Note: Sarcasm. But in the end it’s totally worth it because, I mean, look at this:

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Uhm, yah. Tell me it’s not worth it. You can’t. Because it is. All of the manual labor of mixing and stuffing and frying and eating for hours and hours on end. Totally… worth it… maybe… No I’m just kidding. They totally are.

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Teehee. Man, I swear. I just crack myself up.

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Doesn’t it look like I’m just trying to feed it to you? Well I’m not, because I ate this piece. Now, kiss it Good Bye.

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No doubt it’ll miss you too. NOT. I’m just kidding. Maybe…

Have Lunch With Me, Yeah?: Takeout Sushi Pt. 2

Okay so this is probably going to be one of the shortest posts I’ve made because I didn’t get much to eat at the mall but it was still delicious so I still took pictures. The only thing is it’s¬†just of the same thing over and over and over again. I chose my favorite 4. You love it right? Yeah, you love it… Picture1 Avocado rolls with cucumber and the regular pickled ginger and wasabi. Yum. I really love wasabi. žßĄžßú.Picture2 Teriyaki Chicken with rice and cabbage. Uh, can somebody say delicioustemptingscrumptiousmouthwateringfingerlickin’good? Cause I know I can’t. I’m kidding. Maybe. The world will never know… Picture3Funny thing is, I don’t even like sushi. But this? This was totally worth it. Picture4