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! 🙂 Until next time. Sage Out.

5 Easy Steps to Surviving the DMV

Picture1.2I don’t have a car. Yet. And I’m not allowed behind the wheel. Yet. I don’t even have a permit. Yet.  While we’re on the subject, I haven’t eaten. Yet.

But that didn’t keep me from going to the DMV with my sister while she went to go get her permit. Like most people we woke up at the butt crack of dawn in order to get there before the masses. But just like us, most people had that idea and we didn’t get there before then, but we still got a prime parking spot right in front of the building. It was literally melting outside and I was sitting in the car next to somebody who likes to smoke, and so because I like to live, I had to stay in the car with the window rolled up. While there I came up with five easy steps on how to survive the DMV

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Step 1: Bring Food.

Food is a creature comfort. And while at the DMV, dealing with attitudes and clipped responses, you need comfort. So rather than talking to that creepy guy that is literally breathing down your neck behind you and smells like crackers and cologne, go sit down and stuff your mouth with some snacks. What I brought:

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A Kashi bar, which this one in particular is actually a lot saltier than you’d think it’d be. It’s got chocolate, which is not overly sweet, and almonds. They’re surprisingly filling and great when you’re in a hurry or, in this case, trying to avoid talking to somebody. This is what they look like melted because in order to tell if something is good, you need to see it melted:

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Don’t forget your fruit (I’m being funny, by the way, I know apples aren’t fruits):

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Applesauce. We get these in boxes from Costco. And because they’re easy and portable (and I didn’t bring a spoon), I just slurped it up, using my tongue to reach what wouldn’t slide out. It’s an art form with classes available UCSAGE (Sign up before all the spots are taken!).

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It was over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, when we went. So, I couldn’t forget to hydrate. I was:

♫â™Ș On my early-morn thirsty. ‘Cause it was early-morn and I was thirsty! ♫â™Ș (Guess the song and put your answer in the comment section!)


Step 2: Bring Something to Read

There are so many different ways to read nowadays, so choose your favorite. I personally prefer the real thing to reading something on a device or getting it read to me. How do you prefer to read? If you’re not a big reader or wouldn’t know what to read, stop by the library the day before and try a new genre. Or if you usually only read romances, pick up a sci-fi or mystery. If that’s not really your thing, try a different version of romance. Like a romantic comedy, mystery romance, paranormal romance, or erotica. If it’s already hot, why not turn it up a notch?!

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I brought Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman. It was my first time reading it, and  because I absolutely adored the movie I thought why not try the book? Because you always judge a book by it’s movie. I learned that from the Twilight course at UCSAGE.


Step 3: Bring A Journal

Just because you bring a journal doesn’t mean you have to write in it, if writing is not your thing or you simply can’t think of anything to write. You can always sketch or try drawing a cartoon from memory such as SpongeBob or Diego.

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I brought my photographer’s notebook from Target, and practiced drawing anime hair and eyes expressing different emotions:

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I know, I know. Impressive, right?


Step 4: Bring Music

The radio doesn’t always have what you need, I know this from experience. I clean up the kitchen every other day on rotation with my kid sister and when I do I like to listen to music. More specifically, the radio, because some of (most of) the music on my mp3 is dated. And sometimes (most of the time), when I clean the kitchen, the radio is doing a segment of about 2 hours of slow jams. Like, oh my gosh. What the frak? Jump off of her and go to sleep so I can listen to music that is actually worth my while. It is a Tuesday and you have work tomorrow you guys do not need to be smashing pancakes right now. And besides, who’s going to want to listen to a remix of Love in the Club while they’re getting it on, only for the next thing to play to be five minutes of ads? Talk about a mood killer.

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Anywho, try downloading a few new songs or listening to some old songs you downloaded and haven’t heard in a while. Note: On my mp3 (which shows the wrong time, by the way), I changed the language to Korean to help me learn Hangeul, which I have actually gotten pretty good at:

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On the screen it says: (top) Artist, (bottom) Shuffle Mode, (right) Album.


Step 5: People Watch

Last but not least, there’s always the ever fun people watching. My sisters and I like to pick out people, guess their names and their background. Or we’ll choose some random guy and pretend that guy’s one of our boyfriends. Guessing what they’re saying is also a blast.

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You can also take selfies, paint your nails (if you’re a girl), paint your nails (if you’re a guy), play games, watch a show or movie on your Iphone/ROKU and by the time you realize all of that stuff is boring, it’ll be time to go. You’re Welcome.


For more things to do when you are bored: Check this out!

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How I Lived to Tell the Tale of Indie Pop

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My Impression:

I have come to the conclusion that, like sushi, Indie music is an acquired taste. While it sounds like pop music, it tastes like raw fish. I listened to a lot of indie pop music in my quest to find some of my favorites, to conclude if whether or not I liked the genre. In the beginning, I tricked myself into thinking indie pop was just like regular pop that you hear on the radio. Then I realized the music you hear on the radio isn’t even “regular” pop, so I quickly nixed that idea. When I first started listening I thought that it sounded like a lot of the music I already listened to, and that I could easily replace all my old music for this genre. After about a week of doing that, I had to push down the urge to kill myself in my sleep and think it was a very poetic way to die. I was almost, a little, depressed.  Don’t get me wrong, the music was good. Very good. In fact, a liked a lot of the songs that I heard. I just… I don’t know what came over me, but suddenly I really needed to listen to some Aaliyah and J-Lo when she was still doing music with Murder Inc. and everyone thought (including herself) that she was still Jenny from the block. Not even radio music could bring me back to reality and keep me from wanting to go into a corner and cry.

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My Conclusion:

You would think I hated the music. I felt like I was in some sort of trance. Like I was in a completely different reality for about 5 days, that consisted of coconuts, broken hearts, and sneakers. But now that I think about it, the music probably wasn’t even what did this to me. It was probably the thought that I only had a week left of summer break and I didn’t want it to end and all I wanted to do was crack open a coconut and run away in my sneakers with my broken heart. To be honest, I’ve never been in a relationship where I left with a broken heart, but now I feel like I’ve been in twenty. I can honestly tell you, it feels terrible. For all of you that have experienced it first-hand, words cannot explain how sorry I am….

But even through all of the loves lost, I managed to find a hand full of indie pop music that I really like. And shall share them with you now:

I have to keep in mind, indie pop is just a genre of indie, and while a lot of time it incorporates almost all genres of indie music, I cannot conclude if whether or not  I like indie music as a whole. So, I will continue my endeavor and delve into the other genres of indie music. If I make it out alive I will tell you guys how it went.

So, in the end, do I like indie pop? Why, yes. Yes, I do. Can I listen to it every day? Hell naw.


What’s  your take on indie pop? What did you think of the music in my playlist? Will you follow me on soundcloud? Of course you will because you’re awesome like that.

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How To Tell If You Like Indie Music

indie music part 1 According to Wikipedia (a website everybody knows, loves, trusts– including your teacher) there are many types of Indie music– Indie dance, Indie electronic, Indie folk, Indie hip hop, Indie pop, and Indie rock– all of which sometimes blend together. I know when I think of Indie music I think of either really slow music where they sing about death and the world ending (same difference) or I think of fast music with kooky beats where they sing about death and the world ending. But as I went on my quest to finding new music to listen to I found that this is far from the truth (with most of them, anyways).

Indie music is just that, independent music. Music- separate from major producers. It’s an alternative way for artists to express themselves through their craft.  There is also indie art, design, literature and a more widely known indie film. There is a whole indie-verse. Like a buffy-verse but not…

When I first started my search I thought that I hadn’t heard and liked any indie music. Ever. But it turns out a lot of the songs that I listen to and like a lot are indie. Examples being Do I Wanna Know? by Artic Monkeys , Fitzpleasure by Alt-J (∆) and Eyes on Fire and Equilibrium by Blue Foundation. You’d be surprised to find that a lot of the music you listen to is also indie. More mainstream examples would be Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People and Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.

Speaking of the past, the above mentioned songs are both categorized in the genre Indie Pop– which is just like regular pop except more indie. The beats are ones you don’t hear in everyday songs–they were catchy yet smooth and velvety–which is why they were so popular in 2010-2011.

I found a website that posts new indie songs everyday in all of the above mentioned genres. It’s called “Indie Shuffle” and has been so, so  sooo so so so so so helpful in my search that it’s floetic (see what I did there? Probably not…). I am going to go through all of the indie genres (before moving onto a different type of music, like hip hop or something), starting with Indie Pop to see which one I like more, if any– which there will be one, but just in case there isn’t I said that. 😉

I found a lot of songs that I liked in this genre so this will be a part 1 part 2 post showing you some of my favorite songs.

I liked this song because her voice sounded magical. The beat reminds me of a happy scene in a movie where the couple are lazily rolling around in the bed and laughing  as the sun just comes up. If you can’t understand a word she’s saying, like I couldn’t when I first heard it, the actual song on sound cloud has the lyrics.

This song is a little more up beat and slightly more like a modern version of indie. It’s catchy and though I am not too sure what she’s saying, it gives me serious Janet Jackson in the eighties feel.

This song is ambient which I love. When it gets to the chorus it becomes very inspirational and soothing at the same time.

I realized, writing this, that indie music (well at least indie pop) has the tendency to make their lyrics incoherent and run on like a new language– but I think that gives it it’s ethereal “indie” feeling which I have a feeling I will come to love if I haven’t already.  Also, all of their covers have images of girls with missing faces so…yeah.


Was I able to introduce you to some music you haven’t heard before? All you gotta do is say yes (guess the reference). If I have or even if I haven’t talk to me about it in the comment section. I want to know what you liked about it, if anything. What you didn’t like about it? What it put you in the mood for and/or reminded you of.

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Look What Was Made For You: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Believe it or not: These were made with wheat flour and dark chocolate. Uh yah. And get this, there’s also almond shavings in them. Yes, I know, I know. Make it right. My 얞니 (eonni–  girl’s older sister) made them and I made this gif for you to enjoy.

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Love me, love me say that you love me.

How To: Look Like You Went to Coachella (Even When You Didn’t)

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I have never been to Coachella. I want to go, I really do. But, alas, I am too young and live nowhere near Coachella Valley. Because of this small fact, I have been reduced to looking like I’ve been to Coachella even though I haven’t ever been. It’s a sad, sad state of affairs, but it’s true. I figured if I am going to do this, I might as well do it right so I tried to think of everything down to questions people might ask regarding Coachella.  Now, take note of the warning sign at the beginning of this post. This is just supposed to be for fun. Something you could try out if you have nothing else better to do on Coachella weekend—an experiment if you will.  Don’t take it to heart if people don’t take it seriously or don’t believe you and know that you didn’t or couldn’t go to Coachella. It’s not a big deal. It’s just for fun. This brings me to my first step. Just like in the video I stole these snapshots from: HAVE FUN.

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Sing it with me: Step number one is that you gotta have fun. Having fun is essential to life
 and to faking your Coachella visit. So while doing this, if you decide to do this, have fun! Cause baby when you’re done, you’ve got to be the first to laugh. That’s just how it is. Now, Step number two.

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Pamper yourself. For our first fake Coachella visit you are going to want to pick out and wear the clothes you would wear to Coachella. For those of you who do not know this, Coachella is not just a music festival. It’s a music festival and a fashion statement. You go there wearing clothes you probably wouldn’t wear on a daily bases and you do that because there will be celebrities and people will be taking pictures. You don’t want to go to Coachella wearing your normal jeans and t-shirt because people will be looking and they will notice that you did not take the time to pick out cute clothes. You don’t want to take a picture with a celebrity looking like a sloppy jalopy. Because it will go down in history. I know that you are not technically going to the festival this year and you don’t need to pick out the clothes that you would wear but you can still feel like you went. And picking out your clothes may help with that. On top of picking and wearing your clothes you want to get your toes and nails done. You also want to get a tan because at Coachella it will be hot and if you were to have gone you would’ve gotten one. Now, this can be a spray tan or a real tan. If you live near one, go to the beach grab some sunscreen and lay out until you’re covered in a beautiful golden glow. Not only will you look like you’ve been to Coachella, you will be ready for summer. Next, step number 3.

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Ignore that cray-cray face she’s making.

Music! Man, I absolutely love music. Couldn’t live without it. And if you want to go to Coachella you are probably the same way. So I suggest you visit the Coachella site and look at the line up for the first and second weekend of the festival.

Your fave?

After you’ve examined the lineup, pick out the bands that you would go to the festival to listen to. There will be a lot of artists attending the festival, so you may want to make a list of some sort. Then go to YouTube or grab your ipod/mp3 player/ipad or whatever you use to listen to music and make a playlist of all of your favorite songs by the singers that will be playing live at Coachella. Remember, the first step to believing it, is living it. So create your playlist and put it on blast on the days that those artists would be playing at Coachella. Though you may not get to hear them play live (this time) you still get to listen to your favorite bands and rock out as if they were there in your bedroom. Now, step number 4. The next and final step.stepno4.sagedandconfused

Et Cetera, Et Cetera.  I know that normally when you go to a place you’ve never been before you take pictures and buy souvenirs so that you can forever remember your first time being there. But sense you haven’t actually gone to Coachella you won’t be able to have those little mementos. That’s a LIE. You will! Or at least your own little version of it. You can think of it as the time you were so desperate to go to Coachella that you faked it. Sense Coachella is a semi grassy plain, to take pictures you can visit your neighborhood park. If you go to the least grassy area of the park where there is just a little bit of grass, lay down a blanket, and then throw your body on top of it you can have somebody take a picture of you from behind so that it looks like you were far too busy celebrity spotting to turn around for a photo op. Not only will it fool the person your showing it to, the picture will also be Tumblr worthy which is a plus. If you don’t feel like doing that, like I wouldn’t, you can take a picture where your background is the grass and you’re coming from the top at your own house. Like an outside “selfie”. Anywhere where the grass is your background, should be fine.

Now, if anyone asks about souvenirs or merchandise tell them to get a life or if you’re trying to be nice say you didn’t want one or forgot to buy one. You can also make your own. I don’t know how easy it will be, but it’s possible. As for festival passes? Simple, you tossed or lost yours. Your room is far too dirty to find a little wrist band with the Coachella logo on it. You can stretch that lie until next year, when you will be able to go to Coachella. Note: I am in no way promoting lying. It was just a joke.

Well, that’s all I have for you. No matter what you do, don’t forget the first rule/step: Have fun! If you have something else I should add, put it in the comment box or email me. (Happy belated Easter, and April Fool’s Day!) 🙂

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Look for a new post this weekend!

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See you this weekend!