Homemade Coconut Flax Instant Oatmeal

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This may come as a shock, but Aurelia does not always eat what I do or what I make for us. For lunch or dinner, this is often not negotiable and she just eats what she wants from what I’ve made. Breakfast gets more flexibility, because it’s often a matter of “must eat something” and “2 minutes or less”. Mornings are indeed rushed and while many times she’ll go for a “dippy” (over easy) or scrambled egg, other times she wants something sweet or I need to make something even quicker than an egg that doesn’t require clean up.

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I was buying these apple cinnamon instant oatmeal packets and dividing them in half to make 1/4 cup servings Aurelia could eat quickly and I could make easily. When the last box ran out, I decided to look for a brand without sugar (or fake sugar), but still with flavor. My quick search turned up nothing and I finally had the wits to just google a recipe and try to make my own. Old fashioned oats don’t cook quickly enough or get soft enough to replace the instant oatmeal packets. Luckily, I found this article on the “secret” to making homemade instant oatmeal: the blender! Brilliant. Just blitz a third of the oats in the blender and add to the other ingredients. I’m not a fan of the sugar or creamer (??) included in the linked article, so I just used the technique and came up with my own recipe. I’ve made it three times now, making more than 6 pounds. Geez. I put it in 2 quart jars and freeze it, but already we’ve gone through a couple because what do you know, I can’t stay out of it. Turns out that it’s the perfect middle of the night snack when I wake up hungry (yay, marathon training) or for my own quick breakfast. I keep a 1/4 cup scoop in the jar so I can easily measure out one for Aurelia and/or two for me.

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In one 1/2 cup serving: 107 calories, 17 g carbs (.5 g sugar), 3 g protein, 4 g fat

Don’t buy the packets anymore. Make this, keep it for ages, feed your babes breakfast, and add your own sweetener (stevia, honey, fruit, jam, etc) as needed. Here’s to whatever makes the mornings easier!

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Homemade Coconut Flax Instant Oatmeal

Ingredients:
6 cups quick oats
1/2 cup flax seed meal
1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
1-2 Tbs cinnamon

Instructions:
In a blender, blitz 2 cups of the quick oats until ground. Pour into a large bowl, add the other 4 cups of oats, along with the other ingredients. Mix well. Store in an airtight container. To serve, combine 1/2 cup dry mix with 3/4 cup boiling water and let set for 1 minute to thicken before adding toppings (if desired) and eating. Use less water for a thicker oatmeal.

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins

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I haven’t made muffins in far too long. I sent these off to school with Aurelia and the kids raved about them. I had one, too and have to agree. Just sweet enough. Not dry at all. Just what a muffin should be. Nice to know I still have a knack for them. Upgrading to 22-24% cocoa, like Pernigotti, makes an awesome difference.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins
Adapted from Allrecipes

Ingredients
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp lemon juice
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly oil 16 muffin cups (or a 9×5 inch loaf pan). Stir the milk and lemon juice together in a glass measuring cup; let stand until curdled, about 5 minutes. Into a medium bowl, sift together the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside. Beat the eggs, coconut oil, and sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, the milk mixture, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture just until all ingredients are moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared pan or muffin cups. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 18-20 minutes for muffins (or 50-60 minutes for a loaf). Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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Aurelia and Friends Have a Farm Day

I was going to write a fun little wrap up of our farm day, but as I looked through the pictures, I just couldn’t get over how much Aurelia is growing up and how much my heart is tightly wound around her tall being. I would be completely lost without her and have no idea what I was doing with my life before she was in it. She is such a strong, sensitive, surprising, thoughtful, delightful, honest, funny, gentle soul. I am so incredibly blessed to know her and love her and be her mother.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyday Summer Make Up

Products used in this look:
Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer
Make Up For Ever HD Kabuki Brush
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in #115 Ivory
Christian Dior Pro Cheeks Creme Blush in #545 Hip Peach
Christian Dior Eye Show Creme Eyeshadow in #002 Moonglow
Sonia Kashuk brow brush
BeneFit Brow Zings in Light
Yves Saint Laurent Long-Lasting Eye Pencil Number 7 (on brows)
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch
Maybelline Great Lash in Clear (on brows)
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Loose Powder
Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Peony

Fair Time

We went to the Payette County Fair tonight with my parents and had a great time. Aurelia is so close with her Grandma and Granddad and making memories like these makes me remember all the reasons we wanted to live out here near family in the first place.

Fair favorites: Bunnies, Chickens, Llamas, Goats, Huckleberry Ice Cream, and Mango on a Stick.

I usually won’t eat any fair food, so it was a joy to have the mango, served with a lime wedge. How refreshing!