three’s a crowd

Mornin’ all.  It was hard for me to fall asleep last night because I was so excited about finally starting the blog, so naturally, I stared at the two lonely posts I had written and decided that they needed a friend.  A friend that would have to wait until tomorrow morning, after I dropped the kiddies off at camp.

I have the best job ever.  Everyday I get to hang out with two adorable, sweet, and extremely smart little girlies.  LiaBanana is wise beyond her years.

“Do you have a job?” 

“Yes, of course! This is my job, silly!”

“But this is too fun to be a job!”

Amen, sista.

Zoombezi Bay!

Then there’s the pet store, where puppy#1 is the cutest little bugger I’ve ever seen, puppy poopy #2 “has a pooping problem” and dog #3 (who was way too big to be called a puppy) scratches LiaBanana’s leg.  You win some, you lose some.

puppy numero uno, obviously

Look at those eyes!

still puppy#1

you guessed it… #1

Poopy#2 and dog #3 didn’t make the cut. Sorry, guys.  Just like Lia said, “That dog is never gonna find a home if he scratches everybody.”  True dat.

Back up to this morning, when I indulged in the most important meal of the day.  Lately I’ve been enjoying Trader Joe’s toasted oat bran.  In one serving, it packs 6 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein.  Not to mention 15% of the daily value of iron.  I don’t hate it.

the goods

Let’s chat for a bit about these all star ingredients. As you can probably tell, I have a mild but healthy obsession with Trader Joe’s.  Their spices are only $1.99–good luck finding that anywhere else, excluding the value time ones that have been alive longer than I have.  Their peanut butter costs $1.79, and it only has two ingredients: peanuts and salt.  That’s where it’s at.  The chocolate chips don’t have any funky milk solids or preservatives–in fact nothing under the Trader Joe’s brand name has preservatives, which is humbelievableThe baby stevia hanging with the cocoa powder is what I use to sweeten my oatmeal.  It’s great in a pinch, and that’s all you need–a pinch.  No artificial sweeteners…I don’t haaaaate it. 
Reese’s Cup Oat Bran
serves one
  • 1/3 cup toasted oat bran
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk/whatever milk you don’t hate
  • 1 tbsp DARK unsweetened cocoa powder (for extra iron) or the reg. kind
  • 1 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
  • 1/2 banana
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • half a packet of stevia or to taste (or use sugar/agave/100% maple syrup)
  • handful of dark chocolate chips (optional required)

Combine everything except the nanner and chips in a covered bowl, tasting for sweetness.  Stir and then put that bad boy in the fridge before bed.  When you wake up, add more milk/water until you get a smoothie-like consistency.  Tear the half a nanner into big chunks and add to oat bran. The nanner will become gooey and carmelized and yummilicious a la Katie . Microwave  for a minute to a minute and thirty seconds until you like the consistency.  It shouldn’t need too long since the oats were soaking all night.  If you’re feeling sassy, throw in and some chocolate chips.  Stir, eat, repeat.   You’ll be full for hours.  Nothin to hate about that.

Looks don't matter. It's what's on the inside.