Daily Archives: March 7, 2011

It’s Fro Yo Time

It was either wine or fro yo to say goodbye to Greek with tonight. I went for fro yo. Tonight’s mix is mint and vanilla frozen yogurt mixed with granola, chocolate sprinkles, and a little bit of smashed up Oreos. Now if only it would give me the strength to push play on my DVR. I don’t want to say goodbye!

I think they'd agree this is a fro yo moment. So sad!

 

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets

Yesterday I finally got around to making Homemade Instant Oatmeal packets. I got the basic recipe off of this website mentioned in this NYT article. I was inspired to make my own packets, because of several reasons. Making my own packets allows me to experiment with lots of different add-ins. I can make any combo that I can dream up. Making lots of packets at once, instead of new ones every morning, allows me to save precious morning time. I am anything but a morning person. Most importantly, since I eat Quaker instant packets every morning, I go through a lot of oatmeal. Instant oats aren’t cheap, especially in my area, so making my own packets ultimately saves me money.

Here’s what you’ll need for the basic oatmeal:

Quick oats, sugar, salt, and sealable bags. That’s it. Fill each bag with 1/4 cup of quick oats. Add 1/8 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.  

Basic oatmeal packets.

Now time to jazz up your oatmeal:

The Quick Oat container filled 20 bags, so I decided to make 4 different types of oatmeal. I used the following for add-ins:

Chocolate Coconut Cream Oatmeal: Add 1 tablespoon of non-dairy creamer, a pinch of shredded coconut, and a few chocolate chips. Be sure to use non-dairy creamer, as powdered milk may spoil over time.

Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal: Sprinkle in cinnamon and add about a dozen raisins.

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Oatmeal: Add about a dozen cranberries, a few chocolate chips, and 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring.

Peanut Butter Cup Oatmeal: Add chocolate chips now. The morning you plan on eating the oatmeal, add desired amount of PB.

These are just how I choose to jazz up my oatmeal. You can add whatever you enjoy most. I had the Chocolate Coconut Cream this morning, and I prepared it just as I would any other instant oatmeal. Look at me being a money-saver!

How would you jazz up your oatmeal?

This Week’s Loves #7

This is a weekly post where I take time to be thankful for the small extras that made me happy this past week.

– Deciding I was going to be in a great mood all Wednesday, and making it happen.

– Receiving my package from ModCloth’s 70% off sale. Both dresses fit great, and the acorn one is one of my favorite dresses ever.

Acorn-ucopia Dress

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– Catching up with a college friend over delicious guac and chips.

– Finding great finds in the city all week: $5 bracelets for my mom and me on sale at a cute jewelry store, $9 total on a dress and running shorts at the GAP (after sales, a coupon, and a gift card), and designer jeans marked down to $30!

Christopher Blue's Jeans. They are made to fit curves and have memory stretch. Awesome and so comfy.

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– Wearing leprechaun socks and flats to Hoboken St Paddy’s day.

It's true. I do shamrock Hoboken.

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– Taking the time to clean my apartment and keeping it relatively tidy all week.

I'm most proud of my bookshelf.

– Having a many hour brunch and chat session with a good friend.

– Trying out a Tower Pilates class. I like mat classes better, but it was still fun to do the Monkey pose.

The pose looked different.

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– Taking a long walk through the City when it was drizzling (before it turned into a monsoon).

– Finding many hours to watch Friday Night Lights.

I'm in Season 4, but I'm having trouble letting go of the original characters.

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– Rocking out a new PR mile time at 7:40.