Pumpkin Oats over Baked Apples

It’s cool and rainy and I have no obligations today. What’s a girl to do? Sleep in, create a delicious breakfast and schedule a lunch date of course!

**Before you hate my guts let me just say that the next two days are technically my last two days of summer before teaching begins! Come Thursday I’ll be back to the working world like everyone else!

This morning my usual cool yogurt bowl just didn’t sound right (especially after I had to dig out the Uggs!). Instead I decided to whip up a warm batch of pumpkin oats. I have to say, this is the best version I’ve come up with yet. Last year I just couldn’t quite get on the pumpkin oat bandwagon, but I’ve discovered what I was missing- banana! And a little bit of hidden goodness at the bottom- baked apples!


Pumpkin Oats over Baked Apples

1/3 cup Water
1/3 cup Almond Milk
1/2 Banana
Pinch Salt
1/3 cup Oats
1/3 cup Canned Pumpkin
1/4-1/2 Apple, sliced
Brown Sugar & Walnuts, optional

Bring water and almond milk to a boil. Meanwhile later sliced apple in bottom of an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg and place under broiler until tender. Add banana, oats and salt to boiling liquid. Cook until almost done, add pumpkin and dash of spices. Continue to cook an another minute or so until thick.
Layer oats on top of baked apples. Top with brown sugar, walnuts and another dash of spices before digging in!

The baked apples truly make this dish!



To make things even more cozy, I lit some fall candles before digging into my breakfast!


Aside from a lunch date, I’m planning to spend the day making headway on painting our kitchen trim (it’s been in the works for over a month now…). Unfortunately for the pup it doesn’t look like a walk is in the cards, meaning an indoor workout for me. I’m hoping she won’t get too crazy with her pent up energy!



Early Monday

My week got off to a verrrrry early start.


That picture was taken after I’d been up and about for half an hour!  Yikes.

On Thursday I’ll be starting my long-term substitute position.  School starts at 7:15, which means I’ll be leaving the house between 6:15-6:30 am.  I thought I’d better get a jump start on my new schedule this morning, since school starts about the time I’ve been waking up all summer.  😉

Instead of sitting like a zombie at the kitchen table, I took advantage of the extra time in my day and had 2 loads of laundry through the washer, another 2 loads folded, dishwasher emptied and kitchen cleaned by 7 am!  As soon as I finished, I packed up Sydney and my computer and headed to my parents’ house. (we don’t have internet, so I do a lot of work at my parents’ during the week)

While the computer was booting up, I fixed myself a passionfruit Cho bowl with oats and walnuts and poured another 1/2 cup of coffee.


Perfect way to start a Monday!

On the agenda for today: some wedding planning, online shopping for a friend’s engagement gift (I may spend the day on Crate & Barrel!), a P57 workout, walk with Sydney and then a tennis match this afternoon!  I’m also hoping to do some meal planning for the week.

Here’s to a productive Monday!

Fall Friday

Looky what I had this morning!!!!

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First pumpkin spice of the season! My stomach can’t handle a coffee latte so I have a tea latte with skim and a shot of pumpkin. aka Heaven.

Puppy girl and I were out and about bright and early this morning because Jim needed a ride to work, and of course I had to take full advantage of the Starbucks across the street. 😉

Sydney thought my drink smelled pretty darn good. Sorry pup, caffeine is for humans.

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Although it was super early according to my schedule for the past few months, the warm, spicy drink, cool air and changing leaves has me totally in the mood for fall!

When we got back to my parents’, breakfast was in order. The usual, obviously, with a side of blogs and some celebrity gossip.


I’m planning to make the most of my last Friday as a non-working lady. (I start a long-term substitute position next Thursday!) A little fall closet-cleaning is in order, followed by a workout and walk with the pup before our tennis match this afternoon. My dad & little brother are out crabbing this morning so we’re hoping for a dinner of steamed crabs later!

Happy Friday!

A Fair is a Veritable Smorgasbord

I’m either a little crazy or an elementary school teacher, but I can’t help but think of Templeton every year on the drive to the fair:

Cracks me up every time. 😉

There is no such thing as healthy eating at a fair, but my trick was to split our favorite, once-a-year treats with Jim as a means of portion control.  Overall I think we did well.  Our first stop was the gyro stand.

As you can tell, I was more than a little excited to chow down.  We opted for chicken and it was out of this world!  As we munched on the gyro we made our way through my favorite building, the produce.


Next up was the livestock, but not without a random giraffe spotting!


Before leaving we nabbed two more of our favorites to split- ribbon fries soaked in vinegar and a waffle with ice cream. 🙂


Until next year fair food!


This morning it’s back to eating as usual with a tasty yogurt bowl.  Same as yesterday but today’s mix is topped with a sprinkle of chia.


Time to get moving… I’ve got plans to can some of my garden veggies this morning, and need to fit in a workout before a tennis match this afternoon!



Breakfast All-star

Let’s start this blog off right- with the best. breakfast. ever.

Most of the week, my day starts off with some variation on this mix!  My favorite combo:

– 1 cup Chobani

– 1/3 cup raw oats

– 1 tsp honey

– handful of frozen berries

Some days I’ll throw in some walnuts or chia seeds, and if I’m bored with the plain Cho I’ll switch to my favorite flavor- passion fruit.

Any way I mix it, this breakfast always fills me up and sticks with me through lunch!