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Give them the glory

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Now that summer times is here we have a lot of late mornings.   Because you know we sleep in and take advantage of being lazy!

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Which means that we also indulge in quick breakfasts because…well because we are busy being lazy!

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I have really been enjoying overnight oats for the past several weeks.  There is nothing like waking up to breakfast already made for you.  Not to mention when you live in Louisiana where the temps are super high you do not even want to think about turning on a stove.  I have been enjoying these little gems with an assortment of yogurts and fruits.

If you haven’t tried overnight oats yet, then you need to.  Like pronto!!  So tell me if you do enjoy this wonderful dish for breakfast, lunch, snack, or even dinner please share your favorite variety 🙂


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The Big “K”

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Hi!  I’m Kohl 🙂

It is my first day at school today!

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I am now a big K student – actually that’s mean Kindergarten just in case you didn’t know it.

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I’m cute I know – I am really excited to be in school.

My mama is not as excited as me.  She is glad to not have to pay day care, but she doesn’t want to see her baby grow up so fast. 

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Which is why she needed something a little special this morning.

  • 1 pkg coach’s oats
  • 2T pea protein powder
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1T flaxseeds
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 2T cocoa powder
  • dash salt
  • dash vanilla
  • 1/3c almond milk
  • 2/3c water
  • banana & strawberries sliced

Mama made a lovely serving of those single lady oats that she likes to eat.  Actually she mixed it all up last night and placed in the fridge.  This morning she layered the overnight oats with the banana/strawberry slices!

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Complete with a lovely blob of her new favorite nut butter – PB & Co.  White Chocolate Wonder – I wonder if she will share????  Actually I am thinking that she may have put a dollop of that stuff in the middle of the glass as well.

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I wonder why she calls them single lady oats?  She has my daddy so she technically (yep I know big words – I use the word actually a lot – drives my mama crazy) is not single!

Of course between work, me, and all the other wonderful duties that she, has she made need a little something different later today in that glass.

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I better put a call into Dad asap!   🙂


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let the photos do the talking

Happy WIAW!!

Peas and Crayons

On today’s post for What I Ate Wednesday, I have decided to save the text and let the photos tell the story 🙂



  • Lot’s of overnight oats
  • Oat Pancakes w/ peanut butter-coconut cream

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SNACKS (day & night)

  • watermelon – lot’s!
  • PB&J sandwich things
  • yogurt
  • brownie bites
  • chocolate chunks
  • red, white, and blueberry coffee cake

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  • Frappachino’s (mocha, original)

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LUNCHES & DINNER (cuz I am cool and eat leftovers)

  • White Beans & Rice
  • cornbread
  • Curry Chicken Salads
  • Basic Salads
  • Corn

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WIAW: Best of….

Happy Hump Day!

I love Wednesday’s….don’t you? 

It means the week is half over.  It means two short days until the weekend.  It means my blog post practically writes itself thanks to Jenn over at Peas & Crayons!

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Why?…..because it is What I Ate Wednesday!  A great link party hosted by none other than the fabulous Jenn 🙂

So let me give you a little taste of what I ate this week.  Instead of giving you my eats for the day, I have decided to give you the best eats of my week so far!

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  • almost Elvis pancakes w/ grilled banana
  • oven roasted corn
  • watermelon
  • peanut butter chocolate chip cookies
  • blueberries
  • overnight oats w/ blueberries
  • blueberry pie
  • boiled crawfish

I know it doesn’t seem like a well rounded meal plan.  I promise other items where a part of my meals, theses are just some of the best.  Other items include things like:

  • tomato sandwiches
  • hummus & carrots
  • yogurt
  • coffee
  • water (always)
  • salads
  • grilled sausage

So I have enjoyed lots of foods lately!  But I must tell you, I was super excited when I baked these wonderful cookies!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (adapted from Clean Eating Mag)

  • 1c natural peanut butter
  • 1/2c powdered sugar 
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2t baking soda
  • 1/4t sea salt
  • 4T semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate.
  2. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and let cool for 15 more minutes.

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Finally a cookie that we do not have to feel guilty about eating.  I have to admit that I was skeptical about this cookie when I came across the original recipe, but it is a tasty one.  The original recipe calls for almond butter, and for 3/4 cup of natural sugar.  I substituted powdered sugar and decreased it to 1/2 cup.  The substitute was made because I was out of organic turbinado sugar.  Needless to say it is time for groceries in our household!  Of course you can add the full amount of sugar if you would like.  I for one love the taste of peanut butter so I didn’t need it.  Not to mention that the chocolate chips gives the cookies the sweetness they need!

So go throw a batch of these together and enjoy…guilt free!


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Breakfast of Busy Moms

I have easily become addicted to quick breakfasts.

As a matter of fact, I enjoy quick breakfasts more now that I am home for the summer on break than I did when I was working.  What gives?

Maybe it is because I sleep in every morning and I am starving upon awakening.

Maybe it is because I am much busier in the mornings now than I was when I was working, after all the only thing to do while working was to dress and eat.

Maybe it is because when working I know that whatever I cook can be placed in a bowl to go and I can eat it once at my desk if need be.

Maybe it is because I have a busy morning full of errands, time spent in a car, with no time to really sit and eat until lunch time.

Or maybe it is just…..well heck, I have to admit, it is all of the above.  Whatever the reason I am  enjoying my breakfast of choice.

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Overnight Oats!  I love them.  They are perfect, quick (hello just grab a spoon and eat), cold, full of flavor, cold, creamy, did I mention cold?  In Louisiana heat that is a big plus!

This mornings bowl was a mixture of single serving of vanilla yogurt (a must for the best overnight oats), 1/2c oats, 1/2c almond milk, dash of cinnamon, handful of blueberries.

I dashed out the door a short hour later to go to my orthodontic appointment (mouth is sore, soft foods at the moment), pick the boys up, hit the grocery, and dash home in time to see the hubster off to his weekly fishing tournament!

So since I am a single lady tonight, which doesn’t require a cooked meal, I decided that breakfast was in order tonight as well!  The boys and I enjoyed blueberry oatmeal waffles.  This is your basic waffle recipe using oat flour.  Oat flour is simply oatmeal ground into flour 🙂 

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In the mix:

  • 1/4c oats, ground
  • 1/4c oats, whole
  • 1t baking powder
  • 2T flaxseed
  • dash of salt
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4c almond milk
  • few stevia drops
  • handful of bluberries

Simply mix all ingredients together and cook on you waffle iron!  No waffle iron…..make pancakes!  This was perfect.  It was simple, quick, and soft to chew 🙂

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I am off to enjoy being a single lady for the evening.  I will be back tomorrow with an exciting post!!


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Things R Changin

I am a creature of habit.

I like to keep things simple.  The same.  Controllable.

This is probably due to the OCD that I suffer from. Although the hubster is convinced that I am just a control freak.  I blame it on the OCD!

But I have to admit, I am a little bit of a control freak.  I just like to keep things simple.

But things are changin…..


Today  100°F

Feels Like: 106°



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Out with hot oats and in with……

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Overnight Oats & “Soft Serve” Parfait

  • 1/2c oats
  • 1 single container of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2c almond milk
  • cinnamon
  • splash of almond extract
  • strawberry slices
  • frozen bananas
  • frozen strawberries
  1. Mix the first six ingredients in a bowl and place in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning mix place frozen bananas & frozen strawberries in a food processor and process until you have soft serve
  3. Layer the glass with soft serve & oat mixture, top with sliced bananas & dash of cinnamon

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Daily Activities


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We have traded in desks, books, and pencils for trips to slides, monkey bars, and swings.



Hot coffee has been traded for iced coffees 🙂

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Gone are the apples & nut butters and in are the cliff bars, frozen berries, watermelons, and….

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No Bake Chocolate Oat Bites

  • 1/2c oats
  • 1T buckwheat groats
  • 1T pecan pieces
  • 1T cinnamon
  • 1/4c chocolate chips of choice (I used non dairy from Eden Life)
  • 2T honey
  • 1T coconut oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix the oats, groats, pecan pieces, and cinnamon and place on a sheet pan sprayed with non-stick spray.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, set aside to cool
  4. Melt chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave for about 60 seconds
  5. Add the remaining ingredients and stir well, you may need to microwave a few more seconds to keep it smooth and creamy
  6. Mix the dry ingredients in with the chocolate and stir well
  7. Place spoonfuls of the mixture in cupcake liners and place in the refrigerator to chill

These are the perfect treat.  They are chewy with the slightest crunch due to toasting the oats.  Of course they need to be kept chilled to hold them together, but with 100 degree temps I am loving a cool treat 🙂

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And last but not least, the biggest change is……

hair color

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I have traded in my blonde locks for brunette  I know crazy right!  When all others are going blonde for summer, I am darkening.  But I can explain.  I have slowly been adding low lights back into my hair over the last several salon visits, trying to get back to my natural color, and also because I was getting to close to that “damaged hair from too much bleach” look.  But I can’t blame this shade on the salon.

Oh no.  I did this job all by myself.  In my plan to save money/pay off smaller debts faster I have decided to make a great sacrifice – no more color jobs at the salon until debts are paid off.  Thank goodness that will be by the end of the year!

So I traveled to the local Ulta store, spent too much time on the hair color isle, and came home with what is called “Light Golden Brown” hair dye.  I wanted to keep some of the golden tones in, but I wanted to get away from the blonde locks.  So I chose two shades and asked the boys which did they like best.  They picked the box, we came home, dumped it in my head, and here you go…..brunette.  A little darker than what I was thinking it would turn out to be, but I like it!

Of course the safe part is that I went with a “wash out” dye as opposed to permanent.  I figured that would be safer since I was going solo.  So I will be back to normal within about 30 shampoos.  I have already decided that I will continue to use this type of dye until I decide to return to the salon, which of course the hubster has deemed will happen sooner rather than later.  We shall see 🙂

So tell me your honest opinion on this subject.  The decision to save as well as the color itself.  It’s okay to say it is not right for me or to dark.  I promise I will still love you all….after all, Kohl told me I looked “stupid”!  And here I am thinking that I am teaching my children to be nice and respectful??


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This ain’t McD’s chicken nuggets

Everything is going fabulously over here at Isle Helen, thanks for asking!

But there is one thing I should probably tell you about……

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There is no McD’s over here on Isle Helen.  We don’t do fake food here.  We do real food.  Real & healthy food.  Food that makes you wish you never had eaten fake food.  Food that even your kiddos will request to take for lunch the following day. 

We have Isle Helen chicken nuggets!  Made with real chicken.  All white meat.  Wonderfully healthy breading.  No deep frying here, all oven baked.  Yet still crisp 🙂

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Not to mention very well seasoned.  Who wants to eat plain chicken?

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Chicken Nuggets

  • 1/2c buttermilk 
  • 1T wing sauce
  • 2 chicken breast cut into chunks
  • 1/2c whole wheat flour
  • 1/4c bulgur wheat
  • 1t paprika
  • 1t onion powder
  • 1t garlic powder
  • 1t paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix the buttermilk and wing sauce in a shallow dish.  You may use more or less wing sauce depending on the spice you like.
  3. Combine the flour, bulgur, and seasonings in a pie dish.  Make sure the seasonings are well combined.
  4. Dredge the chicken chunks through the milk mixture, then roll in the flour mixture.
  5. Place on a baking sheet that has been covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray.
  6. Spray chicken chunks with olive oil spray
  7. Bake for 15 minutes on one side, flip, spray, and cook another 15 mintues.
  8. Remove from oven and enjoy

The bulgur wheat helped to give the nuggets some crispiness to them.  They were wonderfully seasoned and made great leftovers for today’s lunch!

We also enjoyed a lovely baked sweet potato with some of this on top…

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Love this stuff 🙂


Now for this mornings island breakfast!

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Last night I combined 1/4c oats, 1/2c almond milk, 2T vanilla yogurt, 1T chia seeds, 2T coconut, cinnamon & few drops of vanilla stevia in my blender and blended away.   I then stirred in 2T of whole rolled oats and placed in the fridge. 

Lovely doughy overnight oats 🙂

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This morning I stirred in another 1/2c almond milk and layered the oats in a lovely glass with banana slices.  But not just banana slices.  Oh no, we can’t stop there.  We also included some….

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Salt & Honey kissed Walnut Butter

  • bag of walnuts, roasted
  • 1t sea salt
  • 1T honey

Blend all ingredients in a blender until nice and drippy/creamy.

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So I had a parfait of sorts.  Although you can’t really see layers since the oats folded around the banana and walnut butter.  But you can see them on top.  With an extra dash of cinnamon 🙂

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Because you know on Isle Helen nut butters are not optional.  They are mandatory.  You must include at least one type of nut butter in your breakfast.  You must contain several varieties of nut butters in your refrigerator. 

And the man on the island can not complain about the jars taking up space in the fridge.  Because nut butters are mandatory….I’m talking to you hubster.  For your information I do need an entire shelf and drawer just for my foods!

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After all I need all the protein & good carbs I can get so I am able to keep up with this little guy 🙂

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Because it is very important that we attend the Easter party.

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Equally as important, that we participate in the egg hunt!

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Now where is that nut butter packet I stuck in my purse earlier……..


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Berry, Cherry, Merry Day

Like those homophones?  Yeah me too!

Especially when they are all combined together as with the foods I will share with you today.

Remember my single lady oats.  Well I just made them even better 🙂

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How did I make them better you ask.  Well I made a blend of yummy overnight oats with chia seeds in them.  This is my basic overnight oats recipe, recipe here, but you add in a tablespoon of chia seeds.  I am telling you those things make the mixture so much creamier.  But I didn’t stop there.  I added sliced cherries and blueberries to the mix 🙂

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But the fun didn’t stop there.  Oh no it didn’t.  I made a lovely buckwheat bake.  A berry, cherry buckwheat bake at that!

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Berry Cherry Buckwheat Bake

  • 3T buckwheat groats, ground
  • 1T whole buckwheat groats
  • 1/4t baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1T flax
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1 whole egg
  • dash of vanilla
  • stevia drops
  • 2T almond milk
  • sliced cherries and blueberries
  1. preheat oven to 350 and spray ramekins with non stick spray
  2. combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl
  3. combine the wet ingredients in a small bowl
  4. make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet
  5. mix together well and add the cherries/blueberries
  6. bake for 30 minutes or until center is firm to the touch

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Of course at this point you can add whatever toppings you choose.  I used peanut butter and maple syrup 🙂

I loved the mixture of sweet cherries and the tart blueberries.  I do believe this is a new favorite combo for me, I will be seeing more of this combination in my future!

So where does the merry come in?  It’s Friday!!  Yep, I had those lovely overnight oats for breakfast this morning.  Did I have the buckwheat bakes.  I had the buckwheat bakes last night for dinner, which is how they ended up on this post.  How are they merry?  Um, it was Thursday night, last day of testing, and it was the night before Friday! 

So go ahead make yourself one of these lovely treats and have yourself a berry, cherry, merry day 🙂


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Weekend Recap

No I didn’t forget about you guys for the past couple of days.  I have just been a little busy with these two guys 🙂

Being a single parent takes a lot of time, patience, and dedication.  Hats off to all of them!  I decided that my two guys needed some very important mommy time.  So I gave them all of my attention.  Of course I am more than willing to share with you guys the joys we had over the weekend!

Breakfasts included all new recipes for us in the Garner household.  I have found some favorites 🙂

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Root Beer Float Overnight Oats

doesn’t the name just sound great – I mean who doesn’t want a root beer float for breakfast!

  • 1/3 c rolled oats
  • 1/4c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3c almond milk
  • 1/3c water
  • 1T flaxseed
  • 1T wheat germ
  • 1T chia seeds
  • dash of salt
  • few drops of vanilla stevia
  • 1/2t root beer extract

Combine all ingredients into a bowl, cover, and place in the fridge overnight.  Serve them up in a really cute glass, top with more almond milk in the morning for that “float” look and taste!

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I thought of this idea Thursday night when Kohl requested that I  make some root beer for him.  We always make homemade root beer as opposed to buying it 🙂

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Buckwheat Bake

I have wanted to try this ever since I saw them on “The Edible Perspective”.  Thanks Ashley for sharing.

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You can visit Ashley’s blog here to get her recipes.  She has several to choose from.  I can’t wait to try more 🙂

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Chocolate-Strawberry Pancake Stack

We missed pancake Saturday, so we has a pancake Sunday using the new jar of Dark Chocolate Almond Butter 🙂

  • 2T buckwheat groats, ground
  • 1T buckweat groats, whole
  • dash of salt
  • 1/4t baking powder
  • 1T flaxseed
  • 1T wheat germ
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4c almond milk
  • dash of vanilla
  • few drops of stevia if needed

Place dry ingredients into a bowl and combine.  Mix the wet ingredients in a measuring cup, add to the dry ingredients.  Preheat you griddle and cook until brown on both sides and firm to the touch.  Spread each pancake with a little nut butter and top with strawberries.  Heat one spoonful of nut butter in the microwave for about 10-15 seconds to make it drippy.  Pour on top of pancakes and enjoy!

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I have to tell you that breakfast was a highlight of the weekend.

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Friday night the boys and I traveled into Baton Rouge to have a little momma/son date night.  The night included a little shopping at Whole Foods – yay!, and a little dinner.  Kohl wanted some Mexican so we stopped in at Qdaba Grill.  I wasn’t very impressed with the place 😦

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It is more like a fast food establishment than an actual sit down restaurant (which is what we wanted).  Of course we didn’t know that until we went inside.  You get into a line, sort of like subway, to place your order and “dress” your tacos/burritos.  I opted for the grilled veggie burrito which I was so looking forward to.  No wheat tortillas – what, no wheat??  Mostly black beans with very little veggies.  The veggies were frozen which left the burrito watery.  I will not be going back again.  Noah wanted sauce for his taco which they didn’t have.  The red salsas are only available in hot, while the mild is only available in green verde.  Not good for an eight year old.  Kohl didn’t like his order either.  He wanted “chips & cheese”, which was basically like opening a jar of cheese and a bag of chips. 

I didn’t want to walk out of the place because it would seem rude so we dealt with it.  I think next time I am in that situation we will have to walk out.  We really wanted a Mexican restaurant to eat at, but it was a fun night.

Saturday we spent some time at my parent’s house and then decided on a low key night at home.   We decided that pizza and movies were in order. 

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Homemade Veggie Pizza

  • pizza dough recipe here
  • sliced red pepper
  • sliced yellow pepper
  • pizza sauce
  • spinach
  • mozzarella cheese

Prepare dough according to directions.  Top with toppings of choice and bake in the oven at 500 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

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The boys really enjoyed the pizza.  Of course they want cheese only so I had to make it half cheese, half loaded with goodness.  They enjoyed some Netflix movies in the game room while I watched some more Grey’s.

We finished off the remainder of the pizza today after church.  The hubster is back now so I am off to enjoy some time with him.  I loved spending time with my boys, but I am so glad to be done with single parenting 🙂


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Single Lady Eats

Happy Hump Day!

I am celebrating this hump day with a wonderful array of foods.  Why not, I mean I am a single lady – at least for the next five days!

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So for breakfast I had a luxurious serving of Ladies Champagne A La Overnight Oats 🙂

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Raspberry Overnight Oats

  • 1/4c plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3c almond milk
  • 1/3c water
  • dash of vanilla & raspberry extracts
  • dash of  sea salt
  • stevia
  • 1/3c oats
  • 1T flaxseed
  • 1T wheat germ
  • 1T chia seeds
  • 1/4c fresh raspberries

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and place in fridge over night.  Serve the next morning in a lovely single lady glass 🙂

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This was so creamy and fruity.  It was like eating dessert for breakfast.  I am now a firm believer of chia seeds for overnight oats, they really do make a difference!

Lunch was a nice scrambled egg pita served with spinach and salsa, pita chips, and grapes – you know spa style.  Sorry no picture of lunch, bad blogger…..but I just had to share that with you.

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But dinner…..oh dinner – I have fallen in love with my single lady dinner 🙂

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Roasted Tomato Pasta

  • 1 small basket of cherry tomatoes
  • 4T olive oil, divided
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 1  garlic clove, but in quarters
  • pinch of red pepper
  • 1.5 c dry pasta
  • parmesan cheese
  • basil
  1. preheat oven to 350
  2. cut the cherry tomatoes in half, mix with 2T olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  3. roast in oven for approximately 30 minutes
  4. heat remaining oil in skillet over low heat, add garlic and saute for about 10 minutes.
  5. remove garlic from pan and chop finely, add back to pan with tomatoes and red pepper.
  6. cook pasta in boiling water according to package direction, drain and reserve 1/4c cooking liquid
  7. increase heat to medium-high and add in the liquid, bring to a boil
  8. cook for 3-5 minutes then add in the pasta, toss to combine, and cook 1 minute more
  9. serve with parmesan and basil

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Garlicky-Lemony Green Beans

  • handful of fresh green beans
  • 1T olive oil
  • clove garlic, minced
  • zest from one lemon
  1. bring a medium pot of water to a boil
  2. add the beans to water and cook for about 5 minutes
  3. immediately remove beans and place in a large bowl of ice water
  4. heat oil in saute pan over low heat, add garlic
  5. cook garlic for a minute then add the green beans to the pan
  6. sprinkle lemon zest on top of green beans and heat

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Whole Wheat Tuscan Flat Bread

  • 3T whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 t baking powder
  • 1/4t garlic powder
  • 1/2t Italian herbs
  • 1t olive oil
  • 1T buttermilk or non-dairy milk
  1. combine flour and baking powder in small bowl, make sure they are mixed well
  2. add in the remaining dry ingredients and combine
  3. stir in the milk until stiff dough forms
  4. knead the dough  ball for a few minutes and flatten with palm of hand, use fingers to press small marks into bread
  5. heat little olive oil in pan and “fry” you flat bread on both sides until golden brown

Now that my friends is a wonderful, home-cooked dinner.  Had to break out the good china on this one.  I should have date nights more often with myself! 

Oh this meal makes me anxious for the wonderful tomatoes that my dad will grow in his garden.  As well as the green beans, peppers, potatoes, eggplants, onions, etc, etc…. I have such wonderful produce in the summer 🙂

Oh and I had the audacity to pick up some fresh strawberries on the way home.  I think fresh berries and fresh whipped cream will be in order for dessert later….just sayin!

But for now bring on the Grey’s Anatomy previous seasons from Netflix. 

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And a nice glass of vino to go along with it all.  After all – I am a single lady 🙂


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