Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins

This is a great recipe if you’re looking for a healthy bite.

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Though we have no food allergies in our house (thank God!) and don’t specifically avoid any certain ingredient, they are perfect for families who ARE avoiding specific things.

No white sugar. No flour. No eggs.

Less than 100 calories a piece.

As an added bonus, they are super tasty and nutritious. Perfect for a quick grab-it-and-go breakfast or a healthy little snack.

These would also be great in kids’ lunchboxes. I am always struggling to pack healthy for my gang. After packing five lunchboxes a day every weekday morning I seem to run out of fresh ideas sometimes.

I haven’t tried this yet, but these supposedly freeze well also.

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I snagged the recipe off of this website.

Here’s the lowdown on what you need to make these:

5 cups rolled oats

2 1/2 cups overly ripe bananas

1 tsp salt

5 TB sweetener (you choose which one–I used honey)

2/3 cup Chocolate chips

2 1/2 cup water

1/4 cup + 1 TB oil (coconut or vegetable)

2 1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 380 degrees F and line cupcake pans with liners. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl and then add in to the dry ones. Mix together well, than spoon into cupcake liners. Bake for 20-22 minutes. Makes about 24.

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10 More Random Facts About Me

So I am still having issues uploading new pictures on my blog. Even though this winter has been a mess, I really have done some new projects and recipes. Hang in there, hopefully I get it sorted out shortly.

Just for fun (and because this I can do right now) I thought I’d write another little random facts list. To see my first one, check it out here.

1.  I am 5’10”, which is pretty tall for a girl. And yes, I was always self-conscious about it, though my petite friends tell me to be thankful for my height.

2. Growing up I was a total klutz. I still am, though maybe not quite as bad. Or maybe I have embraced my klutziness.

3. I once played Glinda the Good Witch in a kids version of the Wizard of Oz. I also played the Good Fairy in Little Bunny Foo-Foo for Girl Scouts when I was like 8. This is the extent of my acting/drama experience.

4. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Ed. and had my first child a month after finishing my student teaching. I’ve been a stay at home Mom ever since (and don’t regret a single second of it!)

5. My favorite color is green.

6. I can’t stand to eat any kind of fish or seafood. Even tuna makes me want to gag.

7. The only time I’ve been out of the US was on my honeymoon. My husband and I went to Western Canada and took a train tour from Vancouver to Calgary. It was gorgeous!

8. I have taught Elementary age Sunday School for the last 15 years. I took a break at some point for a year and missed it horribly.

9. I once had to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on someone who was all-out choking. That someone was my youngest twin, Josh, who at the time was 15 months old. I am still traumatized, though thankfully he doesn’t remember it.

10. Despite fact #2, I’ve never had a broken bone in my (almost) 36 years.

Snow and Ice Days

My post today is mostly pictorial. It is a basic summary of what we have done for the last few weeks.

If you live in the Northeast (and I’m sure in many other areas of the country), your days may look somewhat the same, especially if you have school-aged children.

Here in Pennsylvania we have been assaulted with what seems like one storm after another. The result is a mixed bag of snow days (plus MLK day and an Inservice day thrown in) and 2 hour delays that have completely messed with our normal schedule. At this point it seems as if my kids have been out of school more days than they’ve been in school. I can only imagine what it’s like for their poor teachers on the days that they actually have a full day. Oh, and we have another winter storm on the horizon, hooray! By the way, there’s a cute article here that totally reflects my feelings on the recent weather and lack of school. It is called “The Winter that Nearly Killed All the Moms.”

Anyhow, I’ve snapped some pictures here and there that kind of sum up what we do on those multiple days off. However, WordPress is giving me major issues whenever I try to upload a photo that I’ve taken (and I took some pretty good ones too!). Sooo…I’ll improvise and throw in some photo downloads that I’ve snagged off of Google images and such, plus a couple that I’ve already put on my blog somewhere that I was able to use. Sorry, I know it’s kinda lame but hey, work with me here. Hopefully the problem is resolved soon!

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Time outside in the snow! Lots of sledding, snowman making, and all the other outdoor fun that goes along with snow days. Hopefully nobody gets hurt–though we did have an incident involving a knocked-out tooth. Thankfully it was a baby tooth that was soon going to fall out.

(Do you know how hard it is to find a white baby tooth in the white snow? Virtually impossible.)

Photo: My "keeping it real" photo--what snow days with kids really looks like. There's another pile just like it at the front door!

Just to keep it real, this is a small sampling of what awaits me when the crew comes in from being out in the snow.

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I already make bread at least once a week, but love making it and doing other baking on these frigid days. There’s nothing like coming in the house after being outside and inhaling that freshly-baked smell. Good stuff.

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One of the few days when my nieces were here as well, we tried out this recipe using freshly fallen snow. They were so excited about our Snow Cream. I have to admit, it was pretty yummy and reminded me of Rita’s Vanilla Water Ice, which is one of my top faves.

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As a family we have dived into the Chronicles of Narnia book series. My kids sit there entranced as I read a chapter or two out loud to them at a time. Though I haven’t shown any of the movies to them, we plan to watch them at some point.

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Games, games, and more games. Candyland, checkers, Uno, Battleship, Chess….I could go on and on but you get the idea.

Lots of little craft times. Perler beads have been one of the semi-newer favorites. Oh, and we busted out some Play-Doh as well.

I will be thrilled when Spring arrives.

Happy Snow Days to all,

Rachel

A Minty Valentine

This is a super quick little Valentine idea for today.

I think it would be appropriate for littler or bigger kids and isn’t too mushy-gushy.

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I simply took a package of Mentos mints and attached a little tag that I had printed out with a piece of rickrack.

The tag reads, “We were ‘mint’ to be friends.”

I can see this same idea going with a box of Junior Mints, Mint Hershey Kisses, or any other candy that is mint based.

Happy February everyone!

-Rachel