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Soft, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Catching onto the trend?? Soft and chewy cookies are on trend apparently. The baking mood has yet to subside and with a meeting for work, I figured it would be a great opportunity to bake something and have someone else eat it. 🙂

It was a great life decision to bring those cookies to our meeting because everyone absolutely loved them…and I didn’t have to eat too many of them.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 

Ingredients:

1 Cup Softened Butter 1 Cup White Sugar
1 Cup Light Brown Sugar 2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda 1 Teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 3 Cups Quick Cooking Oats
1 Cup Raisins

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In a mixer, beat the butter, white sugar and light brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Then add in the eggs one at a time. Stir in the vanilla.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Gradually add the flour mix to the wet mixture. Mix in the oats and them raisins.

3. Cover the cookie sheets in tin foil and place 1 inch dough balls onto the sheet. Bake them for about 9 minutes and allow them to cool on the cookie sheet to harden them a bit. Then remove them and fully cool them on a cooling rack.

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Just a little side note too, you can always make these cookies a little crispier by extending the time they are in the oven.

Since going a little cookie crazy this past weekend, you won’t even guess where that ended up for me. I definitely took a swing to the other side after cookie overload. I’ll let you in on the next post.

 

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Banana Almond Oat Bread

A few weeks ago when I made the Baked Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Brent had made the suggestion of making a cinnamon banana version of it. There isn’t a banana bread out there that he doesn’t like and I have to agree. Of all of the breads out there, it has be one of my favorites. So, when he suggested it, I obviously thought it was a fantastic idea, and went to work on creating one.

I like it better than the cranberry almond, and others liked the cranberry almond better. I guess it really is up to your own taste. But the best part I think, is the fact that it is gluten free, so my youngest sister Bridget can enjoy it along with the rest of us. Now, the directions for each of them are the same so if you do like the pictures that go along with it…just head over to the Cranberry Almond.

Banana Almond Oat Bread

Ingredients:

2 Cups Oats 1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Milk 1 Banana Chopped
2 Tablespoon Honey 1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix the oats, almonds, chia seeds, baking soda and cranberries.

2. Add in the egg, honey, yogurt, milk and honey. Stir until consistent throughout.

3. Bake it at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes in a greased bread pan.

As soon as the edges as browned and the center looks cooked through, it is good to go. Really kind of a simple recipe but the outcome is fantastic. It’s really healthy and filling.

I’m not even going to lie, I enjoyed it with another latte.

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Ever since Maggie introduce me to to them, I can’t get enough of it. They are light, and really not difficult to make. They get a bed reputation because the clean up is supposedly difficult and time consuming, but I don’t really find it tedious. I think it’s completely worth it to whip these guys up.

What are your thoughts on an at home latte??

Baked Cranberry Almond Oatmeal

Yesterday I woke up before everyone else. So I took Oreo out for a quick walk, and started to make some breakfast for everyone. I decided to get a bit adventurous and BAKE some oatmeal. I started by putting some oatmeal in a bowl…and just kind of went from there. The result was a low sugar, healthy breakfast bread that everyone just tore into. I ended up making a second loaf because the first one was eaten so quickly.

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal

Ingredients:

2 Cups Oats 1/2 Cup Chopped Almonds
2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt 12 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Milk 1/2 Cup Cranberries
2 Tablespoon Honey 1 Egg

Directions:

1. In a bowl, mix the oats, almonds, chia seeds, baking soda and cranberries.

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2. Add in the egg, honey, yogurt, milk and honey. Stir until consistent throughout.

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3. Bake it at 350 degrees for approximately 40 minutes in a greased bread pan.

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When the edges are browned and the center is just cooked, it is finito. I thought it was delicious with some raspberry jam on top but some of my other family members really just enjoyed the flavor of it. It is only slightly sweet and really healthy!

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On the side, Maggie made some yummy lattes. She has been working about a week to perfect it and she is pretty darn good at making them now. She had shown me about a week ago and I burnt my hand in two different places. They still haven’t healed all the way.

As a little “Thank you for being an awesome Latte Maker and giving me some” Gift, I bought some cups and saucers. So while munching on the Cranberry Walnut Baked Oatmeal, we sipped on some lattes flavored with Irish Cream. OHH Yeeaaaa. Fantastic way to start off a Sunday.

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Sometimes I just like the feeling of having the coffee shop at home. I just find it so comforting to have some unique little pastries, muffins or breads with a nice warm latte. Especially when it’s such a treat.

What is something that you enjoy going out to do that you have brought home to you??

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies

These are the yummy cookies that I made for the cookie swap. I have made a similar batch to these in the past, but switched it up a little bit and increased the batter size by a ton, to make 4 dozen cookies. YUM.

Whole Wheat, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

Ingredients:

2 Sticks of Butter 2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup White Sugar 2 Eggs
1/2 Cup Water 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour 1 Tsp Salt
2 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats 1 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Dried Cranberries  1 Tsp Baking Powder

 

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar and white sugar.

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2. One at a time, beat in the eggs, vanilla then water.

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3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Then add it into the wet mixture.

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4. Lastly, add in the rolled oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries.

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Cook them at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. You want to spray the pan before you place the cookie dough on them OR you can just layer tin foil on the cookie sheet and eliminate a step in cleaning up! That’s what I did and it made making multiple dozens of cookies much easier. All I had to do was take the cookies off, throw away the tin foil and replace it with a new one 🙂

This recipe makes 4 dozen cookies!

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They did turn out really well.

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I promise to branch out  from this in the future! I’m ‘making some cookies later this week, and they will NOT be anything like this…I swear 🙂

 

 

Berry Overnight Oats and Wekiwa Springs

Yesterday morning, I took the pups for a 2 mile walk just to tire them out before I ventured off to work. By the time I got back, I was DYING for some breakfast. I had whipped up some overnight oats the previous night and pulled that out of the fridge. As a rule of thumb for making them quickly, sin recipe, I use:

  • 1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1/3 Cup Yogurt
  • 1/3 Cup Milk

For this one, I used Almond Milk and Silk Vanilla Yogurt. Vegan Friendly 🙂

In the morning I topped it off with frozen strawberries that had been warmed in the microwave, 1/2 Banana and my Homemade Granola (I’m not kidding that it made a TON).

I added some cinnamon and Chia seeds to the mix the previous night. I LOVE adding the frozen berries that are heated up on the oats because it adds a natural sweetness and gives it a ton of flavor. I didn’t add any sweetener to this and it really doesn’t need it.

This is just a second example of a berry Overnight Oats. It has the same base as the previous one, but on top are previously frozen blueberries and fresh raspberries. Yum. Yum.

Work was cut short at the office today because it was the docs birthday, so I left a little early and got the chance to FINALLY go to Wekiwa Springs. I have never been but have been dying to give it a try.

Wekiwa Springs is a National Park located just north of Orlando. So if you are in the area, you are talking a 20 minute ride. It is absolutely beautiful. They have a whole bunch of things that you can do in the park, including Hiking, Swimming, Kayaking, Horse Back Riding, Mountain Biking, Camping and I’m sure I’m missing much more. It is $6.00 per car to enter the grounds but once you enter, there are no other fees.

They have tons of maps to grab on your way to prevent you from getting lost, THANK YOU. The trails range from under a mile to over 13 miles. We chose the Orange trail, which was 5.3 miles considering we only had a short amount of time before the park closed and it was dark.

To get on the trail, you pass one of the springs, which was so pretty.

I could definitely spend a dat here. They also have a lazy river that you can just float along all day. Rough life. Next time, the lazy river.

The trail was covered in sand the majority of the way. But the trees and grasses changed just about every half mile. Drastically.

Anyone feel like a movie??

At some points, I really felt like Jurassic park could have been filmed here…picture a dino peeping it’s head over this…

Right??! Maybe?!

On the hike, we saw TONS of deer. We saw a few doe, and 1 MASSIVE BUCK. He was so close to us too! I have never seen one that up close, with massive antlers. I’m from the north and saw deer all the time, but it was actually really cool to be standing 10 feet away from them. The only deer I caught a picture of was this little doe hiding in the bushes.

See it?? Haha, not really the greatest picture of a deer, but what can I say…

There were tons of grasshoppers, squirrels and the usual things you would expect. AND THEN THIS THING:

That…you couldn’t miss. It was MASSIVE. I had trouble getting a picture of it because my camera kept focusing on the trees behind it…but Brent said it was a Banana Spider. Normally, I don’t believe him right away because he has a habit of just saying things so matter of fact that he really sounds like he knows what he is talking about. I have found, that my friend, is not always the case.

In this case, he was completely correct. That is EXACTLY what it was. Apparently they aren’t poisonous but will bite you. Mer.

Overall, the hike was FANTASTIC. I was great cross training for the half marathon and was a great time. The pups were exhausted by the end of it, which is never a bad thing. Just be careful with the ticks. They are definitely out in full force.