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Love Letters & Cookies for Breakfast

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Cookies? For breakfast? Ca-OOOoookie Crisp! HA…no, not quite. I’m not talking about the awesomely gross 90’s cereal. But while were on the subject, let’s take a minute and relish my childhood a bit, shall we?

Ahhhh, simpler times when no one really cared about childhood obesity. OK…back on track! Cookies. For breakfast. I”m talking these delicious, oatmeal breakfast cookies that are actually pre-tty dog-gone healthy. Now these aren’t decadent, dessert cookies. I see them more as little, baked oatmeal bites. They’re super simple to whip up and very flexible depending on what you happen to have on hand. It took me only two days to finish off the whole batch!

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Yesterday I had one of those ”I HAVE to be productive for a change” days. After spending entirely too long on Pinterst (I’m sure you have NO idea what that feels like… 😉 ), I swore that I would attempt to actually MAKE two items on my pin boards rather than spend the day clicking, liking, and commenting on a thousand more clever ideas. Thus, the bfast cookies were conquered.

I used the recipe from Wisebread.com and made just  a few changes but the recipe it awesome as is.  I used half dried cherries, half raisins, threw in some sliced almonds, added a tbs. of ground flax seed and doubled the Splenda amount. I loved the addition of dried cherries. They gave them the perfect amount of tartness!

Here’s Wisebread.com’s recipe for Breakfast Cookies.

Ingredients:

3 mashed bananas (ripe)
1/3 cup apple sauce
2 cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup skim milk ( I used almond milk)
1/2 cup raisins (or any other dried fruit you want to add)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp Splenda , sugar or other sweetener

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients in a bowl really well. Let this mixture stand for at least 5 minutes to let the oats become good and hydrated. Heap the dough by teaspoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes and let cool.
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The perfect grab-and-go breakfast! Or afternoon snack. Or…dinner. Let’s remember, I finished the entire batch in TWO days.

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For my next pin board project I absolutely did not look for the simplest craft on the face of the planet. And I definitely didn’t make sure that there were pictures of a 7 year old child making it. And I might just be lying about the past two statements.
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Yes, it’s simple. Yes, it requires only two materials. But I really think the end product comes out looking pretty awesome. All you need it scrap pieces of yarn and pipe cleaners. I wish I had more yarn colors for this project, but I’m a once-a-year knitter. So…yeah…and it actually is a bit time consuming; a good project to do while you’re lying in bed, watching 30 Rock. Ok, maybe that’s just how I do ANY project.
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I got the idea here at BloesemKids. And yes I know, the child pictured on that blog is doing a much better job at this craft than I am. Don’t rub it in.
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Check it out. Try it out. Super Fun and super easy!
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The best thing about this project is that the imperfections just add character. Let it unravel a bit, make your “e” a little crooked, spill your coffee on it a few times. Have a ball, imperfectionists! (ok, that word doesn’t exist, but it should.)

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Here’s to You, Orange & Vanilla


So it’s getting hot and I’ve been craving delicious, cold things. A lot. Like creamsicles and sorbets. Sometimes I take for granted these two very simple and natural flavors that combine to make intense mouthgasms. Here’s to you, orange and vanilla. Never break up. Never.

Orange Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

Vanilla Orange Freeze

Vanilla-Orange Freeze

Chobani Champions Orange Vanilla

Organic Orange & Tahitian Vanilla Bean Lotion

Organic Orange Vanilla Lotion -- 1 1/2 oz. BPA FREE Jar- Like a Creamscicle with Organic Orange & Tahitian Vanilla Bean

Orange Vanilla Bliss Blender Drink

Nestle Orange Vanilla Bliss

Vanilla Orange Jelly

Vanilla Orange Jelly 8oz Jar (Low Sugar)

Orange Creamsicle Sugar Scrub

Orange Creamsicle (sugar scrub)

Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Orange Creamsicle Pancakes

Liquid Creamsicle

Liquid Creamsicle Ingredients

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Hunger Games

Anyone else excited about the Hunger Games premier? I never really got into all the hype of crazy book trilogies; Twilight, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings. Blah… I guess it’s finally my turn to go a little nuts. I freakin loved these books and am STOKED to see the midnight showing of the movie tonight! If you’re anything like me, you’ll be toasting with an Everdeen Fizz for lunch and a Panem Clipper for dinner!

Everdeen Fizz

1 oz. North Shore Eldergin (or Plymouth Sloe gin)
1 oz. gin (something more floral than dry: PDT recommends Plymouth for a sloe gin fizz; I used St. George’s Botanivore)
¾ oz. lime juice
½ oz. mango puree
½ oz. simple syrup
club soda

Shake all ingredients except soda vigorously with ice. Strain over new ice in a Collins glass. Top with soda water. If you must smuggle, pre-mix everything but the soda and carry the soda separately for on-the-spot mixing. The current through the fence is usually turned off. Don’t tell the Peacekeepers you heard it from me.

Panem Clipper

2 ounces Calvados or other apple brandy
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce real, blood-red pomegranate grenadine
2-3 dashes absinthe
Thin strip of lime zest, for garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass; garnish with lime zest.

I came across a whole collection of fan-art book covers. They were all really amazing. These were my favorites!

'The Hunger Games' fan made book covers

'The Hunger Games' fan made book covers

Things I want to make:

Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese & Apple Tarts

Mellark’s Bakery Goat Cheese and Apple Tarts

Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread

Peeta’s Burnt Nut and Raisin Bread

Capitol Orange Juice

Capitol Orange Juice

District 11 Bread

District 11 Bread

Things I want to buy:

The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook: From Lamb Stew to ?Groosling??More Than 150 Recipes Inspired by The Hunger Games Trilogy

Hunger Games - Coffee Cozy Crochet - Team Peeta - White and Blue

May the Odds Be Ever In Your Favor Hunger Games Print 8" x 10" Black and White

Hanging Tree Hunger Games Quote on Ultra Long Leather Wrap Bracelet

Gold Arrow Ring - Hunger Games Inspired

Sweethearts – Hunger Games Sugar Cookies

The Hunger Games Embroidery Hoop - Real or Not Real

Beautiful Hunger Game inspired Print by Sherri Dupree:

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May the odds be ever in your favor!

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