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A Few of My Favorite Things....

Posted Jan 28 2011 12:00am
Good Evening and Happy Friday!

I am looking forward to this weekend and have a few fun things planned.  We just got back from Emmet's first sparring class at Taekwondo and he loved it.  I was a bit worried about the whole sparring aspect of Martial Arts but know that it is a rite of passage and that it is the next step toward his next belt.  Emmet suited up and got out there and showed his moves.  I was pretty impressed actually.

It has been a great week overall and it made me think of all the little and not so little things that made it nice and thought I would share them with you.  And yes, you will be seeing a bowl of oatmeal in the mix!

Love, love these Extra Thick Rolled Oats.  They are the base for many great bowls of oats!

Dried Peach and Walnut Salba Oats

Speaking of Bob's Red Mill, I adore all of their product and have a designated drawer in my freezer to keep them all fresh.  They are also a local product so I can even feel good about purchasing the products.

Other things that make me happy are:

Breakfast for Dinner Night- 10 Grain pancakes served with Turkey Sausage and Maple Syrup



Running!  It makes me oh so happy.

Baking on rainy Portland Day. Making my all-time favorite cookie. Be fair-warned these cookies are not healthy but an occasional treat and are the best in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!

The Absolute Best Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

by Abby White

2 sticks unsalted Tillamook Butter, at room temperature

3/4 cup organic evaporated cane juice sugar

3/4 cup organic brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs, beaten (use farm fresh local eggs if possible)

1 teaspoon soda

1 tsp salt

2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

1/2 cup wheat germ (key ingredient)

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

6 oz dark chocolate chunks

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars together in mixer on low speed. Add vanilla, then eggs. Add dry ingredients- oatmeal, flour, wheat germ, salt and soda. Once combined (batter will be thick) fold in chocolate chunks. Drop by ice-cream scoopfuls onto baking sheets. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

My new philosophy is that if you are going to have a treat make sure it is well worth the calories.  I also know that when I make these cookies I indulge in one or maybe two and enjoy them thoroughly even knowing that there is two sticks of butter in them versus making a light version of chocolate chip cookies and then eating 4 cookies because hey, they are light and lower in calories.  In my twisted mind that means that I get to eat more cookies then!  Guilt is also a good thing.  It kicks in when I eat something decadent and then I watch what I eat more closely and try to balance out the rest of my eating and exercising.


Cute Headbands- not sure if a 40+ mom can get away with wearing them but I do!They make me smile.

I went to yoga this week and it felt so good to get back into the groove of it. 

Somme Institute Skin Care-  Simple and it really works.

Pacifica Body Butters are the best and this is one of my current faves.

Speaking of make-up and stuff.... I love Josie Maran Tinted Moisterizer.  It helps even out my skin and is loaded with Argan Oil.  These are the little things that make me happy eat day.  Every gal needs a little helper and Josie's products make me feel a little more polished each day.

I LOVE the Flexitarian Diet and continue to fall back on the philosophies of this book.  I made the best lunch today out of this book.  It is going to be my new go-to lunch because it was quick and easy to make and absolutely healthy and delicious. 

I admit, I love Juice Plus.   I really should become a rep because my whole family loves these chewy servings of fruits and vegetables.  We try to eat REAL fruits + veggies everyday and succeed most days but these are just our little insurance policies if  we don't.  They taste like candy so my kids love them as well as me!

Nut butters make me oh so happy and SunButter is one of the best!
My favorite meal consists of:

Ezekiel English Muffin + SunButter+ Banana= Heaven

The SodaStream Penguin is my favorite and I am so glad that I bought it.  Sparkling water is so refreshing with a fresh squeeze of lemon.

Vitamin D Sunny Gummies are the best.  I hate to admit it but I actually like the Pacific Northwest Weather.  The sun usually peaks out at some time or another each day and I make sure to go outside and enjoy it while I can.  I also love the fact that when we do have a sunny day here in the winter, everyone gets outside and rejoices in its beauty.

Spicy Peanut and Edamame Wrapfrom the Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN
1 tbsp peanut butter (I used SunButter)1 tsp sesame oil2 tbsps rice vinegarDash of red pepper flakes
1/2 cup shelled frozen edamame, thawed1/2 cup shredded carrots2 small (6-inch) whole grain tortillas
Whisk together peanut butter, oil, vinegar and red pepper flakes.  Toss with edamame and carrots, and wrap mixture in tortillas.  Heat in microwave for 30 to 45 seconds.  Drizzle a little siracha sauce for extra kick!

Oh my lordy, this wrap is good.  I love peanut sauce and so this was right up my alley.  I added a little siracha sauce for extra spice and absolutely love the texture and taste of this wrap.  Plus, it was super simple to make and very filling.  I am definitely going to be making this again..... maybe even tomorrow.

And last but not least, a few of my favorite things that makes each of my days so very blessed and happy are:

Emmet and Zoe
Getting to spend time with my kids and husband is what it is all about!  I would even give up eating oatmeal to do that but luckily I don't have to. 
I hope you all have a great weekend and would love to hear from some of you about what makes you "oh so happy."

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