Homemade Honey Granola

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I know this might not go on some of your guys’ list of healthy foods but for this household it does. It’s what I would consider a ‘clean’ breakfast. Yes it’s sweetened with honey and has dried fruit  so it’s not ‘sugar free’, but natural sugars like honey and fruits are acceptable in my household. The only ingredients are steel cut oats, dried fruit and honey. So I guess it’s gluten free too. I plan on putting it on yogurt, hot oatmeal (for crunch), as a topping on applesauce, makes a great shortcut for fruit cobbler, eat as cereal and also munching on it as a snack on the tram. For 9zl for a huge bag of muesli I would consider this a great deal. Buying granola is so expensive and if I can make it to my liking and for cheaper then you bet I’ll make it! Besides, it’s fun.

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I honestly just emptied a bag of muesli into a mixing bowl and poured in a small jar of honey. I promise I’ll do better with marking down the amounts in the next recipe. 🙂 My mom taught me how to cook baste of how things feel in the bowls while mixing.  ( too dry, too thick, looking for the right weight when stirring, etc)

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I baked it at 170’C (350’F) for roughly 20 min then took it out, mixed it so it would cook evenly and put it in again for roughly 20 min. I let it cool so it would get hard then I broke it up with a knife. It got any aggression out of my system. 😉 I made it without any spices because, honestly, my family like plain things. BORING I know. Some pumpkin spice or heck even some cinnamon would be great on granola. Enjoy!

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Breakfast Cookies

 

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I actually made these with the hope that the girls will wake up in the morning, eat these and will watch Netflix together giving me an extra 30 min-1hr extra so I can ‘sleep in’ to 7:30am. I wonder how ridiculous that hope is…we’ll see.

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This is another recipe that I thought I could make in advance, girls would like it and I could make it as healthy as I want. Perfect. Turns out I didn’t have any bananas so I just winged my own recipe, making up the measurements as I went. And surprisingly they turned out great. Not dense, a bit more cake like and not too sweet which is nice.

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I was lazy and just wrote down the measurements and took a picture. 🙂

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Ham & Cheese Fritata

10325509_10152511235252379_5709341501811487799_nEating food has become super stressful for me. Or at least I’ve allowed it to become that. I have so many friends that swear by their special food plans. Paleo, no carb, eating clean, raw diet, lactose free, corn free, sugar free, nut free and countless others. Plus I’m nursing, so my food has to include certain elements to  maintain and boost my milk supply. Sigh. It’s not the eating plans themselves that stress me out but the ‘you have to eat this way or you’re killing your body’ mentality. They can’t ALL be right. Right? So I talked with Jesus to see what my answer should be. Because it’s mainly just His advice that matters. And in the end I came to the conclusion that we all have different bodies that can’t handle different things. Yes, be smart in eating. Not a lot of sugars (have them come mostly from fruit), I’m nursing so whole grains are OK. Milk in moderation. And no processed foods. But the main breakthrough was the fear factor. So many plans use fear as they give you information. And I, personally, was allowing that fear to take root. So after dealing and uprooting those things, I chose rethink what we eat.

And it’s not a huge change. We eat mostly clean with a sweet treat to end the day with. However, breakfasts have been mostly sweet carbs. Cereal, pancakes or toast. See, we have only 20 minutes max for us to eat in the mornings. Couple that with two super slow eaters and a time consuming healthy breakfast is way out the window. I went to Pinterest and saw many great ideas. This being the first: Fritatas. I made it a couple days ago and all I have to do is heat it up! We’ve been eating it for breakfast or lunch for days and it’s great. It allows me to have something healthy for myself and eventually for the girls that’s fast for school mornings. That’s the kill zone I was aiming for. Plus it’s made breakfast different, and different is good.

This fritata in particular is a ham and cheese, along with bell peppers, red onion and fresh basil. It turned out so great!!! Travis and I loved LOVED it however the girls wouldn’t eat it because so much of it was green- a mindset we’re fighting these days. At least they tried it. Baby steps. But I’m happy to make a broccoli and ham/cheese which the girls should be able to choke down. :/

I didn’t follow any recipe but threw it together so this recipe will be totally based off me guessing the amounts. So if you like more cheese, no milk or whatever-please feel free to tweak it to your liking, it’s a forgiving recipe.

Ham & Cheese Fritatas

8 eggs

1 small package of pre-shredded cheese (or about 1C. I used mozzarella cause that’s just what I had)

1 med. red bell pepper

1 med. green pepper

1 small red onion (I used it for color but a yellow would work great too. Adds the sweetness)

2-3 cloves of garlic ( I actually used garlic powder but real cloves would be way better)

dash of pepper and salt

1/3 C milk

Handful of fresh basil leaves cut julienne style

Ham ( I used ham sliced by our ‘behind the meat counter person’ and used 4-5 slices. Cut julienne style)

Greased pan ( I used coconut oil but Olive oil would work great too)

Instructions: Stir fry onion and garlic until soft. Cut meat and vegetables to similar sizes. Put onion and garlic in large bowl and mix all ingredients together. Poor mixture in greased pan. Cook at 155’C for about 20-30 min or until top is cooked and slightly browned. Hope you enjoy this! It’s fast, crazy easy and healthy. Perfect! 

Starbucks Oatmeal

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I was going through our local Starbucks recently, and my hubby gushed about how awesome their oatmeal was. (love my healthy babe) I saw it on their menu and my jaw dropped when I saw the price. Um, no. Then I had a little hissy fit- why does healthy food have to be so expensive?! I ordered the pumpkin scone. Principles over health. 😉

So I decided to make my own a little afterwards. Learn from my mistakes friends: add the berries AFTER the water/brown sugar thing. I was overly excited and mixed it with the dry stuff. Even though it tasted great, the water turned purple. Kinda different. (might be fun for kids?) And this recipe all depends on you. Some like their oatmeal nuttier, sweeter or thicker than this recipe. Experiment and enjoy!

 

Blueberry/Nut Oatmeal

1/2 C Quick Oats

3/4 C Hot Water

2T Brown Sugar

2T Your Favorite Crushed Nuts  

1/4C Blueberries (again, any favorite berry you like)

Mix the oats, sugar and nuts. Then add hot water. Mix and wait a couple minutes. Afterwards add the toppings.  Make this with a hot cup of tea and feel smug that you saved yourself about $5. (BTW, I’ve have had Starbucks oatmeal and yes, it’s amazing. hehe)

Cinnamon Roll Cake

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We had a friend stay the night this weekend and I decided to make this cinnamon roll cake for breakfast. I like making things for people when they stay over. And girls like the cinnamon rolls! 🙂

I’m a little lazy and am on a mission to make some kind of cinnamon rolls without the yeast. We’ll see what I find. In the mean time, I can say that this is more like a coffee cake.

Blows Starbucks coffee cake out of the water.

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Here’s the recipe, it’s fast to make.

**I only used 1/2 Cup for the topping. And it turned out delicious! Any way to make it even a little better for us.**

Cake:
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp.salt
1 c. sugar
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 c. milk
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. butter, melted

Topping:
1 c. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together except for the butter. Slowly stir in the melted butter and pour into a greased 9×13 pan. For the topping, mix all the ingredients together until well combined. Drop evenly over the batter and swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes.

Glaze:
2 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

While warm drizzle the glaze over the cake. It’s awesome!

Fare weather health fan? Totally.

I am so embracing this GORGEOUS weather we’ve gotten today and which is suppose to continue into the weekend. (great pictures coming if that’s true)

Isn’t it weird how when the weather gets beautiful we want to eat lighter and healthier? Makes me smile…and brings me to say that I have no shame in declaring that I am now (finally!) jumping on the bandwagon, with everyone else I know, and try to eat healthy. (until late September)

A fare weather health fan? Totally. Thus….breakfast:

14412335490.jpgI used to work at a bistro and they made awesome fruit parfaits. Couple that with the knowledge (thanks to Oprah) that grapefruit is basically a super fruit and also helps with aging…you have my healthy/great tasting breakfast. Only problem? I made way too much. I will cut the amount in half next time.

*and just for fun (because you have to have motivation to eat healthy) I declared my favorite yellow flower bowl to be my parfait bowl.

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Ruby Grapefruit, Low fat granola and Nancy’s non fat Vanilla yogurt. I sprinkled a bit of sugar cause the yogurt was just a bit sour to me. I have a sugar addiction and have no plan on quitting.

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Can I just say that having long hair rocks! I have had very short hair (Audrey Hepburn short) and like it that way even though the upkeep is a lot. But a while ago I decided to grow my hair out, and even though it’s taken FOREVER, it is just now getting to the length that I can fool around with. I am having so much fun doing things… like side buns:

14412718857.jpgI would technically consider my hair ‘medium length’ but the fun is beginning! Yay!!! 🙂

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*please ignore that my face is an obvious shade darker than my neck. We live in the Northwest. Enough said.

Nothing special Crepes

Yesterday was a hard day. I was stressed out over a doctors appointment just trying to confirm it and long story short it never happened.Whatever. I’m working at not allowing those moment to give me stress…thus a stress headache. Didn’t work yesterday…had a headache all day long. So much so that last night I went to bed at 8pm and didn’t wake till almost 8am. I can’t believe I slept that long. It was glorious. Too wonderful for words. 12 hours of sleep…*sigh…so good. I guess my body really needed it. But stupid Ibuprofen didn’t work at all…time to choose a different med.

I woke this morning in a good mood, no headache like yesterday, and so I decided to make crepes for breakfast. A sort of celebration. I am deciding today will be a good day.

Emma loves them and since they don’t take too much time to make…I made them. Regular old crepes. No special zest or flavors or anything special. Just milk, flour, eggs and a bit of sugar. Amazing how common normal things make one’s day.

I grew up in a house where we put corn syrup on our crepes. Trav nearly gags when he sees me pull out the bottle from the pantry but ‘to each his own’, right?! He can use his nasty grape jelly (which is the worst jelly ever made). So this morning Emma and I had wonderful plain crepes with corn syrup. Such a great start to the day.

I let Emma help stir, because she’s become obsessed with wanting to help me in the kitchen. Only a little flour fell out. She’s a natural with a whisk in her hand. 🙂

Heck, I even have energy to clean. Which is INCREDIBLE. It does help that today the sun is shinning… Who cares if we have a high chance of hail, wind and rain this afternoon. Maybe I should make a sour cream coffee cake in my new Bundt pan! Oh so excited! (Lamo I know, but hey, humor me) I might even watch Persuasion.

Nowy Targ

We’re here in Nowy Targ pronounced ‘nove targ’. We’re here visiting a couple we’ve been friends with for a while. Weronika, Chris and their daughter Esterka (Ester) We’ve had a nice relaxing time, and will probably be taking a walk in a while. Trav found a way to upload pictures so far (my hero!).

Here are pictures of our flat in Krakow.

where we eat every meal

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Left picture: Fridge on left, blessed washing machine on right. Then there’s me with the living room view. Ground level flat.

Our street in the early morning.

These are Trav’s favorite cookies. We bought them the first day we came. 🙂

On a side note, we were watching High School Musical 1 and I was the only adult who was watching it- what a shock. hehe Then Ester turned off the DVD player HALF WAY THROUGH!!! I had too much pride to ask to turn it back on.  Pride is my downfall. I have a good idea how it turns out…but still. Maybe I’ll borrow it from a friend…amy? 😉

Enjoy the pictures 🙂

Emma, Chris and his daughter Ester. They girls loved playing together. Yay, I hoped they would!

Emma and Ester ready for bed! A second later they were out and running around the room. Last night I was up with Emma from 4:30am-7am. Pray for me.

Breakfast this morning. They had their own table, it felt like Thanksgiving. Emma felt like a big girl. 🙂

Breakfast. They had a cherry jelly-which is my favorite! I’ve already eaten one whole jar of cherry jelly. And I’m thinking of bringing some over too. Emma had 1 1/2 of the sausages! You go girl!

It’s not nice of me to take this and they had maybe 3 seconds to prep for it. But hey, we all have a pose we prefect in high school right?! At least I did.