Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oats

Apparently, it is frowned upon to eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast, but you can get your chocolate fix with these peanut butter chocolate chip oats!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
  • Tablespoon of chocolate chips
  • A few chopped walnuts
  • Honey

Instructions:

  • Bring 1 cup of water to boil on medium high heat and add 1/2 cup of rolled oats.
  • Stir continuously for about 2 minutes, then reduce heat to low and cover.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 7 to 10 minutes until oats are at your desired consistency.
  • Mash 1/2 a banana and add to the oats with the 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir well.
  • Pour oats into a bowl.
  • Top with a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, the other half of the banana (sliced), and a drizzle of honey.
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Little Letters – June 2018

This is one of my favorite link ups hosted by Kristen at Taz and Belly. If you want to join the fun, check out her original post here and link up by sharing your little letters!

Dear Jack,

I can’t believe that you’re already 10 months old. I’m so glad I get to stay home with you this summer. I love this stage right now where you’re trying to talk and pulling up and getting into everything. I’m exhausted, but it’s fun. I love you, little man.

Dear Summer Break,

I am so glad that you are finally here and that you’re bringing me some days of rest and spending time at home with Jack. This school year was really tough for me, and I’m so thankful for this time to recharge. I’m looking forward to lazy summer days, lots of little weekend trips, and reading a few great books (like these).

Dear Devil’s Den Hiking Trail,

You kicked my booty today and reminded me of how badly I need to get in shape. You were beautiful, though, and Jeff and I had a lot of fun climbing around your hills and caves.

Dear Incredibles 2,

I know that I am 31 years old, but I can’t wait for you to come out. I will be standing in line at the movie theater with all the kids on June 15th. You better be as good as the original Incredibles and you better live up to the hype that’s been built up with all these teasers and ads. I. Can’t. Wait.

Dear Crawpappy’s Restaurant,

Thanks for serving us the best étouffée ever today. We’re glad we found you as we were driving around today and I will forever be trying to make that dish as well as you did.

Dear Hyundai,

I’m a little miffed at you right now. Don’t get me wrong, you’ve been a great vehicle, but I can’t get over the fact that you broke down and left me and Jack on the side of the road earlier this week. Looks like you’re going to get a brand new engine out of the deal, though, and I’m glad you at least chose to blow up on a day when Jeff was already close by to come get us so we didn’t have to be stranded long.

Summer Reading List

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I have been saving up all my monthly selections from Book of the Month club and am planning to finally make a dent in my pile this summer. I also have a few books that were recommended to me by friends and family and some that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time now. My list is pretty long, so I doubt that I’ll get to all of these books, but I am hoping that I can read at least four or five of these before school starts back, and I’m going to try to make more time for reading in my regular routine once I go back to work in August, so hopefully I can get through this list by the end of the year.

  1. The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy – This is my most recent Book of the Month selection and the book I am currently reading. I am really enjoying it so far.
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio – I have heard so many amazing things about this book that I want to read it for myself and see what all the fuss is about.
  3. Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker – This is a Book of the Month selection from a few months ago that has been sitting on my shelf. It had great reviews and is supposed to be a fast read, so I’m looking forward to reading it.
  4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls – I bought this book when I saw the trailer for the movie and have yet to read it. I want to read it before I watch the movie, though.
  5. A Torch Kept Lit by William F. Buckley – I bought this book for my dad and he said that it is a must read.
  6. Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips – This is one I started around Thanksgiving last year and have not been able to finish yet due to time and to the fact that it kept making me feel on edge (the story is about a mother who is trapped in a hostage situation with her young son, and it is really well written and I keep having to put it down because my maternal instincts are going crazy and I can feel my anxiety getting too high).
  7. Desperation Road by Michael Ferris Smith – The author was my Creative Writing professor in college, so I’m interested to read this one.
  8. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell – This is a recent Book of the Month selection. My mom read it and said it was really good.
  9. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer – I loved Into the Wild, so I have high expectations for this book.
  10. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt – My mother-in-law gave me this book and suggested I read it after Jeff and I went to Savannah earlier this year.

 

Hello, June!

We kicked off this month with a visit to Mamaw’s house and a sushi dinner followed by some music and fun at Live at the Plaza (a local summer concert series at Government Plaza in downtown Tuscaloosa) tonight. It was the perfect way to start our first month of summer break.

School has been out for one week, which has been exactly long enough for me to realize that I vastly overestimated my motivation and ability to do all the things when I originally made my summer to-do list. Now that Jack is crawling and trying to stand and walk, there’s no keeping him corralled in the pack-n-play, which means that I’m chasing after a wild boy all day, which is equally fun and exhausting. I had lots of home improvement projects on my list for this summer, but I’m starting to doubt that I’ll get as much done as I originally thought.

I am going to be creating and sharing a lot of recipes with you guys this summer, though, and I’m going to start a Taste of Tuscaloosa series soon where I’ll be sharing Jeff’s and my favorite local places to eat around town.

Besides that, my plans are to just spend as much time with Jack, Jeff, and my family as possible and maybe even find time to read a book or two. Jack and I are going to try to mark off all the things on our summer bucket list, too.

We have a couple of trips planned and I’ll also be sharing some tips for traveling with a baby (after our trips and we see how it goes…).

I hope you have a fantastic and fun summer! What are your plans for June? Let me know in the comments!

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Did you know that May is National Salad Month? I’m celebrating by sharing my favorite summer salad recipe. I strongly believe that the best salads contain mixed greens and strawberries, and this one has both. It’s also topped with lemon and garlic marinated grilled chicken tenders, which are the star of this summer salad. Check out the recipe below!

Lemon and Garlic Marinated Chicken Tenders

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place chicken tenders in a glass bowl or a ziplock bag and cover with Tessemae’s marinade. Place in refrigerator to marinate for at least 1 hour (I marinate mine overnight for more flavor).
  • When ready to cook, remove from marinade and place on a pre-heated electric skillet heated to 300 degrees and sprayed with avocado oil. Season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  • Cook for 5-6 minutes per side, until chicken is browned on the outside and cooked through.

Lemon Garlic Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Place mixed greens in a large bowl.
  • Cut cucumber into bite-sized pieces. Place on top of greens.
  • Cut bell pepper into bite-sized pieces. Place on top of greens.
  • Cut tops off of strawberries and cut berries into quarters. Place on top of greens.
  • Thinly slice about 5 slices off half of a red onion. Separate onion pieces and place on top of greens.
  • Chop or break walnuts into pieces and place on top of greens.
  • Slice chicken tenders and place on top of salad.
  • Drizzle with Tessemae’s Organic Lemon and Garlic Dressing.

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Blueberry Muffin Oatmeal

I love starting the day with a bowl of oatmeal. It’s hearty and filling, and with the right toppings and mix-ins, it can be a really tasty treat. I used to always eat my oatmeal with lots of brown sugar and bananas, but I’m trying to cut down on added sugar in my diet, so lately I’ve been trying to create oatmeal recipes with little to no added sugar. This recipe tastes like a blueberry muffin and is sweetened with fruit and a little drizzle of honey. It will be one of my favorites this summer, for sure.

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Bring 1 cup of water to boil and add in the oatmeal.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring occasionally, for 7-8 minutes.
  • When oatmeal is almost done, add 1/2 mashed banana and the blueberries to the oatmeal mixture.
  • Stir well to incorporate fruit and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, until oatmeal has reached your desired consistency.
  • Top with 1/2 sliced banana, a few more blueberries, chopped walnuts, and a drizzle of honey.

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Farmers’ Market Finds

During the summer, my mom has a booth for her bakery at the Hitching Lot Farmers’ Market in Columbus, Mississippi. She sells cinnamon rolls, cheddar and chive biscuits, breads, cakes, fried pies, brownies, and lots of other baked goods there every Saturday.

Last Saturday, Jack and I went to the market with her and had a great time walking around and checking out all the vendors.

A lot of the produce is still not ready, but there were still some really neat vendors and products available. Here are some of my favorite items from the weekend:

This waffle from J. Broussard’s restaurant’s booth was so good. The chef made the waffles to order and topped them with this strawberry sauce made with fresh strawberries from a vendor at the market. It was what Saturday breakfast dreams are made of.

I also got this natural laundry detergent from Gnome Clean, which is local to Columbus. I got the lemongrass scent for Jeff’s and my clothes and the lavender scent for Jack’s clothes and our linens. I tried the lemongrass scent last night and it smells really good. It seemed to clean our clothes really well, and it just takes 1/2 tablespoon of the powder per load!

I got these fresh strawberries and muscadine jelly from Mayhew Tomato Farm.

This is strawberry, cucumber, and mint water and a carrot ginger shot (which was super spicy!) from Destined Strength.

I got this vanilla syrup for Jeff’s coffee from Three Sisters Pie Company.

I also got some green chile sauce and some black bean hummus for Jeff.

Jack also enjoyed some spoiling from Mamaw Gibson while we were there, too.