Pumpkin Pie Oats At Last!
It’s been so long! I’ve missed you! I promised to post more often when I got my camera and I intend to keep that promise 😉
This week, I have spent a lot of time with my new best friend
Study Study Study! Pedro helped.
It’s just hard for him to understand the A & P terms since Spanish is his first language.
I arrived 20 minutes early for class on Tuesday and I could not find a parking spot anywhere! After driving back and forth through the lots for those 20 minutes, I finally found a spot.
Too bad I didn’t know it was in a residential lot not a commuter lot
I found this when I returned to my car later. The lot did not have a sign at the entrance stating that it was for Residential Parking. I only had 48 hours to pay this bad boy. So, I planned to try to get the campus police to lower it to a warning. I have to be at work right after class on Tuesdays and Thursdays so I had to wait until before my Thursday classes to visit the campus police. I arrived 30 minutes early just to be sure I had time to run by the police “station” today. It was raining like crazy! Get this: I couldn’t even find a place to park so that I could walk to the police station to speak with them about my parking ticket! I drove through the lots for that full half hour. I finally found a place to park so that I could go to class and I was late! After class, I had no time to go to the police station once again so I have to just suck it up and pay the ticket 😦
Have you ever gotten a parking ticket?
In other news, I cut my finger while cutting Snuffy’s banana in half on Tuesday.
I guess I was just having “one of those days”
There is some good news. I got a 100% on my math test!
You may notice (or you may not care) that my hair is almost always pulled back these days. This is because it’s in an in-between stage.
Last winter, I had my friend, Becky give me a short, textured bob
and I loved it! But, it took a lot of time to style in the mornings. Have you noticed that short hair tends to take longer?
So, now I am growing my hair out. I get it trimmed every 6-8 weeks. It just had soooo many layers when it was short that it looks so boring when I leave it down.
It does go well with my college student/ baby mama look though…don’t ya think?
I swear I didn’t leave the house like this. I have to dress up for work and I love to dress up!
But, sometimes when I get home, I just want to be comfortable and enjoy some comfort food!
I cooked my oats in water with 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and used the infamous melted banana trick as usual.
While the oats were hot out of the microwave, I stirred in the banana, 2 teaspoons of Grade A Maple Syrup
and 1/3 cup pumpkin.
I sprinkled in a good amount of Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon. It was reminiscent of my favorite Thanksgiving dessert. Pumkin Pie is one of the few flavors of pie that I like. I always had to have a dollop of Cool Whip atop mine! ( Now I know what’s in Cool Whip, no thanks!)
This was my Cool Whip substitute and it was far better than any HFCS laden, partially hydrogenated Whipped Topping!
I also used this dairy-free yogurt to mix with some blueberries for a simple, satisfying sweet-tooth tamer.
Sometimes 2 ingredients is all I need.
Ginormous Yogurt Bowl! Two Cups of Puffins, Two Scoops of Dark Chocolate Almond Spread, 1/2 Cup Chocolate Soy Milk and a splash of Vanilla Coconut Milk…. YUM!
I go back and forth between the above pictured yogurt and Stonyfield Organic. Of course I waver between Oikos and Fage too.
Are you brand loyal? Are there those few select items that have to be a certain brand?
There are also times when I crave savory flavors. I tried an Amy’s Indian Wrap on Monday night.
I promise you, this tasted 5,000,000,000 times better than it looked!
Today, I forgot to pack my lunch! As Snuffy says, “Uh Oh!”
I obviously don’t get to spend money on manicures these days.
Do you add things like manicures and pedicures into your budget?
Anyway, I was starving between school and work. The healthies and least expensive option was a grocery store salad bar. As much as I love Whole Foods, I just couldn’t justify the expense since I have plenty of food at home that I should have packed. So, I chose Bigg’s, a grocery store around the corner from my office. I was actually impressed. It doesn’t look like anything special but their produce was awesome! The tomatoes and red peppers tasted like they were just picked from someone’s garden!!
I took note from this girl and mixed up some cottage cheese and ranch for my dressing. My conclusion is that cottage cheese + ranch = pure joy! I know Janetha uses the ranch packets (I think), chickpeas and a few other ingredients with hers. But, this was delish! Thanks for the idea!
What do you do when you have to grab a quick lunch?
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