Random Ramblings/ Health Challenge Checkup

How are you all doing with January’s Health Challenge of eating two whole pieces of fruit per day? As for me, I am doing pretty good. I may have missed a day or two but some days I made up for it and ate more than two pieces. Ultimately, I would call it fairly even. I am really looking forward to ending this month and taking on the challenge for February. This one you all may find much more difficult. Although, that is what makes it a challenge and something to strive for.

If I have any readers following along that enjoy hiking as much as I do you may want to check out a book I have been reading. Hikertrash by Erin Miller is a winner so far. I can remember being in the same mind set as this couple a few times in my life while on a trail. It’s the perfect book to be reading so close to a big hiking trip for us.

Another thing you may find amusing is that the three year old I care for everyday keeps reminding me that snakes live in the desert. She thinks this is quite funny since she is well aware that I dislike snakes. However, she always adds that desert snakes are friendly. Like that fact will help ease my fear of these creatures.

Let’s move onto food. Have you tried the new almond milk coffee creamer called Califia Farms? I am a coffee creamer lover and let me tell you this is terrific. It comes in four different flavors, is low in calories, and will give you a good reason to get out of bed on a cold morning.


Well, I suppose that’s all for this week. Weekend plans consists of some gym workouts, menu planning, and good ole grocery shopping. Doesn’t it sound like I lead a wonderful excitement filled life on the weekends? Don’t get me wrong, come summer time and I will have every weekend booked so right now, I can deal with boring routine weekends.

Stop back on Sunday and take a glance at our menu plans for next week. Maybe you will be inspired to prepare and enjoy a meal at home with your family.

Have a great weekend:)


Apple Cranberry Overnight Oats

For this weeks overnight oat recipe I am sharing a twist on the typical apple cinnamon flavor by adding cranberries. It’s quite yummy with an additional hint of tartness.


Apple Cranberry Overnight Oats

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 TBSP. craisins

1 tsp. ground flax seed

4-5 slices of dehydrated apples

dash of cinnamon

1 TBSP maple syrup

3/4 cup vanilla almond milk(unsweetened)

To make dicing your apples easier, soak them in a bit of water for 2-3 minutes. Drain them off and dice them to your desired size. Add them to your jar. Add the maple syrup next.

In a separate bowl mix all your dry ingredients together and then add them to the jar also.

Pour in your almond milk, cover and shake well.

Refrigerate overnight.

In the morning heat them for 1-2 minutes and enjoy.

Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats

Do you know what one of the worse things about living in Wisconsin is for me? When the alarm goes off in the morning in the winter months. You are nice and warm laying in bed and know the second you drag yourself out from under the covers your going to start shivering. Yes, I immediately put on my robe and big furry slippers, make my way to the hall and turn up the thermostat.

Next is breakfast, which I am in charge of 5 days a week. Which got me to thinking, couldn’t I make up oatmeal the night before and leave it sit in the frig? Then when I get up, I could just grab a premade jar, warm it up and breakfast is served. Fantastic, a hot breakfast in 2 minutes.

Time to go into my lab (kitchen) and see what I can come up with for flavored oatmeal creations we would like. After some samplings, I picked out 5 of our favorites so far to share with you. I will be sharing one recipe for overnight oatmeal with you a week for the next few weeks.

Before I share the first recipe with you though, we should talk about some possible combinations you could try on your own. Nuts, cocoa, dried fruit, spices, a variety of milks, peanut butter, canned pumpkin, sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, agave, brown rice syrup are all possible additions to your own mixtures. So don’t be afraid to try new things and see what you come up with. If you make a tasty one, please share it with me also.

Here is the first one:


Peanut Butter/Banana Overnight Oats

1/2 cup old fashioned oats(not quick cooking)

sprinkle of cinnamon

1 tsp. ground flax seed

1 TBSP. brown rice syrup

1 TBSP. natural peanut butter

3/4 cup vanilla almond milk(unsweetened)

fresh banana(DO NOT ADD TO THE JAR)

Mix your dry ingredients in a small bowl, and pour this into a jar. Add your sweetener, peanut butter and almond milk. Cover tightly and shake until combined well. Refrigerate overnight. When you are ready to enjoy, take it out, microwave for 1-2 minutes. Slice your bananas on top and enjoy.

 There you have it, a hot breakfast, easily prepared and much less costly than the pre made packets you find in the store that contain mostly sugar.