Hello everyone!!  It's the weekend at laaaaast!!  This week went by slowly and quickly all at the same time.  I hope it went amazingly well for each and everyone one of you!!

I wanted to thank you all for your warm birthday wishes on my last few posts.  You guys are the SWEETEST!!!  I did have a wonderful birthday - my friends and I went bowling!  We aren't very good, but it was really fun anyway!  Although this guy bowling a few lanes down got nine strokes in a row.  It made us feel like really bad bowlers! ;)

Since I promised the sprinkle recipe a week ago, I'll start with it first (best for last isn't always true ;)
Birthday Surprise Oatmeal
Serves 1

I serving of oats (I used steel cut oats)
1/2 to 1 cup water
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon (or more) coconut oil or butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sweetener to taste (I used about three drops stevia)
A handful (or two ;) of sprinkles

Combine the oats, water, and milk in a small pot and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 10 or 15 minutes.  Stir in the remaining ingredients.  Pour into a bowl and top with a few additional sprinkles.

Although it's perfect for a birthday, you definitely don't need to wait for a birthday to make it! :D

I didn't make a lot of different food this week, but I still have some yummy food pictures!

Here's a delicious stir fry consisting of spinach, sweet potato, bell pepper, peanuts, ginger, and cinnamon served over a bed of brown/wild rice:
Mmmm... I LOVE stir frys!!  Something else I love?  Meals like the following:
Steamed veggies over a bed of brown/wild rice, fresh raspberries, and a sweet potato with coconut oil and carob chips.  To me, that's the ultimate comfort meal!

Have any of you ever tried soba noodles?  If not, change that!!  They're incredible!  Especially when they make an appearance in these Japanese Soba Noodles from Vegan Fire and Spice!
Next up are the Katie meals of the week!  (Yes, they deserve their own section ;)  First, I finally made her Hot Cocoa Fudge Babies!
Why, oh why, did I wait so long???  Fudge? No.  Better than fudge?  Yes.  Very much yes!!  Please don't make my mistake and don't wait to make these.  Make. Them. Now.

And while you're in the kitchen, why not make some Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies?
You won't be sorry, and my dad can attest to that.  "THOSE. ARE. GOOD." were the exact words he said when I came home from school to find many missing cookies.  He them went on to say how very lucky I was that there were any left.  If that's no proof of how amazing they are, I don't know what is ;)

Just one more...
I've been dying to make Katie's Oatmeal Pudding, and I finally made it!  Does anybody know Katie's secret?!  If they do, I want to know it ;)  Hehe, that's code for "that breakfast was incredible and I want it again RIGHT NOW!!"

And now, I want to thank the sweet, lovely Kathleen for nominating me for the following.....


1) Tell you guys who nominated me (done!)

2) Share 7 facts about me

3) Nominate 15 (8..) other bloggers 

7 facts about me:

1) I used to be allergic to peanut butter (and all other nuts).  It wasn't until about a year ago that I got tested and found out that I'm no longer allergic.  How did I ever live without peanut butter?!

2) I'm a science nerd.  I love all things to do with science and plan to major in either chemistry of physics in college.

3) I volunteer at a vet because I love animals and wanted to be a vet since I was a little girl.

4) I HATE yellow mustard!  I love honey mustard, but I just can't stand yellow mustard.

5) I love teaching!  I've tutored my friends in math, mentored elementary kids for a science fair, and help my classmates at school all the time.  I LOVE it!! :) (Maybe I could teach science? ;)

6) I live to ride my horse!  We live at a house where he can live at our house, and it has been the best experience of my life.

7) I make my own lunch for school every day (random, I know ;)

Kathleen already nominated many of the blogs I love, but here's a few more:

1. Nicole @ Of Cookies and Carrots
2. Ryan @ Aloha Appetite
3. Rachel @ Tea and Chocolate
4. Ellie @ Fit for the Soul
5. Whitney @ Vegan Sunshine
6. Ann Claire @ The Flourishing Foodie
7. Molly @ Molly Runs Fresh
8. Emma @ Sweet Tooth Runner

I hope everyone has the most amazing weekend!!



04/30/2011 04:26

I have lots of soba noodles I just don't know what to do with them!
Thanks for the award girl!



I make my own lunch EVERY day. I hate eating out!
Oatmeal pudding!?!?! Yum

04/30/2011 08:26

I love love love purple sweet potatoes! Have you ever tried the ones that are white on the outside but purple on the inside? SO good! Your birthday surprise oatmeal looks super cute by the way. Sprinkles make everything more fun :D

04/30/2011 09:00

Sweet potato with carob chips and coconut oil sounds amazing. You should have thrown sprinkles on their too!
I make my own lunch for school everyday too. One time my friend turned to me and said "No offense, but your lunches smell really bad." I didn't know how to answer. It was hummus! Like, really? It's not tuna!! haha. Oh btw I am a junior, you asked on my blog.

04/30/2011 11:26

Yummy birthday oats, sprinkles always make everything better imo :D And yes I am addicted to stir frys, could prob eat it everyday :)

04/30/2011 12:12

YOU ARE THE SWEETEST!! I love you SO MUCH and thank you so so much!! :D

I am SO jealous that you have your own horse, you lucky girl!! And I seriously want to live with you because all your eats look SO DARN YUMMY!! :)

04/30/2011 23:48

Um see what Emma said above me? Basically +1 to everything she said ;).

And I adore your soba bowl! Now I want soba too... is 5am too early for soba?

05/01/2011 03:14

Thanks for the award!

I have Vegan Fire and Spice too, but never got around to that soba noodle dish. Looks really good!

I'm eating Katie's oatmeal pudding right now. What is her secret? No clue, but I'd like to know. :)


I am SO bad at bowling it is hilarious haha. That sweet potato with those gorgeous raspberries looks like comfort food at it's finest for sure! Congrats on the award, I love all of those blogs you picked and I LOVED reading your facts. Thanks for sharing :-)

05/01/2011 10:45

Thanks again girl - you're so sweet! I'll try to get on this in the next couple of days when I can jump back on the web!

Just wanted to say your food looks UH-mazing yet again and I'm so glad you get to enjoy peanut butter again! ;) Have a great week!

05/03/2011 05:26

Such a delicious post!

I hate yellow mustard, too. I can NOT stand it! I do like dijon and honey mustard..weird.

05/03/2011 15:41

Cute birthday oatmeal!! I'm glad you had a great one, too. Happy (very) belated birthday! :)

You're the first person I've ever seen putting carob in their sweet potatoes before...but I have to say, it's genius. Yumm!!

05/05/2011 13:33

The lighting in your pic makes your sweet tater look like a regular one! But carob chips + sweet potato sounds SO bomb! I never think to do that! AND YES!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE SOBA!! and those fudge babies look so bomb! I love all her "babies" recipes! :) and the chocolate chip cookies you made...umm yeah, UNREAL! they look so better and even better then they're less healthy counterparts!

AND I absolutely can't believe you were allergic to nuts and peanuts! THE HORROR! Thank goodness you aren't anymore:) (and I'm buying some sprinkles and making your oats recipe super pronto btw, it looks too dang yummy!) *hope your tests and exams are all going well!


I've never tried Chocolate on Pototoes! That is SO cool! :)

Whoh! Allergic to nuts?! I'm so glad that you aren't anymore!! :D

Gosh Katie's Recipes are so good. :)

05/07/2011 16:14

we're opposites!! I love all mustards except honey! so funny. and I haven't had nut butters (except for soy nut and sunflower seed) for a couple of years now because we suspected an intolerance but I'm being tested in a couple weeks so I'm hoping that I can eat'em!!

05/07/2011 18:10

Healthy chocolate chip cookies? No matter how healthy they are that will spell trouble for me :)

05/13/2011 05:19

cookie are usually chewy or crispy?


Mmmm... nanner, pb, n' chocolate/carob
I see a brunch snack in my future...

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