Carrot Cake Overnight Oats

Hello, friends! As we move into summer here in Manila (and it seemed happen overnight, right??), my craving for oatmeal doesn’t diminish… but my craving for hot food certainly does! These carrot cake overnight oats are the perfect answer: you get your oatmeal fix AND don’t have to heat up the kitchen (or yourself!) to enjoy them.  Better yet, they can be made in advance and in multiple quantities so you can have breakfast in a snap….

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

This easy,  yummy (and healthier!) granola will put you back on top of holiday preps no matter where you currently are…

Howdy friends! How did it get to be the middle of December already?! I always have the best of intentions right after Thanksgiving… to not be behind for once on my holiday preparations. Yet somehow by the last week of school, I find myself  stuck somewhere between “Deck the Halls” (not quite done but may be as done as it’s gonna get) and “making the list and checking it twice (I guess I need to actually make the list before I can check it??)…

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No-Bake Chewy Granola Bars

Friends, these quick and healthy no-bake granola bars are your answer to all things “back-to-school” related:

Woke up late and no time for breakfast? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Need a portable snack for your kid’s lunchbox? No-bake chewy granola bar…

Missed the bus, forgot about the PTA meeting (by the way, you are the new PTA president!), called your kid’s teacher by the wrong name… well, these here little granola bars may not solve all your problems, but they sure will keep you from losing it completely due to being hungry!…

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Brownie Baked Oatmeal

Hello friends!  I’m hoping that this brownie baked oatmeal will help me pull out of the blogging slump I’ve been in lately.  And if it doesn’t, I’m not sure anything will! This yummy little treat is:

  • chewy,
  • rich,
  • dense,
  • moist,
  • extra chocolatey,
  • and everything a brownie should be.  In a healthy baked oatmeal. What could be better?!

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Cinnamon Oat Energy Bites

These little cinnamon oat energy bites will not only remind you of biting into a soft, chewy oatmeal cookie… but they’re also hugely portable, full of energising carbs and perfect for on-the-go snacks.

This weekend we’re housing athletes from Taipei American School for the international track meet (IASAS- International Association for Southeast Asian Schools) that our school is hosting.  It’s fun… our 2 lovely guests are 10th grade distance runners.  Both girls are running multiple events throughout the weekend, and I figured the best way to be a good host mom was to just keep a lot of food on hand at all times….

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Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

As wonderful as oats are (at least I think they are!), a body can get tired of them always cooked into the same old hot porridge.  Besides, winter is pretty much over in most parts of the world, and who wants to eat hot oatmeal when it’s warm out?  Not me, especially not here in Southeast Asia, where it’s either hot, or hotter.  Right now it’s hotter.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

So, rather than strap a feedbag onto our faces and give a whinny, let’s find a more civilised way to eat our oats cold, shall we?…

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Cranberry Maple Nut Granola

Cranberry maple nut granola

Something about getting back home to my kiddos after 6 days away from them made me wanna get in the kitchen.

This is always a good thing.

I mean, if they were little and I could spend all their waking hours with them to show how much I missed them, I would.  But hey, somebody has to go to school!  For 10 hours a day!  That means somebody else has to stay home and make yummy food to let the other somebodies know how much she missed them and she never never never wants to be away from them again.

Enter homemade granola….

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Chocolate Chia Champorado

Add dried cranberries, chopped almonds, and unsweetened coconut for toppings!

Do you ever feel behind the 8-ball?

Now that I have a teenager and 2 other middle schoolers in my house, I do… on a daily basis.  Up until about a year ago, I thought I was pretty cool and up-to-date.  Now, I find out that “cool” isn’t even a cool word!  “Nobody uses that anymore!,” states a member of my household in the “under-15” age category, unable to bring herself to say the word.  I finally caught onto “EPIC!”… only to be informed last week that it is also OUT.  I was not, however, informed of the cooler, more-epic replacement word… because, you know, I might use it in front of her friends.

But I’ll tell you, I feel even more “behind” in my blog than I do with my teenagers.  I knew I was late to the game, but oh, I cannot catch UP!  Every cool and epic new food that I’ve been experimenting with and want to post, I find has already been posted 185 times per week for the last 6 months.  Just check Pintrest!  At least I am on Pintrest…

I could let myself be discouraged by this, but I’m not that type.  I also have a the unique situation of living in a Southeast Asian country, with its own traditional foods and delicacies, combined with my culinary curiosity and professional tendency to “health-ify” whenever I can.

Enter champorado.

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Banana Oat Cookies

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Have you ever prepared for or anticipated something for so long that in the end, nothing can do it justice?

That’s kind of how I feel about this first blog post.

I’ve been planning IT, the BLOG, for an embarrassingly long time. Like 2 years.  Or 3, I can’t remember.  Part of my hold-up was that I know less about computers and on-line stuff than my 13-year-old daughter.  And part of it is that once you put yourself out there, you’re out there… vulnerable!  But then I reminded myselfthat probably only my aunts and 5 other people would actually read my first post, and that made me feel better enough to write it.

I resisted the urge to …

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