Sunday, August 12, 2012

Day 6/7 Weekend Progress

I don't know who's idea this was, but it was a crazy one! My 'must try' list will always be growing, so I'm not sure what I hoped to accomplish. But, on the plus side, I had some wonderful things this week and it's reminded me about the pile of clipped out magazine ideas, recipes, and photos that I should really go through.

We made more refrigerator oatmeal from The Yummy Life. This time we made the Mocha flavor and based on the Raspberry Vanilla one, we made our own Strawberry Vanilla concoction to use up the fresh strawberries we had on hand. I briefly debated using lemon curd instead of strawberry jam, and I still think that the Strawberry Lemon would be great! I may have to give it a go soon too. I am just loving these oatmeals in general! We have more in the fridge even now! Did I mention how much I love that mango almond one yet?

refrigerator oatmeal

For lunch, we found a great recipe at Fit Foodie Finds that featured a twist on a Caprese Salad. We twisted it a bit further for our on hand ingredients and personal tastes, and it was easy and delicious! Caprese Quinoa SaladOur version was 1/2 cup quinoa, 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, 1 pink grape tomatoes, 1 tsp dry basil, 2 Tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and drizzle of balsamic vinegar. All we had to do was cook the quinoa, and mix it with the seasonings, oil/vinegar, and chopped tomatoes and mozzarella. Delish!

quinoa salad

With dinner, we finally tried out a fabulous idea from Lunches Fit For A Kid.. Roasted Cauliflower 'Popcorn'! I love cauliflower, but it is something I have to coerce my hubby to eat, and if he does eat it, it's so smothered with other things, why have even prepared cauliflower to begin with. Well, this idea did the job. Not that my hubby was jumping for joy, but he did eat a whole heaping pile of it with dinner, so that certainly says something. And me? The little bit that was left on the pan didn't last long, I'll say. Even cold, it was delicious. I do think I used too much oil, so it wasn't as crispy as expected, but man was it delicious. This technique of cooking really made it surprisingly, and delightfully sweet! I will definitely make it again tomorrow sometime soon!

Oh, and cookies are in the oven! Stay tuned for that one tomorrow! I'm lucky to have the pleasure of being connected to so many fabulous people that have exceptional ideas. Thanks everyone for sharing!


  1. I just found your blog this weekend and LOVE IT! I have been looking for something like this for a while. I, too, have an only daughter (Sydney, 4 1/2). I was tickled pink when I found all your bento ideas, pictures, and captions! I am a sucker for new recipes, too. Keep it up! ~Sara in Texas

  2. Glad you found us! We have lots of family in Texas!