I love the weekends; who doesn’t, really? It gives me a chance to get a bunch of random “to dos” done, & usually leaves at least some time for relaxing.
Saturday morning began with a trip to the gym. I was planning on taking a BodyPump class, but I just wasn’t feeling it for some reason. My knees were bothering me a little bit on Friday night, so the thought of making it through an entire BodyPump class just wasn’t appealing. I know I can’t go on Tuesday, either, so I figured giving myself a break until this Thursday might be just what I need.
Anyway, after the gym, I swung by Dunkin’ Donuts to pick up a beloved pumpkin coffee. I began working on breakfast as soon as I got home!
Last week, on Julie’s blog, she shared a banana/oatmeal mini loaf that looked delish (I even gave it a shout-out in Friday’s “Recipe Roundup”.) It inspired me to come up with a totally new (to me, anyway) “boatmeal” (baked oatmeal).
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Boatmeal
- 3/4 c. oats
- 2 heaping tbsp. pumpkin
- 1 handful (about 1.5 tbsp.) chocolate chips
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 2 tbsp. milk
- 1 egg white
- Preheat oven to 375*.
- Combine all ingredients. Pour into an individual loaf pan (sprayed with cooking spray).
- Cook for 15-18 mins.
Especially tasty served alongside pumpkin coffee!
And this is totally random, but… Some of you were interested in my Shellac manicure a few weeks ago when I posted about it. I snapped a picture to show you how well it holds up…
The last time they were done was October 1st. I usually go every two weeks, but couldn’t go this past Saturday. As you can see, no chipping! Pretty amazing considering I constantly use my hands for typing, cleaning, washing dishes, etc. Ok, enough of my Shellac endorsement!
Now, onto the fun finds!
The other day I mentioned that I was working on making some final purchases off of our wedding registry – gifts we didn’t receive, but still sort of wanted needed.
This, my friends, is what happens when I make a solo trip to Bed, Bath, & Beyond:
First up, a new dog-bowl mat for Stewie. If you have a “messy” pet, you’ll understand why this was so exciting…
When Stewie drinks water, he usually drips all over the floor as well. This mat is supposed to absorb excess water, & the best part is, you can machine wash it! (Oh, & just FYI, no this was not an item off of our registry!)
A K-Cup fall sampler pack! It includes a mix of pumpkin spice coffee, apple cider, cappuccino, & milk hot chocolate. I tried the pumpkin spice & Chris tried the apple cider this morning & we were both impressed, so I can’t wait to give the other flavors a try.
Last, but not least…
Fun cutting boards! We desperately needed extra cutting boards, & we registered for these because we thought it was super-convenient that they’re labeled for use with certain foods. This way, you don’t have to worry about any questionable cross-contamination!
Later on in the evening, I had another fun find, this time at Kiwi Frozen Yogurt – pumpkin pie yogurt!
I filled up my cup with:
- Pumpkin pie yogurt
- Red velvet yogurt
- Chocolate yogurt
- Cookie dough topping
- Reeses peanut butter cup topping
- Rainbow sprinkles
Off to go make sure everything’s ready for the start of another week. I hope you’re all enjoying the last few hours of the weekend!
Did you have any “fun finds” this weekend?