Cran-Banana [Perfect] Oatmeal Bread

For at least a decade of my life, I was obsessed with oatmeal. I started eating it for breakfast every morning in my early twenties, and the love affair grew stronger as the years went on. I blame my mom for this. I moved back home for the first year after graduating college and noticed that my mom would eat oatmeal every morning (it was probably something that Dr. Oz suggested ;)). She’d cook up slow multi-grain oats and stir in dried fruits, nuts and brown sugar to add texture and flavor. I adopted her breakfast habits and was immediately hooked.

It might sound really silly, but oatmeal had a very significant meaning in my life when I was teaching. I’d make up a batch for breakfast the night before, pack it up, and re-heat and eat it when I got to work. I got to work at least a half hour before the school day started so that I could just slowly ease into the morning and enjoy my “oatmeal time.” It was by far my favorite part of the work day (needless to say, I didn’t really love my job… at all).

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hey friends!

Just wanted to stop by to say a quick “Happy Thanksgiving!” I hope that you enjoy some restful time with your family and friends (even if there may be some chaos to get the actual meal going!). We’re hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, which I am super excited for. Some wonderful friends are coming over to share the holiday with us, since all of our family is on the east coast.

Check out my post on Sierra Trading Post’s blog about simple ways to enjoy a healthy holiday:

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Enjoy- and have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving!

[Mini] Pecan-Crust Sweet Potato Pies

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Whenever I'm asked to choose my favorite holiday, I'll quickly say "Thanksgiving." There are so many things that I love about Thanksgiving- the food (of course), the traditions, spending time with loved ones and the excitement of the Christmas season … [Continue reading]

Currently: November 2014

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Happy Monday, friends! We're already half-way through the month, so it seemed like a good day for a Currently post. Before we get started, here's a photo from my snowy hike yesterday. It was all of 30 degrees out, but it seemed like a heat … [Continue reading]

Beauty Faves & Hair Washing

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Hello! Brrr... it is COLD and snowy here in Colorado. I'm starting to get used to the bi-polar weather we have here- I think. I went from hiking in capris and a tank top one day to freezing in a down coat the next (I'm more of a fan of the … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts

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For as dominant as my sweet tooth is, it's also very particular. I love ice cream (and my favorite is vanilla bean!)- but don't care too much for most types of cake. I am a total dark chocolate addict, but am not crazy about it in the form of cake or … [Continue reading]

Currently: October 2014

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Whoa- two posts in a week... can you believe it?! Because I will be rambling enough down below, let's just get right into it: Currently: October Current books: I recently finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed, and can confidently say that it's my … [Continue reading]

ACL Reconstruction Surgery: 5 Months [or 22 Weeks] Post-Op (!!)

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It's October 20th- which means that it's been exactly five months since I had ACL Reconstruction Surgery (and tomorrow will mark exactly 22 weeks). Honestly, that's pretty hard for me to wrap my head around! I know that I say this in every post, but … [Continue reading]

Bodypump 91 Review

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It has been a loooooong time since I wrote a Bodypump Review, and I vowed to get back into doing so with the latest Bodypump release. Even though my gym launched Bodypump 91 almost four weeks ago, I know that most other clubs are just now getting … [Continue reading]

Creamy Delicata + Apple Soup

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As much as I've tried to hang on to summer (and make it last forever) I've decided to finally let go. Fall is here- and that's not a bad thing. Even though I'd forever state that summer is my favorite season, fall probably comes in a close second. … [Continue reading]