My Life of Travels and Adventures: July 2014

Baked Oatmeal Cups

31 July 2014

I love making muffins.  I love the the convince of eating muffins.  I love simple breakfast options. 
These oatmeal muffins are all of that.  And they are really really yummy.  

Baked Oatmeal Cups

2 Eggs
1 Tsp Vanilla
2 C Applesauce
1 Banana
1/2 Maple Syrup
2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
1 Tbsp Cinnamon
3 Tsp Baking Powder
2 1/4 C Milk
5 C Oats
Optional Toppings: Raisins, Chocolate Chips, Walnuts, Fruit, Etc. 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. 
  2. In a large bowl, mix the eggs, vanilla, applesauce, banana and maple syrup together. 
  3. Add in the flaxseed meal, cinnamon, baking powder and milk. 
  4. Slowly mix in the oats.  
  5. Add the oat mixture to muffins cups.  
  6. Add the toppings of your choice. 
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  8. Enjoy.
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White Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

24 July 2014

Again, this recipe came from a need to rid my counter of some overripe bananas.  Yet again.  
These muffins are the right combination of moist and delicious… thanks to the bananas and applesauce.  But have a taste of chocolate throughout… thanks to the white chocolate chips.  

I think next time I make these I will be adding some  chopped strawberries.  Oh the possibilities. 

White Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

3 Bananas
2 Egg Whites
1/4 C Applesauce
1/2 C Maple Syrup
1/4 C Butter
1 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
2 Tbsp Flax Meal
1 1/2 C Flour
1/2 C White Chocolate Chips

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
  3. Mix in the egg whites, applesauce, maple syrup and butter.  Stir until well blended. 
  4. Add the baking powder, baking soda and flax meal and mix. 
  5. Slowly mix in the flour. 
  6. Stir in the white chocolate chips. 
  7. Divide into 12 muffin cups
  8. Bake for 25 minutes. 
  9. Enjoy. 
Makes 12 muffins. 

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Super Simple Monogram Artwork + Laundry Room Reveal (of sorts)

23 July 2014

I am really over the whole moving thing.  I know people move all the time and a lot more than we have, but there is just something about boxes and unpacking that looses its appeal to me about 3/4 of the way through.  

So my goal for this move was to have everything unpacked from the boxes and at least in the appropriate room.  Which meant that the laundry room/mud room became a catch all of sorts.  It also made it really difficult to do laundry seeing as though the top of the washer was prime real estate for stuff.  

So I spent one nap time on really sorting out, cleaning and organizing this little space.  

To be fair, this “before” picture is actually a few days after I got really frustrated at all the stuff in the room and threw most of it up in the baskets on the shelves or out in the garage.  
I picked up the bright red storage baskets at the dollar tree to use in the office but they ended up bring some much needed color and organization to the laundry room.  

The blue bins are leftover from Reid’s original nursery. 

I went through and sorted like things together (I know.  Novel idea).  So the top shelf from left to right holds...

Blue Bin: Extra zip lock bags and miscellaneous kitchen goodies.
Blue Bin: Miscellanous cleaning stuff... Sponges, little brushes, etc. 
Red Bin: Cleaners - Febreeze, lysol, oxyclean
Flashlight without batteries
Empty containers for homemade laundry soap
Red Bin: Fels Naptha Bars for homemade laundry soap
Bottom shelf:
Red Bin: Straws, disposable silver wear
Red Bin: Paper plates

Red Bin: Large rags
Red Bin: Small rags
I do want to get a few more of these red bins for the leftover stuff on the shelf.  They were out the last time I stopped at the Dollar Tree.  
Once the shelves were somewhat organized and cleaner looking, I knew some art for the wall was in store.  When you walk into the house through the garage your view is directly at the wall beyond the utility sink. 
I ended up making a super easy piece for the wall.  

16x20 Canvas
Red Spray Paint
Command Strip Mounting Tape
Letter M
Blue Paint

1. Spray paint the canvas red. 
2. Paint the letter blue. 
3. Using the commend strips adhere the letter to the canvas. 
4. Tada!

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Caramel Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

17 July 2014

Sometimes I am indecisive about dessert options.  Do I want something with chocolate? Or how about cookies? Or nuts?  What about sweet like caramel?  See indecisive. 

So I combined them all into this cookie bar.  And it is so good.  Trust me.  

It has a little bit of everything in them and helps fill my cravings on my indecisive dessert evenings.

Caramel Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Cookie Crust:
1 C Butter
1/2 C Sugar
1 C Brown Sugar
2 Tsp Vanilla
2 Eggs
1 Tsp Baking Soda
2 1/4 C Flour
2 C Chocolate Chips

Walnut Topping Layer:
4 Eggs
1 1/2 C Light Corn Starch
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 C Walnuts, Chopped
1 1/2 C (11oz) Caramel Bites


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Coat and flour a 9x13 pan. 
  3. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar and brown sugar together. 
  4. Add the vanilla, eggs and baking soda. 
  5. Slowly stir in the flour and chocolate chips. 
  6. Press the mixture into the pan. 
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. 
  8. Meanwhile, combine the eggs, cornstarch, sugar, butter and vanilla together.  
  9. Stir in walnuts and caramel bites. 
  10. Spread evenly on top of the baked cookie crust layer. 
  11. Bake for 25 minutes. 
  12. Enjoy.

A Vinyl Whale + A Tail

16 July 2014

My inspiration for this wall art was this whale picture on pinterest (originally from etsy).  I loved it for Reid’s new room.  It matched the colors that were going in his room and I thought it was pretty cute.  



  1. Paint the entire canvas white.  This step wasn't really needed but I wanted the white strips to be pure white and free of any scuffs that came on the canvas. 
  2. Divide the canvas into 5 strips.  My strips are 4” wide.  Using masking tape, I marked off the white strips.  
  3. Paint the remaining 3 orange strips.  I used orange acrylic paint and did 2 coats.  
  4. Then I sketched out the whale on scrap paper.  Here is where I messed up.  I tried painting the whale onto the canvas using dark blue acrylic paint.  After 3 coats you could really see the difference the strips make and I was getting frustrated.  So I moved on.  
  5. Transfer the whale outline to back of adhesive vinyl.  Remember that how the whale looks on the back of the vinyl will be opposite on the canvas.  So figure out which way you want to whale to be swimming. 
  6. Cut the whale out of the adhesive vinyl adhesive using sharp scissors. 
  7. Adhere the vinyl to the canvas.  
  8. Hang on the wall with command strips.
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Strawberry Banana Breakfast Muffins

10 July 2014

It is strawberry season. My Instagram and Facebook feed are full of pictures of fresh picked strawberries.  It seems like everyone is out picking strawberries now. 
And if everyone is like me, you will have flats of strawberries in your fridge all the time.  So much so that you will need to get creative to use them all up. 

Hence, these muffins.  They use up some of the strawberries and taste yummy while doing so.  

Strawberry Banana Breakfast Muffins

3 Bananas
1 C Milk
2 Eggs
1 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla
3 C Oats
2 C Strawberries, chopped

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F. 
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. 
  3. Mix in the milk, eggs, baking powder and vanilla. 
  4. Slowly add in the oats and chopped strawberries. 
  5. Divide into baking cups, filling about 3/4 full. 
  6. Bake of 25 minutes. 
  7. Enjoy. 
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No Sew Curtains from A Flat Sheet

09 July 2014

I have a vision for Reid’s room that is very slowly coming together.  His room has dark panelling all around that I am not a huge fan of. I would love to paint it, but alas we are renting.  The 3rd bedroom walls are better as they are painted off white, but that bedroom has some lovely pink carpet.  

So we are making do in the dark paneled bedroom.  For Reid’s big boy bedroom, we are going with an orange, white and navy color pallet.  

I found navy and white stripped sheets that I loved at target along with an orange fuzzy blanket.  And for now, that is all we have done.  
His bed frame is unfinished oak and needs to be painted white.  We also need to get a bookshelf put together and go buy a nightstand for his room also.  But up first, I went with a simple update.  


I hung the blackout panels up when we moved in and stared at the for a couple weeks before finally having enough with their awkwardness.  In my mind his room would have navy panels but they were rather hard to come by, so I got crafty. 

No Sew Curtains from A Flat Sheet


  1. Fold the flat sheet in half length wise.  Hot dog style. 
  2. Cut the sheet in half. 
  3. Cut 2 pieces of ribbon about 6 inches longer then your sheet. 
  4. Adhere the heat bond tape the edge of both pieces of ribbon.  I just followed the instructions on the packaging and held my iron over the tape and paper for about 2 seconds. 
  5. Remove the paper from the heat bond tape that is now adhered to the ribbon. 
  6. Line up the ribbon along the cut edge of your fabric.  
  7. Adhere the ribbon to the sheet by holding the iron in place for about 8 seconds.  Again just followed the directions on the packaging. 
  8. I left a little extra ribbon at each end and then just folded it over to the back and ironed it on.
  9. Repeat on the other panels. 
  10. Iron the panels and hang on curtain clips. 

I just clipped the panel and blackout panel together and called it good enough.  I didn't think that the curtains would have so much extra fabric at bottom. Apparently, my measurements were a little off.   For now it just gathers on the floor.  I think I may eventually go back, cut the panels to length and create a new seam at the bottom.  But for now my no sew flat sheet curtains are looking good.  

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