I’ve raved several times about this delicious oatmeal that I found at Big Lots. The plain (Raw) has been my favorite, but this week I tried the cinnamon apple for the first time. I added a chopped fiji before cooking the oatmeal, which made the apple pieces nice and soft. As much as I try to avoid flavored oats due to the high added sugar content, it was nice to not add 8 ingredients before heading out the door.
Once I researched the company and looked for other places to buy their products, I couldn’t find them for less than $5.99 – and I got the whole package for $1.00!
I found some similarly exciting deals at Big Lots last night while I was killing time before spin class.
There’s something about the cold, cold weather that makes me crave tea. Of course it doesn’t replace my coffee, but I tend to drink a cup as soon as I get to work in the darker wintery months. This big tea display is obviously intended to be a gift, but for $6.99 it included 8 tea bags in each of 12 flavors, including gingerbread, candy cane, holiday spice, and french vanilla. This morning my throat is a bit sore so I’m sipping some honey lemon chamomile. For about $.07 / bag, this tea will keep me busy for the next few months.
The next big find was Kodiak cake mix!
Kath and other bloggers have raved about this brand, but I never wanted to pay full price or shipping to try them. I snagged this box for $3.00.
My last find was an impulse purchase – I’ve run out of my beloved Love Grown (and it isn’t sold close to me), and this granola sounded delicious.
It’s the strangest texture – very light and crispy, almost like puffed, very sweet rice cereal. I’m thinking it will make a great streusel-type topping on muffins or bread.
Especially since I ate my last slice of pumpkin bread as a snack at work yesterday.
Last night’s post gym dinner was quick and easy, similar to the frittata I made last Thursday night. I was excited to try the butternut squash variety of the boxed soups I purchased, hoping it was as good as the roasted red pepper variety.
Success! It had a great flavor and creamy texture for only 130 calories per cup.
I made that huge batch of roasted red pepper hummus on Sunday and I’m stressing out to use as much as possible before it goes bad. I mixed equal parts of hummus and goat cheese, warmed it for a few seconds, and used it as a topping on wheat toast.
It would have been better on pita or a tortilla, but you make due when you’re starving at 8 pm!
Dessert was a Chocolate Covered Katie cake as interpreted by Gina at Running to the Kitchen. I won her giveway this week and I’m excited to get my sparkly Chicband in the mail! I adapted Gina’s adaptation but used garbanzo bean flour and Splenda blend for the sugar with vanilla stevia. My “pumpkin frosting” was almond milk, pumpkin, and cake batter protein powder with a touch of maple syrup.
Did you make any blog recipes this week? Are you planning to try any this weekend?
I bought a donut pan at BB&B this week and can’t wait to try some of the delicious donut recipes that have been circulating! Wish Melissa & Colleen good luck in their half marathons this weekend!
Happy Friday, all! xox