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Big Lots and Big Wins


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


18 responses to “Big Lots and Big Wins

  1. allieksmith November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Big Lots is the !

  2. Melissa November 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Ahhh, so many great finds! I need to find a Big Lots near me.

    Thanks for the luck! As always, you are the sweetest! XO

  3. Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes November 11, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Good finds! I am in love with that almond granola! SO yummy. Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Lisa ♥ Healthful Sense November 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Score! Those are some great deals =)
    There are so many blog recipes to make it’s overwhelming!!

  5. sprint2thetable November 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I have Big Lots envy right now!

    Your pumpkin frosting sounds delicious. I’m going to make some of that post-workout today. 🙂

  6. emily (a nutritionist eats) November 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I keep seeing doughnut recipes around and it is making me want to get a pan – I’m not even a baker!! 🙂

  7. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate November 12, 2011 at 12:50 am

    I am attempting baked donuts this weekend 🙂

  8. teabagginit November 12, 2011 at 3:27 am

    i’ve been “pinning” tons of blogger recipes this week but i’ve been too busy to actually make any of them – just waiting for the quarter to end & then i’m heading to the kitchen! 🙂

  9. Kirstie @ Musings of a Happy Life November 12, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Yum! That soup looks awesome. I’ve never eaten squash soup 🙂

  10. kristina@beancakes ✭ November 13, 2011 at 2:54 am

    hi claire! i’ve always wanted to try kodiak cakes!!
    xoxo ~ kristina

  11. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic November 14, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I’ve been hearing good things about Kodiak too but haven’t tried it myself yet. I didn’t do a lot of cooking this weekend, but I’ll make up for it this coming week 🙂

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  13. Sarah @ November 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I love that brand of oatmeal. And i LOVE Big Lots. I always find the neatest things there!

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