Spiced Apple Oatmeal – Inspired by Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas by Sojourner McConnell

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This chapter book charmed the socks off of me! Dolcey is so sweet, and loving! The story is relevant and moving. The illustrations are perfect for the story. I can’t wait for another Dolcey book!

While I was reading about Emily and Dolcey, I had the idea for this spiced apple oatmeal. You’ll understand why when you read this delightful chapter book.

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Thrive Life Quick Oats are gluten free.

SAO jar

       Make ahead for busy mornings, camping and to give as gifts!

SAO apple can

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That’s a family can of Fuji apples in the background!

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I’m bringing my spiced apple oatmeal to Fiesta Friday this week. It’s too good not to share! Our co-hosts this week are Suzanne @ apuginthekitchen and Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes.

 

Meet The Author

If you’re in Kentucky this October, you can meet Sojourner McConnell and get your copy of Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas signed!

Where: Karen’s Book Barn. 127 E. Main Street, La Grange, KY.

When: October 14th from 11-4.

Bonus! When you buy a copy of Who’s That In The Cat Pajamas at the signing, you get to choose one of these Snackies Singles to go with it. We call this a book and a Snackie. While supplies last.

Snackies

 

As always, thank you for the time we spend together,

Gina

 

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Refreshing Chocolate & Raspberry Frozen Treat – Guilt Free!

Dairy-free Chocolate Raspberry Frozen TreatI read Fiesta Friday every week to drool over lots of talented contributions, promising myself that I will bring a dish worthy of the fiesta. Today is the day! I hope you’ll visit Fiesta Friday #175 to see the features and next week’s entries.

This week’s hosts are Monika @ Everyday Healthy Recipes and Suzanne @ A Pug in the Kitchen.

 

Recipe:

1/2 Cup Thrive Life banana slices, refreshed and then frozen

1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1 Tbsp. Thrive Life raspberries in their freeze-dried form

Add all three ingredients to the blender. Use the blend button, stopping to move chunks down, until you have creamy, frozen deliciousness.

Now you can taste and adjust if you want more chocolate or raspberry flavor. I shared what tastes good to me.

Eat immediately or freeze for later. This is enough for one person.

If you haven’t played with freeze-dried foods, you are going to be so surprised! They are packed with flavor, color and versatility. They chose my recipe for the site, too! So exciting!

See you at the fiesta!

 

Gina

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A Treat For Fiesta Friday

Black Bean Fudge

Confession time. When Cyhndi told me about this recipe I was cynical. Black beans? In fudge? But I trust Cyhndi so I decided to give it a try. I am also not a fan of fudge because it is loaded with sugar. Hearing that this recipe features black beans and coconut oil knocked the rest of the doubt out. I like black beans now that I have the instant ones. Coconut oil feels good when I use it, and there aren’t that many ways I’ve tried that I like.  I gave it a try.

Ding, ding, ding. this is a winner! Not only is this easy to make, it’s also versatile! I’ve put it in my coffee to make a mocha. You can also melt it to make a chocolate sauce. My favorite is to add coffee powder to it to make mocha fudge.

We love a versatile recipe that we can play with like this. Our next experiment is to powder some TL cherries to make a black forest brownie. I’m already drooling!

As always, thank you for the time you spend with us!

Gina and Cyhndi

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