Recipe: Banana Blueberry Crockpot Oatmeal

Banana Blueberry Crockpot Oatmeal

How would you like to wake up to a steamy hot bowl of oatmeal? This recipe is a slow cooker version of the Brunch Oatmeal Bake and is extra easy to make the night before. It’s also versatile so you can change up the ingredients with what you have on hand.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 Cups oatmeal, rolled or steel cut
  • 3 1/2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup milk
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons sweetener (brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc…)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Banana, browning preferable, sliced
  • 1 Cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, optional
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract, optional

Method:

  1. Rub coconut oil along base of the pot to help prevent sticking.
  2. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and give a quick stir.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Serve with milk, walnuts, a sprinkle of brown sugar, or whatever you prefer.

Cheesy Hashbrown Bites | Recipe

Cheesy Hasbrown Bites

I love breakfast, every time I visit my family in Pittsburgh eating breakfast together is a way to reconnect. When they visit me I make my oatmeal bake and brunch egg bake. Now I have a new item to add to my menu! This hashbrown bites are easy to make and a great way to use up left over baked potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • 5 Potatoes, baked and refrigerated
  • 1 Medium red onion
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 Cup shredded cheese (your choice)
  • Olive oil, for the muffin tins

Supplies:

  • Food processor with grating accessory or hand grater
  • Muffin tin with 12-18 muffins

Method:

  1. Be sure to start with baked potatoes and refrigerate them.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Shred potatoes with the food processor, then onion and garlic.
  4. Mix the eggs in a small bowl and add seasoned salt to the bowl.
  5. In a large bowl mix the shredded veggies, egg mixture, and cheese until evenly distributed.
  6. Grease the tins with olive oil to avoid sticking.
  7. Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to put the mixture into each hole.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour. Until the bites are browning on the top.

These are great reheated in a toaster oven.

Crib Sheets Tutorial

I knew that with decorating Baby V’s nursery that I didn’t want to go out and buy a set from a store. I wanted to have the ability to personalize the room. One easy way to do this was to make my own crib sheets. If you search for sales, you can save money from buying from a store and you can get cute fabric to match your theme.

I made three designs in flannel fabric. I recommend getting a wider fabric because it will shrink when you wash and dry it.

Supplies:

  • 2 yards of fabric, at least 44 inches wide.
  • Matching thread
  • Elastic 1/4 inch thick, at least 4 yards
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron & ironing board

My mattress is a standard size. We opted for the Lullabye Earth mattress, if you’d like to compare sizes. You’re going to cut 8 x 8 inch from each corner. (if your mattress is a different size you may have to adjust accordingly.) You want the edge of your mattress it line up with the edge of the squares for a snug fit.

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After cutting the fabric you’re going to sew a french seam on all four corners. To do this, put the wrong sides of the fabric together, pin, and stitch a straight line with 1/4 inch seam allowance. The closer to the edge the better. You will create a house like shape with the fabric, as seen below. For some reason, I could not visualize this before starting so if you’re like me, relax, it’s what you want. Do this to all four edges.

Crib Sheet 3Crib Sheet 4Very carefully, trim the fabric all the way to the seam, as close as you can get it without cutting what you’ve just sewn.

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Flip the crib sheet inside out so the right sides face one another and iron the seams flat. You’re going to sew again with 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Crib Sheet 6You’ve created a french seam. This keeps the edges nice and neat, and when you wash it you won’t have to worry about the inside fraying. It’s very clean. Here’s a sneak peak of what the edge will look like.

Crib Sheet 7After you’ve done this to all four sides, add the elastic.  I did this by first ironing 1/4 inch all of the way around and then ironed and pinned 1/2 inch hem. This creates enough room for your elastic to work its way through. You’re going to sew ALMOST all of the way around, taking care at the edges, and leaving a 2 inch gap to string the elastic through.

Crib Sheet 8 Crib Sheet 9Put a safety pin on the end of your elastic and get to work working it through. Sit down in front of the TV because this part, for me, took the longest. The amount of elastic you will use will depend upon what you buy. I believe the type I used came in 8 yards, so I left it intact and worked it through.

Place the crib sheet on your mattress and adjust the elastic accordingly. This takes trial and error but you want to get the elasticity right. When you’ve decided how much elastic you want to use, simply sew a few lines on the overlapping ends and finish off the piece. I apologize for not taking a photo of this part of the process but I think it’s pretty easy to visualize. This is the underside view.Crib Sheet 10

There you have it! A custom made crib sheet. Have you made bedding before? Or are you working on homemade nursery decor? Share in the comments below!

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Pineapple Frozen Yogurt | Recipe

I love ice cream but its not healthy enough to eat everyday. I thought it was time to make something that was ice cream like but is much healthier. I decided to make my own frozen yogurt without added sugar and unnecessary additives. This also reminds me of the pineapple ice cream I’ve had at Disney World. Yum!

I recommend serving this after freezing it for an hour or so. If it sits for too long in the freezer it will turn into a block, it’s still good but you will have to defrost for a while before digging in.

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Pineapple Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 1 Pound frozen or fresh pineapple
  • Vanilla extract, optional

Supplies:

  • Food processor or blender
  • Ice cream maker, bowl pre-frozen

Method:

  1. In a food processor, combine yogurt, pineapple, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Place the yogurt mixture into your refrigerator while you set up the ice cream maker. Try to keep the mixture as cold as possible.
  3. Put chilled yogurt into the ice cream maker and run for 20 minutes, or as the instructions on your machine suggest.
  4. Remove frozen yogurt from the machine and store in a container.  It will be too liquidy to serve, unless you are going for soft serve.
  5. Freeze for approximately an hour and enjoy!

Note: If you keep this is in the freezer for a long time it will become a block, so you will have to thaw it before serving the second time around. It’s best served after making.

Enjoy this frozen treat without all of the guilt!

My Newest Project – Baby Voorhees

Hello There! I’ve been absent for quite a while. However I’ve been working on a very important project that is due in April!

 Lindsay and Steve Baby Shower

Baby Voorhees is due April 22nd! Things have been busy around our house prepping, relaxing, and reading every baby book ever printed. :)

With the coming posts I will be sharing projects that I’ve been working on in the nursery and healthy recipes I’ve been making.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to babies but I’m happy to share what I learn as I go!