This morning we were awakened at 5am by my happy toddler… Although I love waking up to “Mama, Mama”, I would prefer to not do it at 5am on my day off Needless to say, we sure needed an extra boost to jump start our day. Seeing as how I had some ripe peaches sitting in the fruit bowl, immediately the idea of having a peach crisp for breakfast popped into my head. I mindlessly threw a bunch of ingredients together and it came out as more of a crumble / granola type recipe, but nonetheless it was still delicious and felt like we were eating dessert for breakfast. If you are a yogurt fan, this would be awesome on top of yogurt. Unfortunately, I thought of the idea with only a few bites to spare, but it was yummy!
4 large servings or 6 small
- 4 ripe peaches, sliced / chopped / diced (based on your preferences)
- 2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
- 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 5 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Layer peaches in an 8×8 baking dish (I sprayed mine with EVOO spray first). In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, brown sugar, and oats until everything is well combined and coated. Sprinkle mixture on top of peaches. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden brown. Serve on its own or on top of yogurt. If enjoying as an evening treat, this would be delicious on top of vanilla bean ice cream.
Note: This is pretty clumpy and falls apart as you try to serve a slice, so using a serving spoon works best! It is not meant to be cake-like.
Being that both my wedding anniversary and birthday occur in September, I typically don’t really associate the Fall season with September, even though it officially starts on Sept 22… When October hits, however, I completely forget all about summer and go full force with all things Autumn!
To me, October represents…
- Baseball Playoffs (go Phils!)
- Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Apples & Squash
- Fake Uggs, Leggings, & Lightweight Hoodies & Sweaters
- Leaves Changing, Sunshine & Breezy Weather
- Halloween Decorations & Costumes
So while I’m still procrastinating with getting my Halloween / Fall decorations out, I decided that today should be about all things Fall… Baseball playoffs do start today for the NL and although I’m not sure if I will be able to get away with putting on my Fake Uggs or a sweater today, I decided to create an awesome smoothie…
I’ve been toying with the idea of doing a juice fast because, well let’s be honest, I’ve been eating like crap lately… Baby E is teething and has been up A LOT lately, work has been crazy, and although I am making excuses, this makes me want to eat junk! I’ve been researching about “juicing” with a Vita-Mix and learned that you could just toss a whole apple in there and grind away (yes I am probably the last person on Earth to realize this)… so that along with pumpkin sparked my delish new creation…
Pumpkin Meets Apple Smoothie
(makes 1 16 ounce smoothie)
- 1 C pumpkin puree
- 1 T cinnamon
- 1 T ground flax
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 small Gala apple (if not using a Vita-Mix, then core & slice apple into chunks)
- 4 ounce Chobani Champions Honey-Nana Greek Yogurt
- 5 ice cubes
Toss 5 ice cubes, pumpkin, spices, apple, ground flaxseed and yogurt into Vita-Mix / blender, and puree. On the Vita-Mix, I used the variable speed on low for 30 seconds and then went all the way up until 10, until everything was well combined and turning into a thick liquid.