An old-fashioned breakfast

Have you noticed it’s getting dark earlier and maybe  a bit chilly when you wake up in the morning? I adore this time of year when the leaves start to change and you can break out those yummy, cozy sweaters.

So get ready.

Turn down your thermostat to save some $ on your heating bill. Great reason to break out that warm throw or beautiful quilt and wrap yourself up while relaxing in the evenings.

Have your cat or dog sleep with you at night to help keep you toasty.

And…start your day off right. On Sunday, make a batch of steel cut oats for breakfast for the coming week. It’s easy. Use a slow cooker or rice cooker. My rice cooker has a porridge setting. Put in the water and steel cut oats and let them cook. My favorite is McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.

This is not the instant oatmeal you remember as a kid. Steel cut oats have a great flavor and are very filling. I like to add a bit of cinnamon and a few raisins or dried craisins or dried blueberries. Portion out the steel cut oats into your storage containers so all you have to do is grab a container and ziploc snack bag with your toppings (raisins and cinnamon) and you can heat it up at work. For those of you who like milk or almond/soy milk, you can add it to the oats as well – yum! It will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

Get outside, take a walk and enjoy the fall day!

Hey apple…

ImageThe farmer’s market has apples. This morning I picked up Honeycrisp. Yum! Crunchy and mouth-watering with a bit of sweetness. I asked about Gold Rush. They were the variety I discovered last year and my new favorite. The vendor told me it was still a bit early (here in North Carolina) but they’d be ready in a few weeks.

What’s your favorite apple?

Welcome Fall Smoothie
1 apple cored and cut into slices
handful of grapes
1 c. water
inch piece of ginger, peeled (optional)
1/3 cucumber OR small handful of lettuce or spinach
blend well and enjoy!

The apples are coming

The farmer’s market had early apples this week. Early apples? Yep, some varieties are ready earlier in the year. They were small and tart and mouth-watering.

And made me look forward to fall. Last year at the farmer’s market I found an apple called GoldRush. It was heaven. Crisp and crunchy with just  the right amount of tang. I’ve never seen them at the grocery. Check out your local farmer’s market – who knows what you might discover -grins

What’s your favorite apple?

Cheers!