Mounds Bar Oatmeal

I’m having a really really really big “Woe is me” day and I know if I stay here in the “Create New Post” window long enough I’ll end up writing a really self-indulgent “here’s all the things that are making me upset” post and I really don’t want to do that so….

Here is a post I had saved for an occasion such as this:

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Mounds Bar Oatmeal
I’m a big coconut and chocolate fan, so when I found a bag of coconut flakes that hadn’t been used up yet I got really excited to try this out. Let me tell you, it was very mounds bar-y! Cooking some of the coconut with the oats really made the difference because those pieces were softened and gave the oatmeal a great flavor!

Ingredients
1/2 c. oats
1/2 c. vanilla soymilk
1/2 c. water
3 tbs. dried, sweetened coconut flakes
1 tbs. wheat germ
1 handful non-dairy chocolate chips
agave nectar to sweeten

1. Combine oats, soymilk, water, 2 tbs. coconut flakes, and wheatgerm in a bowl and microwave 1-2 minutes until desired consistency. Stir in agave until desired sweetness.
2. Top with 1 tbs. coconut flakes and chocolate chips
3. Let the chips soften a bit and then stir them in!

Wooden cheese board from: Crate & Barrel
Oversized mug from: Anthropologie

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Pesto Mash Open Faced Sandwich

I am a huge fan of garbanzo beans (chick peas) and everything made from them. Sometimes though, they can be a bit bland so the other day I was digging around in my fridge and came across a delicious garlicy pesto that we had used as a yummy spread on toast with previous dinners. (Seriously, pesto on toast is delicious with pasta!) I decided to try it with the chick peas and see how it turned out. I was too hungry to get the food processor out so I just mashed the pesto into the chickpeas with a fork. It was delicious! I actually enjoyed the thicker than hummus texture.

And, in case you were wondering, here’s some facts about chick peas….

Protein in a serving: 12g
Fiber in a serving: 11g
Fat in a serving: 3g
Vitamins in high levels: Folate (71%), B6 (57%), Iron (26%), Thiamin (13%)

Ingredients:
1/4 c. chick peas
1 tbs. pesto
tomato slices
romaine lettuce
rye bread slice
kosher salt & black pepper to taste

1. Mash the pesto into the chick peas with a fork until combined and the chick peas are all broken
2. Layer bread, lettuce, mash, and tomato and then sprinkle with a dash of kosher salt and black pepper
3. Mangia!

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And now we’re proud to announce the winner from our 6 words contest….

There were so many really fabulous entires but Rachel Liz really won us over with hers:
“‘You’d leave all this?’ She nodded.”

And “Honorable Mentions” for this one that made me laugh out loud…
“Eating salad but craving a cupcake”

Rachel, please email me at missmariemusings@gmail.com so that I can get your address to send you your gift card!

Thank you to everyone who made it a fun exercise in creativity! Ya’ll rock my world!

In 6 words…

I’m not sure if I could be described as someone who talks a lot. I suppose it would depend on who you ask. If you ask my mom she would probably say that I am most definitely a talker, and that I come by it honestly. Some of my newest friends would probably look at you with confused faces if you asked them the same question and respond, “Yeah right, I can never get that girl to pick up the phone!” I think the amount that I talk is directly related to how well I know the people around me. I’m much more shy now than I ever used to be. Or, more accurately, I am exactly as shy as I have always been, I just own up to it now and don’t force myself to pretend otherwise. Sometimes I think it makes me seem mysterious. Sometimes it makes me look like a bitch. Sorry. I just don’t really like to make small talk with strangers. But if you stick around long enough, I’ll open up. And Lord help you once I do. 🙂

There’s something insanely charming about people who don’t just talk, but who really speak (or write for that matter). I am instantly attracted to people who can concisely say what they mean and say it with conviction and grace. Those people can get me talking quicker than any others. One of my favorite pieces of literature is a short story by Hemingway. The shortest story he ever wrote. I never even knew he had written it until recently (apparently my literary education was sub-par) but since I first read it, I loved it. It’s called “A Story in 6 Words” and it has become insanely famous. You’ll see why…

His story read:
“For sale: baby shoes, never used.”

What is rushing into your imagination right now? Is it an entire novel? Is your mind filling in all the characters, the anticipation, the tragic event, and then conclusion? Are you feeling a twinge of pain at the defeated tone of the sentence? Are you gripped with grief because you know of a real life version of this story? 6 words having such a big impact-Hemingway was a master.

A photographer friend of mine held a contest for her readers to write their own 6 word stories. I had so much fun reading all the entries that I wanted to host a contest myself. And since bloggers are writers, I figure that we’ll get some great stuff out of this. (If nothing else, it will challenge your creative muscles!)

The rules:
Write your own original story in 6 words and leave it in a comment. Use the photo above as inspiration. One entry per person. The contest will remain open until my next post goes live at which time no additional entries will be included in the judging. Mr. Beagle and I will read through all of the stories and pick our favorite. The winning writer will receive a $10 iTunes gift card and bragging rights!

Ready….set….go!