Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Flax Oatmeal, Sugar & Spice Mix-In, Thai Inspired Pineapple & Sticky Rice, Paco's Sweater Adventures, & A Look Ahead

Hello My Pretties! :)  Hope you are having a FINE Day!  I have yet another Combo-Post for you all today!  Multipurpose!  I've been finding more and more Nature's Path Products available in my region and at a fair price!  This Flax Plus Oatmeal was one of the 4 flavors I recently found!  I'm learning to like Oatmeal again...mostly to up my nutritional values that they offer as well as force myself to eat breakfast more.

This isn't as bland as I thought it would be so that is good.  There is a little bit of cane juice in there - among other things - but I did doctor it up a bit, too!'s a look at what's IN this Oat Meal:
Organic rolled oats, organic evaporated cane juice, organic flax seeds, sea salt. 

Fairly simple.  I like that.  BECAUSE...then I can add THIS!  It's a new product from Wildtree!  Hearty Oatmeal Mix-In Sugar & Spice!  At first I was wondering what the heck I would use it for but it's DARN tasty!  I've used it a few times in Oatmeal and really enjoyed it but will be tinkering with it in other things in the near future, too!  As for the ingredients of this new product - there are only 4!  Check out the nutritional info HERE.

After checking out some other things Wildtree suggested to do with this product I was hooked!  Roasted Cinnamon Sugar Chickpeas - YES, PLEASE!  Cinnamon and Sugar Baked Doughnuts?  Perhaps!  I wonder if Chia Seeds in Water would work as an egg substitute?  Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas with Strawberry Salsa - Whaaaaat?  That's up my alley - for sure!  And Cinnamon Sugar Plantain Chips?  Those might be interesting, too!  WOWZA!  I'm stoked about this product now!

In other food news - I tried another Thai Inspired Food Last Night!  Grilled Pineapple with Sticky Rice!

I used the following for this dish...

1 C Basmati Rice - Cooked
Roughly 1 C Coconut Milk
1/2 t Ground Cardamom (or Coriander)
1 T Coconut Sugar/Granules (you could also use Brown Sugar)
1 C Pineapple - cubed

This was very sweet but also very tasty!  It was almost like I was eating dessert for dinner!  I would have this again!  I really enjoyed it!

I don't claim to be a good Food Pairings person and I am known for throwing together odd-ball foods on the same plate.  This is the perfect example of that.  I had a HUGE helping of that Grilled Pineapple with Sticky Rice last night and threw some Green Beans on there as well as a handful of Walnuts.  It was very filling!  It was yummy.  I was pleased with my dinner last night.

A few MISC items I'd like to share with you - I started sprouting Broccoli Sprouts and will let you know of the progress in the coming days!

After posting the review of Jokerz yesterday I received a very nice email from the Go Max Go Company thanking me for posting it on my blog.  They also mentioned it on their Facebook Page AND Twitter.  I was VERY excited about this!  Thanks guys!  I also found out that there are several online outlets I can purchase their products on so I hope to do that soon!

Another thing I mentioned yesterday is how Paco has been constantly on the move in the evenings.  So I decided to put his sweater on him and he almost immediately calmed down!  I didn't know if it was a coincidence or if it 'worked' so I put it to the test again last night!  Viola!  WINNER!!!!  It's working!  He must have just been cold!  He started acting all cuddly and a bit calmer and then started chillin' out!  YAY!

He sat on my chest - which he NEVER does.  He sat on DH's shoulder - and NEVER does that either!

A little later he went under the blanket and laid with me on the sofa!  Ahhhhhh!  Peace and Quiet!  Well, Paco!  You'll be wearing sweaters in the evening from now on 'lil dude'.

In crafting news I have been tossing around different ideas with Modge Podge and Glues and other "stickies" and "textures" while using chalks and stencils to create a velvety look.  I'm going to push myself to complete at least ONE Project in the next week.  A little Mini-Goal of mine, I guess.

Speaking of Mini-Goals...I accomplished Ethiopian Foods last week - a few Thai Foods this week (thanks for the suggestion Eddie) - and NEXT week LINDSAY suggested Pakistani Foods so I'm going to accept that challenge.  The following week I'm thinking Norwegian Foods...just a heads up!

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  1. ha! I will wait for you to perfect it before I try and make it then LOL! Keep me posted!

    1. Not sure if I will perfect anything! LOL But I will surely attempt to make something at least edible! hahahahaha! Yours will probably turn out better than mine since I'm so kitchen-challenged. But TRYING is fun! tee heee

  2. I haven't used pineapple and sticky rice in a while... but it never stayed when I combined the two.

    Well, it looks like Paco might have been cold. Lalita, my Maltese, loved outfits too. I designed a lot of her outfits. she was adorable. I even made her an outfit with material I had left over from making myself a gorgeous sundress.

    1. I haven't figured out if he loves the sweaters but it seems to help so far! :)

      Lalita was adorable that is for sure!!!!

  3. thank you for sharing with us at the wednesday fresh foods link up! i hope to see you again this week with more seasonal & real/whole food posts! xo, kristy.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment! Thanks for the wonderful weekly meme!