It’s a beautiful morning here in central Iowa, so I decided to head out into the sunsetRISE for a 4.25 mile run after my Mom walk! Plus, there’s no time like the present to break in a new pedicure. ;)

The morning air was humid, but cool, and the run was pretty terrific except for a brief encounter with a certain black dog. You know the one. I even ran on the other side of the street from its house, but it still chased after me for a couple seconds before giving up. Bad dog!

Since my run, I literally haven’t been able to cool my body temp down, so I decided another, refreshing Oatgurt needed to be on the breakfast menu – a Peach Almond Oatgurt!

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In the mix:

  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • cinnamon, almond extract
  • Peach Chobani Greek Yogurt
  • Peach
  • Sliced almonds

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So creamy! And especially luscious with a fresh, juicy peach. What am I going to do when all the fabulous summer produce goes away?! I can’t even think about it!

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I know it’s only my second bowl of oatgurt, but I’m obsessed. The thick Greek yogurt is like icing on the oatmeal.

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I’m especially loving this combo because I like to eat oatmeal for breakfast year round, but sometimes it’s just too hot. The cold yog cools everything down into a mellow, refreshing breakfast that can be enjoyed on even the hottest of summer mornings. Yes!

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I packed my matching chop once, eat twice Kitchen Sink Salad and a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar for lunch today.

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Baby spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Tofu
  • Blueberries
  • Peanuts

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Like I said on Tuesday, this salad contains a seriously eccentric combo of flavors and textures – but it was awesome! I drizzled it with Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette,

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and it was good. :)

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Second day in a row for a Larabar…

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I HEART Peanut Butter Cookie – it’s my favorite LB flavor. It’s actually better than a peanut butter cookie (I swear to you) and has only three ingredients. Wheee!

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In other news, I set up my Keurig last night and brewed my first cup this morning! Here she is, in all her glory.

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A Keurig machine brews single cups of coffee using these coffee “pods”. You can buy packs of pods in different flavors and brew strengths, or you can even buy a reusable pod that lets you add in your own coffee grinds.

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You fill the side chamber with water (and only refill it when it’s empty – about every 3 or 4 cups,) place a pod on top and pull down.

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See?

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Then all you have to do is press “on”,

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wait for the blue lights to blink, indicating the water is hot, (which took, like, ONE minute!)

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and brew, baby, brew!

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It’s so nice to have the smell of freshly brewed coffee in the house again! I used to brew pots for just myself in the mornings, as Ben doesn’t drink coffee, but it got to be such a hassle to clean, change out the filters, etc. This is no fuss, no muss. It’s love!

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In other, other news, it’s Three Question Thursday! My aging mind seems to have forgotten it the past several weeks. ;)

Answer on!

1. What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?

2. Would you rather be stuck on a deserted island with Carrot Top or Joan Rivers?

3. What made you smile yesterday?

My answers:

1. This Keurig is pretty high up there, but I also ADORE my mini food processor. Couldn’t live without it!

2. UGH this seriously makes me squirm because I would rather be swimming away from the desert island than be stuck on it with either of them!! If I had to chose, though, I’d choose Carrot Top!

3. Mother/Daughter pedis & dinner!