Painting (and the Chobani Giveaway WINNER)

This is what my room looks like as of yesterday:

(…chaos!!)

The bed has managed to move to the middle of the room as of last night, a dresser has left the room altogether, and the base board, ceiling, door, and window frame have officially been painted white.

It took about 4 hrs to complete all of this, but Friday is the fun part.  Colors are going up!  I’m so excited to see my room transform, as it hasn’t been changed since I called it mine (about 16 years ago…eeps!)

I’ll be shooting for a “natural” feel.  I’m happiest when I’m outdoors, and I want to bring the outdoors in.  With natural colors and a warm, relaxing atmosphere.

Inspiration:

I’m also on a budget.

I remember watching Design on a Dime a long time ago, and how much they emphasized the simple changes that can make such big results.  Like changing the knobs on dressers, doors, etc.  Cheap but effective.  I’m also all for bright, cheery accent pillows, but that will come later. 😀

Needless to say, it’s been busy around here.  Home decorating shows make this look easy.

Don’t let them fool you. 😉

Thank goodness for quick and healthy lunches from Whole Foods during times like these. 😀

Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Lemon Garlic Olives

Medjool Dates

Everything Bagel

Starbucks Tazo Passion Tea (unsweetened)

Anyways…

…on to the good stuff!!!

Chobani Giveaway Winner

Thirty-five of you were hungry for some Chobani Yogurt!

I loved reading each and every one of your stories, memories and reflections from the Christmas weekend.  I wish I could send a big package of yogurt to all of you. 😀  Unfortunately, I had to pick just one.

…thank you Random.org for making this job easier on me!!

True Random Number GeneratorMin: Max: Result: 27

The winner is #27, which goes to blog-reader Kellie.  Kellie, let me know where you would like the Chobani shipped to, and it will be out ASAP! 😀

QUESTION: Painting…love it or hate it?  I find it therapeutic, as long as there is some good music playing (Beatles, anyone?)  But I’m not one for painting the ceiling.  What a mess!!  I have an entirely new respect for Michelangelo. 😉

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Christmas Reflections (and a GIVEAWAY)

I didn’t take very many pictures this Christmas.

Mostly, I just ate a lot of good food.  I laughed a lot.  I took a bite or two (or three) of every single dessert (we have a family of wonderful bakers.)  I hugged, I remembered, I enjoyed.  And I savored every moment of food, family and faith.

Christmas embraces a lot of memories for me and I didn’t want to miss a second of anything.

I quite simply allowed myself to not be in charge of anything.  Instead, I jumped head first into savoring each delicious moment.

It felt absolutely wonderful.

(That would be me, my stocking, and a bag of Godiva Truffles on Christmas morning…I may have acted just a tad over-excited about this. 😉  )

I did, however, help prepare some things on Christmas Eve, when the family came over for dinner.  I also made some pecan bars and baked up some gluten-free/vegan cookies which turned out quite good, if I say so myself. 😉

Recipe here: Veganomicon’s Wheat Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

After one too many of those…

…and this French-Canadian meat pie (homemade by my cousin Melissa)…

…and Nicole’s lemon cake…

…and these…

…I’m feeling a little like an overstuffed French toast.

Thank goodness I have a fridge full of healthier snacks to get my digestive system back in working order. 😉

And thank goodness (for you!) there are some very generous people over at Chobani who want to share THREE tubs of their new 32-OZ containers (0%, 2% and vanilla) with one lucky reader.  Note: It’s only open to US readers and Canada readers (except for the vanilla, which isn’t yet offered there, but they’ll send you two big tubs of their plain…the 2% is by far my favorite!!!)

All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what your favorite part about this weekend was and you’re in the running.  I’ll let you know who the winner is on Thursday morning. 😀

To Enter The Chobani Giveaway: Tell me what the best part of your weekend was…winner will be announced Thursday morning!

Special Edition: “Breakfast Week”

“Join me as I eat my way through a week of new breakfasts.  Thanksgiving marks the finale, which means I have one full week to try a new breakfast each and every morning.  It could be delicious (it could be outrageous!)  But the whole idea is to just have fun.”

It all started with a tub of chobani.

Well.  Two tubs, thanks to the kind people over at Chobani, who asked me if I’d be interested in sampling their 32-oz containers of the wonder yogurt.

I considered just eating a tub of the thick creamy yogurt for breakfast and calling it a day, but…sigh…I resisted.

Let’s keep it balanced, Sarah.  Let’s keep it interesting.

Instead, I decided to mess up the kitchen with some inspiration.

(we can’t all be clean cooks!) 

A tub of chobani.

A bunch of overripe bananas.

A hungry girl.

Breakfast was born.

This does take some morning time, but the good news is that the individual slices freeze and reheat well.  Which means you can (a) cook it way ahead of time, (b) freeze them individually and (c) take them out whenever the mood strikes.

That’s what I call success.

The resulting loaf was sweet (but not too much) and dense, while also being jam packed with walnuts.

I know there’s yogurt inside the loaf, but I simply couldn’t help myself.  I added another good scoop, a few slices of sweet banana, and a sprinkle of cinnamon to call it complete.

Complete.

Completely new breakfast.  Completely satisfied girl.  Completely happy.  Don’t you just love mornings?

Banana Breakfast Loaf

Don’t equate this with your beloved banana nut bread.  It’s a completely different twist on your old favorite.  Much more dense and hearty, this bread will keep you going all morning long.  The yogurt replaces any need for oils, but I like to add walnuts for a healthy dose of omega-3 fats.  Enjoy a slice with a side of fruit, a dish of yogurt and/or a glass of milk.

This is best served warm from the oven, but you can easily reheat the individual slices in the microwave as well.  Enjoy!

  • 1-1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup crushed flax
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup regular oatmeal
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2-3)
  • 3/4 cup 0% chobani yogurt (or other greek yogurt)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, flax, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats,  and cinnamon in a large bowl with a whisk.
  3. Combine mashed banana, yogurt, vanilla extract, and eggs; add to flour mixture. Stir just until moist.
  4. Fold in walnuts.
  5. Spoon batter into an 8 x 4-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

QUESTION: What is your favorite yogurt?