Thursday, July 11, 2013

Slow-Cooker Oatmeal-Banana Maple Parfaits

Slow cooker oatmeal breakfast
Image obtained from

While browsing through my Pinterest recipes I stumbled on this little gem. I haven't made it yet but everytime I see it it makes my mouth drool. I'm a fan of oatmeal and bananas. Slow cookers are one of the best inventions ever. I have to try this. 

I originally pinned the recipe from Family Circle's website but every time I click on it through Pinterest I'm brought to a blank registration page. I'm just a tad perturbed by that considering I pinned the correct URL. Apparently Family Circle doesn't want people to view their recipes?? I dunno, maybe they're afraid we might actually like the recipes and want to buy their magazine? *shrugs*

I decided to post it here to make it easy for everyone. Enjoy.

Slow-Cooker Oatmeal-Banana Maple Parfaits

Makes: 6  servingsPrep 15 mins
Slow Cook 8 hrs  LOW
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ripe bananas
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


1. Pour 3 cups water into slow-cooker insert. Place a slow-cooker liner into slow cooker (on top of water). Combine half-and-half, 5 1/2 cups water, the oats and salt into slow cooker liner.
2. Cover and slow cook on LOW for 8 hours. Uncover and stir in 6 tbsp of the maple syrup. Blend ricotta and remaining 1 tbsp maple syrup.
3. Begin layering: Spoon 1/2 cup oatmeal into 6 cups or bowls. Top each with a heaping tbsp ricotta mixture. Peel and slice bananas. Spread about 4 banana slices onto each serving. Repeat layering with oatmeal, ricotta and banana slices. Drizzle each serving with a little maple syrup and sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

What I've been up to

I haven't been spending much time on my blog but I have been busy with my Etsy shop. My most recent project has been these cute clothespin magnets. I love all the colors! I think I'm going to make myself a set  with the "less than perfect" clips that I have left over.

Refrigerator magnets made from clothespins
Decorated clothespins with magnets

Clothespin magnets

These are all for sale in my Pieces of Me Paper Crafts Etsy shop, along with a bunch of other colors. I just love how bright & cheery they are! 

Monday, May 6, 2013

NYC in Pictures

My daughter and I took a bus trip to NYC this past Saturday. Our group took a walk through Central Park, then we were on our own for the rest of the day. We spent our afternoon shopping in Times Square. 

Mosaic honoring John Lennon at Strawberry Fields in Central Park

Yours truly, waiting for our bus outside Central Park.

My daughter, Emily.
The Smurf in Times Square that wanted my money.

Red M&M at M&M's World

In Times Square, right before we were handed free t-shirts from
a walk/run cancer fundraiser that took place that morning!
Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe.  Cheers!
What? No veggies? This is what I was craving and it tasted delicious!

We spotted the The Naked Cowboy!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Healthier Ranch Dressing

Ranch dressing made with greek yogurt, milk, dry ranch dressing

Are you looking for a healthier alternative to bottled dressing? I found this recipe online a few months ago. I saved it to a Word document and now I can't remember where I originally got it. Regardless, it's super simple to make and delicious! Feel free to doctor it up to your own tastes!

Healthier Ranch Dressing
1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 packet dry ranch dressing mix
1/2 cup 1% milk

Mix all ingredients and chill. Approx. 10 calories per tbsp.

Keep in mind that this is made with yogurt and milk so it won't last for years like the bottled stuff (which is a pretty scary thought!). 
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