Thanksgiving Oats and a Santa Suit!

thanksgiving oatsIve been eating this a couple times a week since Thanksgiving.

My aunt made a ton of Cranberry Relish, and Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving dinner. At the end of the night when we were divvying up the leftovers she convinced me to take home a ton of both. She recommended freezing it and using it in muffins, or other baking. Well I never froze it, instead I mixed the two together and I eat a huge blob of it top of oatmeal! Also my Mother in Law makes the most decadent sweet potatoes with a thick crust of pecan/brown sugar/butter crumble top. She ended up having leftover of the unbaked crumble topping, and she put it in my fridge in case I wanted to keep it. AND I DO! I sprinkle a little of this crumble top on my oats too. It melts in, and adds the perfect brown sugar, butter, pecan flavor. Plus the tangy cranberries, Thanksgiving Oats are amazing!

Today is my first Friday off! I no longer work Fridays, which is pretty splendid. It might mean I actually regularly blog again…say what? I’m going to meet up with my mom today to work on our Christmas Ornaments for our Ornament/cookie party on Sunday! I’m super excited! On Saturday Mr. Gaunt and I have to play Santa and Mrs Claus at my work for the kids. We are letting them decorate sugar cookies, and then Santa is going to read them The Night Before Christmas, and then a REAL photographer is going to take their photo sitting on his lap! Squeel! So much cuteness. Needless to say the Santa Suit arrived this week, and we both couldn’t resist trying it on…lol! Who makes the better Santa? (note I have a much cuter Mrs. Claus outfit)

santa

I think the best part is where we are wearing the belt. I’m such a girl, even in a Santa suit I’m trying to give myself a cinched waist!

Coconut Cocoa Oat Cookies…whatever

I really wanted to bake something chocolate last week, which is sort of odd for me, because I really wouldn’t say I’m a chocolate fan. I like chocolate, but if given two choices, I’m almost always going to pick the non-chocolate option. Needless to say I had some fancy Cocoa powder that I wanted to use, and a craving to make a slightly healthier cookie too. Mr. Gaunt LOVES cookies, but he kind of hates my healthy cookies. I was hoping the cocoa powder would make them less “healthy tasting”. The recipe I used is:

1 1/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
3 T Agave

1/2 Cup shredded coconut

Mix all together, bake at 350 for about 12 minutes.

I used this recipe, but made a number of adjustments. My cookies were ok, but not fluffy, so following her recipe more directly might yield better results.

I thought they were yummy in a dark chocolate, not too sweet sort of way. Which is good because then I only eat like 1 a day.  As usual I think Mr. Gaunt could take or leave them. Don’t worry, I’m planning to make him this cake for his birthday next month. Full, fat, full sugar.

Can I also just say that I am super obsessed with PicMonkeys Halloween features. It makes me want to deck out my front porch all goolish!

Amazing, I know.