Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Trying new things...

I usually find myself wanting to try out new recipes or projects, that many of you amazing bloggers write about. I appreciate how much effort everyone puts in to share with their readers. I love that sense of sharing and learning within a community. This weekend I took the time out to try out one recipe and one project from the blogging community and had a blast doing so. I really want to try to take more time to do these things because not only is it fun, but I really discover new tastes and creativity.

Here is KATH's Classic Oats recipe, which was the best oatmeal I've ever had! It's been rainy and cold here the past couple days, so everyone in the family appreciated this one. I substituted organic cow's milk for almond milk and it turned out delicious. I loved the banana, flax and vanilla in this recipe :) Yum!

Then we topped it with blackberries (of course), homemade peanut butter, and mini chocolate chips. My lil one loved decorating the oatmeal. Yay, super kid friendly :)

The project that we worked on was an activity that I found at Raw Mom Blog. I love Ruth's ideas, they are always fun for the kids and for parents too! Thinking about it now, i'd probably do her projects even if I didn't have a child.
"The Cowboy's Chia Garden!"

I helped my lil one collect soil from our composter, which was exciting! There was so much of it, I can't believe how fast it's breaking down and turning to soil. Awesome!!! Then he decorated and placed the chia seed paste in the garden :)

Originally the project calls for a fairy for your garden, but I didn't have any small fairies on hand and my lil one LOVES this teddy bear cowboy statue. I'll take more pictures as the chia starts to sprout.

The best part about this project was that he was able to do every step himself, with my direction on what to do next. He was so happy and excited! He ended up wanting to make another one, so instead of using a planter tray like the project asks for, we used a frisbee!

The rest of our weekend was filled with family visits and blackberry picking when it wasn't raining.
Did you try anything new this weekend?


Melissa said...

I have this gag reflex when it comes to cooked oats but I really want to try overnight oats and see if I can handle it:) Your recipe looks super yummy!!
That chia garden looks super cute. Are the little chias sprouted yet?

Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) said...

I know what you mean, I'm not a huge oatmeal fan either. This recipe turned it around for me though! Tastes so yummy..i think one trick is buying oats that take longer to cook. They seem to have a better texture and consistency :)

The chia garden showed no sprouting signs as of today, hehe :) Hopefully in the next couple of days we will see something!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend hun!

Elle said...

Yummy! I really want to try the oatmeal recipe. Grains are something that I really miss! I get whole groats and make cooked oatmeal for my son.

Lori said...

Oh yeah, those oats look fantastic! I haven't tried that recipe before but may need to now. And I love love love the blackberries in them. So plump and juicy!

Pam said...

Oh, lovely oats...yumm! and your garden looks so cute! Enjoy!

Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) said...

Elle- Yeah I hear ya, I make oatmeal for son a lot too. Thought I'd try this recipe out and it sure was a hit with everyone!

Lori- You'll have to try it Lori! Kath even gives a instructional video on the recipe. It's so great!

Pam- Thanks Pam! The garden hasn't sprouted yet, but hopefully soon!

blessedmama said...

Maggie, come to my spot for a treat for you.

Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) said...

Blessedmama, thank you for including me in blogs that make you happy! You're so kind and sweet :)

Jenny said...

I came over from the link at blessedmama's blog. I love the little garden. I love all little things like that - terrariums, etc.

Maggie (livingfoodjunkie) said...

Hi Jenny,
Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting :) It was so much fun doing the little garden project with my son. The chia started sprouting today! I'll be posting some pictures on Monday to show it's progress!