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Overnight Steel-Cut Oats with Almond Butter & Honey


Slow-cooker as bain-marie! This is an effortless, hot family breakfast that lets us sit down together before charging forth on weekdays. We change up the flavourings, but tend to break out the almond butter & honey at least once a week.

We'll admit that before this week, we were somewhat bemused by the recent slow cooker revival. Ying's porridge helped change our minds. We love her idea of using a slow cooker as a bain marie, and what better way to be greeted on a chilly morning than with a steaming batch of steel cut oats, ready for a dollop of rich, toasty almond butter and a swirl of honey. (If you don't have almond butter, any nut butter will do.) We'll take this over Wheaties any day.

Serves 2-3

2 cups water
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup almond butter
2-3 tablespoons flavourful honey

In a 4-cup glass measuring jug, stir together the water, milk, steel-cut oatmeal and salt. Place in a large slow-cooker, add enough cold water to come halfway up the side of the jug (less is fine, because there's so little evaporation with a slow-cooker), switch on "low" and go to bed.

In the morning, stir in the almond butter and honey. There will be a tablespoon's worth of grain clumped together at the bottom of the glass jug; it is fully cooked, though, and needs only to be mixed in. Serve. You'll have a halo of warmth around you for the rest of the morning.
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Apple-Pear Biscoff Crisp

 
It wasn’t that long ago that Biscoff cookies seemed to be relegated to enjoyment by those aboard Delta flights. Then, suddenly they were everywhere. And, not just Biscoff and not just cookies. There are now several brands of that type of cookie and even ground cookie “butters” everywhere you look. (If you’re not familiar with the cookies, they are a spiced shortbread-like cookie that’s also known as Speculoos.)

I’ve not done a lot of baking with either the cookies or the cookie butter. No real reason. Maybe I just haven’t been that inspired. But, in a perfect storm of CSA apples and pears, a serendipitous find of this recipe, and a package of Biscoff cookies already in my pantry, all of that changed.

Another contributing factor to my making this dessert was my latest Moment for Me box from Haagen-Dazs. Among the many wonderful and thoughtful gifts were those gorgeous Emile Henry mini pie plates you see in these photos. I was just itching to bake something so fall-like in them. This crisp seemed like just the thing!

I started with some fresh apples and pears that I tossed in a little bit of sugar. After dividing the fruit between the two pie plates, I topped each with a super easy topping of crushed Biscoff cookies and butter before popping them in the oven. And that, my friends, is all there is to these! Five ingredients! With the rich flavor of the cookies, you don’t have to add any spices. Just let all the spices in the cookies enhance the flavor of the apples and pears.

One of the themes of a recent Moment for Me box I received was “Love the Ones You’re With.” I certainly made this dessert with Quinn in mind, as he loves all of the components of the recipe. And, making just two servings of a dessert made it really special for us, as I’m usually baking big batches of cookies or a cake or some other share-worthy dessert. It’s a rare occasion when we have a dessert all to ourselves. This is a simply perfect dessert for sharing with someone you love on a cool fall evening.

Alone that one day

This present life, I wish for you alone that one day. Even if it is impossible to wait, I will for you. Standing on the shore of the world, the distance between you and me is not the distance go through thick and thin together, but the heart and the heart of the lost, I want to have your warmth, cannot depend on the wind , the rain rushed not destroy my burning heart, I did not forget about your promise, I care about you, the nether world care into the loneliness and emptiness. And you care about me, why you pretended not to care about it? This present life, for that first flight you alone you return. Because I love you Benz GLC.

I was lucky, in the vast sea of humanity, God arranged for acquaintance with you. Meeting you is my life to spend endless love. Once I broke into your world, I thank God for giving me such a precious person. I have looked up at the sky, watching the meteor across to it make a wish, hope and you said of a couple. This world is not because you have one or a few I was beautiful, but my world there is a lovely and people. When you appear in my world I is more attached to the beauty of the world. My life because of the emergence of a more beautiful you, because you have let me have a look beautiful, but my heart every day in the dream dc motor 12v, remember the scenes of the screen and you are acquainted, warm and happy. Have you accompany me that day, the color of the sky will never change, always all is light blue, as clear as the sea. Now I look up to the sky, that there is full of your shadow, you gently smile my soul to fly to the sky in nine days. I make a wish, no matter you did something wrong I will always stay here by your side.

My happiness is you give, your day I not in distress, it's all in your hands. In your day, I'm grieving, but all this is because of you. And you'll be the days together, time is like water then vanished quickly, I want to give my time under a curse, want to let it forever stuck in that one second, then our love will be filled in every corner of the world. Just because of you, I want to keep time, love for you will never change until death. So that I can make you look more deeply printed in my mind there, in every night dream, I'll be with you compatibility, see you touch with rosy lips, watching you sleep, and hold you tightly, afraid you disappear from my world. For a long time not to see you in the dream, I recall your face lying in bed, it became my greatest consolation. To you I put all the, this present life, only wish for you the boudoir gucci handbags sale.

Brown Sugar Cookies


Friday is snack sharing day at little C’s school. Of course this has put me in an absolute state thinking of what to make. I don’t know anything about pre-school and its customs. What is de rigueur? What is taboo? My only other experience with pre-school was when I actually went myself, and try as I might, I can’t recall too much detail. I am quite familiar however, with snacking, my most recent experience having been just this afternoon tube amp.

But what snack to bring to pre-school? I figure something neat and portable and not prone to spoilage. Something not too junky, but yummy nonetheless and appealing to the little ones. Not one to be shy about asking for help, I sought guidance from little C’s teacher. Could I bring some chocolate chip cookies? I was thinking of these ones. They discourage chocolate though, so that was out. Although, hmmm, I do seem to remember one of little C’s classmates chomping on some Hello Panda. And then there was that one day that I found fruit loops in her bag – not chocolate to be sure marie france bodyline, but a wee bit lower on the food chain than homemade chocolate chip cookies don’t you think?

Anyway. I am not going to complain because I love little C’s teachers. They are the sweetest things, as I imagine all pre-school teachers must be. And I am, in truth, grateful that the school espouses healthful eating Domestic Helpe, while, at the same time, is not too boot-campish about it.

So…what to make? This.

Brown Sugar Cookies
(adapted from Joy the Baker)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 large egg


- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger in a bowl. Set aside.
- Place the butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric stand mixer. Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and vanilla extract, and beat on medium speed for one minute more.
- Add the dry ingredients, all at once, to the butter and sugar mixture. Beat on low speed until the dough begins to come together and the flour disappears. Stop the mixer and finish incorporating the ingredients with a spatula or wooden spoon. Once all the flour is thoroughly mixed in, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes (or transfer to a sealed container if your mixer bowl, like mine, does not fit into the fridge).
- After chilling, scoop dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Place on a parchment-line cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for about 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool on the pan for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will last, in an airtight container at room temperature, for up to 5 days.

The recipe calls for 30 minutes of chilling but I have actually both chilled these overnight, and not at all, and both batches came out well. I adjusted the original recipe somewhat – I lessened the ginger only because I was nervous about ginger and pre-schoolers. I also decreased the baking soda because the first batch I made, with the full 2 teaspoons, had a slight soapy aftertaste (and the lessening did not seem to have any ill effects on the cookies).

If you’d like to make this for your child to take to school, but are busy with work, just prepare the dough the night before (it comes together in a snap I promise you) and bake it the next morning before leaving.

These make for a perfect snack -- school or otherwise. They are much like chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate, which some may find a bit tragic, but the cinnamon and ginger make this a cookie in its own right. Plus, I love brown sugar. Use the darkest you can find! The cookies are fantastic with coffee or tea and, I am certain, although I have yet to try it, they would be excellent with some good vanilla ice cream.

I couldn’t conduct a post-cookie survey with the pre-schoolers so I will just take the sparse remains left in little C’s snack container to be a positive review!

Heart still

Chat, and formerly the sisters, the passage of time, no longer huabuhui original that touch feeling, whether they have changed, and I always stay in place! Perhaps it is time to have diluted the original innocence, blurred out around feeling, and I was alone in that time hidden in the bottom of my heart Men clothing styles.

They have lamented the helplessness of life, are not as simple as the sigh of life, to tell the truth, see those words, some sad, some regret. "The experience of too many, already lose one's beyond recognition, want to retreat, the reality is not allowed." I can imagine from the keyboard to knock out this sentence out, your heart this is how helpless, although I can only see the words on the screen, but my heart can feel your love. I really do not understand, everyone is eager to pure, however, almost everyone ignores him personally destroyed his desire for beauty, knowing where the struggle. People, is really very strange animal reenex.

Whatever you say I am, stupid, I really don't want to destroy it, I don't want to let myself one day also struggled to chase personally lost things, the creator since achievement such as me, will not let me alone.

Although no regrets, but always aging, when I look back, after cold injury! Tap this a few words to you, the heart of desolate!

Often recall the past, I do not know frequently look back look there, if you can see the clear pupil? You are right, the creator created how lovely the human, but, unfortunately Veda Salon, do a few people!

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