outubro 24, 2012

Twice as hard.

I'm in debt with this blog. The truth is, I have the time to post but I don't have the will, the urge to do it. Writing (and writing something that is interesting) is really hard. And writing in another language (Portuguese is my first language) is twice as hard. 

Despite the problems (unemployed, can't believe I still didn't get my car license, and still living with my parents...), I'm happy and I think that I finally find things I want to do, like cooking (to my kids, for us - G and me and for guests) and to do crafts, clothes, home projects and others stuff for me and my family. I was trying to make this blog in a fashion one, but I don't have the budget right now and definitely don't have creativity to work on with what I have in my closet. 

Well I'll stop complaining - it's no good and show you guys what I was up to these days. 

I'm addicted to Pinterest and there I discover a world of crafty things to do, DIY and others great ideas that I needed to keep me busy and creative. You can follow me here

I have tested a few recipes from Pinterest, some I didn't liked and some turn out to be great. And my favorites so far, I'll post one by one the ones that I love

No-cook Refrigerator Oatmeal 

For this one I did a lot of changes to fit my taste, but if you want to try the original recipe (she shows various versions of flavors), you can find it here. I love to eat at breakfast on a hot summer day (in my case, 300 day a year). :P

Step 1: Assemble these ingredients & supplies:
  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 box of Soy cream or 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup Soy milk (I used soy milk, but any kind will work)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Vitalon or other cereal
  • half pint (1 cup) baby food jars
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 cup fruit (diced or spread - strawberries, bananas, mango, apple, etc)
* To Gabriel's version, I used only cocoa powder (1 tablespoon) for flavor because he don't like to eat solid fruit. And I used Neston instead of Vitalon.

The original recipe have chia seeds, but instead I used a cereal called Vitalon - come with six flavors: rice, rice and oatmeal, oatmeal, oatmeal and corn, corn and a mix of 6 cereals.

You can use Greek yogurt, but if you prefer you can use regular one or like me, soy cream. The blogger have a post with easy instructions for straining regular yogurt to make Greek yogurt.

As for the baby food jars, find them at supermarkets and grocery stores (mayonnaise or others small jars will do just fine).

 Step 2: Add oats, milk, yogurt, and cereal to jar, along with desired sweeteners (I used honey) or flavors (see options below).

Step 3: Put a lid on the jar and shake to combine. (I use white and beige plastic jar lids sized to fit canning jars--they last longer than the metal tops and rims that come with the jars, and they are easier to screw on and off, I don't where to find those - they are old).

Step 4: Add fruit and stir gently until combined.

Step 5: Place in fridge overnight and up to 2 days; maybe longer depending on the type and ripeness of the fruit. The non-banana varieties have been good after 4 days for me.

Mine is the one with the white lid and strawberries, the other is Gabriel's.

Let me know if you also tried, share your opinions.