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I love making this oatmeal bake, because you can fill it with any of the toppings you have around your kitchen, it’s super nutritious, easy to make, and very delicious. This particular bake is filled with blueberries, bananas, sunflower seeds, raisins, and one of my favorite trail mixes — Trader Joe’s “Omega Trail Mix” (Omega 3 fortified cranberries, almonds, walnuts, roasted pepitas, pecans, and dry roasted pistachios).

Blueberry Banana Omega 3 Oatmeal Bake

Adapted from The Curvy Carrot

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Omega Trail Mix
  • 1/8 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (although I might try it without this next time)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the oats, trail mix, sunflower seeds, raisins, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate, medium sized bowl, mix together the maple syrup, milk, egg, melted butter (I’m going to try without this next time), and vanilla extract. Lightly grease 13×9 inch baking pan, cut up your bananas, and lay slice down over the bottom. Add half of the bluberries. Top this with the dry oat mixture, followed by the liquid mixture, making sure to spread evenly. Top with the rest of the blueberries, and bake in the oven for 45 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.

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Lately, our dog Linus has been shivering in this cold New York City weather, so I decided to knit my little buddy a sweater! Here’s the pattern I came up with, using TalkingTails as a general starting point. It’s a really easy pattern — if you can knit, purl, and knit two together, you’ll have no problem!

Supplies:

  • One skein of Caron Simply Soft navy blue (You’ll only use a very small amount of the skein, so you can save the leftovers for other projects!)
  • One skein of Caron Simply Soft light blue (Again, you’ll be using a very small amount)
  • Size 6US needles
  • Size 7US needles
  • Darning needle
  • An adorable dog who needs a sweater!

[ Note: This sweater fit my Maltese dog, who is 7.4 pounds. ]

Instructions:

1. Cast on 46 stitches onto your size 6US needle.

2. Work ribbing for 8 rows in the navy blue (knit 2, purl 2, and reverse on opposite rows).

3. After 8 rows, switch the work over to the larger size, 7US needles.

4. Switch to the light blue color. Work garter stitch for the first and last 4 stiches. For the middle of the rows, use stockinette stitch (knit all stitches on one row, purl all stitches on the next row, and keep repeating).

[ To write it out explicitly:

Row A: k46

Row B: k4, p38, k4 ]

5. Continue in this pattern for 8 rows. Then switch back to navy blue and continue in the same pattern for 8 more rows. Continue your stripes like this until there are 3 navy blue stripes, and 3 light blue stripes.

6. After you have 6 complete stripes, switch your work back to the smaller 6US needles. Again, work in ribbing (k2, p2) for 8 rows. Bind off.

7. Next, you’ll start knitting the underbelly of the sweater. Cast on 18 stitches in the navy blue yarn on your larger size 7US needles. Work garter stitch for 3 rows, then work in stockinette stitch for the next 5 rows, making sure to work garter stitch in the first and last two stitches of each row, creating a garter stitch border.

8. You’ll need to decrease this section of the sweater. In the next stripe, using the light blue yarn, work in the same pattern as before (garter stitch in first and last two stitches, with stockinette in between). When you get to the 5th row, knit together the first two stitches, and knit together the last two stitches of the row. Complete the stripe as normal with 3 more rows. Each stripe should be 8 rows tall.

Repeat this with the next two rows (decreasing in the 5th of 8 rows), with a total of 3 decreases.

When you have 2 rows of navy blue and 2 rows of light blue, switch work back to the smaller size 6US needle, and finish off the piece with 8 rows of ribbing (k2, p2).

9. Using a darning needle, sew the underbelly part of the sweater to the top, leaving a gap where the pup’s arms will go. In this sweater, you’ll sew together the first two stripes, then leave a gap for the next two stripes, and then sew the last stripe.

10. Tuck in any loose ends, and voila — your puppy sweater is ready!

These frozen banana oat treats are the perfect thing to satisfy my sweet tooth when I’m trying to avoid cookies and brownies! Filled with lots of healthy ingredients (and a couple not-so-health ones too!), they are super easy to make, and you don’t even have to turn on the oven — would be a great recipe to trying baking with kids. The recipe is adapted from Food Doodles, whose recipe was adapted from Oh She Glows.

No Bake Banana Oat Raisin Bites with Sunflower Seeds and White Chocolate Chips

Adapted from Food Doodles and Oh She Glows.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large or 2 small bananas
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup cereal (I used Special K)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons white chocolate chips
  • 2-3 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds

Directions:

Mash bananas in a medium or large bowl. Add in the cocoa powder, peanut butter, and maple syrup. Then, add in the oats, the cereal (I crunched up the Special K before mixing in), white chocolate chips, raisins, and sunflower seeds.

Place a piece of parchment paper over a flat plate or cookie sheet. Make 1-2 inch balls with the mixture (it might be a little gooey), and place them an inch or so apart on the parchment paper. Cover, and place in the freezer for about an hour. You can eat them straight out of the freezer, and they will be firm and cold (kind of like a delicious frozen banana), or let them sit out for a little while, and they will be chewier.

The best part about this recipe is that you can easily add and subtract ingredients, depending upon what you have in your cupboards, and how healthy you’d like them to be :)

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I love, love, love, my Mom. She’s truly my inspiration, my support, and my best friend. I wanted to make her something to thank her for everything she is to me, so I made her a big, comfy red cowl / endless scarf. She loves wearing red, and she often gets chilly, so I thought this would be the perfect cowl. The pattern is below, although keep in mind that if I were going to make this again, I would make it slightly longer, so that there’s more room when wrapped twice.

Supplies: 

  • 3-4 skeins of Lion Brand Yarn’s Alpine Wool (I used the color “Chili”, 3 oz size skeins). I used 3 skeins, but if I made this again, I would use 4 and make the cowl longer. I picked up this yarn from my local A.C. Moore.
  • Size 13US knitting needles
  • Darning needle

Instructions:

-Cast on 47 stitches

-Work entire piece in the brioche stitch. (You can learn the brioche stitch online here), or follow these directions:  Bring the yarn from the back to the front of the work. Slip the first stitch purl-wise. Knit the next two stitches together. Repeat until the end of the row, and repeat this row until you run out of yarn, or if the length is double the desired width of the cowl. Mine was about 36 inches in length when I finished, which created a fairly tight cowl when looped twice. If you’d like yours to be looser around the neck when looped twice, simply create a longer rectangle. Bind off, leaving a generously long tail to use for stitching the ends together.

Using the long tail that was left after you binded off, fold your rectangle in half, and use a darning needle to stitch the two sides together, creating the cowl. Weave all ends in, and voila — your cowl is complete!

*Hint: If you finish your cowl and it feels a little too tight when wrapped twice around the neck (like mine did!), try stretching your cowl out a bit, by leaving the cowl stretched around a wide chair back, or around a box, etc.