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Monday Morning Trader Joe’s Recipe, Aug 26

So Trader Joe’s claims these are the best oatmeal cookies, so I think we all need to give them a try!

Best Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe TJ’s Bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup TJ’s Creamy Unsalted Almond Butter
  • 1 tsp TJ’s Pure Vanilla Flavor
  • 1 tsp TJ’s Organic Blue Agave Sweetener
  • 1 cup TJ’s Gluten Free Rolled Oats
  • 1 TJ’s Belgian Dark Chocolate with Almond Bar

 Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine mashed banana, almond butter, vanilla and agave. Slowly add oats to the mixture. Break chocolate bar into small pieces and add to mixture. For each cookie drop a tablespoon of mixture onto a cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 14 minutes.

 Enjoy!

Tuesday Morning Whole Foods Recipe

With school just about to start again, here is an easy and tasty pancake recipe:

Oatmeal-Apple Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon butter

 Method:

Combine oats, applesauce, egg and maple or agave syrup in a blender and purée to make a smooth batter.

Melt 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, drop 2 tablespoons of the batter into the skillet to form each of five pancakes, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Cook, flipping once, until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter and batter.

Transfer pancakes to plates, drizzle with more maple or agave syrup and serve.

Enjoy!

“Organize Your Computer”

computer photo

We have some expert organizing advice from one of the great Major Mom Liberators! With everything going digital it can be overwhelming to store and later find data on our computers. By following a few simple steps you can make managing your digital data much easier. Most digital data consists of personal, school or work documents, photographs and music. You may struggle with one or all of these types of data. We’ve broken down each category to help you understand the best way to store each type.

Personal/School/Work documents

  • Create broad high level categories for each subject such as History and Math for school or Financial and Health for Personal.
  • Create sub-folders for the main categories

• School

• History>Exams

• Math>Exam

• Personal

• Financial>401(k)

• Health>Surgeries

  • Try to avoid creating sub-folders more than three deep as it can become difficult to retrieve documents if you can’t remember where you put them.
  • When naming folders be sure to use names that are meaningful and use the same format each time. For example: History Exam 3.12.13 Battle of Copenhagen instead of History Exam. When in this format you can search by topic type (exam), date (3.12.13) or topic (Battle of Copenhagen).

Digital Photos

  • Delete low quality photos as soon as you take them.
  • Upload photos as soon as possible after taking them to avoid having hundreds of photos to sort and organize at one time.
  • Take a second look and delete any photos that you don’t love or that there are multiples of.
  • Place them immediately into their folders before you forget details of each photo and where they belong.

Digital Music

  • Delete songs you don’t like. When we upload our music it’s often done a full album at a time. If you’re not fond of the entire album eliminate the songs you don’t like.
  • When uploading your music files include the song title and artist in the description to make searching easier later.

Be sure to back up all files on a regular basis.

Happy Organizing!

Monday Morning Trader Joe’s Recipe

I am so not a baker, but I think I will have to give this one a try!

Joe-Joe’s Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cake:

  • 1 box Joe-Joe’s (Chocolate w/ Vanilla Bean Creme Cookies)
  • 1 Box TJ’s Vanilla Cake & Baking Mix
  • 2 TJ’s Eggs
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp) TJ’s Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 cup TJ’s Milk, chilled

Frosting:

  • 3/4 block (6 oz) TJ’s Cream Cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 stick (4 Tbsp) TJ’s Unsalted Butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 tsp TJ’s Pure Vanilla Flavor
  • (Optional) 1 tsp TJ’s Peppermint Extract (Seasonal Product-Winter)
  • 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 cups TJ’s Organic Powdered Sugar

**You will also need cupcake liners – found at your local craft store**

 Method:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the wells of 2 cupcake pans with 18 paper liners. In a medium bowl, make Vanilla Cake Mix according to package instructions then gently fold in 10 coarsely chopped Joe-Joe’s Cookies with a rubber spatula until evenly incorporated. Do not over mix. Divide the batter between the cupcake liners, about 3/4 full. Bake for 16-18 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow cupcakes to cool completely. For the frosting, combine the cream cheese and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat on medium speed until smooth, 1-3 minutes. Shut off the mixer and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula when needed. Blend in the vanilla flavor and peppermint extract. Slowly add the powdered sugar and keep adding until you get to desired sweetness and thickness. Frost the cooled cupcakes, then sprinkle with Joe-Joe cookie crumbs and Joe-Joe halves to garnish.

 Enjoy!

Whole Foods Wednesday

Yummmm! Whole Foods Wednesday is tomorrow and we have a tasty recipe to share with you!

Zucchini Feta Pie

Ingredients:

  • 5 small zucchini (about 1 1/4 pounds), divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (6 ounce) container 365 Everyday Value Feta Cheese Crumbles, divided
  • 1 frozen (9-inch regular or whole-wheat piecrust

Method:

Preheat oven to 350. Very thinly slice one zucchini and set aside. Grate remaining zucchini, firmly squeezing it by the handful to remove as much liquid as possible.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour and eggs. Reserve ½ cup cheese, and then stir grated zucchini and remaining cheese into egg mixture. Transfer to piecrust, top with sliced zucchini (arranging it in circles, if you like) and reserved cheese and bake until firm and golden brown, 50 to 55 minutes. Set aside to let cook, and then serve warm or cold.

Enjoy!