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Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

My current addiction includes eating steel cut oats with berries and walnuts for breakfast. The quick cooking steel cut oats are ok but expensive.  The regular steel cut oats taste better and are way cheaper.  You can buy them from the bulk bin at your local health foods store or co-op.  But let’s be real, being a full-time mom, employee, caregiver, and wife.  I honestly don’t have time every morning to make steel cut oats on the stove.

Ain’t nobody got time for that!!

And my pocketbook can’t afford me to stop by Whole Food every morning for a cup of steel cut oats from the hot bar.

So I began the search for a recipe but I had a hard time finding one that was made completely with water.  So after much trial an error I have discovered one that works.  If you try it let me know in the comments below.

 

Slow Cooker Overnight Steel Cut Oats

  • Servings: 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 pinches of salt
  • 4 pint size jars

Directions

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the steel cut oats into each mason jar.
  2. Then pour 1 1/2 cups of water and one pinch of salt into each.
  3. Place the jars into the slow cooker/crockpot and add water to the crockpot until the outside of the jars are covered about 3/4 from the top.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  5. Turn down slow cooker/crockpot to warm and allow oats to remain in the pot overnight.
  6. In the morning, give each jar a stir. If you would like to store them to eat later in the week, allow then the cool completely. Then cover each jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Oats then can be reheated in the microwave and desired toppings added.  Also, these oats won’t go all weird on you once cooled.  Unlike rolled oats, steel cut oats will become a bit creamer each day.

My Grandma’s Old Fashioned Pound Cake

Many memories of my grandmother revolve around food.  Her fried chicken, vegetable beef soup, mustard greens, pecan pie, and especially her pound cake.  I have to say that her pound cake is like none other. It has the perfect crumb with a slightly textured crust.

The featured image is my grandmother’s actual recipe in her handwriting with a few edits. I also added some clarity to the recipe below that she forgot to note in the recipe.

I know this recipe does not fit into my normal plant-based vegan and vegan recipes, but I wanted to share this recipe with the world in her memory.

Old Fashioned Pound Cake

  • Servings: 1 bundt cake
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar (My grandmother always used Domino Granulated Sugar.)
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 6 eggs, separated and at room temperature
  • 2 tsp lemon extract
  • 3 cups sifted flour (My grandmother always use Swans Cake Flour.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, blend sugar and shortening until light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg yolks one at a time and beat well after each.
  3. Add lemon extract.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together (flour, salt, and baking soda).
  5. Alternate mixing dry ingredients and the buttermilk into the larger bowl with blended sugar and shortening. Begin mixing by starting with the dry ingredients and be sure to end with the dry ingredients as well.
  6. In another bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  7. Carefully fold egg whites into batter.
  8. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 10-inch tube/bundt pan.
  9. Place cake in a cold oven on the bottom rack.  The over should NOT have been preheated.
  10. Turn oven on at 350 degrees and bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes.
  11. Once done cooking remove from oven and allow to cool.  To remove from pan take a knife around the inner and outer circle edges. Place plate or serving dish on top of the pan, then turn pan over quickly.

This Is Me: Help, I am an indoor plant killer!

This is me and I am an indoor plant killer.  Sad and oh so true.   No matter how hard I have tried I can’t get a plant to live in my home.    I really want to bring plants inside but have continued to struggle for years.  I have tried aloe plants, cacti, succulents,  orchids, bromeliad, lily plants, waffle plants, bamboo, philodendron, and golden pothos.  No luck at all keeping any of them alive at all.

I love plants and when it comes to gardening outdoors I’ve got a green thumb.  There are benefits to having plants indoors and I want them…

I want them bad!  

  • Air Purifying
  • Added Air Moisture
  • Added Oxygen
  • Decreased Stress
  • Increased Creativity
  • Better Mental Health

I want to be the woman in the picture below.  My hands in the dirt with the ability to look at an indoor plant and give it exactly what it needs.  Sure, I would love to have several like her but I will settle for one.  Just one, please!!! I would really love to overcome this challenge and could use your help.

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If you can recommend books, have ideas, thoughts, or simply encouragement please comment below. 

I will do almost anything to keep one alive in my home.  Nonetheless, I am going to buy another plant this weekend in hopes that I can keep it alive.  It is also important to know that plants have been known to die within 48 hours under my care.  So please share your advice ASAP!!!!

Peaces by Cortney Product Review

Ever wonder what people think about Peaces by Cortney?
Shay Danielle  says, “The quality is incredible!”  Check out the review below.  You can visit her YouTube page to view the full review of other Etsy shops and more videos.

My Experience with Instacart 

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Where I live the only thing that delivers besides the mailman is the pizza man. No Amazon Prime Now, Chinese food delivery… I know sometimes it makes me sad too.  But I was so excited when I found out I could get groceries delivered via Instacart!  I have now ordered probably about eight times and here is my experience.

I find this to be extremely helpful, and some days a life saver, in getting things done on the weekend.  As a mom, wife, caregiver, small business owner and full-time employee it is just wanted I need get some time back for myself.  There is a yearly unlimited shopping fee option, that I am not willing to pay, that takes care of the $5.99 shopping fee per order.  To me $5.99 is worth and levels out the time I would spend driving to the store, looking for my items, fighting off cravings on the snack aisle, and then standing in line.  Also, the shopping fee can be waived if you order featured items.  In most cases, the featured items are regular items on my grocery list – so I usually don’t have to pay the shopping fee.

I also utilize the notes for items that I am picky about to give the shopper more direction when selecting produce, meats, bread and other particular items.  However, there are some cons and pros:

Cons

  • There is no guarantee you will get the same shopper.
  • For some stores, the prices are higher than what is in the store.
  • Some shoppers are better than others.
  • You can’t use paper coupons.

Pros

  • You can better manage your grocery budget.
  • You don’t have unexpected things landing in your cart…like candy.
  • Most of the stores you can shop on Instacart have the same prices as in stores.
  • You can clip their online coupons.
  • Instacart has great customer service.

I shop with Instacart at least 2-3 times a month and will continue to do so! Try it for yourself and tell me what you think.  Need an incentive? Click here https://inst.cr/t/ASUFcyTze and we each will save $10 on an order.

Say Hello to Your Best Friend

Today, June 8, 2017, is National Best Friends Day.  Over the years I have had a hand full of best friends but the ones that have stuck with me are my two sisters!  And I want to say thank you for…

  • Answering my call in the middle of the night.
  • Playing cards into the late hours of the night.
  • Babysitting my kids and treating them as though they were your own.
  • Finding time to send greeting cards in the mail.
  • Not getting mad when it takes me forever to respond to your text.
  • Laughing and crying with me during the tough times.
  • Doing stupid fun stuff together.

I love you both and this post is for you!  Today tag your best friend and share this post to wish them a HAPPY BEST FRIENDS DAY!

Help! How to take up yoga?

For a while now I have been wanting to take up yoga but have no clue how.  I searched the internet for answers but didn’t really find what I was looking for. I would go to a class but I am worried about embarrassing myself -not knowing all the poses or at worse passing gas in front of everyone. So I am asking your feedback and help!

  1. What poses should you really know before you go to a class?
  2. What do I need to have? yoga mat vs yoga towel, blocks, etc.
  3. What are the unspoken rules of a yoga class?
  4. What should you wear?
  5. Do you go barefoot or wear yoga socks?
  6. What should you do if you pass gas in class?
  7. How do you progressively incorporate yoga into your lifestyle?

Please feel free to share any other tips and advice.  I really want to start off right.

How to Prepare for Whole 30

Peaces by Cortney The Blog Images (2)Deciding I needed a lifestyle change is what was going through my head when I went online and discovered Whole 30 in mid-2016.  When I tried it the first time, during the month of October 2016 it was a challenge – but I was prepared.  I did lose weight but the greatest benefit was I learned how not to eat processed foods.  I did complete a full 30 days and here is how I prepared prior to starting:

  1. Read The Whole 30 Book – Check it out from your local library or buy it.  Either way, reading the book will help you further understand the program and let you know what to expect.
  2. Tell Your Friends and Family – They don’t have to join you but tell them your goals and share your plan with them.  Tell them how you would like for them to support you on this journey.
  3. Change Your Social Media Feed – This is a must!!!! Prior to starting you will want to change your social media feed so that you limit those videos and pictures of recipes that are not in alignment with the plan.
  4. Practice Shaking the Haters Off – You will have people who will be critical of your current food choices.  Develop a plan of how to reply, if you feel the need to, so you can quickly shake it off.

I truly believe that these steps were essential towards me successfully completing the Whole 30.  I will be doing another Whole 30 in the future and will post so others can join me!

This is Me: Confessions of a Pee on a Stick Addict

This is Me: Confessions of a Pee on a Stick Addict

Hello, my name is Cortney, and I am a pee on a stick addict.

It began after I got married.  I got that thing called “the baby itch” and it seemed to take over and turned into “baby fever”.  I couldn’t read enough about trying to conceive and how to get pregnant.  I charted, I took basal temperatures and took soooooooo many pregnancy tests.

I mean I knew you could only get pregnant a few days out of the month but that did not stop me from testing at all times of the month.  I would pee on a stick first thing in the morning – you know that is the best time to test!  If the morning test wasn’t positive I would even pee on a stick at work.  If I ran out of tests I would quietly stop on the way home and pick up another.

My favorite test was the, First Response, but sometimes those were too expensive.  Then I would hit up the dollar tree and pick up their pregnancy test or order a bunch of dip strips online.  I could easily spend $40 or more a month buying tests.  Nonetheless, my addiction grew stronger every month at the start of each period.  Tearing tests apart I would hold them up to the light asking myself and my husband…do you see a line? Is that a line right there? No matter the date post ovulation I never fully trusted any result unless it was clearly positive with bold lines. So I kept going!

Today I still have struggles.  Every now and again I get “the baby itch” but it stays under control, my two kids help to keep it from turning into “baby fever”.

To my fellow Pee on a Stick Addicts…if you need support please get help.  The sites below my help your on your journey to getting that bold line you are looking for.

Peace,

Cortney