Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope everyone, whether you’re in a relationship or not, is doing something fun to celebrate the holiday. My day is most likely going to be pretty normal, since Mike and I are not celebrating until tomorrow night. I am excited to have an excuse to indulge in Valentine’s treats today, though! I baked Mike a special Valentine’s cake last night that I plan on sharing on here in the next couple days.

My friend Brooke has been visiting from New York since last Friday, so the week as been full of fun. My roommate Gabby, Brooke and I headed out for Sushi on her first night, which was a blast. The next morning I attempted a first-time recipe of baked oatmeal. I have to say, it was successful enough to share! I originally had wanted to attempt crock pot oatmeal, but I read too many horror stories of other people’s attempts and decided against it.

Simple Baked Oatmeal

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Yields 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cups plain, non-fat greek yogurt
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl
  • Pour into a greased, medium sized baking dish (8×5)
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, covered with foil
  • Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 minutes
  • Top with anything else you see fit! Fresh fruit, granola, milk, protein powder, etc.

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I chose to top my oatmeal with vanilla protein powder and mixed berries. Yummy! I will definitely be making this little dish again in the near future. Very, very filling.

I knew I wanted to have a special homemade dinner while Brooke was here, but wasn’t sure what to make since she is gluten intolerant. She suggested tacos, which I was on board with of course. We also had the great idea to pair them with homemade margaritas and have ourselves a Margarita Monday!

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Gabby was kind enough to squeeze actual oranges and limes to make these bad boys. Instead of using table sugar, we chose to be slightly healthy and use agave nectar. What a treat! The chicken tacos we made were delicious as well.

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Gabby and Brooke sippin’ and eatin’!

It has truly been an awesome blast from the past having Brooke visit us, as we haven’t gotten to see her like this since our freshman year of college. She’s here through Saturday so let the fun continue!

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