Every year about this time, I decide to start eating healthy. It’s partially because I realize swimsuit season is only a few short months away, but it’s also to give my body a break after an indulgent, gluttonous holiday season. This year I’m focusing on breakfast – trading in the quick bowl of cereal (or nothing at all if I’m running late) for heartier, more filling breakfast grains and such.
But realistically, most mornings I don’t have time to whip up some steel-cut oats 45 minutes before I’m actually going to eat. So here’s a recipe I love from the The Healthy Kitchen, a cookbook I’ve had for years but just picked up again. I’ve adapted it a bit, adding more of the grains and some extra cinnamon (which is known for regulating blood sugar and lowering LDL cholesterol!). The original recipe also calls for a lemon glaze but I think they are better with just a little butter. Enjoy!
Multigrain Scones // adapted from The Healthy Kitchen // makes 10 scones
- 1 egg
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 5 Tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- ⅔ cup old fashioned oats (not instant)
- ⅓ cup wheat bran
- 1½ cups unbleached white flour
- ¼ cup millet
- 2 Tablespoons poppy seeds
- ½ teaspoon salt (sea salt if you have it)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- ½ cup milk
Preheat oven to 375°. Whisk egg, brown sugar, honey and oil together in a bowl. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl until everything is evenly distributed. Slowly mix dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well. Add the milk to the mixture and make sure everything is incorporated well. Lightly grease a baking pan. Drop ¼ cup spoonfuls onto the baking pan, leaving at least 2 inches between scones. Bake for 20 minutes, until the crust is barely golden. Remove from the oven and let cool. Serve with butter or honey.
It’s been in the upper-60°s this week and all I want to do is go play at the beach. I didn’t get away to the coast even once this past summer, so I am going through a major double-winter ocean withdrawal.
Stores are starting to get in their Spring/Summer collections and I keep bookmarking pieces I want for my imaginary beach vacation. Even men’s summer pieces! I can’t help it. I need some ocean + sand to soothe my soul.
I know the men’s henley doesn’t seem very logical but one of my favorite parts about going to the beach is at night when your skin gets cold from being in the sun all day. Boyfriend’s oversized (on you) super-soft cotton shirt? Does the trick. And Franks is a line of board shorts out of Australia that I love – mainly because they offer American style and European style swim shorts with a few somewhere in between (like the one pictured, although I love the throwback feel of this one too).
All of this “buying my first house” business has suddenly put me in a major nesting mode. Money that was once spent on nights out with friends is put away for the bathroom remodel or a new kitchen table. Clothes that used to be purchased without a blink are now calculated into fractions of new appliances or gallons of paint. I’m trying not to get too crazy with flipping through design magazines and scouring the internet for the perfect finds but it’s getting increasingly more difficult. Granted, I’m buying the house alone so one income does not lend itself to actually purchasing much but one can wish, right?
Current wants for the new house:
I absolutely love anything mirrored, so this tiled floor mirror is my grown-up upgrade from the dorm-room version I’m still rocking in my bedroom.
I’m trying to move away from storing food in plastic, so oven-to-table-to-fridge pieces like these are perfect. Most of my dishes are white and glass so having a pop of color in the cabinets would be a nice complement.
My new living room (fingers crossed that I get the house, although we are under contract) is too narrow for a traditional coffee table so I really want a pair of functional end tables like these that are big enough to hold everything a coffee table normally would. Plus I love the drawers for hiding remotes and other unsightly (but necessary) things.
(This pair already sold on eBay, but I love the silver jack details so I want to find a pair similar to these.)