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My oats were smiling today.

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I think I’m going to shed a tear when peach season is over.  Move over nectarines, Colorado peaches have just wooed me.

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So has that FiCoco spread!  My goodness.

In the mix:

  • steel cuts + oat groats
  • milk/water
  • cinnamon
  • banana
  • peach
  • walnuts
  • walnut butter
  • coconut butter
  • FiCoco spread

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la la la laaaaaaaaa

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I went over to visit my Ft. Collins family today, only to find my cousin Elizabeth making cinnamon rolls. 

They were buttery/brown sugary/cinnamony deliciousness.  She is quite the baking expert and only 15!  I must make cinnamon rolls soon…mmmm  They’re just so comforting.  I can remember “making” the pillsbury cinnamon rolls growing up with my Dad.  Ahhh those were good, trans fats and all.

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I did a LOT of kitchen organizing today.  There was still about 1/3 of it left to unpack.  The kitchen has been really frustrating because I’m about 2 cabinets short of having enough space.  So, I’m trying to figure out what I want in the cupboards, what I want on our big wire rack, and what I’m going to keep in the garage.  I’ve moved + removed things multiple times.  Oooof.

I also found my mini spoons!! weeeee  They will now live in this jar, on the kitchen window sill.

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There was a lot of container filling.   

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My aunt was so sweet and gave me a HUGE bag of local apples + a few giant peaches.  She was making ginormous batches of applesauce but had more than enough leftover apples.  She was also cutting + freezing peaches to put in airtight freezer bags to enjoy all winter long.  Jealous.  I might have to steal a bag in the middle of winter!

Help!  What should I do with the apples???  I don’t really want to make pie.  I’m not a huge fan of cooked/hot apples! 

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I made a delicious, on a whim dinner.

I looove stuffed peppers.  I cut these open, and spread some organic refried beans in the bottom. 

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I made a big batch of millet [3/4c dry - with half veggie stock, half water] and then sautéed red onion + garlic until translucent.  I added in ~1/2t cumin, ~1/2t coriander, ~1/4t cayenne, 1/2t chili powder, and s+p.

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Then I added some local veggie green chili sauce and baked them at 350* for about 20min.

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Then, I topped a few with jalapenos [for chris], little white cheddar, and broiled for ~3min.

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Then it was chow time.

Thanks for all of your falafel recipe links.  They are looked so so delicious.  I will definitely be making a batch this week! 

I managed to get in 1 workout this weekend.  So that’s about 2, in the past 10 days.  We went on a 12 mile bike ride tonight, along the foothills while the sun was setting.  I wish I had a helmet camera, because the views were just amazing.  The temperature was crisp and my legs felt strong.  Can’t wait for more!!

I hunted down a pool and will be biking there tomorrow!  :)



Reader Comments (65)

A 12 mile bike ride IMHO is a pretty good workout! I'd struggle to do half that :p biking is not my thing!
Great looking dinner :D
How long does it take you to cook oat groats?

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFreya (Brit Chick Runs)

Aaahh, I had those Pillsbury ones growing up too, except my mom wouldn't buy them, and I would have to wait for sleepovers at my best friend's house. I occasionally stare at them longingly in the grocery store (sadly, haha).

I've made a good recipe from Cooks Illustrated! It was yeast-less, so it was a lot less time consuming, but equally as yummy. Not sure if you could find it online.

Your mason jars always make me envious! ;)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura (Blogging Over Thyme)

That is such a criminally pretty bowl of oats. They look soooo good! Peaches will definitely be making an appearance in my summer breakfasts once it decides to warm up down under!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatey (Bonne Santé)

Great way to make stuffed peppers! And finally, I have a reason to try the millet that's been sitting in my cupboard! (still haven't used it since reading your last post that included it! LOL)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJL Goes Vegan

I am eating peaches like crazy too. I will shed a tear with you when it's all over.
Hmm, I can only think to make Applesauce with the apples because that is what I always seem to do when I have an abundance, but you could also make a lovely butternut squash/apple soup or apple oat bread or muffins.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

a.) those oats look delish. i definitely need oatmeal this morning. b.) where do you get adorable spoons like those? and c.) hahah we're on the same wavelength -- again. we made stuffed pepper recently, too (planning to post this week). ours are a little different. but seriously. i LOVE stuffed peppers. so easy, so delicious!

Those stuffed peppers look awesome! I never thought to add refried beans to them?! Very good idea.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Love the stuffed peppers with millet! Wouldn't have even thought to use anything but rice. Great idea!

Make apple cupcakes [Angela from Oh She Glows invented them] with your apples! Grate them and use them raw, covered in cinnamon on your oats... put them in a smoothie? Apple juice if you have a juicer!


I like the looks of these apple cakes from Joy the Baker

Visit me in NY and we'll try my workplace's apple press! :-D Making fresh homemade cider is on my Bucket List.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichal

Love the spoon jar :)

We're making millet stuffed peppers tonight too!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

I just went apple picking yesterday, so I have a bunch of apples to use as well! When I was at the orchard, I picked up a little book filed with apple recipes.

Here are some recipes from that book that might give you ideas!
- Apple Leather (like fruit leather)
- Fruit Soup
- Apple Salad
- Apple Potato Salad (this one sounds really good to me)
- Spicy Apple Cole Slaw

Let me know if you want to know more about any of the recipes, I'd be happy to give them to you! :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

Love your filled mason jars! We've been drying apples here and making applesauce. I don't know, some apple sauce on top of fall oats could be pretty awesome. The October Vegetarian Times has a apple carrot salad that caught my eye too.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermarcella

Oooh, yum!! Thanks. I have carrots in the fridge!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I wish I had a food dehydrator! I think a butternut/apple soup is definitely going to make an appearance!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm there!!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I love stuffing peppers with millet or quinoa. :) Oh, her apple cupcakes look amazing. Wish I had a juicer!! Hmmm maybe an apple pnut butter smoothie!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It would have been an even better idea to layer in some more cheeeeese :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I hear you on the workouts. When I moved 2 weeks ago, I think I had one workout in a week. I felt pretty icky!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

a. come here and I will make you oats b. typically crate + barrel c. i'm sure your peppers will be WAY more creative than mine...i need to get a bit better at planning out meals...i've just been buying completely random things, filling up the cupboards but then not really having the right stuff to put together dinner...hehe

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

All of your ideas are awesome!!! Thank you...the soup sounds especially delicious!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Ahh, you must try it!! Took a few tries to get it to cook right though.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Still edible each time, but took a few tries to get my method down :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha thanks ;)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

We only had them every once in awhile...mmm Oooh i have a TON of Cooks magazines, I'll have to try to figure out what issue it's in!! Love those magazines and should really go back and look through them. They're so helpful!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl ;) Oat groats take as long as the steel cut. The groats are just the whole oat kernel and steel cut are oat groats chopped up a few times :) I had a small bag of groats, so I just mixed them in w/the steel cut.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Those oats look amazing. I never thought to add peaches to mine. If they taste as good as they look then I must try asap!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNatalia @asideofsimple

You should also freeze some of those peaches for the winter!!

Apples.. well you can always make dried apples and have as a snack. Also Angela from Oh She Glows makes these apple cupcakes that is a cute idea to layer on a nut butter and add some toppings!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFallon

sad story - i went shopping this weekend to find those spoons and came back with nothing! i check crate and barrel, pottery barn, restoration hardware, williams sonoma...

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Green chili sauce on stuffed peppers is a GREAT idea!

P.S. I'm already depressed by the thought of peach season ending in Colorado :(

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Looooove stuffed peppers!! Yours look really good!

I froze about 4 quarts of peaches last week - I am so happy I'll have peaches throughout the winter!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterchelseY

gorgeous pictures, as usual :D
I'm so addicted to your blog. Those peppers look mighty delicious.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSnehal

i love when your posts start with oats. these look EXTRA good!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjamie @ jamelafamela

I am going to have to make these peppers (HEE - I thought that was peanut butter when I saw the photo!) this is a great idea... and YES I'd add cheese inside also :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina @ spabettie

Two words: apple butter!!! It would be a great use for your apples, I'm sure any kind would work well. The process is a bit labor intense, but definitely a favorite of upstate new yorkers! My boyfriend and I enjoy NYS apple butter atop his TN family biscuit recipe :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer M

Your oats looks awesome!! I have been eating peaches like crazy too! Where did you get your mini spoons?? I have been looking for some- mine got lost in my move! :(

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

Ahh a big box of local apples and peaches = my dream! I would second the vote for apple butter, or an apple cake. Another good one: apple German pancake (YUM!)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren @ 40Apples

Yum - cinnamon rolls - its been years since I've had one of those! It's on my bucket list to bake cinnamon rolls from scratch, however I am trying to hold off until Christmas, it may not be cookies for Santa at my house, but I don't think he'll complain. ;-)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Nooooooooooooooooo! I forgot I have fresh peaches on the counter when I made my oatmeal this morning. They are the best in oatmeal. Oh my goodness, yum! Would it be weird to have oatmeal for breakfast and dinner in the same day? :/ Anywho... I always buy a lot of apples and turn whatever doesn't get eaten into applesauce. Even if you don't like cooked apples on their own, at least you can use it in some baking, or mixed into oatmeal. Plus, you can freeze it for whenever you need it :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

I love all the jars. I do the same thing, it's the best for organizing and convenience.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstacey-healthylife

make APPLE BUTTER!!! it will be so good on oats :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkelli

Coconut butter is delicious in everything isn't? HAHA Our grandmother makes some really good stuff peppers, but yours look great too! HUGS

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

Yum, stuffed peppers! I have yet to try millet- I have this association with it and bird food :-(

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie@stronghealthyfit

You make the absolute prettiest most decadent bowls of oatmeal I've ever seen. I could just sit here and stare at them for ages... oh wait, I'm already doing that.
Love the stuffed peppers too, I've made them a few times but they never seem to turn out amazingly. Maybe I'll have to millet up the next attempt!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristie

Maybe a fennel and apple salad? They pair so nicely :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

Make APPLE BUTTER....its SOOOOO good. I have a great recipe if you want. A little labor intensive but WORTH the work!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRachel R

hi! i am just wondering what those pretty spoons you use are called?? i see them everywhere on a lot of food blogs and i havent been able to find them! thanks and great blog!! :)


September 13, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermichelle

I get most of them from Crate + Barrel. Just type in "spoon" to the search bar. A few of them are called "demi" and a few are "appetizer" spoons. They don't have the colored appetizer spoons right now, except in white. World Market also has a few mini spoons.

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Everyone keeps saying it is amazing, so I'm going to have to look into this further!

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Kristie!!! These peppers were pretty good but nothing earth shattering :)

September 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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