My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!

 

 


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Tuesday
May172011

starting to organize

As I mentioned this morning, errands took up a large part of my Monday.  I thought I would show you what I picked up.  The theme of the trip was organization. 

Thankfully, I had a 20% off your entire purchase at BBB.  Gotta’ love their coupons!  I had a list of items that I was looking for and tried my best not to stray.  There were about 5 items I really wanted, but refrained and put back on the shelf.  Not easy!!  I did however buy super cool things like an ironing board, linens, storage containers, vinegar [for my cleaning products], etc.

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Here we have a blurry pan organizer, that will be placed in one of the base cabinets.  We decided when we moved, that we would invest in these sort of silly purchases.  I say silly, because a pan organizer seems kind of dumb.  As do draw organizers.  But they really help keep both of us sane!  We lived in rentals for so many years, that we kept fairly disorganized.  We didn’t want to spend money to make things work temporarily.  Now that we own a house, we really want to organize the best we can.  And sometimes these little purchases are the answer!

clutter + disorganization = annoyance

silly organizational purchases = calmness [winner!]

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We wanted to maximize the space above our closet shelves, so we got these stackers to help.  We’ll probably use them for sweater storage.  I also picked up a few under bed storage containers for things like winter gloves/scarves etc.  I see buying more of both in the near future.

1 small house + 3 closets = not enough storage room = must get creative!

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A non-storage purchase was our master bedroom duvet set.  Can you believe I actually made the decision myself?  Well, Chris approved of course, but I just loved this set.  The colors are warm and inviting.  I love the simplicity of the design, which keeps with the modern theme I have going throughout the house.

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Here’s a better look at it.  [bought from Bed Bath + Beyond]  This is a gift from my parents, who bought us our down comforter to go in the duvet, nearly 3 years ago for our wedding.  I cannot wait to actually use it!!

Amber duvet

For the spare bed, I bought a bed skirt from BBB + a sheet set from Target.  This organic sheet set was only $30 and felt so comfy and soft.  It’s 100% cotton and has a 325 thread count.  I almost bought a set at BBB for $60.  I’m so glad I held off!

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One thing I hate are puddles of water on the counter from dish wands + sponges.  I have a little stand right now that we used to keep on the counter.  We’ve been keeping it in the actual sink now, but I don’t like that either.  Food gets trapped underneath and turns into a mess.  This will solve that problem!  Bed Bath had all sorts of suction sponge holders, but I liked this one because it suctions and has a hanging device.

To the left is a bathmat.  I’m not excited about this purchase, because the only type I could find was 100% PVC [vinyl].  I try to stay away from PVC as much as possible for a multitude of reasons.  One reason is it’s nasty off-gassing of toxins.  I always buy cloth shower curtain liners for this very reason.  I’ve never had to buy one of these before, but our tub is really slippery!

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I also snagged a few towel bars at Target, a robe/clothes hook, and a new toilet brush.  Sometimes you just need to replace the toilet brush!  This has a little button that pops the bottom tray off so you can clean it.  The towel rods were a steal in my opinion, at about $17/piece.  I bought some from BBB before the Target trip, that were almost exactly the same, but cost $40!!  I promptly returned them.

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Pan storage before:

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Pan storage after:

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Overflowing laundry basket:

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I’m so excited about this next find!!  I was getting really sick of the laundry basket.  It fills up with 1 loads worth of clothes and turns into a big mess.  Now, we can separate, darks – whites – towels.  Woop!

3 compartment laundry sorter, on wheels:

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One last thing…Chris built our chair this past weekend!  It’s a solid charcoal grey color, that will match the black/gray/white tweed material of the couch.  It’s also part of the Karlstad line at Ikea.  Can’t wait to make room for it in the living room!

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Better get back to it!

Ashley   

Tuesday
May172011

strawberries n’ cream

I don’t remember when my oatmeal obsession started.  What I do remember is eating oatmeal with a big wooden mixing spoon as a kid.  Sometime in my childhood, I found my love for oats.  My mom doesn’t like it, and I don’t think my brother ever ate it, so it must have been thanks to my dad.

Of course for years + years I ate instant oats.  I didn’t know anything else.  Quaker instant oats, in the little packets.  My favorite was the brown sugar.  And it was never 1 pack.  Always 2.  My ferocious appetite has been with me since a young age!

Do you remember when Quaker came out with the fruit n’ cream oats?  I remember!  My favorite was strawberry.  I would definitely dig out + hog ALL of the strawberries n’ cream oats.  Next in line was banana, then peaches, then blueberry.

I completely forgot about this amazing fruit n’ cream combo until Sunday.  I decided to throw frozen organic strawberries in my oats, along with some cottage cheese.

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With the first bite, I instantly was taken back to those oatmeal packs.  How could I have forgotten??  And how could it have taken me this long to recreate it??

Strawberries + Cream Oatmeal

  • 1/4c rolled oats

  • 1/4c oat bran

  • 6 large organic strawberries, chopped

  • 1/4c small curd cottage cheese

  • 1/2c water

  • 1c unsweetened almond milk

  • 1/2t vanilla

  • honey to taste



  1. Whisk together oats, oat bran, milk + water in a pot over medium heat.

  2. Bring to a boil, stir and reduce heat to simmer.

  3. Stir occasionally, for about 10min, until desired consistency is reached.

  4. Add in chopped strawberries and cook until heated through.  *If using frozen strawberries, this will take longer.

  5. Stir in cottage cheese + vanilla.  Cook until heated through.


This is a HUGE bowl of oats.  The 1/2c of oats/oat bran has really been helping to hold me over longer, and I am loving these stuffed bowls of oats!

Topped with banana, honey, peanut butter, and almond butter, this was a new favorite!

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Breakfast again?

This was today’s breakfast.  No childhood memories were came flooding to my brain from this bowl, but that didn’t make it any less delicious.

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Popped amaranth is really simple to make.  It takes just minutes!  You will have a full bowl of popped cereal, in about 1/2 the time it takes to make stovetop oats.  Then you just add whatever mix ins you like, pour on the milk or yogurt, and there you go!

Cinnamon + flax were mixed with the amaranth.

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Then it was topped with a berry almond buckwheat bar, Helios plain kefir, almond milk, and a dollop of peanut butter.

Do I have to tell you that it was delicious?

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The rest of my day was taken up by a massive to-do list of errands.  Today I hit up Bed Bath and Beyond, Target, Lowes and Bed Bath and Beyond for a 2nd time.

More on that exciting stuff tomorrow!  Right now I need to sleep + contemplate Tuesday morning’s first meal.

Ashley

p.s. Kenna says goodnight!

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