Monday Musings

1. The ever-generous folks at Chobani recently sent me a box of their new “flip” yogurts (plus a super soft tee-shirt and a cool yogurt spoon) to try.


I would rate them in the following order (1 being my favorite): Almond Coco Loco, Key Lime Crumble, Strawberry Sunrise, and Vanilla Golden Crunch. The coconut yogurt in the Almond Coco Loco was awesome! They should make yogurt cups of just the coconut flavor… SO good! The key lime flavored yogurt was okay, but the graham cracker crumbs and mini white chocolate chips were a great addition.

My one gripe is that there isn’t enough of the crunchy add-ins for any of the flavors… I say load ’em in ;).


2. I don’t know whether it’s because I’m still making up for 9 months without runny yolks or because it’s an easy meal to toss together with an infant snuggled on my torso in her sling, but I’ve been eating toast with mashed avocado and easy-over-eggs for lunch on more days than not.


I simply cannot tire of this delicious combination!


3. We had yet another huge storm blow through Eastern Massachusetts this past weekend. Our town was pounded especially hard, buried in 22 inches… though I’d count us lucky in comparison to some of the coastal towns, which suffered power outages and even houses quite literally falling into the ocean. Yep, for two days straight the local morning news focused almost solely on a couple of ocean-front houses that broke off from their foundations and collapsed partially into the waves below.

Makes me think twice about someday owning a vacation home on Cape Cod!


4. I finally caved in and bought a slow cooker (thanks to my in-laws for the Amazon birthday gift card!).

Before Lily was born, I admittedly thought slow cookers were a “cheaters” way of cooking. Dumping ingredients into a pot and letting it cook all day didn’t appeal to me when I had time on my hands to spend an hour or more making dinner every night.

Now that I’m a mom, I totally get the convenience factor!

I’ve started to collect slow-cooker recipes, and would love links to those you enjoy.


5. You know it’s been a looooong winter (see #3 above) when you roll down the car windows and feel like wearing a tee shirt on a 45° day. I’ve reached my threshold for snow, and am hoping that the mild weather forecasted for this week will melt it all away!


6. My mom is coming to stay with me next week while John is away on a business trip, and I am so excited! Even when you’re a mom yourself, there’s nothing like having your own mommy around for comfort, girl talk, and an overall good time :).

24 thoughts on “Monday Musings

  1. Here are my two favorite go-to crock pot links for chicken – – easy and the chicken can be used for so many purposes – sooo good, esp if you use the bone suckin bbq sauce

    BTW – made your chicken parmesan burgers this past week, so amazing! Thanks for the recipe :)

  2. I’ve got some recipes sitting at home for our slow cooker. We usually use it during winter more often because it has more of a “home” kind of feel to the food.

    Yummy recipes!

  3. It’s not a recipe per se, but still highly useful:

    I love the same blog for her suggestions of things to cook in the slow cooker. Steamed/stuffed artichokes –

    Baked sweet potatoes –

    Steamed corn –

    We’ve spent many a busy summer afternoon with sweet potatoes and corn cobs cooking in the slow cooker, then tossing some protein on the grill for a quick dinner. So easy!

    You can make your favorite fruit butters as well. I love to make plum butter in the slow cooker – just chop your fruit, add a touch of liquid, prop the lid open with a chopstick and stir every now and then until it thickens as you like. Add sweeteners and/or cinnamon if desired at the end of cooking. Cheers!

  4. I LOVE my slow cooker, but hardly use it! I need to jump on that bandwagon again and soon! That egg sandwich looks delish!! Have you tried the caramel and pineapple small chobani yogurt? Pretty good! The dark chocolate raspberry is tasty, too. Have a great week with your mom!
    Dana recently posted..Chocolate Strawberry Muffins

  5. I’ve always put avocado in my egg salad but never thought about the pairing at breakfast. I must try it!

  6. Much healthier than the chocolate spread you find in the supermarkets. You can actually get “sweetened” coconut flakes? Didn’t even know this. Like to try this with hazelnut as well.

  7. Wow, eggs and mashed avocado. I would never have put them together but the more I think about it, the more it appeals to me. I will be trying this at the first opportunity.

  8. Those toasts with mashed avocado and easy-over-eggs look really delicious. I’m going to definitely try them for breakfast.

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