Peach&Cherry Crockpot Oatmeal

Mornings. Ugh, who likes ’em, right?  That’s how we feel too! So, let me help you make the morning monstrosity a little easier for your family. Introducing… drumroll, please…. peach and cherry crockpot oatmeal! You read that right, set it and forget it! Easiest breakfast you’ve ever had!

Most of these ingredients are located in pantries due to the holidays which makes this even easier! This recipe isn’t super sweet, so it’s perfect for children who need something hearty and filling before school but you don’t want them to be too hyper for the teacher. Before I start rambling about how good this is some more, (Trust me, it is!) let’s get you the recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Lucky Leaf Cherry Fruit Filling
  • 1 Can DelMonte Peaches in 100% Juice
  • 1 Container So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk
  • 1 Tbsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. Vanilla
  • 3 Cups of Bob’s Red Mill GF Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Sugar

Step 1:

Combine the cans of fruit fillings and the coconut milk, stirring ’til fully combined.

Step 2:

Add nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla and stir until fully combined once again.

Step 3:

Add GF oats and stir until everything is well combined (I know, I know…enough already!).

Step 4:

Set crockpot to cook for 4 hours on high and cover with lid. It is literally this simple!

That’s it! The easiest breakfast you could ever ask for. After cooking, simply place the oatmeal in a Tupperware container and reheat with a splash of your milk of choice. You can add more sugar if you’d like, but I’ve tried to limit the sugar intake in our home. I promise you, this will be super filling, healthier than most prepackaged oatmeal, and you know exactly what’s in it! Let me know in the comments below if you’d like more recipes like this!

What’s your favorite breakfast food? Let me know below!!

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Strawberry Strudel Pie W/ Coconut Whipped Cream

Hello again my dear, dear friends!

I’ve got another tasty treat for you today that is light, airy, and decadent! I wanted to come up with something a little different than the recipes I’ve posted before, so I spent two days drafting this pie and going through rough drafts! This one is worth the effort and the time, it doesn’t feel too heavy and it has a smooth, satisfying texture. Now, the flavors of this are pretty rich, so one piece is more than enough to curb that sweet tooth.

I’m not going to chat too much before I present this to you, this recipe takes up enough of your time. Even though it takes a while longer than most pies, it’s definitely worth it in the end. Now, the way this pie is made is a little tricky, so the format for this recipe is going to be a tidbit different than a typical blog recipe.

Let’s get started!

  1. For the beginning of these steps you’re going to want to purchase a Mi-Del Gluten Free Pie Crust from your local grocery store. Set this aside for later, it’s the very bottom of your foundation, you definitely don’t want to forget it!

Gather these items:

  • 4 Cups of quartered strawberries
  • 1 Cup of water
  • 1 Medium sized pot
  • 1 Potato masher tool

2.  Pour the water and strawberries into the pot and bring the water to a medium heat. After bringing the combination to a low boil, begin to smash those strawberries! I like to leave little bit of chunkiness to the mixture, you want to have a bit of texture to the filling. After smashing the strawberries to your desired texture, allow them to simmer on medium with the occasional stir for 10-15 minutes.

  • 1 Cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 Cup coconut sugar

3.  Add both sugars to the pot, stirring them until they dissolve. You’re more than welcome to dial back that sweetness or add more. I liked how the tanginess came out within the sweetness!

  • 1/2 Cup of WARM water
  • 2 Packets of unflavored gelatin

4.   Mix the gelatin into the water and allow the mixture to stand on it’s own for five minutes. Add the gelatin mixture to the filling and remove it from the heat for five minutes! Place the mixture into the fridge until it cools. I didn’t bother removing the filling from the pot because you’re going to heat it a bit later! The mixture should begin to thicken a small amount as it cools.

  • 1/2 Cup of water
  • 1/4 Cup arrowroot powder

5.  Mix the water and powder together to form a white liquid. Place the pot on the stove once more and begin to reheat the filling to medium heat. Once the filling is warm once more, stir in the white liquid until it is completely dissolved! The arrowroot powder will act as a thickener, making the filling perfect for the crust. You want to make sure you simmer the filling until it gains a gel-like consistency.

6.  Once the filling has gained a gel-like consistency, pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate until it cools completely.

Coconut Whip Ingredients:

  • 1 Can Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk (placed in freezer for two hours)
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tsp. Mexican Vanilla
  • 1 Container So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk
  • Hand mixer
  1. Carefully open the refrigerated can of coconut milk and skim the cream out of the can. Combine the cream with the maple syrup and the Mexican vanilla. Beat on low for five minutes, then swap to the high setting for an additional five minutes.
  2. Slowly add the Culinary coconut milk as you go, allowing the ingredients to be evenly combined.
  3. Refrigerate the whipped cream for 30 minutes, allowing the cream to thicken. When it sticks to a spoon’s surface, scoop an even layer of the cream on top of the strawberry pie filling and place back in the fridge while you melt down the chocolate drizzle.

Chocolate Drizzle:

  • 1/2 bag of Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate morsels

  • 1/3 cup of Rice Milk (or your favorite dairy free alternative!)

  1.  Place the rice milk and chocolate in a microwaveable container (I used a coffee mug!) and microwave in 30 second intervals until they are fully combined! Remove the pie from the fridge and drizzle the chocolate in a cross hatch pattern across the top of the pie. Less is more in this instance!

LAST STEP!: Refrigerate overnight! This allows not only all the flavors to absorb into each other, but it allows for the filling to set and solidify completely! The next day be sure to remove, cut, and enjoy! And there you have it! It’s a bit labor intensive, but the payoff is worth the time. There is a tangy moment from the strawberries, a yum moment from the coconut, and a small bite from the dark chocolate! All in all, it’s delicious!

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[Recipe]: Tomato&Herb Infused Classic Sandwich

Long time, no see! I know, I know…But I have a lovely treat for you today!

You know those days when you have a craving for something a little savory, and you want to do minimal effort? That’s what this sandwich is perfect for! I wanted something that gave a little bit of an acidic tang, but was mostly natural in its ingredients. Plus, I didn’t want to spend an enormous amount of time in the kitchen.

I started off with several herbs that were very easy to find in my local grocery store. Herbs such as thyme, basil, and cilantro. That allowed for that well known Italian kick to come forward. I chopped up a bit of  garlic to give it a boost in the flavor department, added grape tomatoes for tang factor, and sautéed it up with a bit of olive oil! Not to mention tossing in a bit of onion and Bella mushrooms for added taste! Easy peasy!

Tomato&Herb Infused Classic Sandwich

  • Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free Mountain White bread
  • 4 oz. grape tomatoes, cut into quarters
  • Pepper jack cheese
  • Prima della Honey Maple Cured Ham
  • 2 Basil leaves, diced
  • Cilantro leaves, diced
  • Thyme sprigs, diced
  • Pinch of Spinach leaves, diced
  • 3 Bella mushrooms, diced into small pieces
  • 1 clove of Garlic
  • 1/4 small onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Small bowl
  • Small saucepan

Step One:

The first step is to dice all the fresh vegetables and herbs you have in front of you! You should make sure you cut the tomatoes into quarters, and dice the herbs, onion, garlic, and mushrooms into small pieces. The smells will be rather intense, but your house will smell like a small garden! Which I believe is wonderful on a summer’s day!

Step Two:

Now, place all the items you just diced into a small bowl and mix the items with the 2 tbsp. of olive oil! Mix the items until they are generously covered, adding more as needed. Then, place this mixture in the small saucepan you have waiting in the wings!

Step Three:

Sauté the mixture until the tomatoes are slightly softened, the mushrooms and onions are mostly cooked, and the juices are flowing freely! This took no more than 5 minutes when I made this recipe!

Step Four:

Now, the assembly! I added a bit of butter to the bread before layering the cheese and ham, this would be something that is entirely up to you! After layering the cheese and ham, layer on the veggies and herb mixture and top with the last piece of bread. Cut your sandwich in half, and bingo! Done and delicious!

Now, some noteworthy things I noticed while making this was that even though the ham was delicious with this mixture, chicken would be a wonderful choice as well! Also, if you like a bit of a saltier sandwich, feel free to add salt and pepper as needed. I personally try to limit my salt intake. I hope this gives you a delicious, easy lunch option that not only you enjoy, but you love.

Stay tuned for more recipes to come!

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[Review]: Kathleen’s Quick Oats

A pattern seems to be emerging here at Shutters and Honey!

WE LOVE BREAKFAST.

With being active, breakfast is SUPER important! We make a conscious effort to always eat a solid breakfast before we start our day. The oatmeal cups we’re reviewing today are PERFECT for the mornings you don’t want to put a whole lot of effort into the day’s beginning.

We found these little gems at Costco and they came in two varieties. The Ancient variety was the first one that we grabbed out of the variety pack and it is loaded with good things! It states plainly on the container that it contains flax meal, hemp, chia, AND brown sugar. That’s quite a great selection of healthy qualities!! Not to mention it is clearly labeled as gluten free right in plain view!

When we peeled back the seal, we were greeted with your typical oatmeal cup. The instructions on the side of the cup were very simple and precise. Children would be more than capable of following the instructions and making their own breakfast! Fantastic news, right Mommies?!

The instructions also give the option of microwave or just adding hot water to the cup. Either option is relatively simple and quick in results.

When you add the water to the oatmeal, it will definitely look like you added too much! When we made the oatmeal the first time, we did not cover the top of the container. This resulted in a watery mess! We recommend that you cover the container for a few minutes in order for the oatmeal to soak up the heat and moisture better. This will result in the oatmeal being less watery and more on the gooey side that oatmeal should be!

Overall, the oatmeal is fantastic! It solidifies well, it tastes great, and there’s plenty of room to fill the cup with more goodies! The oats aren’t crunchy in the slightest and the texture of the oatmeal is classic. I definitely would recommend this product to my allergen families due to the reasonable price point, the amount that you receive, and the ease of preparation.

Oh! And one last recommendation! Add a little cinnamon and vanilla for a small boost!

YUMMY!