New Year's Eve/Day

New Year's. There's nothing better than getting cozy by the fire, drinking extra peppermint, triple marshmallow dark chocolate hot cocoa, wearing fuzzy socks & red plaid pajamas, and admiring the twinkling lights around the house. Oh wait... that's Christmas.

And New Year's, for me at least. It's currently 12:37, January 1st, 2015, my parents are just walking in the door from a party, and I'm ringing in the New Year just like it's Christmas season. Every year it's the same... I have the hardest time saying goodbye to December and the smell of Christmas cookies. My Christmas decorations usually stay up until late February, but this year, they came down earlier today, or I should say yesterday. I'm slowly getting there. At least I've given up the peppermint hot cocoa... but not the fuzzy socks and Christmas PJ's. Those stay on... well, all year. 

As for tonight, I ordered my brothers a pizza, and enjoyed a smoked salmon, spinach, apple, and goat cheese panini on Ezekiel bread, some (slightly burnt) extra-lemony kale chips and fresh grapes with a Netflix marathon while counting down the New Year by myself. It was actually one of the best New Year's of my life. Is that sad? Not to mention the whole carton of Arctic Zero Cookies & Cream Ice Cream w/ Cookies & Cream Quest Bar bits I devoured for dessert. Then I topped off the night with a coconut milk mint mocha latte using my new Keurig. Honestly, the night was amazing. 

As for New Year's resolutions, I have a pretty lengthy list, and one I want to share with you is my personal favorite; To cook a new recipe I find interesting once a week. 

Here's the 1st one I want to tackle (once I hunt down the ingredients): 

My New Roots

I just wanted to share a fun recipe to keep anyone who wants to get healthy on track for the New Year! 

Blueberry & Peach Cobbler Oats- serves 2:

1 cup rolled oats
2 cups unsweetened almond milk 
1 1/2 tbs. chia seeds
1 mashed very ripe banana- this will sweeten it naturally! 
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups frozen or fresh peaches
1 1/2 cups frozen or fresh blueberries
1 orange- juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
raw honey
ground cinnamon

Bring almond milk, oats, cinnamon stick, and chia seeds to a boil. Cook as directed on package. 
Mix in vanilla, mashed banana and cinnamon to taste. Add more milk or cook longer to preferred consistency- I like my oats super creamy and soupy. 

Over medium low heat, cook your fruit and orange juice in a medium pot until softened and natural juices begin to release. (Can add a little water to make it break down more) Bring it to a slow boil and then reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened. (like a fruit compote)

Split oats in 2 bowls, top with half of the fruit compote on each, a sprinkle of granola, loads of cinnamon, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy this healthy version of a fruit cobbler!

                                                                                                            XOXO -Cecilia A.


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