Dine & Dash Diaries

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A Jar Half Full

This morning started in the best sort of way—with an empty peanut butter jar and these ingredients.


Perfect for oats in a jar!

What’s the purpose of eating oatmeal out of a peanut butter jar? To use up the last of the nut butter, of course!


To make OIAJ, cook oatmeal in a pot or bowl as you would on the stovetop or in the microwave. Let cool for a bit, then pour into the nut butter jar, stir and top as you would a regular bowl of oatmeal.

I topped mine with Kashi Go Lean, raisins, honey, and as a last minute choice, I switched the peach out for some raspberries.


There’s something about oatmeal in a peanut butter jar that makes it that much more delicious. Probably because there’s a little more PB in there than I’d usually use… 🙂

Last night, Sam and I had the hardest time deciding what to eat for dinner. Our “staple” dinners are usually pretty limited considering our opposite lifestyles—I’m a vegetarian and he’s a meat ‘n’ potatoes guy—so we were considering pizza (half meat and half veggie), pasta or Mexican. But by the time we got home, though, we were starving and decided to go the grilling route. I had a MorningStar Farms veggie dog, some Alexia sweet potato tots and a side salad.


Yes, that’s Sam’s Old Milwaukee back there. 😉

I’m hoping to try more Alexia brand frozen foods after I work my way through this bag. I’ve had all their sweet potato varieties (tots, fries, chipotle fries) and they are delicious. Crunch outside, sweet and creamy inside.



After dinner, Sam and I considered going out for frozen yogurt, which we’d get every day if we could. Instead, we settled on some quick chocolate chip cookies (I use a basic recipe, but maybe I’ll post it later). I thought I overbaked them, but Sam said they were just right. Score.

Check this out: The New York Times created a super-cool infographic/video showing how Olympic athletes fared in the 100-meter dash compared to Usain Bolt (who is the fastest to date). It’s crazy to see how even the “slowest” runners from a century ago are still sooo ridiculously fast. I suppose that’s why they’re in the Olympics, eh?

If you could compete in any Olympic event, what would it be?
I would probably compete in gymnastics or water polo, just because I’d kill to be able to tread water like those polo players can.