Happy October

I’m trying to stay active in the kitchen.  Proof…


I made muffins.  But before you pat me on the back for navigating my way out of my pregnancy laziness, you should know something.  These weren’t necessarily the result of an urge to bake, but mostly because I’m incredibly frugal and we had 3 brown bananas (and a freezer packed with frozen bananas) sitting on the counter.


So banana muffins it was!


I topped half with nuts (for Kyle) and the rest were nut-free (for me).

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Sadly I didn’t measure or write down anything, so I don’t have a recipe to share, just photos of the evidence that I actually did something in the kitchen.  They were gluten free and vegan and Kyle loved them.  His are all gone.  I have two left (a small miracle).


Another oldie but goodie…my crock-pot steel cut oats with a few tweaks.  This time I: (a) added the remainder of a can of pumpkin, (b) used two apples, and (c) tried a combo of amaranth, grits, buckwheat & steel cut oats.


It made enough to fill this 5 cup tupperware.  So I have a lot of breakfasts and snacks already done.


I got a butternut and a spaghetti squash at the store which means it is officially fall.  And that I used the oven twice this week.  Well, three times when you count the muffins.


The butternut squash made repetitive but delicious meals.  Spinach, LightLife smoky tempeh strips, and squash.  Done and done.


One had an egg on top.  With nooch.  And Bragg’s aminos.  Variation!  Not.


Rosemary fried potatoes.  Now that’s how you do brunch.

I can’t believe October has arrived.  I have been looking forward to this month since mid-summer.  Once the 4th of July is over it’s basically the next thing I look forward to.  Well, no, that’s probably not true…I long for the football season too.  But I definitely love October.  This is nothing new for regular readers since I say the same thing every year (favorite month!).  It means apple season, it means lots of birthdays (including my 30th), it means Halloween candy, it means fall weather, it means vegan mofo, pink (breast cancer) awareness, and that’s just the beginning.

Did I sneak that in well?  No need to hide it.  I’m turning 30.  I’ve actually been looking forward to this birthday so you won’t read any anti-aging/denial posts here.  I’m exactly where I want to be.  Happy October!

P.S. I get it!  You guys want baby bump pics.  I will post a photo of my belly tomorrow.  Promise.

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Comments (22)

  1. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    Those muffins look so supple!!
    Loving that October is here, that it’s officially fall, and that the seasonal veggies have arrived! Seriously, could not be more excited. I love how heart and soul warming it all is — fall is the coziest season.

  2. Katie @ Peace Love & Oats

    My birthday is in October too, it’s my favorite month! And I need to do steel cut crock pot oats now that the weather is cooling down, they sound easy and delicious!

  3. Jessica

    October is definitely the best month, besides November (Thanksgiving) ahahahaa
    These dishes look delicious as always

  4. Jessie

    As always, these dishes look fantastic!! Have a wonderful Monday girl <3 && hope your pregnancy is going well!

  5. Nikki

    Because I know you know your schtuff, I was wondering about eating runny eggs during pregnancy?
    Oh, and more importantly, puh-lease remember the muffin recipe and post it!!! (Or just make it up…hehe)

  6. Katie

    I think I’m going to have to experiment with some banana muffins today…you’ve got me hankering for them.

  7. Brigid

    Yay for birthday months! Mine was September.

    Have you ever gone apple picking in the LA area? I found Riley’s Farm online and am planning a Saturday trip but wanted to see if you have other local recommendations.

  8. Elise (Post author)

    pretty much the same risk as when you arent pregnant. or you could buy the pricey pasteurized eggs and not worry about it at all.

    sorry about the muffin recipe!!!

  9. Elise (Post author)

    but i thought you didnt like bananas….hahaha. 😉

  10. Elise (Post author)

    im going to ridley’s this month actually! ive never been in LA but ive heard the best info about that one. ill let you know.

  11. Elise (Post author)

    yay for october babies 🙂

  12. Elise (Post author)

    exactly. love fall.

  13. Sara @ sarasmiles

    I think that post alone shows a lot of work in the kitchen! And SMART to make crock pot oats for the whole week. I need to get on that bandwagon. I got a new crock pot for my bday in June and can’t wait to break it out!

  14. Lou

    Wooohoooo 30!!! (It’s the new 20 apparently 😉 )

  15. ethel

    pumpkin carving. let’s do it. your moved eclaire.

  16. Elise (Post author)

    yes!!! im in. ok, lets make it happen.

  17. ethel

    i’m free next wed, thurs and all next weekend!

  18. j

    Those muffins look scrumptious. what day is your birthday?

  19. Elise (Post author)

    the 23rd. are you an october bday too?

  20. Jamie

    I turned thirty in April! It’s awesome. You’ll love it.

  21. j

    Nope- December 16. I was just wondering because I’m into astrology. You probably think this stuff is silly but Libras are supposed to compliment Aquarians, so yay!

  22. Elise (Post author)

    which month is aquarians? (sorry im so dumb with astrology)

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