Bulk Bin Inspiration

by HEAB on December 31, 2010

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The winners of Goddess Leonie’s Creating My Goddess Year Workbook are: Lindsay, Rach, Carlee, Candice, and Emily. Congrats! All of you can expect an email from me soon.

I love carob covered almonds and raisins. Have you ever had either? They sell both in the bulk bins at Whole Foods, but they are so pricey. So, I decided to make a bowl of carob covered raisin oatmeal to keep myself from buying any.

But first, per request, more photos of Summer. These were taken this morning…

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Behold my daughter’s mullet. ;)

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Her burping face. I love it!

Now, onto breakfast…

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Carob Covered Raisin Oats

I cooked one cup rolled oats with 2 cups water, a pinch of salt, and a few spoonfuls of raisins. I then topped my raisin oats with carob fudge. DELICIOUS!

Happy New Year!

{ 59 comments }

lindsay (goodiesgalore December 31, 2010 at 3:41 pm

girlfriend has more hair than me!

Evan Thomas December 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Happy New Year, Heather! I think it’s safe to say 2010 was a good year for your family :-) Can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 31, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Ahhhhh she’s so cute! She’s concentrating so hard on that burp! She’s adorable :)
Happy New Year guys!

Little Bookworm December 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Lovely photos of Summer, and love the sound of that porridge. Happy New Year! :D

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 31, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Holy crap she is too darn cute for words! Both of my boys had a ton of hair when they were born and I loved it. She has seriously had got a head full! The oats look delicious! Happy New Year Heather to you and your family!

Christin@purplebirdblog December 31, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Super precious little munchkin of yours! Happy new year!! xoxo

Brittany December 31, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Summer is the cutest!! Happy New Year Heather.

Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 31, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Summer is so cute. Happy New Year! :-D

melissa @ the delicate place December 31, 2010 at 4:29 pm

lol at burp face. happy nye! bulk bins are my saving grace when i’m craving a sweet treat but don’t want to buy a box or a lot of something yummy.

Christina @ ilovefetacheese December 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm

OMG i just died of a cute overload!!!!! I love her burp face!!!!!

Kailey @ Caffienated Nut December 31, 2010 at 4:39 pm

ahh summer is the most precious baby ever!! so cute :)

Alexandra (Veggin' Out in the Kitchen) December 31, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Summer is adorable!
Those oats look sooooo good! I’ve been eating so much carob lately :) . Last night I cooked a sweet potato and then chopped it up a bit, melted some coconut oil on it, and sprinkled it with carob chips. And I just got done with a carob-peanut butter cup! Both were amazing (although I think the carob cup would have been especially wonderful with coconut butter :) ).

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Alexandra,
Yes, a carob coconut butter cup – that’s amazing. Adding to my list of thing to make with carob. :)

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel December 31, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I actually grew up on carob instead of chocolate – hot carob ‘cocoa,’ carob birthday cake, carob-covered raisins and almonds… But I haven’t revisited it in years – might have to make a stop at WF. I’m a total sucker for anything that comes out of bulk bins :)

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Abby,
Wish I’d grown up in your house. ;)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) December 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm

She has so much hair already! Wow!!! And she’s absolutely precious…and per your comment yesterday that you’re already having to ditch the size NB clothes and put them away…yes…sigh. They do grow SO FAST! But wonderful things comes with that growth…like more sleep for mama :)

Bulk bins. I did a big post on them about a year ago. About what people find in the bins. Let’s just say finding hair would be minor. The other things that scientific tests or just the naked eye finds in the bins…it’s truly wayyy better for all reasons, price too of course, that you’re making your own raisins!

I am not a purist, and do use the bins every now and then, but I pretend I dont know any better..ignorance is bliss. lol

Thank you for the amazingly beautiful card of all of you, too. It made my day!

Happy 2011 to you my friend!!!
xoxo

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Averie,
Hair in the bulk bins. Gross. Will definitely stick to my own carob covered treats! Plus, not sure if I want to buy my oat bran in bulk either.

So glad you got my card. Happy New Year!

Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner December 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Happy New Year Heather!

Summer is so cute ;)

jennifer December 31, 2010 at 5:09 pm

pardon the language, but…
she is so. damn. cute!!!!! OOOooohh!!
And after the last couple pics of melty gooey fudge, I think I might have to make that!

Happy New Year!
xo

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Jennifer. She is pretty damn cute, no? And yes, make the fudge. I’m addicted!

Katy (The Singing Runner) December 31, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Adorable! I love her face! :)

Have a wonderful New Year!

Maren December 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Business in the front, party in the back! :) She’s such a cutie. Happy New Years HEAB family!

Felicia (a taste of health with balance) December 31, 2010 at 5:26 pm

She is beyond precious!! Love the hair! And your oatmeal always looks so good, I feel like I cook mine wrong, they never come out looking creamy like that (only my steel cut oats do). I think I’m missing something haha! Have a happy and healthy New Year Heather!

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Felicia,
Do you cook your oats on the stove-top? That’s my method, and I usually just cook them in water. Bring to boil over high heat, turn heat down and cook until most of water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Usually takes about 5 minutes or so.

Erica December 31, 2010 at 5:28 pm

Oh my gosh- when I was little I had the BIGGEST mullet. My Mom kept trying to cut my hair to fix it, but nothing worked :) I think she looks just fabulous. And what a yummy breakfast. Hope you guys have a nice start to the New Year!!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday December 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Her eyes are so gorgeous.

lindsay December 31, 2010 at 5:43 pm

I’d say thats an impressive up do! Summer pulls it off nicely. :)
Feels good to be a winner today!
Cheers,
LC

Lauren at KeepItSweet December 31, 2010 at 6:07 pm

LOVE the pictures of Summer!! Happy New Year:-)

carlee December 31, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Awesome! Yay i won!!!!! This is so awesome! I’ m starting to feel like im officiailly apart of this little blog world! Its so awesome!
Omgosh! I want to hold summer! She is wayyy to cute! I want her!
She looks like a baby from my church! I swear! I’ll send you a pic of him if you want! It’s a boy version of summer! LOL
Happy New Year to your and your new little family ya got there:)

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Carlee,
You’re too funny. Yes, please send photo of boy Summer. I want to see!

Kristina @ spabettie December 31, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Happy New Year, HEAB Family!! <3

Baking 'n' Books December 31, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Happy NY HEAB and Family. Summer is too cute! First, I thought she looked more like CD, but I definitely see you in her in the burping pic!

Samantha December 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Oh my gosh, Summer is just too cute for words, what a little doll! Our health food store packages various carob covered items…so yum! But yes, pricey. I think I’ll stick to my daily square of chocolate and leave them for the occasional treat. :)

Melissa @ TryingToHeal December 31, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Happy New Year to you, Chris and Summer!!! I got your card in the mail today!!

Katie December 31, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Awww, Summer is so cute! And, I love her cute little button nose. It’s a little bit orange-tinted…has she been eating some sweet potatoes like her mama? ;) Haha!

I’ve been meaning to put raisins in my oats for a while. I love how plump and juicy they become!

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Katie,
Yeah, I didn’t notice her nose looked orange until I saw the pic on my computer. Must be all my sweet potato lovin. ;) And yes, add some raisins to your oats. I always forget how good it is!

Clare December 31, 2010 at 7:47 pm

My baby had this too! We actually called it “sweet potato nose”. I’m pretty sure it’s quite common; babies love their orange vegetables (even if they are only getting them via breast milk). Anyway; don’t freak out. My baby is now 8 and her nose is perfectly normal…but she still loves sweet potatoes ;)

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Clare,
Thanks – good to know. “Sweet Potato Nose” – I love it! :)

Amalfi Girl December 31, 2010 at 7:00 pm

I love the mohawk! She is so precious–I think she has CD’s face in that second picture.

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 31, 2010 at 7:22 pm

She has quite the head of hair! Beautiful :) Happy New Year to you all!!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 31, 2010 at 7:27 pm

I love the head of hair Summer is rocking! Happy New Year Heather!

A Teenage Gourmet December 31, 2010 at 8:12 pm

That’s a lot of hair! Happy New Year to you and your family.

Stefanie December 31, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Happy New Year to you as well. Summer is getting big. She is a cute little baby even with her burp face on.

Natalie December 31, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I love it! I want Kara to have hair too! : ) Happy New Year!

Pure2raw twins December 31, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Love Summer’s hair!!

Happy New Year!

Hannah December 31, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Happy New Year!! Summer has such, such gorgeous eyes :)

I mentioned before that I can’t access carob chips in Australia… do you have any ideas of how I might make carob fudge with carob powder? Please don’t worry if you don’t have time to answer this, though :)

HEAB December 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Hannah,
I don’t think the 2-ingredient fudge would solidify with just carob powder. However, I used to use it in another fudge recipe that is so good:
Ingredients:
1 cup dates (Medjool work best)
1 1/2 cups water
1 TBSP vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups nut butter
1 1/2 cups carob (I use roasted because raw is hard to find and pricey. Regular cocoa powder works as well, but carob is naturally sweeter)
1/2 cup dried unsweetened shredded coconut

Place dates in a bowl, cover with water and let soak one hour, or until soft. Drain reserving liquid. In a blender (I use food processor), blend the dates and vanilla until smooth, slowly adding soaking water as needed for a creamy consistency. Transfer the date mixture into a large bowl, add nut butter, and stir to combine. (I find it’s easier to mix it with my hands as it’s kind of a sticky mess). In a separate bowl, mix the carob and coconut. Gradually add the dry carob mixture into the wet date mixture. Mix well. Press evenly into a brownie pan, 1 inch thick. Freeze until firm, about 3 hours. To serve, cut into one inch pieces. I’ve also just kept in fridge – stays softer. Enjoy.

Hannah December 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Thank you so much, Heather! This shall be the perfect recipe to try out with my new Vitamix :) :) And I even have medjool dates on hand for the first time in months. Hurrah!!

Ana December 31, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Love Summer’s burping face!! :-)
Happy New Year Heather!!
Ana

Namaste Gurl December 31, 2010 at 11:20 pm

What super- cute photos of little Summer! Hope you and the rest of the family have a lovely and happy new year :-) xoxo

Fi January 1, 2011 at 5:07 am

Fortunately, carob raisins arent too pricey here, but im not a big carob fan. I prefer real chocolate. But each to their own i guess! happy new year. :)

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast January 1, 2011 at 9:04 am

Happy New Year Heather! I wanted to let you know you’re not alone on the chocolate thing, I recently cut it out ofmy diet (along with spinach) and my digestive issues are getting much better. I’m happy and sad at the same time! Hopefully I can add them both back in someday. In the meantime I’m enjoying lots of coconut!

HEAB January 1, 2011 at 9:22 am

Emily,
I miss my chocolate but am very thankful for both carob and coconut. Summer is so less gassy – cutting out the chocolate + cruciferous veggies has made a HUGE difference. She’s even sleeping better. Glad you’re feeling better as well and Happy New Year!

Kelly January 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

Wow! Summer has a lot of hair. I didn’t have any hair until I was two years old.

Kristina @ life as kristina January 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

She is so stinkin cute-and she’s got the best baby mullet ever!!!!! Happy new years to the whole fam!

Heather January 1, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Wow, her hair is so long! Love the baby mullet! Lol

Jim January 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Chocolate now makes me sick, and I used to love it, but after several years of not eating it I feel so much better. If I dare to touch it now I get a lot of gas problems, so I don’t go near it for the sake of me and everyone else nearby!
Happy New Year.

Rach January 2, 2011 at 5:36 pm

YAY! I won something!! I never win anything! I’m so excited!! :D

Rachel Hale January 6, 2011 at 1:44 pm

She is adorable. She would look really cute with a little faux hawk made up with a little baby lotion :D Her hair is darling!

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