Insta-Lately {including a recipe for Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Squares}

My newest Trader Joe’s obsession.  It smells and tastes like fall.

Baby Little girl Haines turned 2 last week and we got to celebrate with this crazy kid.  She is all over the place and I’m certain her favorite word is “mine.”

Despite it being fall and the mall in Raleigh being decorated for Christmas (disgusting), our garden thinks it’s summer.  Lots of produce still coming off the plants.  And I love it.

To make use of the fantastic basil that won’t last through the winter, I made an edamame and basil “pesto” that I served over spaghetti squash with a sprinkling of parmesan gouda.

(the original recipe called for cilantro – but why buy herbs when you have some in your garden?)

I also made a batch of Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Squares as a quick and easy breakfast option.

Changes I made to the recipe, I omitted the raisins and pecans, I only used 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and I used 2 honeycrisp apples.

You can get anywhere from 6 to 12 squares.  If you eat 1/12th of the baked oatmeal, you’re looking at about 100 calories.  I paired a little piece with some Greek yogurt and almond butter.

But this morning, I ate a larger square (1/6th) with a good smear of peanut butter.  Delicious.  And easy!

Last night I met up with a couple of my girlfriends for a glass of bubbles and dinner to celebrate our dear friend Claire’s birthday.  It was just what I needed in the middle of an insane week.

We caught up and laughed about some of the best times of our lives.  It was good for the soul.

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