Awesome Breakfast Cookies

Since I’m working long days without time for snacks I’ve realized that I need to eat a filling breakfast in order to make it to lunch. I decided to try these breakfast cookies┬áto have something filling that I could grab on the way out the door in the morning. I really like them and it definitely seemed to help at work today!


  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 2/3 cup applesauce (I used the cinnamon flavor)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips


1. Preheat heat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, mix banana & peanut butter until completely combined then add in the applesauce and vanilla.

3. Add in the oatmeal and mix until combined.

4. Drop the cookies by spoonful onto a greased pan and flatten into a round shape. Add chocolate chips on top at this point. I just dropped a few on top of each cookie.

5. Bake for about 25 min or until golden brown. Cool and Enjoy!




I now have pictures! I graduated on August 3rd and we had a small, nice reception with just our department. It’s been two weeks now and it seems weird that I’m not buying school supplies and I’ll never have to register for classes again. Weird but nice. My new job is going well. I’ve been working about part time, which is great considering it’s pretty up in the air when I’ll get to work. It’s still definitely a challenge with the new job even though I know how to do a lot of it from my internship. Hopefully I’ll be able to look back on this post in the future and think about how much I’ve learned!

Crockpot Black Beans

I followed this really easy recipe today to make my own black beans in the crockpot: Black Beans. I bought a 2lb bag of black beans to make this. First, you soak them in water overnight, then rinse and put them in the crockpot with a lot of water. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Rinse again and put them in bags. I ended up with 9 snack sized bags of beans and put them in the freezer so I can use them as needed. I’m glad I won’t be buying canned black beans for a while!

DIY Cleaner Day!

Today I made my own laundry detergent AND my own dishwashing detergent. I decided to just go for both at the same time since they require about half of the same ingredients. I found the recipes for both of the detergents here: laundry detergent and dishwashing detergent. She has really nice pictures for you to follow along too! I actually made half batches of each and each recipe still ended up filling a one gallon container. I did some math beforehand to make sure it was really worth it to make my own detergents. I know people say it’s cheaper, but I wanted to be sure….

Laundry Detergent – made about 12 cups

12 cups = 192 tbsp…So with 1-2 tbsp per load we’re looking at 96 loads on the low end or 192 loads on the high end (we’ll average it out to 144 loads)…I do laundry once a week so that is 144 weeks or 2.8 years. Yep, that’s when I’ll need to buy laundry detergent next. Or make it. Almost 3 years from now…

Dishwashing Detergent – made about 10 cups

10 cups = 160 tbsp…So with 1tbsp per load we’re looking at 160 loads…I run the dishwasher about 2x per week so that is 80 weeks or 1.5 years until I’ll need to buy or make dishwashing detergent again.

So once I determined that this is definitely worth it I ventured out to my local dollar store and Walmart to buy the supplies. Here’s what I got:

Laundry Detergent

1/2 box or 2lbs Borax – $1.69

1/2 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $1.62

1 small or 1lb box Baking Soda – $0.52

1 1/2 bars Fels-Naptha Soap – $1.46 (I’m using the remaining half as a spot remover)

TOTAL: $5.29 or $.03 per load

Dishwashing Detergent

1/2 box or 2lbs Borax – $1.69

1/2 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda – $1.62

12 packets Unsweetended Lemonade Mix (I got kool-aid brand) – $2.40

1 1/2 cups Epsom Salt – $0.75 (dollar store!)

TOTAL: $6.46 or $.04 per load

Plus I got these really cute containers from the dollar store for just $1.00 each! Obviously…it’s the dollar store. Yay!

So overall this was definitely a worthwhile project! I’ll have to update on how these work as soon as I have the opportunity to use them. If they work well then I don’t see any reason why I wouldn’t make my own detergent in the future!