Addicting (Gluten-Free) Banana Oat Muffins

We made these muffins last night.  Had to wait until late so that it didn’t seem as insane to turn on the oven.  Whatever extra heat I generated was well worth it!  These are delicious. So delicious we started planning the next batch as soon as we each had a belly full of our first muffin!

I found my inspiration on Pinterest from “Keeping up with the Joneses” who adapted it from another Pinterest recipe find (I MUST try this original strawberry version too!).

We don’t have a large food processor & I was trying to be healthy (since I plan on having these for breakfast occasionally) so I decided not to grind up the oats as per the recipes linked above.  After some quick googling, I found another (similar) recipe that gave me the guts to just go for it (and suggested a slightly lower oven temperature)!

I am so glad I decided to forgo grinding the oats.  I love the texture of these muffins & they’re particularly delicious sliced in half with a smear of margarine! Yumm!

Okay, enough about the process, here are the details.

Gluten-Free Banana Oat Muffins

  • 2.5 cups gluten-free old-fashioned Oats
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup splenda (or sugar)
  • 1.5 tsp baking powder
  • 0.5 tsp baking soda
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Prepare 12 cup muffin tin with foil liners or non-stick spray
  • Mash bananas in large bowl
  • Add yogurt and eggs, mix
  • Add oats, mix and let sit
  • In a separate bowl mix baking powder, baking soda, and Splenda
  • Fold into oat mixture
  • Scoop into muffin pan
  • Bake for 25 minutes on top shelf of oven


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Blank to Busy: The Making of a Gallery Wall

I love gallery walls, but this time I wanted more symmetry and less “busy-ness”.  We have a fairly large wall in the dining room to work with, so I laid out a bunch of frames on the living room rug until I found an arrangement I liked.

I snapped a picture so that I would be able to remember what I had planned.  Of course, as soon as I walked back into the bedrooms, I found a few more frames that I wanted to be part of the gallery wall.  Sigh. Then life got hectic & I traveled for almost two weeks, so the frames had to wait.

It turns out I’m glad I waited.  Above is the second attempt at laying out pictures for the dining room wall.  I pulled a number of frames to make another gallery wall in our bedroom (pictures to come as soon as the frames I ordered arrive) so there are fewer pictures and things feel less crowded.

I considered using the YoungHouseLove method but an inability to find newspaper combined with sheer laziness led me to use the “Sarah method”, which might not work for you, but seems to always turn out well in the end for me.  What is the “Sarah method”?  Well it’s where you eyeball where to put the nail & rearrange the gallery wall layout on the go.

And here’s the final result (which you saw earlier this week in the dining room progress reveal):

The pictures on the far right got moved to the far left, and the two frames that were next to the giraffe got left out.  I also switched around the tall frames on the right to reflect the placement of the tall frames on the left.  It’s not perfect, but I think it looks good & is exactly what I had envisioned.  Is it perfect?  Heck no!  But it looks pretty darn good & that’s the goal.

Here’s a close-up.  What do you think?

Hanging a gallery wall without pulling your hair out @

Living Room Rug

I bought this fun Zig Zag rug on a whim during a 85% off sale.  I had originally wanted the grey and white one, but it was out of stock and not part of the crazy sale.

I decided I like the rug enough to get it in a different color, and went ahead and ordered the cream in the largest size they had which was 9’6 x 7’6.

And the verdict:  LOVE IT!  It looks great in our living room & the lighter color works great with our dark couch.  The rug is also very plush & sheds less than any other wool rug we have.  I definitely would not pay full price for this rug but at 15% of the list price (which was even lower back when I ordered it) it is great value for the money!

You can see the pattern is not as busy once it’s in the room & I think it ties the room together nicely.

3.5 Weeks Later

Finally, some progress pictures.  Our apartment is far from done and decorated, but I have some progress pictures to share of the dining room and living room.  (More rooms to come soon, I promise!).

Here’s the dining room:

And here’s the living room:

Did you see the little photo bomber? She followed me all around the house and tried to get into as many pictures as she could.

Things won’t remain as you see here:

1. The love seat in front of the sliding glass door won’t stay there – it’s place is on the patio.  However, the patio is currently occupied by our soon to be new TV cabinet.  Which leads to number 2…

2. We do NOT plan on continuing to use Andy’s night stand + a folding chair as our TV organization solution.  We’ll share our found-dresser make-over just as soon as its done.

3. The side table with the large glass lamp needs to be styled.

4. As does the top of the bookshelf.  Including plugging in the lamp & buying a plant to put in that pot.

5. Obviously, we need to hang some art above the couch.

6. I also need to (finally) sew the pillow covers for the couch cushions.  The fabric has been cut for months, I just need to do the actual stitching together, which shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes total.

Travel related Wishlist

Normally I like to pick up a piece of art whenever I travel.  I had very little time to shop in Sierra Leone and did not see any art that I liked the look & price of during the 20 minutes I had to run through the market.  I decided to look on the web to find something art to remind me of my trip, and found this gorgeous print on Etsy.  My only problem is 5×7 is WAY too small.  I’m waiting to hear back if a bigger size is available.  Fingers crossed!