Missed some weekend posts?
Good morning! Today was the day to see if my frozen pumpkin chunks experiment worked. If you remember, last week I froze globs of canned pumpkin and then placed the globs in a plastic freezer bag.
Last night, I pulled out three chunks and placed them in the fridge to thaw out overnight. A liquid ended up forming around the pumpkin as it melted, which I drained off.
I added the three softened chunks to my oatmeal as it cooked on the stovetop this morning. Normally, I just scoop in the canned pumpkin towards the very end of the process.
Not only did my Pumpkin Oatmeal look pretty, but it also tasted pretty good, too! I couldn’t tell the difference between the canned and canned/frozen pumpkins.
My oatmeal contained:
- 1/2 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup rice milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 sliced banana
- 3 frozen pumpkin chunks
- Toppings: almonds, flax, cinnamon
I do NOT think the thawed pumpkin would work in Pumpkin Yogurt. Freezing it changed the texture too much. It would work well in smoothies, baked goods, or oatmeal, though!
Garmin 305 Raffle Announcement
At lunch, I’ll be sharing details about my Garmin 305 Raffle! The Echelon Gran Fondo Century, which I’m riding in May, raises money for the Livestrong Lance Armstrong Foundation, as well as local cancer research programs and hospitals.
The Garmin 305 is the same GPS watch I use while running and biking. It’s an invaluable tool:
- Tracks mileage
- Automatically calculates pace and updates in real time
- Using an included heart rate monitor to tell you how many calories you’ve burned
- Has a multi-sport function so you can use it for multiple activities
- Includes a navigation and map tool, so if you get lost in the woods like I did on Saturday, you can find your way out!
- And much, much more!
Stay tuned for details on how you can enter the Garmin 305 raffle (for just $5!) to raise money for cancer research!